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Old 18-Apr-2015, 12:19 AM   #3
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Hello Tim,

Welcome to the forum!

The antenna is but one aspect of your installation. Other considerations include how and where you mount along with how many televisions you want the antenna to serve.

The good news is that NYC broadcasts are very strong according to your plot. This means that you won't need a giant high gain antenna to receive you local broadcasts.

There are a couple considerations for your installation though. NYC has low vhf, high vhf and UHF signals. Low VHF consists of real channels 2-6, high VHF is real channels 7-13 and UHF is real channels 14 and above. Each band operates in different parts of the signal spectrum so they require different antenna applications.

If you were to go "small and easy" the choice would be an Antennacraft HBU11k. This antenna is relatively cheap at around 30 dollars for the antenna and mount. The HBU11 is a high VHF and UHF antenna. This means it is built to receive real channels 7-13 and 14 and above. This covers the vast majority of NYC television broadcasts. This does though exclude low VHF channels 2-6 meaning WJLP (MeTV), WXPO, WKOB, WYNX and WYNZ may not be received. These signals could be classified as obscure as they don't have major network programming on them. So, this becomes a personal choice if you want them or not. This antenna could be mounted easily on the roof or on an eave as long as you have a clear sight to magnetic 200.

The "total coverage" antenna would receive all bands and requires a different installation approach. An Antennacraft C290 would be an antenna I'd turn to. This antenna is designed to receive all real channels 2-69. This antenna I would install on the roof via chimney mount. Also orientate to magnetic 200.

Now, as mentioned prior the antenna system is only one aspect of the installation. Once you provide additional information on your desired installation, we can dial it in even further.

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