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Old 21-Mar-2018, 10:05 PM   #1
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Newbie here. Is OTA a route for me

Hello all
I'm thinking of cutting the cord and want to know if a path for me.
I'm looking to get the the three big network and even more the better.
I've been reading the forum and find the information a tad confusing.
So here is my report.
I'm think of install the antenna 25 feet up on my gable end of the house, running a coaxial line from antenna to the current outside cable splitter.
Which from there will connect all 4 tvs.

I'm thinking a muti- directional antenna with and amp but wanted you thoughts on if it's worth it for my location and what is a good antenna for the job?

Thank you for your thoughts
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Old 22-Mar-2018, 12:04 AM   #2
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Hello, Dave; welcome to the forum.

I see you are now able to post. Your report is only resolved to block level because you left out the W in your address. With the W added, it looks like this:

NBC is no longer on WMGM, so you need to find a different channel for that.

WWSI is your strongest NBC, but it is to the north; most of your networks are SW.

You might be able to get everything with a UHF antenna aimed SW:
WMDT ABC, 232 true, 244 magnetic
It will be moving to channel 29 because of UHF Channel Repack:

WRDE NBC/MyN, 217 true, 229 magnetic

WBOC CBS/Fox, 229 true, 241 magnetic
It will be moving to channel 32:

I suggest an Antennas Direct 91XG or Solid Signal HDB91X antenna and an Antennas Direct Juice preamp. No guarantee, because your signals are weak.

If the antenna is outside, the coax shield should be grounded with a grounding block that is connected to the house electrical system ground with 10 gauge copper wire for electrical safety and to reject interference. For further compliance with the electrical code (NEC), the mast should also be grounded in a similar manner to drain any buildup of static charge which will tend to discourage a strike, but the system will not survive a direct strike.

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