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Old 28-Dec-2011, 8:47 PM   #1
circlelake
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New Antenna advise needed please

Have a two story house and would like to place the antenna in the attic. There is limited space though so a long boom will not work.
If I need a long boom and mount it on the roof should I put in a rotor?
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What about reaching stations to the far south of me if it is external and I use a rotor? Is it possible?
What would you recommend for a new antenna? I plan to split to 4-5 TVs
Thanks in advance.
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Old 29-Dec-2011, 2:33 PM   #2
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Have a two story house and would like to place the antenna in the attic. There is limited space though so a long boom will not work.
If I need a long boom and mount it on the roof should I put in a rotor?
http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...40337de0bad7c5
What about reaching stations to the far south of me if it is external and I use a rotor? Is it possible?
What would you recommend for a new antenna? I plan to split to 4-5 TVs
Thanks in advance.
Your signals are too weak for an attic installation, plan on a roof mount. You'll want a preamp.

Two antenna options are

Winegard HD7698P with AP 8700 preamp.

Y10-7-13 for VHF plus a 4-8 bay UHF with a AP 2870 preamp.

A 7777 preamp will also work with either antenna.

The stations to the south are too weak, a rotator offers no advantages.
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Old 29-Dec-2011, 6:34 PM   #3
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No cavets or complications with this recommendation. . Install a Winegard HD7698P antenna with a Winegard AP8275 preamp , with a 4 to 5 tv hookup. Aim the HD7698P antenna at about 355 degree magnetic compass. Here is how to aim antennas , http://www.kyes.com/antenna/pointing/pointing.html. Here are some antenna mounts , http://www.ronard.com/909911.html , http://www.ronard.com/34424560.html , http://www.ronard.com/ychim.html. Here are some places to buy antennas and etc. , http://www.winegarddirect.com , http://www.solidsignal.com , http://www.amazon.com

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Old 29-Dec-2011, 8:49 PM   #4
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Your signals are too weak for an attic installation, plan on a roof mount. You'll want a preamp.

Two antenna options are

Winegard HD7698P with AP 8700 preamp.

Y10-7-13 for VHF plus a 4-8 bay UHF with a AP 2870 preamp.

A 7777 preamp will also work with either antenna.

The stations to the south are too weak, a rotator offers no advantages.
Agreed, an attic install will be ineffective and disappointing. I'd investigate higher mounting options using the TV Signal Analysis and/or Interactive TV Maps tools.

If there is no advantage to mounting higher, I'd opt for the dual antenna system, possibly using an Antennas Direct XG91 instead of the panel style antenna. (The upside for the XG-91 would be a bit more reliability receiving the UHF signals just east of due north. The down side would be little chance of receiving KPXM, real CH-40 without using a rotator.) The AD, CPA-18 is worth adding to the list of good amplifiers already mentioned though the CPA-18 would require an external UVSJ.
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