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Old 11-Sep-2014, 11:43 PM   #1
BrianHawthorne
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Smile is an attic mount possible?

Hi, about to cut the cable. My TVFR is: http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...d243fa00f81b6d I'd like to get the major networks. Perhaps all the green and yellow channels, any ch's in the red/pink would be an extra. Our house is vinyl sided, tar roof shingles w fiberboard single layer. House is built into a hill one side is 2 stories tall , the garage side is 3 stories tall plus the attic. I canít go on the roof, too high for me. Trying to keep costs down, so want to do it myself. Therefore Iíd like to know if an attic mounted antenna can give me the green and yellow channels. Attic mounted height would be about 32í AGL. Google says my house is 219meters above sea level. Can anyone tell me if itís possible to get the basic networks in my situation with an attic mount? Would I need a rotator , or can I point it once an forget it? House is surrounded by tall trees on all sides except SW. Please let me know if Iím leaving out some detail, and Iíll supply it ASAP. Please recommend things I can find online or at radio shack. I also need to know what to buy to make it all lightning safe. Oh, it will be about a 70í run to single TV. Iíll buy new coax, again please recommend which (RG6?) Thanks in advance, love your website . Cheers, BrianH . Prospect, CT.
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Old 11-Sep-2014, 11:45 PM   #2
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sorry, TVFR got hosed, should be:
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thanks, bh
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Old 12-Sep-2014, 1:26 AM   #3
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You'll need two antennas, VHF aimed at WTNH and a UHF aimed at Hartford. The VHF can be a cheaper Y5-7-13. The UHF in the attic will be harder to predict. A large antenna is more likely to work.
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Old 12-Sep-2014, 2:42 AM   #4
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tnh on rabbit ears

I get tnh with rabbit ears near the TV with amazing clarity ( I forgot to say earlier), better than cable, so then I'll just need to add the UHF, and a an switch or a Y
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Old 12-Sep-2014, 2:46 AM   #5
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If it was me, i would mount the antennas outside and find a sweet spot for all green and yellow stations. DB8e for uhf and Y10-7-13 for vhf high. Since your stations are all directions, it is purely trial and error. I would use an RCA TV PRAMP1R for a preamp. Go above the roofline. And you will receive many channels, especially if you aim towards new york city. Attics are not good for antennas as they have to go through a building.
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Old 12-Sep-2014, 1:19 PM   #6
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I get tnh with rabbit ears near the TV with amazing clarity ( I forgot to say earlier), better than cable, so then I'll just need to add the UHF, and a an switch or a Y
You can buy a preamp that will combine the UHF and VHF signals. No need to A-B the antennas. http://www.amazon.com/RCA-TVPRAMP1R-.../dp/B003P92D9Y Lots of discussion of this in earlier posts if you search.

Go in the attic with your antennas and a long lead and see if the performance is sufficient.

Broadcast HD is often better quality than cable, due to less compression applied. The picture I get from WGBH here is spectacular. The women on "Mr. Selfridge" are amazing ... not that I care so much for the story, but the visuals are ... compelling.

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Old 18-Sep-2014, 12:11 AM   #7
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attic uhf recommendations

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You'll need two antennas, VHF aimed at WTNH and a UHF aimed at Hartford. The VHF can be a cheaper Y5-7-13. The UHF in the attic will be harder to predict. A large antenna is more likely to work.
so for in the attic, i understand bigger is better (more gain, as long as it fits), can you give me any recommendations? Would the DB-8 be OK inside, I know the other gentlemen recommended I put it on the roof, but that's out, too high for me. And what coax is needed RG6? and what products do i need to get it to a lightning bar, (other than the bar and ground cable)? Thanks again, BrianH.
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