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Old 3-Mar-2015, 4:35 AM   #1
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Help with Antenna Selection - SW Michigan

Help with Antenna Selection - SW Michigan

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I'm setting up an attic antenna to pickup channels in the South Haven, Michigan area - transmitters are 30-40 miles away. The best I can do is an attic antenna directed to the northeast. I will have some tree foilage in my way but not too bad. I will be elated if I can pick up basic networks - ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, WTTW and FOX. I tried a table-top Mohu style antenna and could only pick up 3 or 4 channels and only one HD network channel.

I need a recommendation for an antenna and a pre-amp/amplifier. The antenna needs to pick up UHF and VHF channels - I really prefer one antenna to do both if possible due to space restrictions. The amplifier will need to be plugged-in at the TV location (not in the attic) because I do not have power in the attic. The coax run between the antenna and the TV is about 50-feet.

Here is the TV Signal Analysis: http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...f1f0fda290fc9b

Thank you!!!

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Old 4-Mar-2015, 12:44 AM   #2
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I'd opt for an outdoor mounted pair of antennas such as an Antennas Direct DB4E and Antennacraft Y5713. I'd do all that I could to avoid aiming trough trees and structure(s).

If you are unable or unwilling to consider any option other than attic mounting, and you can only consider a single antenna, then I'd suggest trying the Antennacraft HBU-33. If your attic turns out to be a poor reception location, the HBU-33 can be re-folded and moved outdoors.

If driving a single tuner trough 50' of coax, no preamp should be needed.
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Old 5-Mar-2015, 5:21 AM   #3
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I'd opt for an outdoor mounted pair of antennas such as an Antennas Direct DB4E and Antennacraft Y5713. I'd do all that I could to avoid aiming trough trees and structure(s).

If you are unable or unwilling to consider any option other than attic mounting, and you can only consider a single antenna, then I'd suggest trying the Antennacraft HBU-33. If your attic turns out to be a poor reception location, the HBU-33 can be re-folded and moved outdoors.

If driving a single tuner trough 50' of coax, no preamp should be needed.
Thanks for the recommendation. Unfortunately, I am limited to an attic installation. Do you think I will need an amplifier if I use a splitter for two televisions?
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I'd try without any amplification, running this test during the install process. If the need for amplification is proven, a preamp or distribution amp can be inserted at any time.

I'd avoid 'deep fringe' high gain amps like the CM-7777 and PA-18... Both are for speciality applications where there are exclusively weak signals present.

The Antennas Direct 'Juice', RCA TVPRAMP1R and Channel Master CM-3410 would be better suited to your application.
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Old 7-Mar-2015, 4:35 AM   #5
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I'd opt for an outdoor mounted pair of antennas such as an Antennas Direct DB4E and Antennacraft Y5713. I'd do all that I could to avoid aiming trough trees and structure(s).

If you are unable or unwilling to consider any option other than attic mounting, and you can only consider a single antenna, then I'd suggest trying the Antennacraft HBU-33. If your attic turns out to be a poor reception location, the HBU-33 can be re-folded and moved outdoors.

If driving a single tuner trough 50' of coax, no preamp should be needed.
Since my last posting, my wife has encouraged me to explore a rooftop mounted antenna. What would your ideal choice be for this application if I elected to do a rooftop antenna but only wanted to one antenna for both UHF & VHF stations? Would you still recommend the Antennacraft HBU-33?
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I prefer the two antenna combo because it allows for more specific aiming. (I'd start with the UHF antenna facing about 70 and the VHF antenna pointed toward 50, then fin tune the aim of each to get the best overall reception reliability.

If a single antenna is a must, then yes, the HBU-33 or Winegard HD7694P would be the next best option. I'd use a starting aim point of about 60.
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