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RobD 3-Mar-2014 7:54 PM

Help w/antenna selection in Michigan
Looking to drop DIRECTV once the snow melts on the roof. Trying to figure out what kind of antenna I need to get the best selection of channels. My plan is to hook this up to an HDHomeRun and do some kind of DVR/Live setup (via Mythbuntu or my Plex server) that eventually plays on the Roku 3. Still working on that part of the setup, waiting to see if I can get the channels first.

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Stations I want to get for sure: WNEM, WSMH, WJRT, WEYI. WCMU would be a bonus. The stations in the northwest direction are optional, I'm guessing a 2nd antenna would be needed to pull these in. Any other stations from Detroit or Lansing are just gravy.

Planning on attaching this to the unused fireplace stack via a 10ft mast, should put it at about 25 feet above the ground. Sky is clear in every direction, except for the trees in the front of the house that block due south, southwest, and west. Luckily it appears no stations I need are in that direction.

It was suggested by someone to get the HDB8X antenna with a pre-amp. Are there better choices?

teleview 4-Mar-2014 7:33 AM

A Simple reception situation.

For reception of , with 1 antenna aimed in 1 direction.

WNEM-DT , CBS and MyNetwork.
WAQP-DT , Religion.
WSMH , FOX and ZUUS Country.
WJRT , ABC and LWN Live Well Network and WeatherNation Tv.
WBSF-DT , MyNetwork.
W24DL-D , Religion.


Above the Peak of the Roof in such a manner that reception is not , obstructed , impeded , blocked , by the roof and building in the directions of , East South East , North West.

Install a , HBU44 antenna.

Also buy the HBU44 antenna at ,


Aim the HBU44 antenna at about 120 degree magnetic compass direction.

Here is how to aim antennas ,

Use a Real and Actual magnetic compass to aim antenna.

As always , the starting antenna aim direction is the -->starting antenna aim direction.

The aim can be adjusted for best reception.

Most Digital Tv's have a Signal Strength Meter and Some Digital Tv's also have a Signal Quality Meter.


Home Depot and Lowes have 10 foot lengths , TOP RAIL , chain link fence PIPE , that makes good antenna mast , the price is low dollars.


A antenna system amplifier will most likely not be required for , 1 , 2 , 3 , connection locations.


Here are some more ways to receive and record.


RobD 7-Mar-2014 5:38 PM

Thank you for the reply, it was a very helpful and informative post. It looks like I'll be able to get all the stations I wanted, plus more. And only have one antenna to get all of that will be great. Now all I need to happen is the snow to melt off the roof!

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