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Old 1-Apr-2015, 9:37 PM   #1
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Help with first antenna

I am getting an antenna for the first time, so I would like some advice on what type and brand would be the best for my situation:

I am looking to get the most UHF/VHF channels I can. I would like to get Chicago stations which are about 70miles away, but also like the options of pulling from Madison(60mi) and Milwaukee (50mi). I do understand that they are all in different directions, so I would have to adjust antenna depending where I want to get stations from. Also, if there are any other suggestions on getting the best signal (Preamp etc.) please tell me your thoughts.

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Old 2-Apr-2015, 10:16 PM   #2
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Reliable reception depends on the antenna and it's location. Once the antenna has a usable signal at it's output terminals, a preamp may be needed to overcome losses due to cable length and splitters. In a few cases, preamp may provide help with a tuner that has poor noise figure.

I'd start with one antenna that has a shot at receiving the weaker signals. A Winegard HD7698P, Antennacraft HBU-55 or the combination of an Antennas Direct DB8E + Antennacraft Y10713. This would give you the ability to aim at each market, and determine if adding to the system would be worth the cost and effort.

You'll certainly need to mount outdoors, avoiding obstructions such as trees and buildings, including your own house.

Presuming a cable run 50' or longer, the Antennas Direct 'Juice' and RCA TVPRAMP1R are viable preamp choices.
If the well is dry and you don't see rain on the horizon, you'll need to dig the hole deeper. (If the antenna can't get the job done, an amp won't fix it.)

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