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Old 17-Feb-2015, 4:09 PM   #1
kjw55
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Smile Suggestions for a new antenna

Hi!

I need some suggestions on an outside HDTV antenna for a windy area. Here is my location: http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...2c15f1fe119c07. I live on top of a hill, among lots of trees, and rural. Any ideas or tips would be appreciated. Thanks!!
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Old 17-Feb-2015, 6:21 PM   #2
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Read here about "Trees and UHF." http://www.hdtvprimer.com/antennas/siting.html

You may never get good reception until you put your antenna above the tree line, or can aim through a gap in the trees. You should also simulate some additional height for your antenna, to see reception much improves.
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Old 17-Feb-2015, 7:37 PM   #3
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First, what height did you use for your TV Fool Report? I'd re-run it at the estimated height of your antenna (you can use roof height + 5 feet as a reasonable estimate). If you used "0" it could make a big difference in the signal quality.

What channels do you want? One of each network? Or maybe as many as is possible (i.e., Johnstown + Pittsburgh)?

If this were me I'd be greedy and want both. I'd probably use an Antennas Direct DB-8e for UHF with one panel aimed at about 43 degrees on a compass and the other at about 308 degrees. Then experiment and adjust. For VHF, your Fox-8 is pretty strong and should be received by any outdoor antenna. Therefore I'd go use something like a Y10713 for the Pittsburgh VHF stations.

If you just want Johnstown, you should be happy with an HBU-33 aimed at about 43 degrees.

Wait for others to post. There are other useful antennas.
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Old 18-Feb-2015, 3:15 AM   #4
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Thanks for your suggestions. I currently have a small Radio Shack rectangle shaped on the side of a tree.........5' high. So any other antenna would probably make a huge difference. Now if hubby will take your suggestions too!
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