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Old 8-May-2012, 11:45 PM   #1
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Antenna Suggestions - Chico, CA

I’d appreciate suggestions/ recommendations for an outside HDTV antenna, most likely one with a simple roof or eave mount…no big tower. Initially, I considered putting one in the attic, but the access door is very high – takes an extension ladder just to enter – and it’s a long crawl back to where I could place it for the shortest cable run to the entry point at floor level.

Since I’m getting old, have health issues, and live on a fixed income, cost is a factor in everything. Ideally, I could get both UHF & VHF, yet some are UHF only – such as the 2 & 4 bay styles. Seemingly, antennas that receive both signals would be more costly, and rabbit ears may pick up the few available VHF channels sufficiently. I don’t really know

For most stations here, it seems you could roughly point north and get those, yet the graph I ran shows some coming from the south. Those bow tie type, apparently, must be pointed/ facing the direction of the towers. So, I also wonder if an omni-directional type would be best….or stick with something indoors that can easily be adjusted?

An elderly neighbor has a little “dual style” antenna sitting atop her TV set, and she gets a lot of channels very clearly. I don’t know how many others one might get with a roof mount, or if the signal would be that much better. And then there’s the issue of a rotor or not, which I’d rather avoid if possible due to additional cost, installation, etc. (Then again, I don’t wish to frequently be climbing a ladder to reposition the antenna either…)

[B]Here’s the link to my TV Signal Analysis results:
Thanks in advance for any suggestions on antenna type, model, or other things I should consider.

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Old 9-May-2012, 12:26 AM   #2
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Here's the "Interactive Map" I just ran, as suggested in tips. Used 10' antenna height and then 14' - a rough approximation of where it'd likely be positioned - and the results appeared the same.

Looks like KRCR (ABC) could be a problem, which is somewhat as expected. I was in TV advertising for many years, some while back, and their reach was typically limited at this end of the market. Apparently, little has changed.

One of those simple, VHF-UHF indoor antenna's looks tempting, though I'd really like to know how a good-to-decent rooftop model would differ. Thanks again~
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Old 9-May-2012, 7:40 AM   #3
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Tv Antennas and Tv Reception

Here is a antenna that will receive MANY digital Tv channels for not much money , at Winegard HD7000R antenna mounted above the roof , aimed at about 345 degree magnetic compass. Here is how to aim antennas , For one or two Tv's connected no antenna amplifier is required. The antenna is light weight and can be mounted on about any kind of antenna mount. Here is a antenna mount that will most likley work at your house. Buy the ronard antenna mount at solidsignal by typing the word ronard in the solidsignal search box or buy from ronard. Here are places to buy antennas and etc. , , , I think KRCR ABC will be received Ok at your location.

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Old 9-May-2012, 12:32 PM   #4
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Note that there are two KRCR channels - the main one on 7 that you should have no trouble picking up plus a low-power broadcast on 34 that is probably meant for indoor reception in Redding.
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