Trying to find the right, or best Antena and how to get it right the 1st time


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    So tired of only getting 2 or so channels that every few minutes go pixelated I almost reverted back to cable but I know this way will be cheaper in the long haul
    If you have any thoughts on this or need any more info please let me know

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    Hi Ryan,

    What type of antenna are you using now? Are you in a house, townhome, or apartment? Do you have access to a south facing window? Would you be able to mount an antenna outdoors or in an attic?

    For best reception you need an antenna built for both VHF-high and UHF pointed toward the south-southwest.

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    Its a powered one with a knob and rabbit ear it will 40 percent of the time pick up 2 of the channels its facing east. I live in a duplex, there are no south facing windows, I could mount one in the attic or the roof.
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    If you can roof mount I'd go with a Channel Master CM2016 or a Channel Master CM2018 pointed at about 156 degrees magnetic.
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    Ryan,

    Outdoor antennas almost always out-perform attic mounted antennas and they are far superior to indoor 'rabbit-ear' antennas. Since you are game to install an outdoor antenna, I suggest you try an AntennaCraft HBU22 or similar high-band VHF/UHF antenna.
    AntennaCraft HBU22 22 Element High-Band VHF UHF Outdoor HDTV Antenna (HBU22) from Solid Signal

    It is possible you could get away with a CM2016 but I suspect it would have to be mounted at least 10 feet higher to have the same performance as the HBU22. Channel Master CM2016 HDTV VHF High Band and UHF Antenna (CM2016) from Solid Signal

    Use black-jacketed RG-6 coaxial cable and don't worry about the need of any amplifiers until after your first testing results are in. Expect to capture about a dozen primary channels plus all of their sub-channels.

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    The Channel Masters are great antennas, but, in this case, I'd go with the Antenna Craft HBU22 as Jim has suggested, because of it's wider beam width. Pointed at 168 Magnetic, should provide Ryan with all five of the National Channels, and several other Independents available in his area.

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