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    Help needed with indoor antenna suggestions

    My daughter's boyfriend is attending a college that is a fair distance from any of the major broadcast stations. He can only use an indoor antenna and is needing some suggestions. Here is his TV Fool location: TV Fool

    Thanks for your input.

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    It appears to be more dependant on building materials and location. TVfool is predicting strong signals for the distance. All the receivable channels are UHF so a Mohu Leaf or Winegard Flatwave may work well. The other thing would be to get a 2 or 4 bay outdoor antenna (used indoors) and point it west northwest (294 degrees magnetic).
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    Thanks for the reply. Do you think the Mohu or Winegard should be the amplified version? The regular versions have a 35 mile radius and the distance to most of the towers is farther than that. (My assumption is that the 35 mile radius in their advertising is the best case scenario.)

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    The advertised ranges of the antennas are meaningless. I've picked up all the full power Denver UHF stations at 62 miles on a 5" diameter copper tubing loop. When you look at the TVfool report look at the predicted NM (noise margin) and the colors. The stations are green and yellow which are strong and moderate. I would only recommend an amplified antenna if he was planning on having a long cable run (60 feet and/or multiple TVs). A larger antenna is always better than an amplified antenna.
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    If your daughter's boyfriend has exclusive access to a patio or a deck, he can have a "real" antenna outdoors. Check with him and get back to us. He should read this to see if he qualifies:
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    UCM, eh?

    If he has a window that faces Kansas City with minimal obstructions outside, a small UHF antenna ought to do okay. If he lacks that west-facing window access, it's likely to yield poor results.

    My favorite indoor UHF antenna, if you have room for it, is the ClearStream 2. You shouldn't need any amplifiers in this particular location.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProjectSHO89 View Post
    UCM, eh?
    Yes, do you live in the area?

    Thanks everyone for your suggestions/comments. I am not sure about the specific layout on his apartment but I will get more details and discuss your suggestions with him the next time I see him.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProjectSHO89 View Post
    UCM, eh?

    If he has a window that faces Kansas City with minimal obstructions outside, a small UHF antenna ought to do okay. If he lacks that west-facing window access, it's likely to yield poor results.

    My favorite indoor UHF antenna, if you have room for it, is the ClearStream 2. You shouldn't need any amplifiers in this particular location.
    I agree, a west facing window would be the way to go. It looks like your report was for ground level. If it's above the first floor, even better. I'd add the Eagle Aspen DTV2BUHF 2-Bay UHF Outdoor Antenna to the list of antennas I would use in that situation. I has been used successfully indoors by a MANY people. While it may be ugly, we're talking a college student's room here. It has the added advantages of being very sturdy, inexpensive, and can be used outdoors if he moves to a place where he can have an outdoor antenna. You will need to buy a length of coax for it (12 ft should do) You can hang it in the window or make a stand for it with a pipe flange, 1 foot of pipe, and a block of wood.

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    Yes, do you live in the area?
    I grew up in east-central Missouri, between Jeff City and St Louis.

    I'd add the Eagle Aspen DTV2BUHF 2-Bay UHF Outdoor Antenna to the list of antennas I would use in that situation. - See more at: Help needed with indoor antenna suggestions
    While that antenna certainly will do the job, I'm personally offended by down-to-the-last-detail Chinese copies of another company's product.
    Last edited by ProjectSHO89; 07-27-2013 at 03:58 PM.

 

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