More Help with antennas in WNC


Good afternoon to all the experts out there. Need some advice on choosing an antenna from all those out there who know best. Starting from scratch here with 2 TVs with converter boxes atached to each. Have been using an old antenna and picking up 2 channels (13 and 25) but now the wind has destroyed that and I need a totally new setup. In very hilly terrain here in Western North Carolina, and kind of down in a valley besides. Could pick up ABC, NBC, CBS, and PBS before the switch. Here is the TV fool map :
TV Fool

Any help would be appreciated, and Thanks!!!



There are two ways to go about this. The best choice depends on budget and personal preference:

1) A single antenna on a rotor: A Winegard HD-7696 antenna and a Channel Master 9521a rotor, or

2) Two band-specific antennas used in a fixed-aim installation: A Winegard YA-1713 VHF model aimed toward the south-southeast to capture CBS on WSPA 7.1; and a Winegard HD-9032 UHF antenna pointed roughly southwest to pull in PBS, ABC, Fox, CW and NBC. (Aiming trial and error will be needed to find the exact "sweet spot" for the UHF antenna.) The antennas may share a single mast, but for best results, the 9032 should be mounted a minimum of three feet higher than the 1713; more separation would be better if possible. Merge signals from the two antennas onto a single coax cable with an inexpensive UVSJ band combiner for minimal signal loss.

No. 1 would be more expensive than No. 2. Regardless of your choice, get the following:

• RG-6 coaxial cable for the outdoor cabling, from the antenna(s), through the UVSJ, pre-amplifier (more on this next) and pre-amp power injector and on to the splitter input. Specify coax with a black outer jacket for better resistance to UV wear. Existing indoor RG-59 cabling is OK when used to distribute amplified signals from the splitter to the TVs.

• A Winegard HDP-269 pre-amplifier to counteract cable and splitter losses in the coax system. Higher-gain pre-amps may overload due to the relatively strong signals from 13 and 25. Overload won't damage equipment, but will probably "drown" weaker signals, particularly that of the NBC affiliate.

Your specified height of 10 feet above ground level appears to be the optimal choice. I ran the coordinates at a 25-foot height; that significantly weakens the already-weak NBC signal. Usually, more height = better signal, but your location seems to be the exception that proves the rule. :D