Question: New install antenna advice needed, please.


Hello. I currently have cable and wish to setup ota. The initial install will include a single TV but will eventually go to 4 TVs. My signal report is here: also see attachment.

The antenna will be roof mounted, approximately 30 ft above ground level. Signals are available from 2 directions - the 320s and the 170s (degrees). I wish to get whatever is practical but not excessive. For instance, I will settle for one market or the other. I don't need the extra expense of a rotor.

Wiring is all RG6 with the longest expected run around 50-75 ft.

I do not want a significantly large antenna (~100+) as this would intrude into the airspace above a deck, which my wife would not stand for. I have been interested in both the Yagi and the reflectors (what are they called?) such as the DB4, etc. Are these reasonable for my area? The Yagi would be a better fit as I have a J pole from a previous DTV install, so don't have a lot of vertical room to mount the antenna. A DB4 might require the purchase in installation of a longer pole, which I would prefer not to do but would if it was needed.

I appreciate any recommendations you can make, particularly as regards specific antenna and if an amplifier might be required.

General Questionnaire for an OTA (Free TV) System Installation

What is your primary objective (check the line applicable) :

I don’t want to spend much, just want a few Local Stations:___.
I want as many as I can reasonably get:__XX_.
I want the best system I can, to replace my Cable/Satellite Service:___.
I want to get EVERYTHING I can, cost is NO object:___.

Main Assembly:
What kind of Terrestrial Antenna do you presently have: NONE - CABLE
(Make/Model/None): ____. ____.

Is the Antenna to be/or installed:
On top of your TV (same Room), Attic, Rooftop or Pole: ROOFTOP

If inside (same room) on which floor is the Viewing Area:
First, Second, which: _______Floor.

If in Attic, Roof or outside separate Mast/Pole:
How high above ground is your Antenna installed/proposed:
30 ft.

(Make/Model/None): ____. ____.

Are you presently using a Pre-Amplifier: NO - NO ANTENNA CURRENTLY. DO I NEED ONE?
(Make/Model/None): ____. ____.

How many linear Cable feet is it between your Antenna and the most far TV:
50 - 75ft.

How many TV sets will be/are presently being used, on this system:
3 OR 4

How many Splitters are in use in your system: NONE. ALL CONNECTIONS WILL GO THROUGH A PATCH BAY, THOUGH.

Are you using a Distribution Amplifier: NO. WILL I NEED ONE?

Additional Information:
Are you/do you plan to integrate Cable or Satellite Services with this system:
Yes/No NO

Is there anything else you would like to provide concerning construction, obstructions or geographical issues? TO LARGE OF A BOOM WILL INTRUDE INTO THE AIR SPACE ABOVE A DECK. TOO HIGH OF AN ANTENNA WILL REQUITE A NEW J POLE.

Do you have a current Chart for the Free Local TV Channels in your Area?
also see attachment.


Given your distance, you're going to need a fairly hefty antenna.
This one will receive from two directions. antenna
Given your distance, you're going to need a fairly hefty antenna.
This one will receive from two directions. antenna
Thank you for your comment. I should also have mentioned that I have a travel trailer that has an older Wineguard Sensar antenna. This is an amplified antenna When parked at ground level and among trees on my property, the antenna gets quite a few of the stations from Orland (north). Surprising, actually.

I looked at the 8 bay you cite. It is quite large vertically for my site. Also, given the performance of the Wineguard at ground level, I am wondering if I really need something that large.


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Of all the channels you can reasonably get are UHF, save one (WESH/NBC).
Possibly you could get two UHF (only) Antennas and join them.
The specs on those would require that they have a high front/back rejection ratio.
That lessens the possibility of a station to the rear, feeding into, and disrupting the
ones you are actually pointing at. Many UHF Antennas are rather low profile.

They can be mounted in quite separate locations and function properly.