What is the best antenna for use in a highrise

quezay

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#1
I live in a highrise apartment building and just cancel cable I'am have trouble getting all channels even though most are less than 5 miles away. I have tried different brands manufactured by different companies and still get piss poor reception.

Can anyone recommend a good antenna to use; it must be an indoor antenna as I have no where to place a outdoor antenna I do not have a balcony.
 
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MrPogi

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#2
One of your main problems in a hi rise is the construction material of the building. Lots of metal and cement. You'll need to place your antenna in a window probably. Also, if you have a balcony facing your transmitters you can put an antenna there.

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quezay

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#3
Here is the requested info

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I'am on the 6th floor north side, 3 windows, no balconies.

If this matters there are lots of highrises to the east, west and south none are to the north.
 

MrPogi

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#4
Do any of your windows open? Hi rises to the east will be a problem as well as a few VHF hi channels. I think most of your problems are due to the other buildings and the construction materials in your building. I'm looking into a few options for you, but I am leaning toward mounting an outdoor antenna inside, or out the window if they open.

The good news is all your major channels are to the Northwest and pretty strong.
 

dkreichen1968

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#5
When you say your having problems getting all the stations, which are you having problems with? Do they happen to be 7 & 9? What antennas have you tried? Lot's of indoor antennas are designed for UHF and don't do well with high VHF (i.e. channels 7 & 9).
 

MrPogi

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#7
I think SWHouston is spot on with the Clearstream C1C. It's a bit pricey, but it gives you some good mounting options and it can be used indoors / outdoors, with or without the reflector. About $60 shipped from most suppliers, I would make sure where you buy it has a good return policy.

Google products has reviews and prices / suppliers list HERE:
Antennas Direct ClearStream 1 - HDTV antenna - Indoor / outdoor
 

SWHouston

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#8
Pogi,
It would be real nice, if he had a ledge outside one of those North windows, like you implied.
A little spot of Liquid Nail on the bottom of the C1 Mounting Base, and I think he'd be in business.
 
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MrPogi

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#9
The "C" Series is not advertised for VHF-hi, but, I have one looking at a Real Ch 8, at 63.3 NMdb. and it does very well.
I'm getting rf 8 from a LP station on my U75-r, 42.3 NMdb, about 90 degrees off the front. The U75r is also not listed as VHF, but it does okay.
 

SWHouston

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#10
Yes Pogi, I withdrew that comment.
I hadn't looked at the specs for a while, and at one time, they didn't actually say it (the C Series) was ok for UHF-hi. I see that it IS advertised for it now.
Thanks for pointing that out.
 

dkreichen1968

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#11
I had problems with RF 11 with my U-75R in Palmer Lake, but only because it was 1-edge and we we're 1/8 mile from the up slope of the Colorado front range. Works excellently in Colorado Springs driving multiple tuners.
 
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