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Old 11-10-2008, 10:42 AM   #1
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Question Medium Directional Antenna with Pre-Amp Question

I filled out the information on antennaweb.org and found that i need a blue antenna, which is a medium directional with pre-amp. My question is what brand and how do I install it? Do I have to hire someone? I'm kinda afraid of ladders. I love in 33064 - Lighthouse Point, FL.
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Welcome to the forum, kmory!

AntennaWeb is known for being very conservative. I looked up your ZIP code using another tool, tvfool.com, which is much more detailed (and technical). It's attached below. It shows strong local signals from all major broadcast networks and quite a few independent stations as well. If you're planning on mounting an antenna above the roof, a medium directional antenna for channels 7-69 will probably do a good job without amplification. A pre-amp won't be necessary unless a) the signals would be split among more than two TVs, b) coax cabling would total more than 150 feet and/or c) there are big obstructions like multi-story buildings nearby (within less than a mile) that stand in the way of the Miami stations, all of which are just a tad to the west of due south.

Look through the local Yellow Pages to see if anyone does antenna installations. A good contractor should be able to make a recommendation and install something suitable for your location. (Most would rather get the installation done right the first time and avoid returning repeatedly to fix problems.) If there aren't any antenna contractors around, try asking independent satellite installers whether they might be interested in the job, as the work is quite similar. If you end up going that route, you may have to purchase the antenna, mast, mount and possibly pre-amp online. The installer should be able to provide basic components like coax cable, splitters and grounding equipment.

If you end up buying your own antenna, I would recommend the Winegard HD-7694 for straightforward installation, performance and durability. Here's a list of online vendors selling antennas and supplies.
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If you want the looks of a smaller antenna without sacrificing much performance, you might also take a look at a Channel Master 2016, which is also cheaper.
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