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Old 05-03-2006, 09:20 PM   #1  
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Ok...I live in Zip Code 80134. WE are in new construction...and by edict from the grand poobah (my wife), we have to have no external antenna. We have a fairly large attic that is wired up for antenna. We also have a large, 50 ft. tall, hill between us and the signals.

Here's what I've tried:

-Rabbit Ears that I've had for 10+ years
-Only get channel 46
-TERK HDTVo
-Can sometimes pick up channel 32 and always 46
-Radioshack VU-90 XR
-Can only get channel 46

Again, these are all in the attic.

I know I'm going to get the obligatory you probably need to give up or find a way to put an antenna outside, but I'm willing to try some things...so let's try to be creative.

So....i'm ready to hear what you might have to say...and thanks a ton in advance.
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Old 05-04-2006, 07:02 AM   #2  
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Please don't ask me to predict performance of any indoor-mounted antenna: I just can't do it, as there are far too many variables to be able to predict your results. Based on the zip code you have listed, I really don't think that you have much of a chance to see ANYTHING until Denver finally builds it digital transmission tower, and I know that construction has been held up by the town of Golden and some locals. Good luck!
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Old 05-04-2006, 07:14 AM   #3  
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Depending on the layout of your house, could an antenna be mounted outside, but lower on the roof so as not to be seen from the front street side ? I know mounting on the top most ridge line is preferred to maximize height, but sometimes just getting the beast outside where it can see daylight, but mounted lower than the ridgeline will work if the "right location" happens to be on the back side of the roof. If this does not fit your location, then good luck in the attic.
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Old 05-04-2006, 08:58 AM   #4  
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Depending on the layout of your house, could an antenna be mounted outside, but lower on the roof so as not to be seen from the front street side ? I know mounting on the top most ridge line is preferred to maximize height, but sometimes just getting the beast outside where it can see daylight, but mounted lower than the ridgeline will work if the "right location" happens to be on the back side of the roof. If this does not fit your location, then good luck in the attic.

-sometimes the most street friendly location is not the best location for best reception...blockage and multipath comes to mind.

just recently did an install. the customer wanted a smaller vhf/combo installed at the back of the home.

-the rear location was not feasible because of coax length, blockage by trees and multipath cause by structures.

-tried the antenna they had their hearts set on...just did not perform well. we moved the mount to various points on the roof and tested signal.

-the best spot was toward the front left side of the home aiming to a clearing and we ended using an antenna the next size up.

to compromise, the antenna was installed on a tripod at low profile...cutting off the top 2' of mast.

we peaked called the customer to check the pictures and they were pretty pleased...they were perfect...

until the wife looked outside and noticed the size and location of the antenna. she wanted it removed...freaked out...

after consultation with the hubby... she agreed to keep it up and they are enjoying perfect trouble free digital reception on the digitals and minimal ghosting on the analog.

to make a long story short...please do the job right...and deal with all the dramatics...its just an antenna!

now tiger ...advise the customer which antenna is best for them
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Old 05-04-2006, 12:27 PM   #5  
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Send the little lady to the dayspa...

put up the outdoor antenna...

tell her to get over it!
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Old 05-04-2006, 02:47 PM   #6  
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Fellows, this is DENVER we are talking about: he can put up the biggest and baaadest antenna he wants to, and there is still no guarantee that he is going to get anything more that what he is getting now. Denver as a town has extremely limited DTV service!. Most of the stations are operating from very low powered transmitters scattered throughout the city, and large parts of the Denver area are blanked out because of interfering mountains.
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