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  1. I live in a hurricane prone zone and have opted for a metal roof to provide more security against winding up sleeping with a view of the stars. Would the metal roof inhibit the signal if I install my antenna in the attic?

  2. The 10 foot length of pipe he is referring too is.

    At Home Depot or Lowes.

    Known as , Top Rail chain link Fence Pipe. Top Rail Fence Pipe. 10' 5" lengths.

    The Top Rail Fence Pipe is Low Cost , Easy to Cut with a Hack Saw.

    Makes Excellent Antenna Mast Pipe.

    Above the Roof Tripod Antenna Mount or Other Outside Mounts , You can use the full 10' 5" Length of Top Rail Fence Pipe , with no guy wires.

  3. Quality and Truth

    If a Preamplifier is installed.
    No I do not recommend install powered amplified splitters every where , Why , Reason , Signal Overload Will Cause Bad Reception.

    Having a Preamplifier and a Amplified Powered Splitter is asking for Signal Overload.

  4. Where I live, I don’t want an outdoor antenna install because I plan to move within a year so how do you feel about the Mohu Leaf 60 mile indoor flat antenna? Thanks

  5. Back in 1970 when I was seven (I'm 56 now) a friend of our family had the ungrounded antenna in his attic and as described in the video the static built up, there was a lightening strike, and as a result his house ended up being burned to the ground. He and his wife split up a short time later and she had just their second baby.

  6. Believe it or not..had I known this in Germany about 40 years go..I would not have had to move to on post housing…I did get reception..but it was lousey…30% would have suited me there was a total of ONE station available that was English..and it was the military's different nowadays

  7. Hi, I have a couple of random length, AM radio antennas in my attic. I am considering putting a TV antenna in the attic also. Question: Will the radio antenna interfere with the reception on the TV, and visa versa……. thanks!

  8. I installed attic antennas in every Red Roof Inn because corporate didn't want visible antennas on their hotels.
    Since Red Roof Inns have extremely high attic spaces i was able to install massive vhf and uhf Blonder Tongue cut channel yagis and got great results.
    Signals were about 3db or so lower on the field strength meter with a dry shingle roof.
    Loss got much higher when wet or covered in snow so i had to use much higher gain antennas to ensure good signals under those conditions.

  9. I get zero channels with antenna below 10 feet high, and >70 channels with it mounted in my attic.

  10. An opportunity would be to talk to Apartment Complex management about adding an antenna on top of each building, using the dual inside wall mount, one for cable and one for those that want local programming without the cable bill.
    In my area there is a lot of new development which would make the wiring much easier. You can get a lot of channels 40 ft off the ground.

  11. I have an RV and am looking of an OTA option for boondocking. I’m in your area. Any chance you could help?

  12. I have an RV and am looking of an OTA option for boondocking. I’m in your area. Any chance you could help?

  13. I placed an antenna in my attic two years ago and receive 42 channels. The broadcast towers are all within 35 miles of my home. The antenna came with an adjustable VHF and UHF amplifier.

    I paid $46.00 for it from Amazon, but the price has since gone up to a $100.00. I would not pay a hundred for it. There are better antennas for that amount of money. The VHF channels came in without increasing the gain, but the UHF required the maximum adjustment on the amplifier. I am currently using the original RG–59 that was placed in the walls back in 1983. If I could figure out how to replace it with RG-6 cable, I would replace the fifty feet run of old cable.

    I'm looking forward to your upcoming video on grounding antennas. I hope it covers grounding options for attic antennas. I've been trying to figure out how to ground mine. I'll try to replace the cable and ground the new cable at the same time.

  14. yea, I got one of those GE Pro models. Testing it in my bedroom, I got 8 channels. Up in the attic, I got 46. Unfortunately, due to atmospheric interference, two of my local affiliates don't come in well between 10 and 6 PM every day. Trying to figure out how to deal with that. Preamp helped a little. Now, at least I guess I should ground it. BTW: my HOA doesn't allow outside antennas.

  15. Personally I recommend the Yagi antenna, they do a great job picking up TV/Radio signal. But in some areas an active outdoor antenna will solve the signal problem. The flat antenna or indoor antenna is not worth it unless you live very close to the transmission tower.

  16. They want $35 for the J-mount. I paid $3.50 for 1” pvc pipe and clamps to mount it to the rafters. Works fine. In Florida I receive 87 channels in my attic.

  17. The problem with flat antennas is that most brands won’t let people change the very thin cable they come with and they don’t have the proper VHF elements. The benefit of flat antennas is that they can easily be taped to a ceiling which is almost as good as attic reception and can also be easily taped outside a window to provide outdoor reception.

  18. How about attic mount vs same height outside? I'd be curious how much is lost using an attic mount. (using a signal strength meter if possible).

  19. It all depends on your location and the install options that you have but when all is said and done installing a TV antenna outside at the highest point possible is still the best.

  20. I am getting some pixeation onsome channels but they are watchable. I use a clearstream antenna in the attic. I have it split to use two tvs. Should I use a powered two way splitter or a preamp. I have an antenna craft pretty amp model 10g201 from an old antenna. Would that work to boost signals using a normal 2 way splitter or is the powered splitter instead of a preamp better.

  21. Sometimes an antenna can "see" the signals better through a gable wall than through the slant where there are asphalt shingles. That's because gravel in those shingles can act as though earth. If that gable end has foil-facing, all bets may be off. A site survey takes time. Don't just try one location, because five feet in either direction can make a big difference.

  22. Outdoor antennas should always be grounded but it's probably save enough not to ground an attic antenna (unless it's right in front of a skylight). If your house does get struck it's the power surge over your power lines that are likely to cause damage.

    And the size of the attic space can vary, particularly on older houses, so a pole may not be necessary or even fit.

  23. What about an antenna mounted on the outside of the house at 1st floor window level vs Attic?

  24. From my experience outdoor reception is much better than indoor or the attic unless you have an antenna with amplifier. In the attic with an Yagi antenna I didn't had problems receiving VHF/FM channels but with the UHF channels I had some problems, mounting outside or on the rooftop I had great reception both for VHF and UHF. But with an amplified antenna it performed well everywhere. Great video Antenna Man!

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