After lurking on the forums for a while, I decided to try my hand at building an antenna. I knew that it would need to be a strong antenna due to my TVFOOL report (note that this report is from before the recent database issues): http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...e6a4a418000073
The nice thing about my location is that all the good TV stations are located in pretty well straight lines away from my location. And there are very few vhf stations to try to reach. I still haven't decided if I really want to try to get them.
First antenna I made was a stealth hawk from Nikiml website. It worked ok for how simple it was. It received channel 41 (virtual 27) well. I paired it with the infamous RCA TVPRAMP1Z pre-amp that I got for $15 off Amazon and was able to get channel 36 (virtual 33) as well. Needless to say, that isn't really doing great as far as having lots of stations, even though both channels have 3 stations each.
So I built the GH0 from the Nikiml website out of 6-gauge copper wire and a 2x10. That was before I knew that would doesn't do well for antennas. I just made the base model and it did fine. I could receive channel 20 (virtual 21) with it. These results were achieved inside the house, as I was too lazy to run the coax outside.
Well, next I tried a yagi from the same site and got the same channels, so I decided to read some more.
After quite a bit of reading, I decided to make the FF4 antenna attached. It is based on the new version that holl_ands posted a little while ago. I kinda cheated with the reflector, as it is 4 feet by 4 feet piece of 2 inch by 4 inch fencing wire leftover from a fencing project, so it is way oversized, but I figured it couldn't hurt. The bowties are made from 6 gauge copper wire and the phase lines are 8 gauge copper wire. The bowties are probably a little shorter than the dimensions call for, and I probably made a few mistakes, but the results indoors so far have been encouraging.
I now get channel 33 (virtual 11) and channel 25 (virtual 2) in addition to channels 41, 36, and 20. Of course analog channel 29 has always come in, despite being in the complete opposite direction of where the antenna is pointed. Channel 45 was picked up by the scanner but would not play. This all was picked up inside my house, which has cement walls, pointed toward trees. I figure once I put it on the roof I shall get much much better results.
Now I know that the new FF4 drops it's gain off for the higher channels and that will hinder me from seeing much farther with that design, even though it still has decent gain up there. I would like to receive WPGH channel 43 (virtual 53) if possible (should be from what I have read), so I may make another antenna yet. Or maybe I will get lucky and be able to pick it up once mounted on the roof.
One question I have is, should I get a stronger pre-amp? I was thinking the KT-500 would be perfect for my location, seeing as none of my stations have a strong signal, so there should not be any overload troubles. However, I would like to thank everyone on this forum who has shared so much knowledge that has gotten me this far. I find it very enjoyable trying to make something like this that can actually work.