Hello, new poster from Central Connecticut USA. I'm primarily looking for a recommendation on an antenna to replace my current flat one.
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My house faces North-West, so that makes angle determination relatively easy. You can see the majority of channels are front-facing, with a few off to the left.
The flat antenna I have now is a Wineguard FL5500 flat antenna, just hanging over a curtain rod, facing forwards. Due to the relatively strong signals I get (and we are up on a hill) I'm getting pretty decent signal overall to my two Tivo units (via basic splitter). Picture and signal is good, but we get minor dropouts here and there on some channels (mostly ABC real channel 10) which is all I'm looking to solve. Of course, this is high VHF so I need an antenna for that.
I'm only interested in improving my signal on the existing, pretty strong channels. Not looking to pick up much in the fringes. A few channels are missing from the TVFool report, but if we can improve signal on the major networks then I expect it would be a little better on those anyway, so I'm not concerned.
So the questions:
1) What antenna would be recommended? I'm happy to build, but I don't want to waste my time with a complicated design and end up with no benefit.
2) I ran across a few angled SH (superhawk) antennas by holl_ands, and liked the bi-directional nature on the back side, which matches the 70-degree angle of my desired stations. SH is also what was recommended by the antenna guide. I think, the V would be open "backwards" in my application.
3) Again, just to keep it simple (I don't expect to need much complexity) I was trying to avoid a reflector plane...
4) I saw a few people build one using metal tape on a flat board... this would be easiest since I can simply tape-out the pattern and then bend the board (and tape) to get an angle... hence I was looking at the SH again. Is this workable, particularly due to my already pretty-strong signals? Or do I have to use wire/piping?
5) I also wonder, what is the typical gain of a flat antenna like the FL5500? This will help me decide how much gain I "need" for this application. I figure if I can get a little better, then I know I'm on the right track.
Thank you in advance!