50 feet eh? The top of the barn might be 30-35 . A few years ago I got a free dish and service through a program with Shaw for a different camp , maybe I'll investigate this route, thanksPretty much - do you have anywhere that you can mount an antenna high (at least 50ft)? It may improve some of the grey channels (3 and on) - but isn't worth investing in a tower or anything.
Based on your report you have a good chance for the first two channels with a preamp and this antenna:
Hey, I apologize for the lack of response to your post! I got sidetracked by other things and never got back to this. Anyway, I took the chance and this past weekend, I put a RCA ANT751R in my attic, ran RG-6 to my home theatre and I get all 3 of the available channels in this area - crystal clear. Since I run a projector, I needed a tuner, so I also got the Channel Master DVR+. Setup was a breeze, but I have one problem - occasional audio dropouts and jerky video when playing back recordings. I got the Seagate Expansion 1TB HD (STEA1000400).:frown However, when I set up the DVR, I forgot to download the software updates right away. So, I'm hoping that future recordings won't have that issue, now that I've installed the updates. We'll see...If you're still on the fence, make your own antenna I say.
With the big three networks having towers practically in your back yard, I'd make a quick DIY rig before spending any coin just to see what you get. That close and I'll bet a one-coat-hanger folded dipole you can make in minutes will catch lots of signal near a window as a test then move it to the attic as you describe to keep the wife happy. Worst case upgrading to a SBGH should get you plenty and be less than $10 in parts.
As for your runs, I'm using a 45' feed of good shielded coax with no problems. Think about two (cheap DIY) antennas for your two different locations as well. Might be cheaper/easier/better than a splitter.
Yes, that's when it happens. You can learn more about Tropospheric Propagation here:eading through the comments on the YouTube video indicated that Summer DX was more frequent than Winter.
It depends upon the maximum usable frequency (MUF).Wondering if anyone can shed light on the frequency of good atmospheric conditions.