Question for the antenna experts out there... which scenario is better?
I have an existing RCA 65-mile range (big!) antenna in my attic. Twice I've tried orienting it correctly, but I'm still getting decidedly mixed results. I'm in Green Bay, about 13 miles north-northeast of the towers, in an established neighborhood with VERY tall trees. The neighborhood also slopes very slightly, and the direction I need to point in is toward the higher point of the road.
I really don't want to put the antenna on my roof, so my two options are these:
1) Keep the antenna in the attic. I have a ranch-style 40+ year old house with a very shallow attic (probably about 4-5 feet high at the peak. If I'm reading antennaweb and my compass right, I have to shoot into my roof trusses sideways to be properly aimed at the towers. Beyond the roof, there are tall trees outside at varying distances from he house. If I use one end of the attic, I have a very big maple about 12 feet from the house... on the other end, maybe 15 feet from a big evergreen tree. I have a brand new quad shield RG6 coax run straight down to the basement from the attic into my cable lines in the house.
2) Mount the antenna to an existing satellite dish pole in the back of the yard. When we bought the house, there was an old Dish Network dish with it's sensors removed on a pole in the back of our yard, probably 25-30 feet from the house. It has a dual coax line (combined in one cable with a smaller separate wire - for ground or power?) going under my yard into the house. I would have to bridge the outdoor wire with my indoor cabling with a 20 foot run of coax, since my outlet splits run to the rest of the house from a service room in the center of the basement. The direction of the antenna would be pointing straight into the back of my next door neighbors house, but the antenna would be a good 30 feet back, at least. Their house is higher than mine, and the pole is about 6-7 feet tall.