My house is about 35 miles north of the TV transmitting tower, I thought almost any indoor antenna would do, but this was not the case.
|Mohu Leaf Antenna|
|Amplified Indoor Antenna|
Because there is a house just South of my house blocking the direct path to the TV transmitting tower, I thought an amplified antenna would help, so I bought the RCA amplified indoor antenna at Walmart for $60. Well, this amplified antenna didn't improve network station reception. I reasoned the house next door blocking the signal and there was nothing for the antenna to amplify.
|RCA Basic VHF UHF Antenna|
From what I read, an outdoor antenna should be installed on top of the roof to get the best reception. However with my extreme poor vision, I won't risk my life getting on top of my roof. instead I install a 3-foot pole on a fence post near the Comcast cable junction box, then I mounted an antenna on top of the pole.
|Eagle Aspen UHF Outdoor Antenna|
I did encounter couple of quality issues with this UHF antenna. After I connected the coaxial cable to the antenna's connector, the connector holder was broken apart when I pushed the connector in the holder. I fixed this by holding the coaxial connector in place with a loop of electrical tape because I didn't want to bother with the effort of exchanging it. Then I found out the antenna mounting U bolt was also defective making it impossible to mount this antenna to the pole. I had no choice but to exchange for a different one. The new one was in good condition and I was able to mount the antenna without any problem. This antenna was made in China with cheap material, not sure how long it would last in the hash Colorado outdoor weather.
The photo above shown the finished project. In additional to the antenna, I also had to install grounding wire to comply with the electrical code. As a side note, I installed the outdoor antenna mostly by touch. Anyway I felt I accomplished something.
I also have an Apple TV media streaming box for watching other stuff like YouTube. I really like Apple TV because of the Voice Over feature. I am also looking into getting TVPad or Moonbox for watching live Hong Kong programs.
I found the info in the following websites very helpful with my project.
TV Fool Find the TV transmitter in your area
HDTV Primer Everything you want to know about antenna