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OTA Through Glass
Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:29 PM
My local market to the South seems to line up well for one of my upstairs attic windows. The attic has a finished floor and tall ceilings and it would be an ideal spot to put the antenna and not have it detract from the architecture at all.
It's a standard dual pane window. How much if any signal loss would occur through something like that if the antenna was right at the window?
Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:52 PM
How far away are the transmit antennas? Got an idea what OTA antenna you want or need? Some stations still transmit on old upper VHF frequencies so if there are any of those in your area you'll want to make sure that your antenna can handle it.
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:34 PM
Posted 06 February 2013 - 06:43 AM
Some windows have coatings on them that reduce the signal a lot. If this is the case the antenna may work better placed along the wall.
Indoor antennas can be a bit pesky to set up. Before permanently mounting the antenna in your preferred spot try it in several locations around the room. Also try different heights. You are looking for the sweet spot. Hopefully the sweet spot is not in the middle of the room, or on your favorite chair.
Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:08 AM
Also, signals at that distance will be extremely weak....the noise level of things in the house will likely interfere with reception, especially an VHF channels.
Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:47 PM
I have one customer with a TV antenna pointed out a basement window (window is next to walk in door) and the house is on a bluff, ~200 ft above the terrain and 30 miles from 1/2 the locals, and 15 miles further on (in the same direction fortunately), the rest of the locals. The antenna is UHF only and mounted about 15 feet inside the window.
I've also mounted an antenna under a deck (and barely a foot above ground level) and shooting through plastic lattice. This house is also on a bluff, and much further (20 miles more) from the towers. The only problem with this one was that the families dog had access to under the deck and liked to chew the antenna. Not the coax, the antenna. I have replaced it twice. The dog seems none the worse for his aluminum addiction.