…You talk about the EZ HD antenna, but than you say do not look at the small antennas. What would you suggest for my location?”
I retrieved the reception data for your location from DTV Reception Maps and there are both VHF and UHF signals available. A really good antenna choice is the EZ HD antenna (pictured to the left). The antenna should be installed aiming ESE at about 120 degrees on the compass. In this position you will receive all of the Chicago area channels.
If the antenna will supply a single TV, and the coax cable runs directly from the antenna to the TV without a signal splitter inline, no amplification will be needed. If a signal splitter (for instance if you have multiple TV’s) is installed between the antenna and the TV a signal amplifier will be needed to compensate for the signal loss created by the splitter. In fact, even if you have just one TV with a signal splitter attached, you’ll still need to compensate for the signal loss by using an amplifier.
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When I refer to antennas to avoid, I usually refer to them as “compact antennas”, and what I mean by that term is that most indoor antennas and those antenna that are enclosed in plastic housing etc., are considerably smaller than the EZ HD. I’m not going to name names but they’re easy to spot. They will be antennas that don’t look like antennas, make outrages claims, be unbelievably low priced and generally seem too good to be true. In other words, “Step right up, what a deal we have for you…”
Thank you for the inquiry!