Choosing an Antenna: Meet “Antenna Web”.
There is one website so extremely valuable I’m giving it special mention here: Antennaweb , a site sponsored by the NAB. Punch in your address and they’ll show you all your signals and just how to best position your antenna, and even what kind of antenna to buy.
Below is a screen capture I did of my own results here in San Diego.
One or two comments about real life settings. Antenna Web recommended I use an omnidirectional antenna, and I went with Antennas Direct model DB2 because it was only $35, small, and easy to work with on my DirecTV conversion plan. In theory omnidirectional is just that – it doesn’t have to be aimed. In actuality most of these do have some directionality.
The signals coming from the west, i.e. Mount Soledad 2 miles away were so strong I could probably receive them with a clothes hanger. My first setup was to try and split the signals and aim the antenna roughly southwest. The challenge was the group of stations labeled “B” coming from La Mesa. I found these wold slip in and out of reception. Some of this might have been due the deficiencies of my cheapo converter box. But in the end aiming at the weaker channels was really the optimum set up.