Originally Posted by Damianmgk
I am new at this and only have experience with cable at home. What range of channels are you able to get with this type antenna and how far out in the boonies will it work. I am having a hard time justifying fighting a DirectTV dish, though am spoiled by the programming that I assume not available with your set up. Any coaching you can give me much appreciated.
I have an antenna similar to Alden, and even without the digital attachment (Wingman), it works quite well when within range of a tower. One thing about those digital signals, either you have reception, or you don't. Nothing in between. Not too sure about the exact distance, but at home, for some reason, it outperforms the roof antenna on my house. We're about 25-30 miles from the nearest transmitter, in a very flat state.
We have taken our DirecTV dish (standard definition) all over the country, and after I got the hang of setting it up, I can do it in about 5 minutes. I have one of those fancy Winegard satellite finders...
Satellite Finder - Winegard SF-1000 - Satellite Antenna Accessories - Camping World
....but I can do it quicker with the satellite coordinates and an old Boy Scout compass. In an ideal scenario, I try to find a campsite where the rear of the trailer faces in the general direction of the satellites, point my television towards the rear of the Airstream where I can see it through the window, set the receiver on the signal strength screen, and align it as I watch the TV screen. Where this is possible, I only have to use about 10 feet of cable with a quick connect on the end. For longer runs due to trees, or other obstructions (like humongous SOB's), I have some extra cable and a wife to yell out the window.