Jay Cordova wrote: > It will be rabbit ears in an apartment in Sterling, VA > for right now -- but then a house in a few months where > I'm recommending to my brother a 50 to 60 foot mast with > rotor and antenna atop. That should be good for the > DC/Baltimore area, right? Jay, go to http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/Address.aspx At that site, you can enter the street address, and it will tell you which stations in Wash and Balt are within reach, what their distance and azimuth is from the address you entered, and what type of antenna will work. The site lists NTSC and DTV stations. I would expect that rabbit ears would be adequate for Wash market stations only. Get a Radio Shack double bowtie, though, because the Wash stations are not all that close. You might find that a rotor is not required to reach Wash and Balt stations from Sterling. And I really think a 60' mast would be overkill. Baltimore stations are worst case about 45 miles distant from Sterling, as the crow flies, so a regular antenna mounted to the chimney, for instance, should be adequate. Unless you're at the bottom of a pit, of course. Radio Shack sells high gain UHF antennas with corner reflector. Should be just what you need. If you can wait until this coming holiday season to buy the ATSC STB, that's what I'd do. Around that time, the new "5th gen" LG units, and probably others of similar capability, will be on the market. These do a much better job of using multipath energy constructively, and will no doubt help not just with rabbit ear reception, but also to make antenna aiming much less critical with your outdoor antenna. For example, you might find that aiming for optimal Baltimore reception gives you plenty of signal also for Washington stations, without having to reaim the antenna. From Sterling, my bet is that this is what you'll find. With STBs now on the market, antenna aim could be more critical. Bert ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.