Cutting the Cord, Part IV: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
However, we're hoping for an attic-mount situation. We have a lot of trees and don't fancy the fall leaf drop tangling around our antenna, or the antenna getting smacked regularly by falling twigs and branches. So, we moved the antenna to our bedroom (right below the attic but WAAAAY easier to get to) and scanned for channels again. Fewer and with significantly lower quality.
We've decided to give the poor struggling antenna some help. We've just ordered a pre-amplifier and a tuner. Some additional amplification should help out a lot, as should tuning the signal close to the antenna, rather than running the signal through (literally) fifty feet of coax before it's tuned at the DVR-PC.
Lots of high hopes and optimism tempered with some disappointment that it didn't work out just the way we wanted to as-is. Depending on shipping speeds, we should be ready to test things again this weekend.
Total Cutting the Cord Expenses to Date: $62 for the new remote, and $30 for the USB tuner stick. $0 for trial memberships for Hulu-plus and Playon. The antenna cost $119.99. Add another $133.66 to the bill for the pre-amp and tuner. Total out-of-pocket expenses thus far:$345.65. Roughly 4 months without Comcast to recoup that.