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Mohu Sky 60 Outdoor TV Antenna Review

Product: Mohu Sky 60
Rating: Rating:5
Pros:
-Rated for 60 Miles
-Has a Discreet Look
-Easy Installation
Cons:
-None

Last November, Mohu sent me a few of their antennas to test and share my thoughts. If you’ve read my Mohu Leaf review, you know how impressed I was with their indoor antennas.  They could almost keep up with the outdoor HDTV antenna I was using at the time, especially their amplified Mohu Curve.

At the time, they also sent the Mohu Sky 60 Outdoor HDTV Antenna. However, the weather wasn’t suitable for me to hang out on the roof and install it until now. Well, the wife took the kids to a birthday party and it’s 65 and sunny so here is my install and review of the Mohu Sky.

Mohu Sky 60 Review

The Mohu Sky is a multi-directional HDTV antenna, meaning it will capture HDTV signals from all directions. This type of antenna is perfect for the area I live in because I have stations in 4 directions, and I’d rather not fuss with re-positioning a directional antenna when I change the channel. Once I install the Mohu Sky, I should just have to  just set it up and never think about while I enjoy free HDTV.

The best outdoor antenna for you  is going to be relative to where you live and where your TV signals come from. If your TV towers are far and in one direction,  you may want a directional antenna. But, if your within 50 miles of the channels a multi-directional antenna will be easier to install and get channels from all directions.

To see stations available in your area, you can use the Mohu Station finder online. Not only will it provide a list of channels available, but the tool will give you an idea of the expected performance of their various antennas.

To see how well the Mohu Sky performs, we need to compare it to a baseline. Below is a picture of my current antenna. Ignore the red stuff at the base. It’s foam I sprayed in there to keep the bugs from living in the antenna.

This thing has served me well so far.  I’m able to get 38 channels with it.  I live right outside Baltimore, which provides all the major networks. I also get a few Washington D.C. stations, but they can come and go depending on the weather.

So after installing the Mohu Sky, which I will take you through step by step in a moment, I ran channel scan on my TV to see how it compares to my current antenna. Typically, every HDTV has an auto scanning function usually found in the settings. Below is and image showing the number of channels my TV found after hooking up the Mohu Sky.

As you can see the Mohu Sky pulled 48 channels.  That’s over 25% more than I had before.  In addition, those DC stations that used to be hit or miss with my old antenna now come without fail with the Mohu Sky 60.

The image above demonstrates the picture is crystal clear. It’s considerably better than what I was getting from cable TV provider. I highly recommend the Mohu Sky 60 if you are looking for a multi-directional antenna. Not only do I have more channels with excellent picture, but the install was relatively easy as you will see.

This is the installed Mohu Sky from my front yard. Even though it’s surrounded by a dense canopy of trees, it’s pulling every channel I hoped and more.

In a recent post, I revealed that over the air broadcast TV has a much better picture than cable or satellite. So it only makes sense that if you are getting rid of cable, get the most broadcast channels you can by getting the best outdoor TV antenna for the best price. So, If you are interested in purchasing the Mohu Sky be sure to use this Mohu Promo Code for 25% off.

Installing the Mohu Sky

The Mohu Sky 60 package includes, the Mohu Sky 60 antenna, mounting brackets, adjustable arm, and mounting screws. It also includes an amplifier and 30 ft of coaxial cable.

The Mohu Sky 60 comes with everything you need to mount the antenna in your attic or on your rooftop. However, it’s design allows for it to be installed almost anywhere.  I can see this easily mounted on the side of the house or on a balcony with some simple wire ties.

When mounting an outdoor antenna, be sure to have it properly grounded. It shouldn’t be expensive to have a professional do this, but this task can be accomplished with a little DIY chutzpah. If you want to give this try, check out my post on how to ground an outdoor antenna.

As you can see by the image at the beginning of the article, I prefer mounting the Mohu Sky on my rooftop. There it will get the best reception and most channels.   While the included directions walk you through installation, I outline the steps below with images.

Step 1: Insert coaxial cable into Mohu Sky antenna

Make sure you use the rubber cover at the end of the included cable.  It will keep water from rusting the connector  or  interfering with the signal.

Step 2: Screw mounting bracket to the back of Mohu Sky

The included screws go through holes on the Mohu Sky Antenna, fastening the bracket to the antenna. There are nuts that you hold on the back which the screws go into. Leave the screws very loose in order to complete the next step.

Step 3: Insert adjustable arm in bracket

The arm has a slight bend on one end.  You want to slide the longer/straighter piece of the arm into the bracket and then tighten the screws on the bracket. After that, head to the roof or the attic with the antenna and the rest of the parts.

Step 4: Install the “I” bracket.

The “I” bracket must be positioned like an “I” and not an H.  This is required as the adjustable arm fits in the center and needs to be vertical. The image above is the “I” bracket being screwed in just below the peak of my roof.

Step 5: Connect the Arm to the “I” bracket

You are connecting the other end of the arm to the “I” bracket. The arm has 2 holes on this end. The lower hole fits into the center of the bracket.  A screw passes through a hole where my right index finger is. A nut and washer are added on the other end. The arm can then be rotate in a semi-circle to adjust the antenna. When the antenna is where you want it, a second screw is added to lock it in place.  Yes, I’m still scrapping off the foam from the old antenna.

Step 6: Connect the Coaxial

This is fairly self explanatory.  I used my existing antenna cable.  If this was a new install I’d have to run the cable to my TV or other digital tuner.

Step 7: Connect the TV and Amplifier

Connect the amplifier to the other end of the coaxial and then the amplifier connects to the TV. The connections on the amplifier are labeled so it’s plugged in correctly.  If you are connecting the antenna to multiple TVs the amplifier needs to be installed before the antenna splitter.

After this step turn on the TV, scan for channels and enjoy some HDTV. If you are interested in purchasing the the Mohu Sky 60, please use my affiliate link below as it supports Grounded Reason.

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    • The Mohu Sky does much better. It pulls in about 15 more stations and provides much more stable reception. However, it's not fair to compare an outdoor antenna with an indoor antenna. There is a lot of signal lost when it has to travel through the walls of the house.

  • How about grounding your antenna? What did you do about properly grounding your antenna against lightning strikes?

    • You can use a grounding block and attach it to your houses grounding wire. If you don't have a grounding wire or can't find it, then bury a grounding rod (metal pole) about 6 feet in the ground and attach the grounding wire to that. Here is a resource on what to do. There doesn't seem to be a good source for grounding an antenna. I'll try and make a resource for this article to help people with that. Thanks for the heads up. I already had this wire run and grounded for my old antenna, so I didn't need to worry about it.

  • I Live in southwest new hampshire....nearest tv towers 50-75 miles away...any suggestions on best way to cut the cable ?? My family likes local news, nfl, hgtv, history and discovery channels, abc,nbc,cbs.

  • Hello. Just got rid of cable but we still have wifi. To get the wifi we have the coax coming in from the street. If I install this antenna and connect another coax to the house will it have a negative impact on my wifi? Thanks for the help

    • It should not cause any issues. The Antenna should be on a completely separate coaxial line than the cable based internet.

  • Is there a way to feed more than (1) TV with this antenna at a time? How would you do that?

  • Have you ever reviewed the Lava HD 2605 Ultra ? We live in southwest florida, between Tampa and Ft Myers. We now get Ft Myers channels on an indoor antenna, but we would rather have Tampa stations,,and this antenna was the one most recommended for longer distance, as Tampa is 80 miles north of us

  • I'd like to install my Mohu Sky in a similar position right under the peak of my roof. Do I need to be concerned about possible leaks from rain? Also, did you have to drill a hole to rub the coaxial cable into your attic?

    Thanks in advance for any help!
    Chris

    • You should use a roof patch pad when installing an antenna mast. I also recommend filling any holes you drill with sealant, or exterior waterproof caulk.

  • HELP I have tried 5 different indoor antennas, including the Leaf.. Two TVs work the main TV does not. The room is next to sliding glass doors, aluminium roof and screening. Also, at one time I had direct TV and the dish is still attached to the house. Can you suggest how to get local channels on the main TV. I have been working on this for the past week and was feeling good about cutting cable.. Now frustrated.

    • Hi Barbara. The best solution would be using an outdoor antenna if you are having reception issues. It's possible that the main TV location is just not in a good area for reception. There are many variables with trouble shooting reception, and the aluminum roof is more than likely a contributing factor. Have you tried using an amplifier?

      • I think you would find it very easy to install the Mohu Sky 60 using the existing mount of your satellite dish. The dish cable can be used with the new antenna and the mounted pole can be used to carry the MS60. The "difficult" thing will be to dismount the dish. They can be a bit cumbersome. Careful working up on your roof - get capable help if you can. Your over the air reception will improve dramatically. The metal roof is definitely an impediment to good reception with an indoor antenna.

  • I live in Phoenix, AZ. The towers are -20miles away. I am using a Curve 50 on 1 tv. When I attached a splitter, I lost the signal. Should I get the Sky so that I can hook up 3 tvs which are about 20 feet apart? Do I need an amplifier? If so, which one (need inexpensive) as I am not working? This is why I am ridding the Cable tv. Also, which splitter should I use (again, need inexpensive)?

  • After one year of pretty decent reception - mid-coast Maine, 30 ' off the ground on a roof mast - with a Lava HD 2605 Ultra I am looking to upgrade. The Lava has started to cause problems. I've lost 4 to 5 channels that were regularly received (with no change in set up or the condition of the device) and must daily (sometimes hourly) fiddle with the direction to maintain signals that were consistently good. Considering the Mohu Sky 60 (and the Channel Master 4228HD). Either of these should work without regard to direction considering the receiving direction of our 21 or so "local" channels, though probably an edge to better reception with the MS60

    BUT - and the reason for my question - will the MS60 be a good option considering cold/snow/ice load that we get here in Maine? I'm worried that it will be too fragile and short lived in that environment. I believe this might be what is causing the Lava to receive less. Any other comments please? Thanks for this review.

    • I'm in the Mid-Atlantic, and we have had some rough winters the past few years and I've noticed no difference. However, our rough Winters are your typical winters. Hopefully some others will chime in.

  • We're getting ready to dump the $120 Dish bill and cut the cord. I probably should have read it before ordering a refurbed Sky 60 from Mohu, but your article convinced me I probably made the right choice. I have one concern, though. We have two channels here in Central Maine I haven't been able to pull in with an amplified indoor antenna (I most recently tries a 30-mile ChannelMaster Thintenna with an amp from another antenna, and got a few still images from 35). Antennaweb says the towers are closer (21 miles) than the other channels I'm getting with no trouble, but says I need a directional outdoor antenna because they are "red" for my location. Do you think I'll have any trouble with the Sky anyway? All the tales of how many channels they pull have been pretty impressive. Do those Yellow/Green/Red zone ratings really mean much for some types of antenna?

    Also, would the Jolt amp that comes with it be sufficient to get a decent signal to all four of our TVs, or would the would the ChannelMaster 4-way amped splitter (with power inserter) be a good investment?

    Looking at the construction of the Sky I have confidence it can handle our winter up here, though Dusty may have it a little harsher down on the midcoast.

    • Took us a while, but I finally did the deed today to complete the cutting process (cancelled the Dish a couple weeks ago, and been limping along on indoor antennas that get most of our channels if the weather's ok). I was concerned that the supplied mast would not raise the antenna sufficiently above the roofline, so I cut a 3' piece of 3/4" conduit and strapped it to the mast (had to shim the bracket on the antenna because the conduit was a little small). It gets the Mohu another couple feet above the roof, which is metal. I went with the Channel Master 4-way amped splitter (with inserter) for hooking up the 4 TVs. I for the heck of it, since I had 3 amped indoor antennas, I used those amps at 3 of the TVs for a little extra boost. The results have been very pleasing! All 22 channels in range with no hiccups, including the two that even the Mohu wasn't getting inside the house. Plus the Harpswell Community station, which is a low-power station about 30 miles away. That one has me scratching my head.

      And thank you for your other advice elsewhere on the page. It was very helpful in helping me figure out what I would need to set this up for my house properly. This site is a great resource.

      • That's great to hear Wayne! I really appreciate the comment. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    • The number that matters most in the grid is how much signal power you have to pick up. I'd have to see what your specific installation will look like though to see if you will have any issues. As for the weather, the Sky has been great for us. We had 30 inches of snow in a 48 hour period and the Sky held up fine.

  • I installed my Mohu Sky antenna this weekend inside my attic and ran it through a balanced splitter to both my TVs. Without the amplifier I received 28 channels and with the amplifier, I receive 37. I'm so pleased and SO ready to call my cable company today and cancel my service. Thanks for the great blog! I have Apple TV also and am going to subscribe to Sling TV so I can get access to HGTV and that's about all I need in my little world. $70+ saved per month!

    • Lisa,

      That's great to hear. However, be ware that Sling TV isn't available on Apple TV as an App yet. I'd go with the Roku.

  • i'm trying to decide between the curve 50 and the sky 60. i have an hoa that states you can't have anything other than a satellite dish on your roof so i would have to mount in the attic. is it worth going with the sky if i have to mount it in the attic?

    • Federal law prohibits HOA's from banning over the air antenna's. See FCC regulations.

      • I actually have a post on this ready to go. It will come out later this week.

    • Hi Joel,

      First I would check with your HOA. The Mohu Sky is smaller and less than an eye sore than even a small satellite dish. If they still say no, then I'd let them know that it is against the law to make such a rule and install your antenna anyway.

  • Hi, thanks for your review. I've done hours of research already but I think I might go ahead and buy the Sky 60 for my friend.
    Her house is surrounded by trees and single family homes and a 2 story building on one side. She's within 50 miles of all broadcast towers 34695 zip code.
    Her house has a metal roof.
    Do you still recommend the Mohu Sky 60?
    Should we mount it on the pointy part of the roof like you did yours?
    Does it need to be grounded if the roof is metal?
    Please advise.

    • You always want to ground an outdoor antenna, and mounting it as high as possible will give you the best reception in most instances. As for the metal roof, I'd check with a professional in your area. Local codes vary and I don't want to give improper advice.

  • I live in NW Florida where we're fairly remote from some of the major network towers. I have included a link to my TV Fool results below:

    TV Fool

    In order to achieve what I need for NFL coverage it looks like I'm good on CBS and NBC but the closest local Fox affiliate is a question. I used the coverage tool on the Mohu site and with their Sky 60 they came back with 12 channels, which didn't include the Fox affiliate. But on the TV Fool map is says it's less than 60 miles and should be OK with an external antenna.

    Any thoughts or suggestions?

    • The miles are sometimes misleading. It's really a matter of how much noise margin is left when the signal gets to your house. It's going to be tough to pull that Fox channel without a directional antenna that has a bit of gain. Even then it will be dicey.

  • I'm getting ready to get rid of my cable too. Was wondering if you tested the Sky60 in an attic environment? I don't want the antenna mounted to the outside of my house. If inside would the antenna need to be grounded? I was also wondering if I would need to mount the antenna, or would it work standing next to a window?

    • I haven't tested the SKY in an attic, but it should be fine. The roof shouldn't add that much attenuation to the signal. As for grounding, it really depends on your local regulations. I personally would, but I'm unsure if it's required due to local regulations varying so much from place to place.

    • An Omni-directional won't work. You would likely need a high gain directional antenna. Even then, it will be dicey. There isn't a lot of room for attenuation in those signals.

  • Thanks for the great article. I purchased and installed the Mohu Sky 60. I love outside Philadelphia in Warrington PA. For some reason I'm not able to get the Mohu to pull in channel 6 (WPVI) bit I'm getting stations father away. I may try rotating the antenna next but was curious if the antenna has reception issues with certain channels.

    Any suggestions are appreciated.

    Jim

    • The problem is WPVI broadcasts on a Lo-VHF frequency. Omnidirectional antennas have a bit of an issue pulling these. To fix this, grab a cheap pair of rabbit ears and see if you can get 6 with those. If you can, then use this UVSJ combiner. Simply plug the sky into the UHF side and the Rabbit ears into the VHF side.

      This solution works because dipole antenna (like rabbit ears) do a very decent job and getting VHF reception. They are just awful for UHF, which majority of stations broadcast on.

  • I'm planning on mounting the Mohu Sky indoors on the second floor facing a large glass window. Is the reception better when coming through only glass instead of a wall? Most of the TV towers are 30 miles to the east of me, but the window is facing south. Does it make any difference for better reception if you rotate the Mohu Sky 10 degrees one way or the other?

    • Minor rotation of an Omni-directional antenna (like the sky) will improve in some situations. I would use the TV Fool website to get an idea of what channels are in your area. It will give you a really good idea of which channels have good signal power in your area.

  • When installing my MOHU Sky 60 outside to get higher and better reception i added a coax ground block outside and then route coax inside to the amplifier. I seem to be getting reduced signal strength from when I initially tried running antenna wire directly inside to the antenna. Could the ground block be preventing power. From getting to the antenna like a splitter would? How should I trouble shoot this system?

    • Its possible that the connections are creating more of a loss. I'd trouble shoot by isolating pieces. For instance, I'd disconnect the ground block (not permanently, just for troubleshooting) and join the cables. If everything works then there may be an issue with the grounding block connections.

  • Hi Dennis,
    I'm new to all this "tech" stuff, but am determined to get rid of my cable connection. My question is this.....if I bought the Mohu Sky 60, you referenced in this post, can it be connected to the existing cable wires so that every tv in my house would get the signal? If so, how do I find a reputable and knowledgeable person to do this for me? (I live in the Orlando, FL, area). I also read your post about Roku without cable and am confused about this too. Are there only certain channels that need cable access for Roku to work? If you avoid those channels, then can I be completely "cable-less"?
    Thanks so much!
    Cynthia

    • Cynthia:
      You can bring the cable from the Mohu Sky 60 antenna to your modem / router. There is a device called a Tablo (www.tablotv.com) which you plug the antenna cable into and the Tablo device connect to your Modem / Router. This will then broadcast via WiFi your antenna connection to all of your TV's. You pick up the signal with a Roku Streaming Stick that is plugged into each TV. You can then buy a solid state Hard Drive to connect to your Tablo and can then record all of your TV Shows received from your HD Mohu antenna for free!!!! I also subscribe to Sling TV to get the History, HGTV, ESPN and CNN News. I was using Comcast and it has cut my Cable bill by 70%. The other great thing about this setup is that there is no cables running to your TV's in your house. It is truly cutting the cable. I also bought a Netgear Modem Router to replace the comcast unit I was renting. The total expense for all of these items will be paid off in about 4 months then I am saving money and getting great TV. Good luck.

  • I love this article. I have purchased the outdoor antenna that you suggested. I want to run it through the existing coax cable from my dish. Is that possible? I want to be part of the revolution !

    • I wouldn't. Some of those cable installations use a lot of splitters. You want to split the signal as little as possible.

  • Hey Dennis,
    I'm trying to cut the cable myself and need some advice on which antenna to buy. I live 50 miles south of Atlanta and 350 miles north of Macon, Ga. Any suggestions? Will the Sky 60 be suitable for my 30257 zip code? Just trying get rid of my $125.00 DirectTV bill.
    Thanks,
    Gary

    • Suburban Antennas Systems have installed more then 30 Mohu Sky 60 antennas. At least 15 of those antennas amplifiers have gone bad making the antenna worthless. I recommend you buy a Clearstream 2 or a Winegard Flatwave Air.

  • Wondering how the antenna would be impacted when mounted in an attic that has radiant barrier attached to the underside of the roofing boards. Would the existence of radiant barrier make the attic install a no-go? BTW, Go O's! Oriole Magic 2017.

    • Metal near the antenna can be bad, but I've actually seen it work out and actually improve the signal. It really depends on the signal environment. Sorry, I can't offer better advice. Let's Go O's!

  • Is the MOHU AIR 60 (sold by Best Buy) the same as the MOHU Sky 60 (sold elsewhere)? The AIR 60 looks the same, but with square corners rather than rounded. Because of the price difference, I'm wondering if the AIR 60 is a discontinued model.

    • They are the same essentially. I think the AIR was a pilot model. But I'm unsure. I'll see If I can find out.

  • Proceeding with caution... I have several "leaf" style antennas (one of them is the leaf 50) and none of them are working well. Based on the TV Fool report, they should all be working very well. Any idea what I might be doing wrong? I get roughly half the available channels, the ones I get tend to be badly pixellated, and there's only four or five clear channels. (Only one of our local stations is clear.)
    Also, I am considering the Mohu Sky as the solution. I wonder if you have feedback as to how it works in an attic installation? (I understand everything related to the HOA situation, but would rather avoid the discussion.)
    I would like to set up a Mohu Sky and send the cable to the same 'network' in my house that presently carries the Comcast signal. Disconnect Comcast... replace with MOHU! Would the Mohu Sky support four televisions by setting it up in this manner?

  • Hi
    Thank you for your support as I cut the cord.
    I received only two channels with the GE pro bar Hd 200 facing the north side on a window. With a metal roof my next step is to try a Mohu Sky 60 directed at the north transmitters. Although, my main tv is about 40' away so I will need to run a coaxial cable. It is confusing reading the reviews on Amazon, Google, etc as each case is unique. Does this strategy have a good chance of success? What accessories - DVR, amp and others?

    TV fool analysis
    http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3de6a4fa9423a620

    thanks, George

    • I recommend checking out my complete OTA antenna review to get a feel for how various accessories will effect reception. Unfortunately, I don't have much experience for how a metal roof will affect things.

  • The Mohu Sky was a disappointment. Prior to purchasing I checked the available stations and everything appeared fine. However, when mounted on the roof it pulled in weaker stations and couldn't pull in those with stronger signals. After contacting Mohu technicians, they admitted the Sky 60 does not pull in VHF hi signals very well. They suggested I get a 30dB amplifier. Instead I returned the antenna and purchased a replacement with a VHF dipole. I am now getting all the stations their ap claimed I should.

    • Hi, Bill. I allude to this issue in my guide to TV antennas. I think you made the right move on not getting the amp. I doubt it would have helped. I'm glad everything worked out.

  • I live alone yet have 6 televisions. I have 2 with the cable box and want to hook the other 4 to an antenna as the cable company charges $5.00 per month for each additional television. I am totally in the dark as to what I need to purchase for my electrician to install the antenna on the roof. I am thinking the Sky 60 would be the best to go with but do I need to purchase more cable and splitters? I would rather have these items purchased when the electrician comes instead of paying their upcharge or pay them to run to the supply house. My home is one level, 2300 square feet, and the televisions are literally from one end of the house to the other. I just want to be able to use all of the televisions I own without paying an additional $240.00 a year!!

    • You could go with a budget Amazon Basics leaf. Those are less than $25 usually. However, you may have trouble with PBS and ABC. Your best bang for your buck would be the clearstream 2V.

  • Hi,

    I am debating which outdoor antenna to buy. We currently have a Winegard FlatWave Amped inside and are unhappy with it. I am thinking about an outdoor antenna and the Sky 60 is at the top of my list. But I want an expert opinion first.

    http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3de6a4c505dccbb8

    ...is my TVFool report. The channels I want to add to my collection are WHTV, WADL, and CIII (yes it is a Canadian station, I live in Detroit). All three are outside of the Detroit-Toledo clusters, so I think I will need an omnidirectional. The one I am most concerned about is CIII. It has a noise margin of 3.4 so obviously I will need some gain. How much gain does the Sky provide? The station is 40 miles away and there are no tall trees or taller houses around my home so it should be able to pick it up. But I'm not 100% sure, which is why I asked you.

    Please feel free to respond or email me.

    • Would the Sky work to pull WADL and WHTV then? I have gotten WADL by putting my Flat indoor antenna in my attic, so I think it can be done with the Sky. In fact, I even pulled in WCMZ, 56 miles away and with a negative noise margin with my paper thin antenna in my attic, so I think I can pull in CIII with its 3.4 noise margin with a Sky under the right circumstances and outdoors.

      Another question- can you use a different mast with the Sky than the one that comes with it? I want to use a taller mast.

      • If that is working for you then I would go for it. I have a lot of trees and buildings near me so the Sky needs about 15-20 dB noise margin. There is no issue from a practical standpoint of using a taller mast. However, I would check with Mohu to make sure it won't violate any warranties.

    • The Sky isn't the one you want. You will need a high gain directional antenna to possibly pull CIII. Also, don't go by the miles. I know antenna companies use that, but it's really the signal power. Check out my article on choosing the best antenna. It will break down which antenna is right for a given situation.

  • I'm using a Any tips on improving my Antenna reception? I'm using a roof mounted ViewTV outdoor antenna I got from Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017JEF126/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1). At first I got all of the channels but weather would frequently ruin my reception so I tried moving the antenna higher to be above my roof line. My reception actually got worse and I lost a few channels. I'm not opposed to getting a new antenna/amplifier but I'm a little lost as to the best antenna to try. Any help would be greatly appreciated! I'm really just looking to get NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX.

    http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3de6a44c6c573d58

    • I've never tried that model. I would go with the ULTRATenna 60. If FOX 13 is causing an issue, it may be due to it being in the Hi-VHF band. In that case, try mounting the Clearstream 2V outside or the Winegard HD7694P.

  • Great article (and site)! I'm in the opposite position from you -- I live just outside DC, and I'm trying to pick up both DC and Baltimore stations. My situation is a little tricky, though, as I'm in a high-rise with several other high-rises nearby. With a Channel Master Stealth 50 on my balcony (14th floor) pointed toward Baltimore, I can get most DC stations (except WDCA and WDCW) and a few Baltimore stations (WMAR, WJZ, WBFF). If I point it in the opposite direction, I get all the DC stations, but only WMAR and WBFF. (Haven't been able to get WBAL at all.) Any ideas for an omni-directional that would pull in the max?

    I'm about 150 up, with mainly north and west views. Here's a TV Fool link: http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3de6a4321b207f12

    Any thoughts would be much appreciated!

    • WBAL is a Hi VHF channel so it's going to be a bit tricky. I would think the HD7694P may do the trick though. It's directional, but you are so close to the DC channels that I think they still may come in without aiming.

    • The Sky should work well. However, PBS 5 will be tough as it a very Low VHF channel.

    • Those VHF channels make me think you want to give something like the Winegard HD8200U a try.

  • Hi Dennis,
    I installed a Mohu Sky 60 at my house in rural, yet mountainous, NH.
    I get all the PBS options, ION, shopping, etc., but not what I'm really after - a station that offers current news like ABC, NBC, CBS or FOX.
    I've tried different heights and directions, but no go.
    The Sky 60 is obviously not omni-directional, but which is the front when aiming it? A flat side or an edge? Using the compass app on my iPhone, I thought I was aiming it the right way to at least grab the ABC affiliate, but no go.

    I have since read an earlier post where someone stated the Sky 60 is not good for VHF. If this applies to my location, would you please suggest an appropriate antenna for me?
    Do I need more than one antenna?

    Here is a my report -
    http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3de6a464558e1278

    Thank you very much for taking the time to answer questions like mine!

    Glenn

    • Unfortunately, it's going to be tough to get those without a custom setup. I'd talk to a local professional.

  • Hello,
    Here is my TVfool report:
    http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3de6a44b76264ab8
    We have three signals very close (60+ dBm NM) and then about 8 more in a different direction, around 40dB NM.

    I was using a Terk HDTVAZ amplified indoor antenna, but it wasn't working very well, probably because we couldn't mount it high enough. So I'm looking for something I can mount outdoor. Do you recommend mounting it on the chimney or on the eave? It's a one story house, so either way it's fairly easy. Which antenna do you recommend?

    Thanks!

    • I'd go with a Clearstream 2V. I would have it mounted to the highest point where there isn't something blocking the direction of the tower. Just make sure you are in compliance with local regulations.

    • Since you have all the major networks to the southwest I would go with a more directional antenna. Something like the Winegard HD7694P would better suit your needs.

    • I'd save some money and grab a Clearstream 2V. That should work just fine.

    • It's going to be tough to pull those network channels. I would recommend a local professional.

    • It's going to be tough to get all your locals. You will need a high gain directional antenna to get NBC.

    • It's rough. I'd consult a local professional to see if they can help you out.

  • Dennis,

    We cut the cord about a year ago in Phoenix where signals were close by & strong, never needed more than a Mohu Leaf in the window to get all of the major network signals. We've relocated to Loveland, CO though and find ourselves significantly further from the major broadcast points. Denver to the south & Cheyenne to the north seem to be in range depending on our choice of Antenna. I'm thinking the Mohu Sky 60 might make sense for me, but would like your opinion. Here's my TVFool report:

    http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3d0013415a3fb909

    I'll be taking down the previous homeowners DirecTV dish but utilizing it's coax runs into a structured wiring panel then out to two or maybe three televisions in the home.

    Appreciate your thoughts and the dedication to your craft ... this site is great.

    • I wouldn't go with the Sky here due to ABC being VHF, give the Clearstream 4V a shot.

  • Hello Mr. Restauro,

    We want to cut the cord but we are not sure which outdoor antenna would be best for our situation as we live approximately 50 miles from towers. We have read so much info and yours seems the most plausible. Here is our tvfool info.

    http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3d001

    What would you recommend? Your help is much appreciated. Thank you!

  • Dennis,

    Here's my TVFOOL report.

    http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3d60ed128eb994ba

    When I check it on AntennaWeb it shows I would get 0 channels. Despite the towers being 35 mile from me. At my old house in a city 25 miles to the west, both sites showed the same data. I'm only concerned with the Houston stations. There is an Airport almost in line with my house and the towers. I wonder if this is why Antennaweb shows zero channels. My attic has a radiant barrier applied to the roofing. I've read conflicting information as to if this would effect the signal or not. I have a big tree in the back yard but from reading this I don't see that that would be a problem. Which antenna would you recommend and where to place? In attic or on the roof. I have a HOA.

  • Dear Mr. Restauro -

    We are in the process of moving and wanted to know what you might recommend antenna wise for our situation. We are not sure if an outdoor antenna or some indoor antenna would be best. Here is our tvfool info:

    http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3d60ed637e5cc916

    We will live in the Cincinnati area but would also like to possibly pull in channels from Dayton, as well as possibly Lexington and Louisville. Thank you so much for your help!

    • There are two slightly different looks with Mohu models. I've tested the one that has more rounded curves.

  • Hello - I'm looking at making the shift to an outdoor antenna. I'm attaching my TVFool report. I'm single and will need to get assistant with installation. Do you recommend I find a local dealer or use on online service like Thumbtack for installation. Not sure on how to best validate someone knows how to position and post the antenna correctly. Really appreciate this site and the opportunity to get help and recommendations. Thank you.

    http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3d60edc8aa3030f9

    • With that report, just make sure you are pointing it south. I personally would suggest someone local. First it helps your local economy. Second, it's easier to complain if you are having issues.

  • Want to cut the cable but it seems the antenna is a huge issue. Maybe I'm over-thinking this. We have 3 TV's; 2 in the basement and 1 on the first floor. Do I need to get 3 separate antennas or do I just go with the Mohu Sky 60? If 3 separate, where do they get mounted? If the Sky 60 is the answer, can it be mounted in the attic? We live in Buffalo and the weather can be brutal. I could possibly mount the Sky 60 to an eave but don't know how to connect the cable. Any help is appreciated.

  • Thank You! Yeah, it takes a bit of digging to understand what to look for in an antenna. Outside radio shacks (which don't barely exist anymore) it's hard to find a store clerk that's knowledgeable on this topic.

    • Dennis - given my TVfool report - am I on the right path? If so, do you see a reason to prefer one over the other (Clearstream 4, Mohu 60 or tryAce )

      • Sorry, I forgot to answer your question. :). You have a Hi-VHF in there so I would go with the Clearstream 4V. It should handle your UHF just fine.

  • Hello. Thanks for a great site. I have used an indoor antenna and just tried a single direction outdoor antenna with mixed results. Constantly having to adjust. My stations are within 65 miles and at times received a crisp picture on 14 channels. What antenna could you recommend for me? My channels span almost a full 180 degrees. I would prefer an attic install, but if outside is optimal then fine. Help! The wife is at the end of her rope on this one! LOL

      • Thanks for the quick reply. Would that antenna require me to constantly rotate for a signal? I know the initial set up would, but after that? And would you suggest an auto rotator so I don't have to get on the roof repeatedly? Could I install this in the attic?

        • I'd put it on the roof. The rotator can be controlled by a remote so there is no need to get on the roof to point it. Personally, I'd talk to a local professional before spending a lot of cash. They will likely have hands on experience installing antennas in your area. My advice is purely based on the numbers I've seen.

  • All of your channels are to the south so you shouldn't need to rotate the antenna. I'd save yourself some money and go with a ClearStream 2v.

  • I don't think the Sky would be your best option. There are a few channels in the VHF range that the Sky may have issues with. I'd go with homelike like the ClearStream 4V I go into details as to why in this article on choosing the best antenna. I don't recommend using the existing coaxial installed in the house. You can try it, but it's likely not an optimal install. If you are unsure how to install an antenna, I would recommend contacting a professional to make sure it is installed properly.

  • Sorry Armando, but WTXF is going to be a very tough channel to receive. I would talk to a local installer. You will likely need a high gain directional, but even then it may be tough.

    • If i wanted to receive all of the other channels what would you recommend? sky 60 or a different kind? I appreciate the advise.

  • I have the same antenna and live in Baltimore near Parkville. Love the reception but I can't get any PBS stations, did you have that problem???

    • I don't, but I'm on West side of Baltimore. The tower is in Owings Mills, so I'm a bit close. Have you tried facing it west?

  • I think a ClearStream 4V would likely work best. I'd make sure the elements are pointed south, since Fox may be the toughest one to get.

  • Great sight for cost cutters and diy folks. I am motivated to cut the cord and you have given me the confidence to make it happen. Could you please make a recommendation for me. I would like to be able to pull in ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and PBS in HD quality with an antenna. I have not decided where I would install the antenna but if the signal is clear, I would be connecting 3 and possibly 4 TVs. The most likely locations would be inside at 3' above ground level, inside attic would be about 20' above ground, and outside mounted would be about 25' above ground level. I do have a fair amount of tree canopy to the South, West, and North. East is mostly clear. Here is my TVFool results; http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3d90388812dd4bde Thank you

    • HI Joe, I;d likely go with a Clearstream 2V or 4V. Be sure to pick up a low power distribution amplifier if you are splitting the signal. You shouldn't need more than a few Db boost on each line. Using multiple splitter can cause some headaches when splitting the signal to more than 2 TVs.

      • Thanks Dennis, What are your thoughts on the LAVA HD8008 Ultra 4K Omni-Directional Amplified Outdoor HDTV Antenna with 360 Signal Lock for my situation? Seems there are so many options out there?

        • I personally haven't tried it, but I've heard good things about Lava antennas generally.

  • I live in Central Pennsylvania in the mountains....I have channels south of me (Altoona and Johnstown) and PBS nearby in State College) but want to get channels from Pittsburgh (100 miles away). Is there an antenna you can reccommend that can do this? I spent $100 on a directional roof mounted antenna and cannot get anything but the 8 local stations I first mentioned.....Thank you in advance.

  • Hello Dennis,

    I discovered you site this weekend, have bookmarked it and will be a regular visitor. I am definitely a future cord cutter. I’m getting my ducks in a row, so that as soon an internet option, other than Comcast, comes to my town, I can move on from DIRECTV. I am closer to the Philadelphia TV stations than I am to New York. However, the county I live in is part of the NY TV market, so my “locals” on DIRECTV are from New York. I am a Philadelphia Eagles fan, so this means I have to subscribe to NFL Sunday Ticket to watch their games on DIRECTV. That was fine when it was $150, but now at $400, I’m thinking it’s time to shave that expense until I can cut the cord completely. I have a man cave/office on the second floor of my house that has attic eaves on either side. I bought the little RCA Yagi Antenna that Amazon sells, hoping that I would be able to attic mount it, and get CBS and Fox from Philly on the TV up there, but it didn’t work. If I placed the antenna on the back of the couch in the center of the room, I could get CBS and a pixelating picture on Fox, but in the eaves of the attic I got nothing but the local NJ PBS station.. Spent my weekend moving the antenna around in the attic, coming out and re-scanning to no avail, so I guess I’ll be sending that back this week...

    Looks like I’ll have to wait until the time comes that I can hire somebody to take down the dish on my roof and put up a tv antenna in its’ place. Here is my TV Fool:

    http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3d9038d25c8c029e

    I am just under 60 miles to all of the Philadelphia TV stations, but I assume that WPVI (ABC) being on VHF Channel 6, is going to make even outdoor reception a challenge from here...

    What antenna would you recommend? And do I have any shot at getting ABC 6.? Thanks!

    • It's going to be tough to pull those Philidelphia stations. You could have an installer come out and ask them what they think. However, there is a streaming solution called NFL Game Pass they may get the job done. Check out my guide to watching the NFL without cable.