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The neighborhood where I grew up in the 1960s and 1970s was about 25 to 30 miles from the "big three" network television broadcast stations (ABC, CBS, NBC) in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. That is considered a fairly long distance in the over-the-air TV realm. Knowing what I know now, I am somewhat surprised that those in our area were able to receive programs as well as we did when all the homes I recall had just a single, standard multi-element antenna on the roof. If anyone had stacked, phased array setups like this Finco Co-Lateral TV Antenna installed, I certainly do not remember any. Most of the antennas in Holly Hill Harbor and the surrounding communities did not even have an antenna rotator, yet evidently were pulling in signals satisfactorily - and without needing to be mounted on a tall tower. That said, about the time I was 16 years old and was seriously into adopting any and all technology I could afford (which wasn't much), I took it upon myself to add an Alliance Tenna-Rotor to my parents' rooftop antenna. Signals were noticeably better by being able to point the antenna toward the source, but due to phenomena I did not know about at the time (varying atmospheric absorption and multipath), sometimes they were better when pointed in a significantly different direction than normal.

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