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  •  Unfortunately, the typical listener is not (0+ / 0-)

    going to put up a Yagi or other form of directional antenna on the roof... or even an omnidirectional antenna.  More likely, the listener will be using a receiver that uses the power cord as the antenna, or that has a whip antenna that can be extended (fairly common in portable receivers).

    Some people might be sufficiently motivated to try using an indoor antenna with a built-in preamplifier, but they will be in the minority.  Depending on the situation, an indoor antenna may or may not work.

    Please also keep in mind that people who live in apartments usually do not have the option of installing a rooftop antenna.  Their landlords often will not allow it.

    Please also keep in mind that for full quieting of the receiver, considerably more signal strength is required for stereo reception than for monaural reception.

    You are right, though... the best reception will result with a good directional antenna mounted up in the clear.  If one wants to receive stations located at different points on the compass, an antenna rotator might be required.  This will make the initial installation more costly.

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