I made an antenna out of coat hangers, house wire, a board, some screws and washers and a 75 ohm balun. I can pull in every station locally even some over 20 miles away. I haven't paid for tv since 2002
I'm familiar with these sites. I've spent many hours on them over the last few weeks.Quick and easy lookup of stations you can realistically get: https://antennaweb.org
Way more detailed index of all stations in your area, with mapping and signal strength indicators: http://www.tvfool.com/
We used various iterations of the amplified/"50" Leaf antenna before we had cable, which can work well if you take the time to figure out placement.