I'm also going to kick this one off... I'm in the Philadelphia broadcast area, about 25 miles south of the primary broadcast towers. Originally I bought an Amazon Basics "50-Mile" amplified patch antenna without thinking enough about it. I did receive some stations, but not as many as I hoped. Also, signal strength was too low on all of the VHF stations, so I would lose signal when the trees outside would blow in the wind.
So I updated to an RCA ANT751R, that I placed in my attic, and coupled it with an RCA TVPRAMP1R preamplifier. Overall, this was a great choice. The antenna is only about 3 feet wide and 3 feet long. Except... I really wanted to get VHF channel 2, and there was NO signal. Not even enough to generate a guide listing. And in spite of the fact that my channel 6 (ABC) signal should be overwhelming, I only had a weak channel 6 signal that would fade out in bad weather.
Now, the ANT751R is a very nice antenna... As long as all of your channels are VHF channel 7 or above. But in Philadelphia, I have channels 2 and channel 6 I want to watch. And even the amplifier didn't help...
As an experiment, last week I made two folded-dipole antennas and added them in my attic. One of the dipoles is tuned to channel 2, and the other is tuned to channel 6. I then added these two dipole signals together using a "combiner" transformer, and fed that combined output into the VHF input of my preamplifier. (And I'm still using the ANT751R for the UHF channels.) The result is perfect... I now get great reception on VHF channels 2, 6, and 12. (Channel 12 is easy to get in my area, so not surprising that it still works well even though I don't have any antenna tuned for channel 12.)
My folded dipoles are made from old-fashioned 300-ohm twin-lead wire, and a couple of 300-ohm to 75-ohm matching (balun) transformers made by RCA that I picked up at Lowes. It requires a bit of soldering for assembly, and I nailed them directly to the roof-joists in my attic.
Instructions for measuring and building the antennas are here:
The overall lengths I used for each dipole are:
Channel-2 = 54-60MHz = 57MHz = 97.25 inches long.
Channel 6 = 82-88MHz = 85MHz = 62.25 inches long
As an assembly tip, I soldered the wires coming from the matching transformer directly to the dipole antenna, This is the "feed line" that he talks about on the linked page. So my folded dipole attaches directly to a standard 75 ohm coax cable.
If you over-research this you will find all sorts of people telling you why this can't work... In my case, I have not overloaded my preamplifier, and the narrow SWR of the twin-lead antennas works to my advantage when I'm adding them together. (Just for you antenna purists out there.) It allows me to add the two different tuned-frequency antennas together without them cancelling each other out.
To combine the two antennas into a single coax I purchased a splitter / combiner from Amazon, that goes by the brand name ChannelPlus 2512 for about $12.
Overall, this is a very cheap solution that doesn't involve putting an 8-foot wide and 10-foot long antenna on a mast outside of my house... And as long as you don't have a requirement for a lot of gain, or the need to reject signals coming from the rear, this might work well for you... (I'm talking to you Philadelphia suburbs...)