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the red 8-Apr-2012 5:22 PM

recommendation for antenna needed

I'm trying to determine which antenna would work best for my situation. I currently have two TV's, but may add more in the future. The antenna will be mounted outdoors in one of two possible locations. One, I can mount the antenna on top of the roof (approximately 22' high) near the side of the house and about 10' away from the electrical weather head. This would place the antenna about 30' from the first TV. My second option is to mount the antenna on the chimney at a height of approximately 24' and well away from the electrical weather head. This would place the antenna about 45' from the first TV. I'm trying to determine the following:

Which antenna would work best for me?
Where should I mount it?
Do I need an amplifier?
What type of cable should I buy?
How do I ground my antenna?

Here is my location:

Thanks for any insight.

GroundUrMast 3-May-2012 10:56 PM

I tend to favor chimney mounting provided the antenna is not subjected to soot. Use of a 10' mast section helps if there if occasional wood smoke. Tripods and eave bracket mounts are also sturdy and reliable.

Consider a Winegard HD7696P or Antennacraft HBU-44 aimed NW (about 26 compass). With an Antennas Direct CPA-19 preamp, you should be able to drive a 2, 3 or 4-way passive splitter.

If you don't reliably receive KNVA, real CH-49 (CW) you can add a Winegard HD5030 aimed at KCWX, real CH-5 (about 313 compass). Using a HLSJ type signal combiner, you can merge both antennas into the preamp input.

RG-6 is easily found online and locally.

Grounding in a basic system is a two step process:

1) Connect a #10 gauge copper wire to the antenna mast. A bronze ground clamp such as the Halex #36020 is well suited for this application. Run the wire directly to the electrical service ground. Avoid sharp bends in the wire. (Often you can use a 'split-bolt' electrical connector to clamp the #10 wire to the existing ground wire close to the ground rod outside the building. If possible, avoid running the new ground wire inside the building, energy from static or electrical storms is best directed to ground before it has any path into the building. The wire can be bare or insulated, your choice.)

2) Run the coax from the antenna to a location close to the electrical service ground. Install a ground block and with another peice of #10 wire, connect it to the electrical service ground at the same point you connected the mast ground.

I don't recommend short-cuts such as driving a new ground rod that is not connected to the existing electrical service ground. An isolated ground rod often has a high resistance that provides very limited ground connection. The goal is to connect to the same ground system that protects the rest of the home.

Surge protectors located inside outlet strips at the TV, computer or similar devises are worth consideration. A surge protector with a high joule rating is able to absorb more fault energy than a unit with a lower joule rating. Some surge protection units include phone jacks and F-connectors to enable protection of a phone line, coax cable and the power cable(s). However, in the case of an outdoor mounted antenna, this type of protection should not be considered a 'first-line of defense'.

Electron 4-May-2012 2:35 AM

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Tvfool says that KCWX is CW , but , KCWX channel 5 is MyNetwork and This Tv ,

Tvfool says that KMYS is MyNetwork , but , KMYS channel 32 is The CW and Cool Tv ,

And tvfool says that KNVA-DT channel 49 is CW and Cool Tv , and yes , KNVA-DT channel 49 is The CW and Cool Tv.

KPXL-DT channel 26 ION is very weak of signal strength .

I have to leave to go do something I will return with antenna recommendation etc.

Electron 4-May-2012 6:55 AM

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Ok , Research and Evaluation shows Not all of the information provide by tvfool is accurate.

After obtaining accurate information here is my recommendation.

This is a 2 antenna installation , mount a Antenna Craft CS600 above the roof aimed at about 190 degree magnetic compass.

And also mount a Antennas Direct DB4e antenna above the roof aimed at about 228 degree magnetic compass on the same mast as the CS600 and have the CS600 below and the DB4e above the CS600 separated by about a foot or so on the same mast.

Here is how to aim antennas , .

Combine the 2 antennas with a UVSJ = UHF/VHF Separator/Joiner.

And a Antennas Direct CPA-19 preamp connected to the output of the UVSJ.
Antennas Direct has a UVSJ (also known as UHF/VHF Antenna Combiner) in a weather resistant housing that is mounted to the mast.

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Electron 4-May-2012 7:10 AM

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Do Not scan for cable tv channels.

The Tv/s Must scan for the Digital Broadcast Tv Channels sometimes named the 'Antenna Channels' or 'Air Channels' in the Tv setup menu because the Tv transmissions travel through the air from the transmitting antenna to the receiving antennas.

There are Many as in MANY Tv Channels that will be received , all the major networks , NBC , ABC , CBS , PBS , FOX , MyNetwork , The CW , and many more.

Electron 4-May-2012 7:41 AM

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The Antenna Craft CS600 will receive the VHF high band Tv stations channels , KSAT-TV channel 12 , KLRN channel 9 , KBNB channel 10 , to the south and the CS600 will receive KCWX channel 5 to the north west.
The DB4e will receive the groups of UHF Tv stations/channels to the , west , south west , south.

Electron 4-May-2012 3:24 PM

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