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DTO60 12-Aug-2013 9:24 PM

Need help with reception
 
Hi,

We are making the switch to OTA TV and need help on what we need to improve reception.

My TV signal results are here: http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...46aeb16c6829af

I have a 40' tower that I can mount an antenna to.

We will have 3 TV's that I would like to hook into a solution for better reception.

We have tried a couple set top antenna's and returned them due to poor performance. I also made one similar to www.tvantennaplans.com with coat hangers, some 2x4 and a foil covered piece of plywood. It works better than the purchased ones, however it is still weak for some channels and we only get one channel using it in the ground floor room. It is quite ugly - my DIY skills.

There seem to be way too many antenna choices. Any advice on what and where to buy it one would be greatly appreciated.

teleview 12-Aug-2013 10:15 PM

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Install on the tower , or , Above The Roof in such a manner that the roof and building are not impeding and blocking reception to the , South West , West , North West , North.

Install a ANT751 antenna aimed at about , 126 degree magnetic compass direction.

Here is how to aim antennas , http://www.kyes.com/antenna/pointing/pointing.html.

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The Tv signals are strong.

A antenna system amplifier is not required.

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For 1 Tv connected use No splitter.

For 2 Tv's connected use a simple common 2 way splitter.

For 3 Tv's connected use a simple common 3 way splitter.

For 4 Tv's connected use a simple common 4 way splitter.

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Here are some places to buy antennas and etc. .

http://www.saveandreplay.com.

http://www.trentondistributors.com.

http://www.amazon.ca.

http://www.amazon.com.

http://www.solidsignal.com.

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--> A Test to Prove Reception.<--

Connect a New continues length of coax to the matching transformer (balun) that is connected to the antenna and run New continues length of coax through a open door or window direct to 1 Tv.

No couplers , No splitters , No ground couplers , No nothing.
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It is the , ANT751 , matching transformer , New coax , Tv.

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The Tv/s Must Scan for the , OTA=Over The Air , Digital Broadcast Tv stations/channels , often named the 'Air Channels' or 'Antenna Channels' in the Tv Setup Menu because the Tv transmissions travel through the Air from the transmitting antenna to the receiving antenna.

Some Digital Tv's will Automatic channel scan for cable tv channels.

DO NOT channel scan for cable tv channels.

Go into the Tv Setup Menu and select , 'Air Channels' ~ 'Antenna Channels'.

Scan for channels.

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Digital Broadcast Tv Tuners can develop - Digital Glitches - that are not cleared out with simple channel scans.

Do Double Rescan , http://www.dtv.gov/rescan.html.

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To keep Weather/Water out of outside connections.

Remove and Discard coax rubber weater boots.

The rubber weather boots take in and hold water inside , this is not good for connections.

Use coax that has the Compression type connectors on the ends of the coax , not the old crimp type connectors on the ends of the coax.

Wrap outside connections with , http://www.coaxseal.com.

Can also wrap the matching transformer with coax seal.

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As always , trees and tree leaves , plants and plant leaves , have a Negative effect on Broadcast Tv reception and so do buildings and other obstructions including your own roof and house.

The Best Practice is to install the antenna at a location that has the least amount to no amount of obstructions of any type or kind in the directions of reception.


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