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Forum: Help With Reception 18-Aug-2020, 12:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 8,672
Posted By jrgagne99
I can also recommend the Kitz-tech pre-amps. I...

I can also recommend the Kitz-tech pre-amps. I have the KT-200 and it has been working fine for 3 years. Supposedly very low noise at 0.4 dB.

Would the KT-700 have lower noise than a "generic...
Forum: Help With Reception 14-Aug-2020, 7:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,507
Posted By jrgagne99
I think that was a good idea. Distance of...

I think that was a good idea. Distance of 10-feet isn't very much, and if it makes it easier and safer to troubleshoot and service, it is worth the small penalty (fraction of a dB).

My pre-amp...
Forum: Help With Reception 14-Aug-2020, 2:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,507
Posted By jrgagne99
The voltage signal that the amplifier sees...

The voltage signal that the amplifier sees consists of "usable signal" (the part that the TV tuner needs to decode) and "noise". I think in broad terms, amplifiers increase both components equally,...
Forum: Help With Reception 8-Jul-2020, 5:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 8,672
Posted By jrgagne99
Smile Mounting the preamp closer to the antenna cuts...

Mounting the preamp closer to the antenna cuts down on the signal loss, but I viewed the ~1.5dB of loss over 50-feet of down-tree coax as an equitable trade for easier access to the pre-amp. I...
Forum: Help With Reception 8-Jul-2020, 1:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,038
Posted By jrgagne99
I had a similar case a few years back. Memory on...

I had a similar case a few years back. Memory on it is a little bit fuzzy, but I believe my Sony's channel list under this scenario included duplicates of the virtual channels. So when you flipped...
Forum: Help With Reception 6-Jul-2020, 1:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 8,672
Posted By jrgagne99
You could consider moving the pre-amp down to a...

You could consider moving the pre-amp down to a more serviceable height or location. As an example, my antennas are 55' up in a pine tree. I used a large man lift to do the installation, but...
Forum: Help With Reception 22-Jun-2020, 1:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,996
Posted By jrgagne99
I second the 30-2476 suggestion. It has one of...

I second the 30-2476 suggestion. It has one of the highest VHF-hi gains available. Try that in the church parking lot. If there is still pixellation and drop-out, I think it is most likely...
Forum: Help With Reception 22-Jun-2020, 1:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,436
Posted By jrgagne99
I agree. From what i've seen and experienced,...

I agree. From what i've seen and experienced, the 2476 has the highest VHF-hi gain available today.
Forum: Help With Reception 14-Apr-2020, 12:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,878
Posted By jrgagne99
I guess my first thing would be to try to start...

I guess my first thing would be to try to start at the source (the antenna). Check the terminal connections, maybe take a piece of sandpaper and some dielectric grease up with you. If possible,...
Forum: Help With Reception 12-Mar-2020, 1:54 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 20,818
Posted By jrgagne99
I have a portable handheld TV that works well for...

I have a portable handheld TV that works well for such things because it is small enough to take with you on the roof for signal hunting. It has a signal strength indicator setting with 5 levels. ...
Forum: Help With Reception 11-Mar-2020, 7:54 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 20,818
Posted By jrgagne99
I would take a TV up to your attic and test the...

I would take a TV up to your attic and test the antenna's output directly (short coax). Then work your way back, step by step with the TV, to find the bad component(s). It could be the UHF/VHF...
Forum: Help With Reception 2-Mar-2020, 2:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,000
Posted By jrgagne99
Unless the beamwidth becomes too narrow to get...

Unless the beamwidth becomes too narrow to get the signals from the different azimuths.
Forum: Help With Reception 2-Mar-2020, 1:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,000
Posted By jrgagne99
IMO, the VHF antenna aimed at Binghamton is only...

IMO, the VHF antenna aimed at Binghamton is only warranted if you don't get the desired programming from Syracuse. For example if you want the local news broadcasts from Binghamton's. Otherwise,...
Forum: Help With Reception 28-Feb-2020, 5:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,000
Posted By jrgagne99
Don't forget to account for the magnetic...

Don't forget to account for the magnetic declination in your aiming. Ultimately signal strength is the final arbiter. A TV with a signal strength meter, preferably a quantitative one, is very...
Forum: Help With Reception 28-Feb-2020, 3:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,000
Posted By jrgagne99
I believe rabbit ears has repack info for...

I believe rabbit ears has repack info for channel-specific reallocations. The FCC site has the repack schedule for each of the 10 phases. Currently in Phase 8. Phase 10 will be completed by 7/3/20....
Forum: Help With Reception 28-Feb-2020, 3:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,000
Posted By jrgagne99
I suggest you focus on the signals at 325-ish...

I suggest you focus on the signals at 325-ish degrees. They are the strongest ones in your report, all UHF, and if successful, will get you all the major networks. If you can't get CBS on WTVH...
Forum: Help With Reception 27-Feb-2020, 7:26 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,000
Posted By jrgagne99
I think you have a decent shot at good reception....

I think you have a decent shot at good reception. My report is worse than yours and I can reliably receive all 5 networks. Since you haven't specified which market you are after, I will assume...
Forum: Help With Reception 27-Feb-2020, 7:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,251
Posted By jrgagne99
They two directions are pretty far off from...

They two directions are pretty far off from 180-degrees apart though... But it is certainly worth the experiment with the 4-bay.
Forum: Help With Reception 27-Feb-2020, 7:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,836
Posted By jrgagne99
Unfortunately, it looks like you'd better call...

Unfortunately, it looks like you'd better call the cable company. Try the rabbitears.info query first, but it's not looking good.
Forum: Help With Reception 23-Dec-2019, 1:38 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,248
Posted By jrgagne99
I've even had "woke" millennials raise an eyebrow...

I've even had "woke" millennials raise an eyebrow because they think I'm stealing the TV service. And they're the ones still on their parent's cell phone and Netflix plans...
Forum: Help With Reception 20-Dec-2019, 7:10 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,603
Posted By jrgagne99
How old is the dropline down into the house? ...

How old is the dropline down into the house? Have you tried taking a portable TV right up there to the antenna to check reception there? No pre-amp is needed for this test.

I tend to doubt that...
Forum: Help With Reception 20-Dec-2019, 1:21 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,248
Posted By jrgagne99
I too am bummed that I won't be able to watch the...

I too am bummed that I won't be able to watch the Pats beat up on the Bills this weekend. :)

A bit more seriously, there is actually precedent for NFL-Network games being broadcast on the local...
Forum: Help With Reception 19-Dec-2019, 1:37 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,603
Posted By jrgagne99
Did you locate the pre-amp at the antenna mast?

Did you locate the pre-amp at the antenna mast?
Forum: Help With Reception 18-Dec-2019, 12:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,603
Posted By jrgagne99
The VHF kit is a single dipole element that would...

The VHF kit is a single dipole element that would most-likely improve your reception compared to a UHF-only antenna, but would not even come close to a 30-2475 or 30-2476.
Forum: Help With Reception 13-Dec-2019, 1:37 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,603
Posted By jrgagne99
I think you're on the right track with the...

I think you're on the right track with the pre-amp. Perhaps the balun has been a red herring?
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