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Forum: Help With Reception 9-Jan-2019, 6:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,040
Posted By Tower Guy
I notice a significant difference between the...

I notice a significant difference between the signal level of KNIC calculated by tvfool.com and RabbitEars.info. Tvfool shows KNIC 48.3 dB stronger than FOX while RabbitEars says 32.3 dB. That makes...
Forum: Help With Reception 3-Jan-2019, 9:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 941
Posted By Tower Guy
I believe that your existing preamp is...

I believe that your existing preamp is overloaded. The clue is that you are having problems with real channel 31. An overloaded preamp causes third order intermod, which in this case is likely...
Forum: Help With Reception 31-Dec-2018, 6:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 941
Posted By Tower Guy
Extra height might help, but watch out, WFSB is...

Extra height might help, but watch out, WFSB is too strong for a 7777 preamp.
Forum: Help With Reception 17-Dec-2018, 7:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,246
Posted By Tower Guy
The HD 7698P is a 8200U but without the channel...

The HD 7698P is a 8200U but without the channel 2-6 extension. There are no signals available on channels 2-6, so I’d stick with the smaller antenna.
Forum: Help With Reception 13-Dec-2018, 1:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,246
Posted By Tower Guy
A preamp at the antenna would offer a few dB...

A preamp at the antenna would offer a few dB improvement in signal, but as you noted, as long as the antenna is not blocked by thick trees, or a nearby building, the signals are strong enough that it...
Forum: Help With Reception 13-Dec-2018, 12:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,246
Posted By Tower Guy
Antenna: Winegard HD-7698P aimed at 232 degrees...

Antenna: Winegard HD-7698P aimed at 232 degrees true.

Distribution amp: ChannelMaster 3414
Forum: Help With Reception 29-Nov-2018, 4:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,526
Posted By Tower Guy
The components that you have should work fine. ...

The components that you have should work fine. I'd be looking for a wiring error with the power supply or a bad F connector.
Forum: Help With Reception 24-Nov-2018, 11:56 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,564
Posted By Tower Guy
I’d try a Clearstream 2MAX.

I’d try a Clearstream 2MAX.
Forum: General Site Feedback / Discussion 8-Nov-2018, 6:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 11,075
Posted By Tower Guy
Here's my 2 cents. Are both the house and...

Here's my 2 cents.

Are both the house and barn fed using triplex from the pole? If so, they are considered two distinct systems, each of which need their own ground which is best done at the...
Forum: Antennas 30-Oct-2018, 2:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,723
Posted By Tower Guy
The situation for you in White Hiuse TN is very...

The situation for you in White Hiuse TN is very different than Ohio. You have stations on VHF low, VHF high, and UHF; all of which arrive in roughly the same direction. The Channel Master antenna...
Forum: Help With Reception 19-Oct-2018, 5:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 869
Posted By Tower Guy
The PS-1403 is a power inserter for a preamp...

The PS-1403 is a power inserter for a preamp mounted at the antenna. To figure out your problem we would need to know the model of the preamp itself.

The 900 MHz splitters that you have now are...
Forum: Help With Reception 19-Oct-2018, 5:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,950
Posted By Tower Guy
I don’t know if the 751 will pick up channel 5,...

I don’t know if the 751 will pick up channel 5, but it should do fine with the other locals. Note that channel 5 is in a different direction, so a single antenna can’t be aimed for channel 5 anyway....
Forum: Help With Reception 17-Oct-2018, 9:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,815
Posted By Tower Guy
Grounding does not effect TV reception unless...

Grounding does not effect TV reception unless there are extremely strong nearby transmitters, especially high power AM stations.

The key to a safe ground system is to have every ground tied...
Forum: Help With Reception 17-Oct-2018, 7:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,427
Posted By Tower Guy
You can follow the links for each station in...

You can follow the links for each station in Burlington VT from this web site.

https://www.rabbitears.info/repackchannels.php?country=US&city=&state=&mktid=113&owner=&sort=&ph=&lss=&status=

You...
Forum: Help With Reception 17-Oct-2018, 7:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,427
Posted By Tower Guy
When you tried a preamp did you run a separate...

When you tried a preamp did you run a separate RG6 or use the rotor leadin to power the preamp?
Forum: Help With Reception 17-Oct-2018, 6:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,815
Posted By Tower Guy
Anyone who intentionally cuts any ground wire is...

Anyone who intentionally cuts any ground wire is a person who has put your house and TV equipment at risk. CATV companies are liable for grounding mistakes, so his fear is not imaginary. A good...
Forum: Help With Reception 11-Oct-2018, 6:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,560
Posted By Tower Guy
Did you know that one of the major distributors...

Did you know that one of the major distributors of antennas is right in your back yard? Solid Signal is located in Novi, MI.
Forum: Help With Reception 26-Sep-2018, 8:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,687
Posted By Tower Guy
Both your DB4e and the HBDX91 are UHF only...

Both your DB4e and the HBDX91 are UHF only antennas. There is no reason to combine them for VHF reception. I’d combine the DB4e that you have with a true VHF only antenna.
Forum: Help With Reception 11-Sep-2018, 1:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,523
Posted By Tower Guy
Both channel 29s are low power stations, so the...

Both channel 29s are low power stations, so the range is much less than full power stations.

Multipath in digital can not be seen as ghosting, it simply prevents any reception.

Mileage ranges...
Forum: Help With Reception 8-Sep-2018, 3:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 851
Posted By Tower Guy
The rolling black horizontal line could also be...

The rolling black horizontal line could also be caused by a failed component inside the TV set. In some cases an electrolytic capacitor can fail and cause this symptom.
Forum: Help With Reception 8-Sep-2018, 1:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 851
Posted By Tower Guy
Your brother has at least two problems. The first...

Your brother has at least two problems. The first is reception issues, perhaps due to poor signals and multipath.

The other problem is the rolling horizontal lines. That is an indication of a...
Forum: Help With Reception 8-Sep-2018, 1:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,523
Posted By Tower Guy
There are two channel 29s. One in Grand Rapids...

There are two channel 29s. One in Grand Rapids and one in Muskegon. They can interfere with each other, especially when combining antennas aimed in different directions. In addition, the channel scan...
Forum: Help With Reception 6-Sep-2018, 3:32 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,564
Posted By Tower Guy
Low band may be coming back in some places, but...

Low band may be coming back in some places, but not his section of rural Georgia.

Adding a UHF and VHF antenna together in a UVSJ prior to a preamp offers outstanding performance.
Forum: Help With Reception 5-Sep-2018, 6:02 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,564
Posted By Tower Guy
The 8200U is a waste of money. There are no low...

The 8200U is a waste of money. There are no low band VHF stations anywhere near realjet. Realjet remains better off with a high VHF antenna aimed at Chattanooga and a UHF only aimed elsewhere.
Forum: Help With Reception 2-Sep-2018, 2:37 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,564
Posted By Tower Guy
What does TACK off mean?

What does TACK off mean?
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