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Forum: Help With Reception 14-Apr-2020, 12:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,193
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: 19,311
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: 19,311
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: 3,563
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: 3,563
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: 3,563
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: 3,563
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: 3,563
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: 3,563
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: 2,044
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: 1,353
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: 5,965
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: 2,976
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: 5,965
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: 2,976
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: 1,261
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: 2,976
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?
Forum: Help With Reception 6-Dec-2019, 7:06 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,976
Posted By jrgagne99
Yes, that's what I'm referring to. ...

Yes, that's what I'm referring to.



Percentages like that are useful, but not especially quantitative, IMHO. You kind of need to identify where pixelation begins to occur to make any sense of...
Forum: Help With Reception 6-Dec-2019, 1:37 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,976
Posted By jrgagne99
It sounds like you might be on the edge of the...

It sounds like you might be on the edge of the digital cliff, rather than balun problems.

If you think otherwise, you may consider making your own 4:1 balun. Google WAVE LENGTH COAX BALUN for...
Forum: Help With Reception 2-Dec-2019, 2:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,919
Posted By jrgagne99
Thanks for sharing that document Towerguy. Some...

Thanks for sharing that document Towerguy. Some interesting information in there for sure. I will update this thread if/when I see any new information such as determination of the cause of the...
Forum: Help With Reception 1-Dec-2019, 9:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,919
Posted By jrgagne99
Smile And now WPTZ is up and running too. Presumably,...

And now WPTZ is up and running too. Presumably, both WCAX (RF-20) and WPTZ (RF-14) are broadcasting from the same (temporary) antenna. At my location, the signal strength for both is every bit as...
Forum: Help With Reception 1-Dec-2019, 12:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,919
Posted By jrgagne99
WCAX is back on the air using the temporary...

WCAX is back on the air using the temporary antenna. No WPTZ as of yet. It is not clear to me that WPTZ will be broadcasting from the same antenna, as this hasn't been explicitly mentioned in their...
Forum: Help With Reception 26-Nov-2019, 5:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,919
Posted By jrgagne99
WCAX just posted a very interesting update on...

WCAX just posted a very interesting update on their progress, which answers some of my previously posted questions (link)...
Forum: Help With Reception 26-Nov-2019, 3:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,919
Posted By jrgagne99
Before the fire, even though I'm 70+ miles away I...

Before the fire, even though I'm 70+ miles away I had very good reception of WCAX and WPTZ, typically with close to 15 dB of margin on SNR. It will be interesting to see if I can get reception from...
Forum: Help With Reception 26-Nov-2019, 1:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,919
Posted By jrgagne99
Thanks Towerguy! A couple of follow-up...

Thanks Towerguy! A couple of follow-up questions, and I'll try to be specific in my use of the words "tower", "antenna", and "transmitter"...

1) Where did you determine the configuration of the...
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