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Forum: Help With Reception 30-Oct-2020, 8:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,185
Posted By jrgagne99
Wow, that's some high-level analysis Tower Guy. ...

Wow, that's some high-level analysis Tower Guy. It's neat that the recommended horizontal spacing is tailored to the precise channel, not just the band. Do you have a recommendation on the...
Forum: Help With Reception 30-Oct-2020, 2:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,185
Posted By jrgagne99
Good point. I missed that detail. It certainly...

Good point. I missed that detail. It certainly does make it a lot harder. Seems worth a shot for a single antenna with good return policy though.
Forum: Help With Reception 29-Oct-2020, 2:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,185
Posted By jrgagne99
Based on the RabbitEars report, I think that CBFT...

Based on the RabbitEars report, I think that CBFT and CBMT are certainly possible if you are up for a challenge. The are sitting at -5 dB noise margin. For comparison, I reliably (99%+ of time)...
Forum: Help With Reception 26-Oct-2020, 1:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,185
Posted By jrgagne99
That's a neat idea--- a repeater station with a...

That's a neat idea--- a repeater station with a Tablo and Wifi link powered by solar PV and batteries.
Forum: Help With Reception 23-Oct-2020, 9:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,185
Posted By jrgagne99
Ok, so some combination a UVSJ, HSJ or similar...

Ok, so some combination a UVSJ, HSJ or similar should be used to make sure you're just transmitting the relevant TV frequencies? Would this approach be starting to skate pretty close to FCC rules...
Forum: Help With Reception 23-Oct-2020, 8:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,185
Posted By jrgagne99
Tower Guy, Why is the channel filter needed,...

Tower Guy,
Why is the channel filter needed, i.e. why can't you just re-broadcast everything?
Forum: Help With Reception 23-Oct-2020, 4:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,185
Posted By jrgagne99
You need to put a repeater at the top of the...

You need to put a repeater at the top of the ridge at the northern end of the pond. :-)

J/K, but seriously, does anyone have any experience with repeater setups, i.e. the following 3-antenna...
Forum: Help With Reception 23-Oct-2020, 2:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,185
Posted By jrgagne99
Unfortunately, I think even the Sherbrooke...

Unfortunately, I think even the Sherbrooke stations are took weak to pull in reliably, and Montreal looks even further down in the weeds. A Stellar Labs 30-2476 is your best bet to try for the...
Forum: Help With Reception 16-Oct-2020, 9:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,935
Posted By jrgagne99
All the Mount Mansfield VT stations are similarly...

All the Mount Mansfield VT stations are similarly difficult path for you, and right on the digital cliff it seems. A custom yagi for RF 7 might be worth a try. I once built one for RF-21 (IIRC)...
Forum: Help With Reception 6-Oct-2020, 2:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,898
Posted By jrgagne99
Yes, comparisons across manufacturers can be...

Yes, comparisons across manufacturers can be difficult to obtain. Even when they do post gain vs. frequency charts, they can be on different bases (i.e. dBi vs. dBd) so you need to do a little math...
Forum: Help With Reception 6-Oct-2020, 1:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,898
Posted By jrgagne99
That is also a good idea, but the problem with...

That is also a good idea, but the problem with finding a "sweet spot" in this case is that due to the close proximity to the trees especially near the chimney, the location of the sweet spot is...
Forum: Help With Reception 5-Oct-2020, 4:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,898
Posted By jrgagne99
It looks like the southern end of the house has...

It looks like the southern end of the house has the best shot of seeing the RI towers. If the 751 doesn't work, a Winegard 7694 has a little more horsepower that might pull them in. There is also...
Forum: Help With Reception 18-Aug-2020, 1:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 9,764
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, 8:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,612
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, 3:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,612
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, 6:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 9,764
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, 2:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,570
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, 2:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 9,764
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, 2:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,772
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, 2:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,207
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, 1:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,288
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, 2:54 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 22,057
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, 8:54 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 22,057
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, 3:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,946
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, 2:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,946
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,...
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