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Forum: Help With Reception 14-Jan-2019, 6:53 PM
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Posted By blackstone
Thanks Nascarken

Thanks Nascarken
Forum: Help With Reception 13-Jan-2019, 7:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 821
Posted By blackstone
Thanks for your response, Nascarken. I was...

Thanks for your response, Nascarken.

I was using a Channel Master directional antenna; about 30 years old.
Since I didn't know if these things deteriorate, I bought the ClearStream.

I...
Forum: Help With Reception 13-Jan-2019, 1:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 821
Posted By blackstone
Lost all VHF stations

I was happily getting all the stations that were available to me on VHF and UHF until a week and a half ago.

I received a lot of great patient help here in this thread a couple years ago....
Forum: Help With Reception 11-Dec-2017, 6:17 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 20,949
Posted By blackstone
The Winegard and it's power are completely...

The Winegard and it's power are completely inside.

I believe the power component of the PA 18 is inside and the connection and preamp are enclosed.
It just arrived a little bit ago but I haven't...
Forum: Help With Reception 11-Dec-2017, 2:51 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 20,949
Posted By blackstone
Thanks for your reply. My thoughts are to...

Thanks for your reply.

My thoughts are to keep the Wingeard on the inside for VHF and use the PA 18 outside near the DB8e for UHF.
The PA 18 has weather protection.

I am amazed at how much the...
Forum: Help With Reception 8-Dec-2017, 12:24 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 20,949
Posted By blackstone
So far, all those channels are holding. I...

So far, all those channels are holding.

I need to tweak my VHF antenna direction.
Night before last, the wind turned it.
I must not have had it clamped firmly enough.

WWCP and WTOV aren't...
Forum: Help With Reception 7-Dec-2017, 9:31 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 20,949
Posted By blackstone
Some new preliminary results. If they hold,...

Some new preliminary results.
If they hold, it's great.
I'm making this report with cautious optimism.

The first preamp to get here was the Winegard.
The Pa 18 may not arrive until tomorrow..
...
Forum: Help With Reception 5-Dec-2017, 9:14 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 20,949
Posted By blackstone
Thanks for those suggestions. Right now, the...

Thanks for those suggestions.

Right now, the DB8e is @215-218 (best guess because it's hard to be sure)
The CM and DB8e are @ 40' apart now and have separate coax.
I moved it to eliminate the...
Forum: Help With Reception 5-Dec-2017, 8:06 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 20,949
Posted By blackstone
With a couple exceptions, I mostly had that when...

With a couple exceptions, I mostly had that when I started.

My goal is to get the stations I should get.

The DB8e has given me a fleeting glimmer of hope that I may achieve that.
Otherwise...
Forum: Help With Reception 5-Dec-2017, 7:16 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 20,949
Posted By blackstone
I understand, jrgagne99. I have several 100+...

I understand, jrgagne99.
I have several 100+ page threads on a coal furnace forum.

The TV Fool report at the beginning should be accurate, still

2 KDKA Must have ***
4 WTAE Almost a must have...
Forum: Help With Reception 5-Dec-2017, 6:09 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 20,949
Posted By blackstone
I have 11 VHF channels that fit that criteria but...

I have 11 VHF channels that fit that criteria but only 1 on UHF.
KDKA is my only 100% reliable UHF
Forum: Help With Reception 5-Dec-2017, 3:38 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 20,949
Posted By blackstone
Thanks for that info, Rabbit73. Always good...

Thanks for that info, Rabbit73.

Always good and I learn.
(Slowly)

Just ordered the PA18 UHF/VHF Antenna Pre-Amplifier Kit from Antennas Direct.
Should get here late Thursday so I'm status quo...
Forum: Help With Reception 5-Dec-2017, 1:20 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 20,949
Posted By blackstone
Good analogies, jrgagne99. Checking the link. ...

Good analogies, jrgagne99.
Checking the link.
Is my CM 3414 4 port amplifier considered a splitter?
And a question on connectors.

Do I count as a connector each connection to the antenna and...
Forum: Help With Reception 5-Dec-2017, 12:42 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 20,949
Posted By blackstone
Just got this delivered and hooked up. Linear...

Just got this delivered and hooked up.
Linear 2512 ChannelPlus DC & IR Passing 2-Way Splitter/Combiner
Got 13 channels VHF and 20 UHF.

(I almost always get 13 VHF stations).

It seems to work...
Forum: Help With Reception 4-Dec-2017, 9:36 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 20,949
Posted By blackstone
I'll check out Walmart.com. Usually, it takes a...

I'll check out Walmart.com.
Usually, it takes a long time

I was looking at the PA18 UHF/VHF Antenna Pre-Amplifier Kit from Antennas Direct.
I can get a 10% discount which makes it $2 more than...
Forum: Help With Reception 4-Dec-2017, 8:57 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 20,949
Posted By blackstone
I'll be returning the RCA and trying a different...

I'll be returning the RCA and trying a different one.
That was the only one in my town.

I don't have a lot of choices here.
I have Ace Hardware, Busy Beaver lumber, and Walmart.

Next town,...
Forum: Help With Reception 4-Dec-2017, 7:23 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 20,949
Posted By blackstone
Thanks for that info, rabbit and jrgagne. ...

Thanks for that info, rabbit and jrgagne.

I've never used a grounding block.

Yesterday, I had the DB8e with the combined switch on.
Today, I had it set to separate.
In both cases, it...
Forum: Help With Reception 4-Dec-2017, 6:40 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 20,949
Posted By blackstone
Thanks for that input, jrgagne99. The highs...

Thanks for that input, jrgagne99.

The highs and lows of cutting the cord

My area is black on that map.
It says nil signal.

What does this mean?
Forum: Help With Reception 4-Dec-2017, 6:29 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 20,949
Posted By blackstone
I may have gloated too soon. I lost some...

I may have gloated too soon.

I lost some stations completely and others went from normal to weak.
The only thing that changed was weather.
It got cloudier.

And, possibly, I attached the extra...
Forum: Help With Reception 4-Dec-2017, 5:49 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 20,949
Posted By blackstone
Since I'm trying to be greedy, I called Antennas...

Since I'm trying to be greedy, I called Antennas Direct for their suggestions on optimizing my weaker signals.

They sell this preamp...
Forum: Help With Reception 4-Dec-2017, 2:25 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 20,949
Posted By blackstone
The results from using a preamp are discouraging....

The results from using a preamp are discouraging.
RCA TVPRAMP1R.

Tried various settings and connections and got -0- stations with any of them.
Here's what I tried:
FM Trap on
UHF separate...
Forum: Help With Reception 4-Dec-2017, 12:52 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 20,949
Posted By blackstone
Here is the status as of 8:30 am 12/4/17 The...

Here is the status as of 8:30 am 12/4/17

The DB8e is hooked directly to the CM3414 amp.
No preamp.
Antenna is 10' off ground.

Best guess approximation of bearing is 218 Magnetic
VHF CM not...
Forum: Help With Reception 4-Dec-2017, 3:28 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 20,949
Posted By blackstone
I removed the UHF from my CM to add it to the...

I removed the UHF from my CM to add it to the DB8e.
That wasn't my original intention, though.

Antennas Direct recommended the DB8e when I called them. (Had a 25% off coupon which was my...
Forum: Help With Reception 4-Dec-2017, 2:21 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 20,949
Posted By blackstone
My CM antenna works great for VHF from the...

My CM antenna works great for VHF from the southwest without preamplification.

I'm looking at improving reception from the south east.
WJAC and WWCP

If I could reliably pick up WTAE on my...
Forum: Help With Reception 4-Dec-2017, 1:58 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 20,949
Posted By blackstone
The CM VHF, my DB8e UHF and a possible UHF/VHF...

The CM VHF, my DB8e UHF and a possible UHF/VHF for the south east.
WJAC and WWCP

BTW, thank you for your continued patient help
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