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Forum: Help With Reception 30-Aug-2020, 3:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,066
Posted By BigBean
Cool ... but since a half-wave is all that's required,...

... but since a half-wave is all that's required,
I'm looking at just under 5'.

And, it seems this one is still available:

https://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?p=HD8200XL

That just may...
Forum: Help With Reception 30-Aug-2020, 3:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,066
Posted By BigBean
Cool Here's an interesting article: ...

Here's an interesting article:

https://www.kopn.org/about/antenna

To receive a signal from this frequency, a dipole of 10.99'
is required, as that's the length of the wave. That's a pretty ...
Forum: Help With Reception 30-Aug-2020, 2:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,066
Posted By BigBean
Depressing, isn't it? STILL The Europeans...

Depressing, isn't it?

STILL The Europeans won't give in. They have a lot of choices
where we do not ... except perhaps getting lucky on eBay.
Forum: Help With Reception 29-Aug-2020, 4:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,066
Posted By BigBean
Q: Is there a database here or there that has a...

Q: Is there a database here or there that has a roundup
of antenna specs? I've got a line on a couple of RCAs but
they don't give the gain.

I suspect to get PKN I'm gonna need serious gain to...
Forum: Help With Reception 28-Aug-2020, 3:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,066
Posted By BigBean
WOW Thanks, Rabbit! Is that Google Earth? I...

WOW Thanks, Rabbit! Is that Google Earth? I haven't used it in awhile.

Yeah, that looks like the SECOND ridge, as we're in a little valley. There's
a hill across the street to the West, then...
Forum: Help With Reception 26-Aug-2020, 4:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,066
Posted By BigBean
Thumbs up Hello again, all! Yes, I'm a pain ... I...

Hello again, all!

Yes, I'm a pain ... I finally figured out that my TV/FM idea was
NOT going to work anywhere on Earth, so I'm opting to improve
what I've got up there already. Since the TV...
Forum: Help With Reception 25-Aug-2020, 7:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,066
Posted By BigBean
Cool FM Reception

I think this is the correct place to post this:

https://i.imgur.com/G2rF9cP.png


So, I'm farting around with my TV antenna and was going
to experiment with stacking an FM whip to it, despite...
Forum: Help With Reception 21-Aug-2020, 4:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 8,728
Posted By BigBean
Cool Bob, please do! Anyone can play here. That's...

Bob, please do! Anyone can play here.

That's very interesting. And I thought I was slick
for siliconing the lip on my Winegard! Didn't do a thing.

Thanks for the Kitz recommendation, I'll...
Forum: Help With Reception 21-Aug-2020, 3:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 8,728
Posted By BigBean
Cool OTA: All I could do was test for undesired...

OTA: All I could do was test for undesired continuity between the
positive center wire and the negative outer sheath. Passed. But since
I can't get to the opposite end, unless I'm not paying...
Forum: Help With Reception 17-Aug-2020, 5:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 8,728
Posted By BigBean
Well, I'm back. The Winegard failed as well. ...

Well, I'm back. The Winegard failed as well.

I'm gonna return to a thread I started in 2017; you guys had
some great tips on how to test a coax for shorts, among other
things. I've got a...
Forum: Help With Reception 8-Jul-2020, 5:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 8,728
Posted By BigBean
Thumbs up Jr: True! However, everything I've read is...

Jr: True! However, everything I've read is contrary to that position.
Closer to the antenna is best.

Gotta hand it to you, that's very impressive. I've seen towers built
and so forth but the...
Forum: Help With Reception 5-Jul-2020, 11:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 8,728
Posted By BigBean
Cool Thank You, OTAFAN. Hope you had a fun and safe...

Thank You, OTAFAN. Hope you had a fun and safe 4th as well.

I'll stick with what we've got for now, 'til the shoe drops again.
I'll definitely come back and post any changes to our setup per ...
Forum: Help With Reception 4-Jul-2020, 3:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 8,728
Posted By BigBean
Smile OTAFAN, thank you for replying. I think you're...

OTAFAN, thank you for replying. I think you're right.
I was wondering if folks here enjoy hacking their wares
such as hanging a heat shield or something as that to
deflect the worst The Sun has...
Forum: Help With Reception 3-Jul-2020, 8:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 8,728
Posted By BigBean
Allow me to rephrase my original question: ...

Allow me to rephrase my original question:

I'm now on my third inexpensive preamp. Two RCAs, one Winegard.
Should the Winegard fail, what would you recommend replacing it?
Perhaps one with a...
Forum: Help With Reception 30-Jun-2020, 6:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 8,728
Posted By BigBean
Question What Kills Preamps?

So, been enjoying OtA viewing for six years now.
To all, especially GroundURMast, thanks for the information.

Now ... per members here, I bought the RCA TVPREAMP1Z,
which worked well for a...
Forum: Help With Reception 20-Jun-2017, 6:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,264
Posted By BigBean
Gold, folks! Saving all this info for the day...

Gold, folks! Saving all this info for the day it'll be needed.

Cheers!
Forum: Help With Reception 17-Jun-2017, 2:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,264
Posted By BigBean
Y'know, the freakin' thing is, I usually check...

Y'know, the freakin' thing is, I usually check the obvious first and this time I failed utterly. It does explain things though. It could be why the transformer was overheating; the power had nowhere...
Forum: Help With Reception 16-Jun-2017, 7:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,264
Posted By BigBean
Wink SOLVED. But you guys are going to be very, very...

SOLVED. But you guys are going to be very, very angry at me.

So: I was right initially, the first pre-amp had been zapped during the storm.

What went wrong afterwards? A very simple stupid...
Forum: Help With Reception 12-Jun-2017, 12:33 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,264
Posted By BigBean
Cool Now you guys know why I ask questions. ;) I...

Now you guys know why I ask questions. ;)

I think the reasonable approach is to connect that VCR first, that's the easiest. As with most chickens, I'm loathe to walk the roof yet again. UGH.
...
Forum: Help With Reception 11-Jun-2017, 7:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,264
Posted By BigBean
Thanks, Rabbit. Voltmeter, generally yes. I...

Thanks, Rabbit.

Voltmeter, generally yes. I assume I need both ends access to test, and realize the inner wire is both pos and neg. So I'm looking at a resistance equal or near that to the rating,...
Forum: Help With Reception 10-Jun-2017, 12:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,264
Posted By BigBean
Exactly, Jake. Naturally we only have the one.

Exactly, Jake. Naturally we only have the one.
Forum: Help With Reception 10-Jun-2017, 11:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,264
Posted By BigBean
'morning, Rabbit, thanks for the interest. ...

'morning, Rabbit, thanks for the interest.

The first thing we did was rescan following the outage. We got into the habit of rescanning 46 times a year the first year since new channels keep...
Forum: Help With Reception 9-Jun-2017, 10:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,264
Posted By BigBean
No Signal

'alo again.

Thankee for all the help in enabling us to cut the cord!

Unfortunately, we hit a common snag: Tuner troubles.

Earlier this week after a storm we cannot get our 40+ stations;...
Forum: Help With Reception 25-Jan-2015, 6:02 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 10,723
Posted By BigBean
G: Thanks for that. Methinks that while good TV...

G: Thanks for that. Methinks that while good TV reception is a sub-noble pursuit,
I treasure my neck more. I'll put up with the scratches and dings for awhile before
I attempt to replace it. It's...
Forum: Help With Reception 20-Jan-2015, 5:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 10,723
Posted By BigBean
G: Thanks, makes good sense. Any ideas?

G: Thanks, makes good sense. Any ideas?
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