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Forum: Help With Reception 12-Jul-2018, 8:48 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,895
Posted By rickbb
Or you could buy a large high gain antenna like...

Or you could buy a large high gain antenna like the DB8e.
Forum: Help With Reception 25-May-2018, 2:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,685
Posted By rickbb
Did you remove the reflector to allow for...

Did you remove the reflector to allow for reception from the back? If not that may help improve rear reception, but may lower front side gain.

With a 60 degree beam width I have my 4bay aimed...
Forum: Help With Reception 21-Mar-2018, 7:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 901
Posted By rickbb
Yep, a different antenna in the same location...

Yep, a different antenna in the same location will yield the same results.

You have 2 options, cut the trees, or move the antenna out of their blockage path.

Higher, left, right or rarely...
Forum: Help With Reception 23-Feb-2018, 5:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 19,582
Posted By rickbb
I'd eave mount it at the peak, ON THE OTHER SIDE...

I'd eave mount it at the peak, ON THE OTHER SIDE of the house. Put it up high enough to "see" over the house but low enough that you won't see it from the drive way side, which I assume is the front...
Forum: Help With Reception 9-Feb-2018, 6:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 21,897
Posted By rickbb
A real compass is cheap, even one that can be...

A real compass is cheap, even one that can be adjusted to read "true" north instead of magnetic. I recommend getting one.

I vote for a aiming or blockage issue, that 8 bay is one of, if not the,...
Forum: Special Topics 6-Feb-2018, 2:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 30,631
Posted By rickbb
No, aluminum is very difficult to weld and cast...

No, aluminum is very difficult to weld and cast is nearly impossible to weld.
Forum: Help With Reception 6-Feb-2018, 2:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 11,042
Posted By rickbb
You're signal at 100% but quality is only 56%. ...

You're signal at 100% but quality is only 56%.

This tells me to look at noise and/or overload. You're getting plenty of signal, just a crappy one. Or the tuner doesn't know what to do with it.
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Forum: Help With Reception 5-Feb-2018, 2:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,495
Posted By rickbb
I use a laptop with a USB tuner for this. Really...

I use a laptop with a USB tuner for this. Really helps a lot to aim your antenna. Sometimes just using a compass direction does not give you the best signal.

You don't want to go to all this...
Forum: Help With Reception 25-Jan-2018, 2:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,718
Posted By rickbb
In that case just add a VHF, either the kit...

In that case just add a VHF, either the kit ADtech recommended or a VHF only and combine them with the USVJ. That keeps the 4 bay and adds reliable VHF for less money that replacing everything.
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Forum: Help With Reception 24-Jan-2018, 7:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 12,149
Posted By rickbb
I have a new Quest fed too. It showed up on 2.4...

I have a new Quest fed too. It showed up on 2.4 virtual that had previously been listed as TBD. It currently only shows short previews of it's lineup saying that it starts the end of Jan.
Forum: Help With Reception 24-Jan-2018, 7:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,024
Posted By rickbb
Sorry, but the existing cable may or may not...

Sorry, but the existing cable may or may not work. (Most likely not.)

Cable and Sat TV signals are so strong that installers are not trained to even care about how they install or when or where to...
Forum: Help With Reception 24-Jan-2018, 7:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,718
Posted By rickbb
Or since you have successfully made, (an...

Or since you have successfully made, (an assumption on my part), a Mclapp you could make a VHF tuned just for CH12 and run them both through a USVJ.
Forum: Help With Reception 2-Jan-2018, 2:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 10,215
Posted By rickbb
Do you own the hill or have permission to put a...

Do you own the hill or have permission to put a antenna on it? If so you might look at that as an option.
Forum: Help With Reception 20-Dec-2017, 1:52 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 19,347
Posted By rickbb
"pretty cold" = dry, low or no humidity = good...

"pretty cold" = dry, low or no humidity = good reception.
"warm and cloudy" = wet, humid = bad reception.

Sounds more and more like a weak corroded connection or balun somewhere. The moisture...
Forum: Help With Reception 20-Dec-2017, 1:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,983
Posted By rickbb
Yeah, your in for some extreme measures to even...

Yeah, your in for some extreme measures to even come close to getting the majors.

But that doesn't mean you should give up, if you're handy and don't mind trying to make your own you can...
Forum: Help With Reception 13-Dec-2017, 7:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 13,304
Posted By rickbb
Signals don't always travel in straight lines....

Signals don't always travel in straight lines. They can bounce off of and get twisted around from buildings, hills, trees roof tops, etc. Both from the vertical and horizontal directions.

I get...
Forum: Help With Reception 10-Nov-2017, 7:46 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 34,766
Posted By rickbb
The repack was the only thing I could blame. The...

The repack was the only thing I could blame. The no content channels don't show any call letters on my TV or signals. Maybe it's the TV, hmmm just in time for the holiday sales.
Forum: Help With Reception 8-Nov-2017, 1:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 34,766
Posted By rickbb
The repack is doing crazy things here in central...

The repack is doing crazy things here in central NC.

For awhile I had about 9 virtual channel 22's, only 4 had actual content. Then a few weeks ago they went to the normal 4 and now I have about...
Forum: Help With Reception 6-Oct-2017, 5:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,828
Posted By rickbb
Doesn't need to be that technical. It's basically...

Doesn't need to be that technical. It's basically just 2 antennas, one aimed at the towers, the other aimed at your house. Connected to each other with a short coax cable.

I'd try the bow tie...
Forum: Help With Reception 6-Oct-2017, 5:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,828
Posted By rickbb
I've seen a post on it, someone did it for a...

I've seen a post on it, someone did it for a location in WV i believe. I'll look around for it.
Forum: Help With Reception 2-Oct-2017, 1:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,828
Posted By rickbb
Either that or put up a dual antenna to capture...

Either that or put up a dual antenna to capture and re-transmit the signal down to his location.
Forum: Antennas 29-Aug-2017, 4:56 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 4,109
Posted By rickbb
New method to make antennas?

Ran across this and found it interesting. Wonder if this could be adapted to receive OTA TV signals. Article makes it sound possible even though it was written about cell phone antennas.
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Forum: Help With Reception 29-Aug-2017, 1:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,790
Posted By rickbb
I was going to ask about options like topping out...

I was going to ask about options like topping out a tree and using it as a tower to mount from or putting an retransmitting antenna setup on top of the hill to send the signals down to the cabin, but...
Forum: Help With Reception 28-Aug-2017, 3:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,299
Posted By rickbb
You're going to need a giant antenna first. This...

You're going to need a giant antenna first. This location is so far away from all the transmitters you aren't getting enough signal to try an amp yet. All you would do it amplify the noise along with...
Forum: Help With Reception 25-Aug-2017, 3:42 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 32,664
Posted By rickbb
Combining 2 antennas is hit or miss, sometimes it...

Combining 2 antennas is hit or miss, sometimes it works as planned, sometimes it no different than one, sometimes it makes things worse. The sad part is, no way to predict which one you will get, you...
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