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Forum: Help With Reception 11-Feb-2019, 6:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 191
Posted By rickbb
You have 2 issues to deal with before trying...

You have 2 issues to deal with before trying different antennas.

1. You have channels from all 4 points of the compass to deal with. Any directional antenna will not get them all. Unless you use a...
Forum: Help With Reception 7-Jan-2019, 4:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 641
Posted By rickbb
The outside cell antenna transmits and receives...

The outside cell antenna transmits and receives but is highly directional. You aim it directly at the nearest cell tower. Some I've seen also have reflectors/shielding on the back side.

You may...
Forum: Antennas 21-Dec-2018, 7:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 966
Posted By rickbb
Folded dipole calculator

I know most of you won't need this, but I ran across a neat online calculator for anyone looking to build a folded dipole antenna. It makes it simple for us math challenged DIY guys.

I'm going to...
Forum: Help With Reception 21-Dec-2018, 4:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 857
Posted By rickbb
I agree with JR, you're going to have to work...

I agree with JR, you're going to have to work hard and have some luck getting all 4.

Roof mounted as high as you can with no trees or building in the path to the towers will help. But it's still...
Forum: Help With Reception 29-Nov-2018, 2:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,906
Posted By rickbb
Based on that report you don't need an amp at...

Based on that report you don't need an amp at all.

You are probably over driving the receiver and it thinks all it's seeing is noise and shutting off the channel.
Forum: Help With Reception 19-Nov-2018, 7:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,249
Posted By rickbb
I like to get on the roof with a small TV or use...

I like to get on the roof with a small TV or use my laptop with a USB tuner in it. Works really well for fine tuning the direction and angle if needed. Takes out all the losses from long cable runs,...
Forum: Help With Reception 8-Nov-2018, 9:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,249
Posted By rickbb
MAGN stands for Magnetic North. That's where your...

MAGN stands for Magnetic North. That's where your compass will point to. You can use that to aim your antenna.

True north is not the same. True north is what is shown on maps, so you have to...
Forum: Special Topics 26-Oct-2018, 6:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,670
Posted By rickbb
Yes it's more, how much I don't really know. But...

Yes it's more, how much I don't really know. But the older beam styles were flat and thin as far as wind goes, the bow tie styles, (like the DB8), are like a sail on a boat sticking up against the...
Forum: Help With Reception 26-Oct-2018, 6:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,222
Posted By rickbb
If it fits well you can add it to an existing...

If it fits well you can add it to an existing split bolt. Key is a good solid connection.
Forum: Help With Reception 22-Oct-2018, 9:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,222
Posted By rickbb
For the mast you don't need the coupler like is...

For the mast you don't need the coupler like is used on coax, just the split bolt to clamp it to the ground wire going to the rod.

Mount it below all that other stuff, just wire to wire.
Forum: Help With Reception 27-Sep-2018, 9:45 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 26,465
Posted By rickbb
Last year we lost the local CBS station, (WFMY...

Last year we lost the local CBS station, (WFMY Greensboro NC), their tower took a direct lighting strike. Cable, Sat and internet was still was online, but us OTA guys had to wait weeks for them to...
Forum: Help With Reception 27-Sep-2018, 9:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,955
Posted By rickbb
You can over amplify a signal with an amp and...

You can over amplify a signal with an amp and cause problems but I doubt you can put up an antenna with too much gain.

I mean it can be done I guess, but not by using off the shelf consumer...
Forum: Help With Reception 12-Jul-2018, 9:48 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,209
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, 3:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,103
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, 8:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,353
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, 6:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 20,102
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, 7:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 22,673
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, 3:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 31,707
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, 3:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 12,083
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, 3:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,115
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, 3:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,422
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.
...
Forum: Help With Reception 24-Jan-2018, 8:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 13,754
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, 8:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,476
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, 8:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,422
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, 3:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 10,964
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.
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