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Forum: Antennas 25-Jan-2013, 7:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,148
Posted By rickcain
Old post yes I know but others may benefit. ...

Old post yes I know but others may benefit.

Yes the curved edges should face away from the active elements, that is by design.
Forum: Antennas 25-Jan-2013, 6:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,528
Posted By rickcain
This IS the internet, John. (grin) Anyway I...

This IS the internet, John. (grin)

Anyway I obviously shelved the AM antenna project for a year, but I'm still gonna try it, I just need to find a spool of wire 75 meters long.
Forum: Help With Reception 20-Jan-2013, 8:09 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,433
Posted By rickcain
Get the biggest antenna you can fit into your...

Get the biggest antenna you can fit into your attic. Reception drops considerably when your antenna has to go through the wood and shingles of your roof, plus its lower than if it were on the roof. ...
Forum: Enthusiast's Exchange 18-Mar-2012, 9:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 41,822
Posted By rickcain
Ku

I have a Ku FTA system with a 1 metre dish, and I'm somewhat disappointed that many broadcasts have gone back to C-band.
While I do get 290 channels on Galaxy-19, 99% of it is foreign language,...
Forum: Antennas 18-Mar-2012, 9:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 9,550
Posted By rickcain
Aluminum ground wire source

Radio shack discontinued the part # for its 40' solid aluminum grounding wire.
I've looked at many places and simply can't find it. Lowes, Home Depot, Atwoods, Wal-Mart, etc...

Anybody knows...
Forum: Help With Reception 18-Mar-2012, 9:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,119
Posted By rickcain
Just wondering but what happened to your FTA?

Just wondering but what happened to your FTA?
Forum: Help With Reception 17-Mar-2012, 9:31 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,508
Posted By rickcain
Unhappy Single channel filter?

Do they make a filter that will only allow a specific UHF channel through?

I have an MXU-59 combined with a Y-5713 (MXU-59 has a VHF passthrough) but I want to pick up another distant station on...
Forum: Help With Reception 28-Feb-2012, 6:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,858
Posted By rickcain
I guess the best answer is "maybe". You just...

I guess the best answer is "maybe". You just have to try it and see. Many factors reduce in-attic reception such as radiant barrier, A/C air hoses. roofing materials, moisture on the roof, etc. ...
Forum: Help With Reception 6-Feb-2012, 6:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,914
Posted By rickcain
You are reasonably close to most of the...

You are reasonably close to most of the transmitters, but as you have found out rabbit ears is not quite enough even when they're only a couple of miles away.
most of them are pointing about 10...
Forum: Help With Reception 2-Jan-2012, 1:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,155
Posted By rickcain
For attic mounts, bigger is better! If you can...

For attic mounts, bigger is better! If you can squeeze it in, do it. Long stick antennas may cause issues with rotators if the swath is too wide for your attic. Multi-bay bowtie antennas like...
Forum: Help With Reception 2-Jan-2012, 1:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,229
Posted By rickcain
If you can still find them I highly recommend the...

If you can still find them I highly recommend the Zenith DTT-901. The Digital Streams have heat problems and tend to burn themselves up, plus their sensitivity is horrible.
Forum: Help With Reception 2-Jan-2012, 1:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,308
Posted By rickcain
I agree. I'm using a similar set up of a Y5713...

I agree. I'm using a similar set up of a Y5713 and MXU-59 and have picked up the best reception I can achieve to date at my site with this paired setup. They're big and ugly but they get the job...
Forum: Help With Reception 10-Nov-2011, 6:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,800
Posted By rickcain
You're quite close to the stations which are all...

You're quite close to the stations which are all around you so there's no need for a very large directional unless you want to snag stations in the red zone. A 4 bay bowtie UHF should be sufficent,...
Forum: Special Topics 10-Nov-2011, 6:12 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,329
Posted By rickcain
Failed EBS Test

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/11/09/Natl-emergency-system-test-not-flawless/UPI-39881320831000/?spt=hs&or=tn

Isn't this a great example of why OTA needs to be preserved? The government had...
Forum: Help With Reception 20-Oct-2011, 4:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,804
Posted By rickcain
Sorry to dredge up old threads, but I was able to...

Sorry to dredge up old threads, but I was able to get KTEN easily now with an MXU-59, no amp necessary. I got a YA-1713 and am going to see if I can get KXII or maybe KOED tonight with a preamp . ...
Forum: Special Topics 19-Oct-2011, 10:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,386
Posted By rickcain
They're pretty ubiquitous now. One problem with...

They're pretty ubiquitous now. One problem with coupon boxes is they were intentionally limited in features. If you want more than basic stereo sound, or prefer an s-video port and/or component...
Forum: Enthusiast's Exchange 19-Oct-2011, 10:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,669
Posted By rickcain
Yeah it smells of "Bose" style marketing. ...

Yeah it smells of "Bose" style marketing. Outrageous claims (100 miles?!?) and no technical specs.

It could very well be a great antenna, and at $149 it had better be.
Forum: Enthusiast's Exchange 8-Oct-2011, 11:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,669
Posted By rickcain
Thumbs up What's this all about???

"Masterpiece" series antennas?

http://www.channelmaster.com/Masterpiece_Antenna_Series_s/297.htm


They look cool, and apparently what's old is new again (F-type baluns), quality construction.
Forum: Help With Reception 29-Sep-2011, 6:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 9,547
Posted By rickcain
I've had good luck pulling in a flaky VHF channel...

I've had good luck pulling in a flaky VHF channel (7) by adding a Y-10713 and a UVSJ.
Forum: Help With Reception 24-Sep-2011, 7:08 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 13,149
Posted By rickcain
A very bad antenna return it if you can, and go...

A very bad antenna return it if you can, and go for the Antennacraft instead.
Forum: Help With Reception 24-Sep-2011, 7:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,812
Posted By rickcain
The old CM4221/CM4228 was much easier in this...

The old CM4221/CM4228 was much easier in this regard, all you had to do was unhook the screen and it instantly became a 2 direction antenna. I'm so glad i got my CM4221 before the stocks ran out.
Forum: Help With Reception 24-Sep-2011, 6:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,467
Posted By rickcain
One thing you may notice is the DirecTV mounting...

One thing you may notice is the DirecTV mounting mast size may be different than the regular mast pole which is smaller, so you could have issues mating the two together.
Forum: Help With Reception 21-Sep-2011, 4:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,688
Posted By rickcain
Well just judging from the general Clarkesville...

Well just judging from the general Clarkesville area tvfool plot, it doesn't look good but it isn't futile, just don't expect to get away with rabbit ears.
Forum: Help With Reception 20-Sep-2011, 10:14 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 15,669
Posted By rickcain
What's frustrating is now legitimate sites like...

What's frustrating is now legitimate sites like SolidSignal are starting to sell scam antennas, shame on them.
Forum: Help With Reception 20-Sep-2011, 10:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,154
Posted By rickcain
I'm no expert and probably will get gigged for...

I'm no expert and probably will get gigged for this suggestion, but you may do fine with two separate small yagi antennas pointed in different directions (184 and 326 degrees, respectively). Yagis...
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