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Forum: General Site Feedback / Discussion 18-Nov-2020, 12:14 AM
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Views: 27,078
Posted By Tim
Great quote from the War of the Worlds radio...

Great quote from the War of the Worlds radio broadcast. It does seem like TV Fool has been abandoned. Used to be a great site.
Forum: Help With Reception 2-Nov-2020, 1:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 12,448
Posted By Tim
I'll second that suggestion. Electrical tape and...

I'll second that suggestion. Electrical tape and duct tape are absolutely useless to seal antenna and coax connections. The self-fusing silicone tape is great and will keeps connections clean and dry...
Forum: Help With Reception 5-Oct-2020, 11:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,834
Posted By Tim
With the trees thrown into the equation, I think...

With the trees thrown into the equation, I think bigger is a good idea. And as jrgagne99 said, "Choose suppliers with liberal return policies."

Many folks will recommend that you 'walk your roof'...
Forum: Help With Reception 4-Oct-2020, 3:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,834
Posted By Tim
Do have a spot anywhere on your house where the...

Do have a spot anywhere on your house where the antenna can get a clear shot without looking directly into the trees? Trees with leaves, especially wet leaves, are really troublesome for UHF.
Forum: Help With Reception 3-Oct-2020, 3:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,834
Posted By Tim
You will still need a wide antenna if you are...

You will still need a wide antenna if you are going after physical channel 2 in Providence. VHF-Lo band antennas have some big elements. One of the smallest covering all those channels would be the...
Forum: Help With Reception 28-Sep-2020, 9:09 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 40,251
Posted By Tim
Depends on what particular coax tester you have....

Depends on what particular coax tester you have. Some test just for continuity and others measure the dB loss of the cable.
Forum: Help With Reception 27-Sep-2020, 4:53 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 40,251
Posted By Tim
Couldn't say for sure since I've never seen that...

Couldn't say for sure since I've never seen that antenna up close, but looking at the YouTube video for assembly of your antenna, it looks like the balun assembly is an integral part of the antenna.
Forum: Help With Reception 26-Sep-2020, 3:47 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 40,251
Posted By Tim
You most certainly could have a bad balun. A...

You most certainly could have a bad balun. A balun matches the impedence of the antenna to the impedence of the coaxial cable. You could also have a bad connection at the balun. Or at the coaxial...
Forum: Help With Reception 26-Sep-2020, 1:41 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 40,251
Posted By Tim
Well, after seeing that RabbitEars report, I will...

Well, after seeing that RabbitEars report, I will just have to comment that I think it is remarkable that you are receiving the stations you are getting now. If any of your coax connections are a...
Forum: Help With Reception 25-Sep-2020, 7:50 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 40,251
Posted By Tim
I would certainly start checking your...

I would certainly start checking your connections. Water intrusion into connections and coaxial cable will wreak havoc over time causing oxidation and corrosion. RG6 coaxial connectors should be...
Forum: Help With Reception 25-Sep-2020, 7:15 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 40,251
Posted By Tim
Blackstone, The RabbitEars link you provided...

Blackstone,

The RabbitEars link you provided pulls up Topeka, KS which is the default location for the signal search map.

Be sure to enter your address in the search box at the bottom left of...
Forum: Help With Reception 24-Sep-2020, 10:36 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 40,251
Posted By Tim
Blackstone, The signal reports at TV Fool...

Blackstone,

The signal reports at TV Fool are very much out of date. It would be very helpful if you could post a link to your RabbitEars report. You can generate one at this link:...
Forum: Help With Reception 15-Jul-2020, 3:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,965
Posted By Tim
Well, if you end up getting the rotator and it is...

Well, if you end up getting the rotator and it is a genuine item (or even a well made copy) I'm sure you won't have any problem passing it along to a new home and recoup your costs.
Forum: Help With Reception 12-Jul-2020, 8:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,965
Posted By Tim
He had to wait 18 days for the first order so I...

He had to wait 18 days for the first order so I imagine he is still waiting on the correct replacement. Will be interesting to see if he gets it and if it is genuine. If so, I will be tempted to...
Forum: Help With Reception 30-Jun-2020, 3:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 12,448
Posted By Tim
Have you checked the output of the power supply...

Have you checked the output of the power supply with a voltmeter to make sure it hasn't failed? (The expected DC voltage should imprinted on the power supply.)
Forum: Antennas 28-Jun-2020, 9:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 13,455
Posted By Tim
Well, I'd try lengthening those elements on your...

Well, I'd try lengthening those elements on your rabbit ears add-on to the DB8e, but I wouldn't expect much. I think you're going to need a big antenna covering VHF-Lo for any chance to pull in...
Forum: Help With Reception 28-Jun-2020, 7:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,055
Posted By Tim
Then I would just remove the reflector and see...

Then I would just remove the reflector and see what happens. Be sure and check all the channels you watch.
Forum: Help With Reception 28-Jun-2020, 7:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,055
Posted By Tim
Are you having trouble with receiving that...

Are you having trouble with receiving that channel? If not, I wouldn't touch a thing, but if you are having problems you can certainly give it a try. You can always put it back on if it doesn't help....
Forum: Help With Reception 28-Jun-2020, 7:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,055
Posted By Tim
Glad it worked out for you and thanks for letting...

Glad it worked out for you and thanks for letting us know the result!
Forum: Antennas 28-Jun-2020, 7:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 13,455
Posted By Tim
The Stellar Labs 30-2476 is a VHF-Hi antenna for...

The Stellar Labs 30-2476 is a VHF-Hi antenna for channels 7 through 13. I don't know how it will perform for your channel 5. I am not aware of a dedicated VHF-Lo antenna on the market, but maybe...
Forum: Help With Reception 26-Jun-2020, 11:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,055
Posted By Tim
If the cause is a too strong signal, you could...

If the cause is a too strong signal, you could try just a splitter instead of the amplifier you are using. Your local home improvement big box store should have a splitter in stock. You possibly...
Forum: Help With Reception 26-Jun-2020, 7:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,055
Posted By Tim
VHF-Lo Channels 2-6 (uses an antenna with wide...

VHF-Lo Channels 2-6 (uses an antenna with wide elements)
VHF-Hi Channels 7-13 (uses an antenna with medium width elements)
UHF Channels 14-36 (uses and antenna with smaller elements)

This...
Forum: Help With Reception 26-Jun-2020, 12:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,055
Posted By Tim
Yes, tuners vary. Your signal level may be right...

Yes, tuners vary. Your signal level may be right at the border line--just barely enough for the good tuner and not good enough for the poor tuner. Hopefully adding the VHF element will garner enough...
Forum: Help With Reception 26-Jun-2020, 12:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,055
Posted By Tim
Well, to start with, the antenna you have is...

Well, to start with, the antenna you have is designed for UHF channels only. WAFB and WBRZ are VHF-Hi channels. You need a separate element for the antenna to pick up VHF-Hi. See the picture.

You...
Forum: Help With Reception 25-Jun-2020, 9:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,055
Posted By Tim
You can definitely have problems especially if...

You can definitely have problems especially if you have too much amplification. Try running your feedline directly to the tuner box without the amplifier/splitter and see what you get.

Is the...
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