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Forum: Help With Reception 14-Jun-2019, 2:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,340
Posted By rickbb
You may need to re-post your report link, I get a...

You may need to re-post your report link, I get a not found error when I click it. But it could be just me.
Forum: Help With Reception 10-Jun-2019, 6:12 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,221
Posted By rickbb
When I was a kid, my dad had a gable end mount,...

When I was a kid, my dad had a gable end mount, but on a long pole that went all the way to, and into the ground. The top of the pole was over the peak of the gable and strapped with lag bolts to the...
Forum: Help With Reception 15-May-2019, 3:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,213
Posted By rickbb
You have one of the better antennas, (gain wise...

You have one of the better antennas, (gain wise anyway), that you can get. It's only negative in your situation, is that is highly directional and your towers are spread around 180 degrees.

If...
Forum: Antennas 14-May-2019, 6:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,636
Posted By rickbb
I'm betting the ferrite cores are going to help a...

I'm betting the ferrite cores are going to help a lot. I use them at work when faced with un-explainable issues on computer equipment. Sometimes it's just like magic.
Forum: Antennas 6-May-2019, 3:15 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,636
Posted By rickbb
"Any thoughts on how to eliminate the noise...

"Any thoughts on how to eliminate the noise induced into the AC power wiring? I was thinking of a 6 foot shielded AC extension cord to keep the various power supplies physically removed from the TV...
Forum: Help With Reception 1-May-2019, 1:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,806
Posted By rickbb
You could feed both TV's with an A/B switch, if...

You could feed both TV's with an A/B switch, if you're so inclined.
Forum: Help With Reception 18-Apr-2019, 6:32 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,577
Posted By rickbb
I had a big long reply typed out, but my log in...

I had a big long reply typed out, but my log in timed out and I lost it all, man I hate that. lol

Anyway long story short;

Before you buy anything, get up on the roof, use as short a piece of...
Forum: Digital TV and Mobile DTV 16-Apr-2019, 2:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 17,674
Posted By rickbb
Quite honestly you won't miss those channels as...

Quite honestly you won't miss those channels as much as you might think now.

A lot of the OTA sub channels show re-runs from those cable only channels.

Which is why I cut the cable years ago,...
Forum: Help With Reception 9-Apr-2019, 2:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,577
Posted By rickbb
I keep forgetting that my 4 bay is a DIY and does...

I keep forgetting that my 4 bay is a DIY and does pick up high VHF. Sorry about that.
Forum: Help With Reception 5-Apr-2019, 1:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,807
Posted By rickbb
Younger brother was in the Corps, we live about...

Younger brother was in the Corps, we live about 80 miles from Lejenue.
Small world.
Forum: Help With Reception 5-Apr-2019, 1:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,577
Posted By rickbb
Based on your plot I'd try a 4 bay with no...

Based on your plot I'd try a 4 bay with no reflector and no amp.

Most of your towers are SSE and a few almost 180 degrees from them. With no reflector and aiming at the towers to your south,...
Forum: Help With Reception 2-Apr-2019, 1:21 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 24,653
Posted By rickbb
Sorry, just saw this. I make my own based on...

Sorry, just saw this. I make my own based on MCLAPPS design. They seem to work very well for me. I have 4 or 5 around town I've made for family and friends.
Forum: Help With Reception 1-Apr-2019, 2:45 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,221
Posted By rickbb
You can also put one in the top of one of the...

You can also put one in the top of one of the trees. Provided you can safely get to the top of one.


Look around with a compass, try for a spot that "sees" the towers with the fewest trees in...
Forum: Help With Reception 12-Mar-2019, 3:00 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 24,653
Posted By rickbb
I have a 4 bay with no reflector and receive...

I have a 4 bay with no reflector and receive excellent reception from front and back. Back tower is appx 45 miles out and front towers are appx 60 miles out.

I even turned it slightly off line and...
Forum: Help With Reception 8-Mar-2019, 6:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,271
Posted By rickbb
I'm just up the road from you in Elon. I get...

I'm just up the road from you in Elon. I get channels just fine from Winston/Greensboro market and the Raleigh/Durham markets with a bow tie style antenna with no reflector on it.

Rabbits advise...
Forum: Help With Reception 1-Mar-2019, 1:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,783
Posted By rickbb
I had a TV at the end of a long run like yours,...

I had a TV at the end of a long run like yours, and added a Wineguard amp that was adjustable, I'm at work now or I'd get you the exact model. I think it was a LNA200, but not sure. It helped in that...
Forum: Help With Reception 18-Feb-2019, 2:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,262
Posted By rickbb
Any reason you can't go to a roof mount?

Any reason you can't go to a roof mount?
Forum: Help With Reception 11-Feb-2019, 5:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,262
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, 3:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,038
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, 6:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,084
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, 3:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,644
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, 1:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,767
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, 6:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,223
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, 8:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,223
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, 5:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 9,075
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...
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