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Old 31-Jan-2013, 6:40 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by middleofnowhere View Post
I'm not getting half of what i'm supposed to be getting. Only NBC, ABC (weak) and two fuzzball analog channels. I got extra PBS with my homebuilt chicken wire antenna!
This is without splitter or amp (don't have it yet), just 75ft dishnetwork cable from antenna to TV.
I can place it (the antenna) out in my yard on a 10ft pole which would decrease trees to none, while adding 25 ft more cable. Would that get better reception? if not, i'll just grab a c490 and deal with it.
One note: It has to go though two joiners (not splitters, just cable screw connectors) before it gets to the TV. Could this cause undue cable loss?
Does this mean you have a C290 in place?

As teleview already mentioned, used coax is suspect, particularly if it's been outside. If the ends have not been sealed from the weather 100% of the time, it's nearly certain you've got water in the coax -- if so, discard it and start with new.

Trees can be quite troublesome. The effect of a tree in the path is much more difficult to overcome than the small amount of loss due to a few extra feet of coax. More important than just signal strength, a tree will reduce the quality of the signal. Amplifiers can not correct multipath or similar signal quality problems.
If the well is dry and you don't see rain on the horizon, you'll need to dig the hole deeper. (If the antenna can't get the job done, an amp won't fix it.)

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