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Old 31-Jan-2013, 8:19 PM   #12
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The juniper tree is not helping the situation. Moving the antenna is a good solution.

The crimp connector and tape may be OK for a temporary DC connection... but could be a major discontinuity to RF. If you must splice coax (avoid it if at all possible), use standard coax connectors and an F-81 'barrel connector'.

Better yet, start with a known good coax (only long enough to reach from the antenna to the ground), the antenna, a known good TV, a dry day, and an extension cord. Test reception at various locations with this test set-up. Once you have a good location or have proven the need for a larger antenna, you'll know what your cable length will need to be.

FWIW, Home Depot sells coax by the foot, so if you need a single piece over 100' you can avoid any splices.
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