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Old 20-Mar-2014, 12:21 AM   #2
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Location: Greater Seattle Area
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Welcome John,

The nice thing about the digital format used now, is that if you receive even a marginal signal, the picture and audio will appear perfect. Your experience will be much different than 30 years ago.

When one clicks on a call sign listed on a TV Fool report, you get a profile view of the terrain between the transmitter (on the left side) and the receiving location. The hill is typical of the Seattle terrain. In your case, reception is within reach... Though I would expect to need an outdoor antenna system, mounted high and in a location that minimizes obstruction due to trees.

If I had a peaked roof, I'd consider a 5' tripod + 10' mast. For the actual antenna system I'd use an Antennas Direct DB8E + Antennacraft Y10713 + RCA TVPRAMP1R.

The DB8E has two panels that can aim independently. I'd start with one panel facing Queen Anne and the other, Capitol Hill. Some experimentation would be in order... To optimize the reception of the available real UHF (CH-14 and higher) channels. Point the Y10713 at Capitol Hill and fine tune to maximize the signal for real CH-8, 9 & 11.

KCPQ operates on real channel 13 & 22, so you only need to receive one or the other. I'd try for real CH-22 because the signal on CH-13 comes from Gold Mountain and would be a tough compromise of aiming with the Y10713.

Be sure to configure the TV to scan for 'air' or 'antenna', not 'cable' channels.
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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