Thread: Antenna advice
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Old 28-Nov-2011, 11:38 PM   #2
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The large trees will attenuate quite a bit of signal, especially when they have leafs on. Is it practical for you to consider installing a tower that would put the antenna(s) above the tops of the trees? The following suggestion presumes that the tree attenuation is not significant or that it can be avoided.

I would choose a highly directional deep fringe UHF antenna such as the Antennas Direct XG-91 or the Winegard HD9032, a deep fringe high-VHF such as the Winegard YA01713 and an Antennacraft 10G221 preamp.

The antennas are the highest gain consumer grade antennas available. Reliable reception depends on gathering as much signal from the air as you can. Also, those antennas are quite directional, which will help reduce the amount of signal received from several stations on the same channel in other cities (Richmond & Salisbury). That will help you avoid co-channel and adjacent channel interference problems.

The suggested preamp serves as an antenna combiner and provides the gain needed to 'push' the signal down the coax to arrive at the tuner with enough power to be usable.
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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