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Old 13-Aug-2019, 3:21 PM   #1
droidy
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Simi Valley antenna setup?

Hi All,
I am looking to set up my first outdoor antenna to receive network locale channels ABC, NBC, KTLA, CBS, AND KCAL.
My location is:

https://www.rabbitears.info/searchma...&study_id=4227

http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...9038eb3c2a51a4

I am thinking about using a HD Stacker mounted on my roof ~25' high with a LNA 200 preamp. that will feed 2 tv's.
My goal is to drop my DirectTV and still be able to watch local news and NFL games using OTA and streaming services.
Any advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 13-Aug-2019, 5:39 PM   #2
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I believe that you’ve chosen a workable antenna for your location. I can’t predict if it will get every channel you want. If you have troubles, be sure to try different heights and/or locations on your roof.
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Old 14-Aug-2019, 3:35 PM   #3
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Thanks Tower Guy,
I haven't purchased anything yet so I was wondering if that would be my best option or if there is a better antenna\preamp for my situation.
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Old 14-Aug-2019, 7:52 PM   #4
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Hi droidy:

The forum recently dealt with similar issues from another gentleman that your TV report's show. He was from Moorpark, CA and was struggling with poor LOS & those pesky 2 edge difficulties because of his location in respect to MT Wilson towers; down in a valley with hill blockages.

You might want to read through his thread for recommendations that were suggested to him. Hopefully it will be helpful to you. Here's the thread:

http://forum.tvfool.com/showthread.php?t=16626

Best to you and let the forum know how it turns out.....

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Old 14-Aug-2019, 9:27 PM   #5
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Thanks for the link but I did read that thread. His outcome was unsuccessful. I have seen houses in my area that have antennas on there roofs. I may have to go knocking on doors and see what they are using and how successful they are at getting the stations that I hope I can get. I am willing to give it a try and see what happens, just trying to get hardware that will give me the best chance.
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Old 14-Aug-2019, 10:14 PM   #6
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His outcome was unsuccessful.....just trying to get hardware that will give me the best chance.
IMHO, I think he was a bit nervous and uncertain about a couple of things that may have stopped him short of success. As the saying goes, he was "close but no cigar."

I didn't know you had already read that thread. I was pointing it out mainly for the antenna recommendations and issues he encountered that might be of help to you in your location. FWIW, I think the antenna he finally chose would have served him well, but he didn't get it up on his roof and take the time to find the "sweet spot" for best reception. It takes effort and time, trail and error and sometimes some folks aren't willing to do that, for whatever reason. You seem to be more motivated in that regard.

The HD Stacker and LNA 200 preamp you mentioned in your first post and Tower Guys' acknowledgement of it, tells me you could go with that and be successful. Tower Guy is a Tech with many years of experience in the industry and over 1100 posts on TV Fool. I would certainly consider well his advice too.

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I may have to go knocking on doors and see what they are using and how successful they are at getting the stations that I hope I can get.
That's an excellent, proactive thing to do. I'm sure you'll be able to find a few of your neighbors who are willing to share with you their OTA TV reception and equipment they're using.

Please keep the forum posted regarding your process and keep asking questions when you need help. There are many experienced Techs and others who can certainly give you good advice. I will be following your progress as you continue to post and will give you my 2 cents worth.....

All the best.....

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