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Old 14-Nov-2015, 1:29 PM   #1
daytripper
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Angry intermittent reception

I have a Wineguard MS-2000 360 antenna 25' above ground. The amp is 6' away in the attic. From there is 50' rg60 coax to the basement. Next is a Aska 10db gain amp. Next is a Monster Gold 4 way splitter with 3 tv's attached with 1 capped off. Some days the reception is really good and other days it sucks. Where am I going wrong. I hate to go back to the dish. My zip is 48881.
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Old 14-Nov-2015, 1:31 PM   #2
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Could you post a copy of your exact location TVFool report?

Click TV Signal analysis above. Then best if you can put in your exact GPS coordinates.
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Old 14-Nov-2015, 1:43 PM   #3
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Looks like you live someplace very flat.

Judging from all the powerful signals, why do you have any amps on the antenna?

What is the background is this the original setup or were you adding amps because of issues?

Have you tried it taking those devices out entirely?

Take the Aska out first, the amp, injector and everything, reconnect, then see what you have.

Are you in trees or what might be blocking?

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Old 15-Nov-2015, 12:07 AM   #4
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Attached is the analysis for my home. Yes, this is the setup I got from Radio Shack before they went belly up. It worked for awhile then gradually got worse.
I have no immediately tall trees close by and I live in the country with acerage around me.
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Old 15-Nov-2015, 12:59 AM   #5
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The plot you attached is for FM Radio.

To make a TV plot use these instructions: http://forum.tvfool.com/showthread.php?t=14508

I'd also list the channels you want. The major networks from one source (southwest)? Or something more?

Omnidirectional antennas very often do not work very well in any direction.
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Old 15-Nov-2015, 1:16 AM   #6
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http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...8e033cc9cfdfb6

Will this work.
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Old 16-Nov-2015, 9:24 PM   #7
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I typically blame intermittent reception on wind, weather and interference form other sources.

However, after my multi-year long dealings with finicky connections, trust nothing and no one.

Can you run any by-pass cables to see if it's a bad connection?

I no longer trust any type of tester which requires you to remove the cable first, it could be the cocked angle of fixed installation which is the culprit.

I made use of Scotch #2228 Moisture Sealing Electrical Tape (stretchy rubber that sticks) to cover my connections. Going to be a pain if I ever have to remove, but the point is that I may never have to. Gotta keep the moisture out of your coaxial somehow, right?

NOTE:
This time around I grounded the pole/mast of the antenna, then did an auto-scan for channels. This is what allowed me to really get in Ch 9 out of Canada in most clearly. There was still a little intermittent scramble prior to those last steps.

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Old 17-Nov-2015, 11:30 AM   #8
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intermittent reception

Well last weekend I removed the Aska 10db gain amp. The reception was good Sat. & Sun. but the weather was perfect. Now comes the test with rain & snow moving in Tues. I want to raise the antenna at least 5 to 10 feet but finding a
thin walled light weight tubing is a problem. Right now I have a 4' section attached to the eave at the highest point on the roof. The cabling all looks pretty good. I will say that the reception last weekend was less than perfect.
I do have a question about the omni directional antenna. Should it be perfectly level & does rotating it all help?
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Old 17-Nov-2015, 12:46 PM   #9
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Is there any way you can post a few pictures of your setup?

Maybe one of our eagle eyed members can spot something suspect and make a suggestion for an improvement.
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