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Old 20-Sep-2011, 9:17 PM   #1
modhatter
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Southern Florida Antenna delema

I have read reviews and articles about outdoor antenna's until my eyes bleed.
Here is link to my location:

http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...60b5cf943e00b6

As you can see signals are quite directionally split. I tried a Leaf indoor antenna placed inside a window hooked up to a tuner in my laptop just to see what I could get. I get a number of UHF channels, but not all shown, but can not get Channel 5 and 12 (NBC), which are main network channels, but broadcast on high VHF. The others that do come in are UHF.

If I go through the expense of putting up an outside antenna with amp., I want to make sure I get the right one (or ones) as more of my cost will be in the labor in installing it. I have read about installing two antennas (one UHF long distance and one strictly for VHF)

I am mostly concerned because of the split in directions of the broadcasting stations, I am just not sure what antenna to get. I want to feed 3 tv's, one being a large 52" plasma. Any help would be very appreciated. Finding one that is omnidirectional and is also VHF/UHF has not been easy.

Last question. Can I use the existing cable currently hooked up to my satellite dishes which is already fed through the walls to the rooms where the TV's are. I can't say it's the newer RG-6. Its' round and black. That's all I know.

I also should mention that I intend to use the HomeRun boxes and make a PVR up for recording using probably Windows7. Want to be able to record a min. of two channels at a time.

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Old 20-Sep-2011, 10:09 PM   #2
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I'm no expert and probably will get gigged for this suggestion, but you may do fine with two separate small yagi antennas pointed in different directions (184 and 326 degrees, respectively). Yagis tend to have a very narrow reception swath, so they shouldn't interfere with each other. Your two high-VHF stations are fairly close so you may get by without having to add something like a YA-1713.

An amplified Omni may do well for everything in green and possibly yellow, but don't expect much in the red zone.
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Old 20-Sep-2011, 10:31 PM   #3
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For the reception of tv stations of both directions. A Antenna Craft U8000 aimed at about 173 degree magnetic compass. The UHF tv stations to the north west are Very Strong and will be easly received through the back side of the U8000 , and the UHF tv stations to the south will be easly received at the front side of the U8000. Also aim a Winegard YA1713 VHF high band antenna at about 191 degree magnetic compass. Here is how to aim antennas , http://www.kyes.com/antenna/pointing/pointing.html. Connect the two antennas together with a UVSJ = UHF VHF separator joiner , http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?p=UVSJ. Connect the output of the UVSJ to a Channel Master CM3414 distribution amplifier. With this set up , No rotor is needed and No A/B switches will be needed and No double the cableing will be needed. My recommended hook up is the easy way , ALL the channels are selected with no hassels.

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Old 20-Sep-2011, 10:37 PM   #4
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Here are antenna mounts , http://www.ronard.com/909911.html , http://www.ronard.com/34424560.html , http://www.ronard.com/ychim.html. Here are places to buy antennas and etc. , http://www.solidsignal.com , http://www.amazon.com , http://www.starkelectronic.com , http://www.3starinc.com
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Old 21-Sep-2011, 12:48 AM   #5
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John, I didn't understand what you meant about the cabeling. Are you saying I have to run new cabeling through house? Are you suggesting a splitter to join two antennas together and a single cable to rooms?
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Old 21-Sep-2011, 1:06 AM   #6
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'Cableing' , rickcain's suggestion would require double the coax. My recommendation does not. The UVSJ is -->More<-- then a splitter , it is a combiner , it combines a UHF antenna and a VHF antenna on to One Coax. One coax means there is not double the coax as required by rickcain's suggestion.
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Old 21-Sep-2011, 1:09 AM   #7
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NO you Will Not be running more coax through the house with My recommendation. With my recommendation you will use the single coax that is in the house now.

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Old 21-Sep-2011, 1:30 AM   #8
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The CM3414 distribution amplifier has 4 output , 3 of those outputs will have a Single Coax connected that goes to each tv location in the house. The single coax cables are in the house now and those single coax cables should all go to one location of the house. Where do the 3 coax cables that are in the house go to at one location??
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