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Old 4-Sep-2014, 2:51 AM   #1
greggor
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Help me choose an Antenna east of Kalamazoo MI

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I would like some help to choose the right antenna(s) based on my location in Comstock TWP east of Kalamazoo.

I live in a 2 story vinyl sided home with no obstructions in any direction. My inclination is to install the antenna on the back of my home mounted outside on the roof of a first story covered porch (25' tall). This installation would block the eastern stations. There is a previously installed Direct TV dish that I hoped to just use the coax cables already there. I would be looking to receive the Kalamazoo stations (approx. 160 degree) and Grand Rapids stations (Approx. 355 Degree). I could mount higher on the peak of the roof (40') if there is a good reason to go that route, in this case I could try to get signals to the east (76 degrees).
Looking for help in deciding if one antenna and rotor or 2 antennas (one pointed to each location) be the best option (or needed) what brand/model is recommended. I would like to run the signal to a splitter to connect 4 TVís with probably 50' of coax before the splitter. So I am also interested in whether I will need an amplifier and where to install it (at the antenna or before the splitter (the latter I would guess).

Here are two reports first is 25 foot antenna the second with a 40 foot antenna height
http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...d243d878d81cea

http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...d2435522132669

Thanks for your help
Gregg
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Old 4-Sep-2014, 7:03 PM   #2
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One antenna pointed north should give you a fairly complete line-up of the major networks, one exception being PBS which may need a dedicated antenna pointed west.

I'd take advantage of the roof height and mount a Winegard HD7694P pointing toward the north. I'd also want PBS so I'd point an Antennacraft Y526 toward the west. Use a HLSJ (High Low Signal Joiner) to combine the two antennas. http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp...-%28zhlsj-1%29

I would try the installation with no amplifier. If the need for one is proven, a CM-3410 can be inserted at any convenient point between the HLSJ and passive splitter.
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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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