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Old 28-Nov-2012, 7:18 PM   #1
bigcountry
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Complete newbie looking for direction

Hi - I've decided I'm done with paying for cable so I've been reading online about getting an antenna and cutting the cord.

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http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...cc4957d53ce618


A couple of questions:

Do you need 1 antenna for each TV? I have one upstairs and one in the basement.

if not - do you use a splitter? how do you know if you need a simple splitter or something more powerful?

How do you know whether to do an attic install or a roof install?

Can someone recommend a good antenna for my situation?
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Old 28-Nov-2012, 7:48 PM   #2
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You have a very good reception report. Lot's of strong signals and all from a single direction.

In your situation, it's very common to use one antenna and a passive splitter to feed several TVs.

An Antennas Direct DB2e facing NW will easily receive a strong signal that can be split. You'll get the best results mounting outdoors, but I would also expect good results if you attic mount, provided the materials used in your roof are not metal or otherwise inclined to block signals.
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Old 28-Nov-2012, 10:13 PM   #3
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thanks you for your reply. so would i buy this

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Antennas...&skuId=4948308

do i need a mount like this or does it already come with it?

http://www.antennasdirect.com/store/..._J_Mounts.html

lastly, would radio shack have passive splitters?

thanks!
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Old 29-Nov-2012, 12:06 AM   #4
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I recommend a Antennas Direct DB4e antenna aimed at about 305 degree magnetic compass direction.

Here is how the aim antennas , http://www.kyes.com/antenna/pointing/pointing.html.

Install the DB4e antenna above the roof in such a manner that the roof or house is not blocking reception to the north west.

The Digital Tv stations/channels to the - north west - are strong signal strength in the Green and Yellow reception zone.

No preamplifier is required.

For 1 Tv connected use no splitter.

For 2 Tv's connected use a common simple 2 way splitter.

For 3 Tv/s connected use a common simple 3 way splitter.

Common simple splitters can be bought at Home Depot or Lowes or Walmart.

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Here are some above the roof antenna mounts , http://www.ronard.com/909911.html , http://www.ronard.com/34424560.html , http://www.ronard.com/ychim , http://www.ronard.com.

Buy the ronard antenna mounts at solidsignal by typing the word ronard in the solidsignal search box.

Yes the J type antenna mount can also be used.

Here are some places to buy antennas and etc. , http://www.solidsignal.com , http://www.amazon.com.

As always , trees and tree leaves do a real fine job of reducing or blocking Tv reception and so do buildings and other obstructions including your own house.

It is best to install the DB4e antenna at a location that has the least amount to no amount of obstructions of any type or kind in the direction of reception including your own house.

The Tv's Must Channel Scan for the Digital Broadcast Tv Channels , sometimes named the 'Air Channels' or 'Antenna Channels' in the Tv setup menu because the Tv transmissions travel through the air from the transmitting antenna to the receiving antenna.

DO NOT channel scan for cable tv channels.

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Old 29-Nov-2012, 9:54 PM   #5
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thank you for your help
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Old 5-Jan-2013, 1:18 AM   #6
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i purchased all of the things above - could someone post a link to the type of cable I need to run from the antenna?
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Old 5-Jan-2013, 1:21 AM   #7
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is my antenna considered "A UHF Panel array"
I purchased the Antennas Direct DB4e as you recommended. Thanks!
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Old 5-Jan-2013, 1:23 AM   #8
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RG-6 coax , HomeDepot or Lowes, etc. , have RG-6 coax.

Use RG-6 coax.

Yes the DB4e is a UHF panel array.

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Old 5-Jan-2013, 4:35 AM   #9
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Yes it's a panel antenna. You need RG6 coaxial cable. Quad shield usually isn't necessary, the regular stuff is ok. Home Depot, Lowes etc will have this wire, connectors, connector installation tools, splitters, grounding blocks. I like compression style connectors. Get some silicone grease for any outdoor connections. If you need additional rubber weather boots a sparkplug boot works pretty good.
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