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Old 20-Mar-2014, 2:38 PM   #1
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Question Reception help in Auburn, AL

Good morning.

I am extremely interested in cutting the cable and switching to OTA television. I have a limited number of channels available in my location and the basically come from only 2 directions.

I would love to get NBC (especially WSFA), CBS, ABC, Fox, PBS and CW if possible The link to my report is below.

http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...5b94a433c988e7

I only plan on sending the signal to 2-3 TVs. What kind of set up would it take to get channels from both Montgomery and Columbus? Can I do it without a rotator?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 20-Mar-2014, 4:53 PM   #2
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Will you be forced to aim through nearby trees in either direction?
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Old 20-Mar-2014, 6:54 PM   #3
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Most of the trees around my house are to the north and west.

South and east are relatively clear.
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Old 20-Mar-2014, 8:56 PM   #4
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I'd try a single antenna solution as a start. There's a fair chance you'll get useable reception from the rear of an antenna.

Try a Winegard HD7698P, Antennacraft HBU-55 or HBU-44. Point at about 112 as a starting point. Be sure to sweep left and right of that starting aim point, looking for the best compromise of aim. An RCA TVPRAMP1R preamplifier would be useful when driving a 2 or 3-way splitter.

If you can't get acceptable reception with a single fixed aim antenna, a second antenna can be used. For the group of signals in the SW direction, consider an RCA ANT-751R or even a Winegard HD7694P. To use both antennas as a part of the same system, you have several options: http://forum.tvfool.com/showthread.php?t=2882
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Old 22-Mar-2014, 3:04 AM   #5
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Thank you so much for the help.

One other question, though. There is a small airport near my house. Could it affect OTA reception?
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Old 22-Mar-2014, 3:38 AM   #6
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It could. If the airport is a busy one, the problem may be much more noticeable. The large antennas I've suggested are already the primary defense against the intermittent signal reflections caused by a passing plane.
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