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Old 5-Nov-2014, 6:50 PM   #1
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Signal strength meter

My RCA converter box has a signal strength meter. Does this measure the strength of a given channel or an average? I seem to get a good picture with a signal strength of 55%. I'm going to add the vhf antenna this weekend below the db8 and aim it about 308 deg. Anything special to look for?

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Old 5-Nov-2014, 9:36 PM   #2
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It's actually some proprietary formula that mostly has to do with the decodability of the digital data in the signal rather than the actual power of the signal itself. Every "signal meter" is pretty much different from the next, so, once you determine what the threshold is for the one you have, just shoot to keep the reading above the minimum plus some padding, if possible.

If you're using the RCA pre-amp, make sure you check the switch position for "Separate" since their factory doesn't have a good track record of putting the switch in the position the label says it should be in. Other than that, be on the lookout for KOMU and KRCG.
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Old 11-Nov-2014, 9:33 PM   #3
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It's actually some proprietary formula that mostly has to do with the decodability of the digital data in the signal rather than the actual power of the signal itself. Every "signal meter" is pretty much different from the next, so, once you determine what the threshold is for the one you have, just shoot to keep the reading above the minimum plus some padding, if possible.

If you're using the RCA pre-amp, make sure you check the switch position for "Separate" since their factory doesn't have a good track record of putting the switch in the position the label says it should be in. Other than that, be on the lookout for KOMU and KRCG.
Well, got the the vhf antenna up and I'm getting everything in with a good picture. As skeptical as I was when I decided to cut the cord I get 12 channels Including Fox ABC NBC CBS PBS. Get TV and Me TV are bonuses. Also some cooking channel on pbs that my wife will enjoy. Thanks again to those who helped with my install.
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