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Old 9-Oct-2017, 3:40 PM   #1
mcouture
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Reception & Antenna Help! Southern Maine

Westbrook Maine help!


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I have tried a "35 mile" antenna in the window, as well as a powered "100 mile" antenna with 28 db gain.

I have trouble holding onto channel 13 and 8 at times and also having issue with 35 and 51.

I am trying a Winegate 200 amp with my window antenna and I can pull in WBZ and stations in Concord, NH but still trouble with 13, 8, 35 and 51.

I have a pole with my weather station that is about 20' above ground with 50' RG6 that will be the final resting place but I really need an antenna I can trust -- no more of these no-name brands that sometimes work.

anyway got any suggestions?
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Old 10-Oct-2017, 1:04 AM   #2
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Greetings,

The issue you have is that your Portland Stations come
from several different directions to your home. Another
consideration is that you need both VHF and UHF capability.
It would be challenging for any one antenna to capture
all your signals without a rotor. The other option would
be two antennas, one pointed Northeast and the other,
Northwest. What is the proximity of any trees and their
height to your home? What are you willing to spend for
good, consistent reception? Cannot really make any
recommendations without more information from you.
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Old 10-Oct-2017, 2:38 AM   #3
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I have a general issue of being on the south side of 'a hill'. Anything pointing northwest to northeast is trying to shoot over the hill. The only good thing is that we're only about 100' from the top of the hill.

I currently have antenna location on the north west side of house, if I move it to south east side, that gains me about 50' away from the treeline.

I'm most concerned with NBC, ABC, CBS, CW, PBS - and I'll spend a few hundred $$ to do so. This cord cutting thing will pass the wife test if I can keep the locals in tune...
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Old 10-Oct-2017, 2:05 PM   #4
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With the trees and the hill, I believe the TV Fool estimate is
overly generous for your location. The signals are likely much
weaker. The Winegard 7694p and Clearstream 2V come to
mind as good choices for you. The real issue will be finding
a "sweet" spot on your roof, away from the trees, where the
signals are strongest. Your primary signals are Northwest
with Fox/PBS to the Northeast. A rotor or two antennas may
be necessary to get all your stations. Invest in good RG6
cable, keeping the length at or under 50 feet to one tv at
first. Add other tv's later, once you've got good reception
established. Don't forget to ground your system. It can
improve reception and reduces the chance of a strike.
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Old 10-Oct-2017, 2:18 PM   #5
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Portland has one of the most screwed-up arrangements of towers that I work with. It seems as if a giant hand picked them up and threw them up into the air and allowed them to come down and be spread over 500 square miles.

A rotor is too often a requirement. A lot depend on how fortunate one might be in their location within the footprint of the towers' coverage areas.
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Old 11-Oct-2017, 12:34 AM   #6
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Thanks for making me feel better! ha!

I'll probably try a "better antenna" then probably go with a dual antenna setup aimed at the stations I want/need.
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Old 18-Oct-2017, 1:53 AM   #7
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I live in Saco and use a DB4e antenna on my roof at 25AGL. I'm able to get everything in the area. I would aim around true north.

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