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Old 26-Sep-2017, 1:51 AM   #1
Duckboat
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New Antenna for cottage

Looking for advice on an antenna for my cottage. I have an existing tower that is about 30' high upon which I can mount an outside antenna. I do want to receive VHF signals as well as UHF. London and Kitchener in particular.
I am hoping to get an antenna that does not need a rotor but will consider it if necessary.
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Currently wondering about the Winegard FlatWave, CM 4228HD, or Antennas Direct DB8e. Thoughts?
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Old 26-Sep-2017, 2:46 AM   #2
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Greetings,
None of the antennas you mentioned would be appropriate in your
situation. You need an antenna capable of Hi VHF and UHF as well.
Your strongest signals by far, come from the Erie, Pa market. They
also have much more programming choices than London and Kitchener,
combined. Because of the distances involved, the London and Kitchener
stations would not be well served by one fixed antenna. One antenna
likely capable of receiving all three markets would be the Winegard
7698p antenna and you would need a rotor. The questions you have
to ask yourself is: How much television are you likely to watch in
your cottage and how much are you willing to spend??? A Winegard
7694p fixed antenna should be sufficient to get the Erie, PA stations.
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Old 26-Sep-2017, 3:16 AM   #3
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Thanks

Joe I appreciate your insights. I guess I need to do some soul searching about the amount of TV I need.
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Old 26-Sep-2017, 3:32 AM   #4
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I also like the HD 7694P for Erie PA. In order to watch Canadian TV, I'd invest in a second tuner instead of a rotator. Then I'd aim a VHF antenna at CKCO and a 4 bay UHF antenna at 347 degrees for CITY and CIII. Add the two Canadian antennas together in an RCA PRAMP-1R. Use two RG-6 lines, one for each tuner.
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Old 26-Sep-2017, 4:05 AM   #5
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Interesting idea but my television only has one input for antenna. Could I combine the HD7694P and a VHF antenna aimed at one Canadian tower and forget about the 4 bay? Alternatively could all three be put on one feed to the tv?
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Old 26-Sep-2017, 12:41 PM   #6
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A 4 bay UHF aimed at Erie with a VHF aimed at CTV is an easy compromise. The question is how to combine them. The sure way is inside the RCA preamp, but you'd probably lose NBC.

A splitter used backwards is doubtful in your case, but it's worth a try. A UVSJ might work OK if your CTV signal is strong enough without a preamp.

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Old 26-Sep-2017, 11:26 PM   #7
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Interesting idea but my television only has one input for antenna. Could I combine the HD7694P and a VHF antenna aimed at one Canadian tower and forget about the 4 bay? Alternatively could all three be put on one feed to the tv?
You could point the Winegard 7694p towards Erie, PA and a MCM
Electronics, HI VHF antenna at CKCO, CTV Kitchener, running two RG6 cables to an A/B switch. MCM 30-2476 antenna. You might need to re-scan each time you want to watch CTV Kitchener on with some tv sets. If your set allows you to do a partial scan, a single channel scan or similar, you'd be all set.
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Old 27-Sep-2017, 12:11 AM   #8
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JoeAZ, that's a good plan.
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