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Old 9-Nov-2019, 1:32 AM   #1
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Go higher or go better?

I purchased a medium sized antenna from HHGregg before they went out of business and I pulled my satellite dish from the roof and installed my antenna on its pole. The antenna is about 10 feet off the ground. Where I live we are kind of in a hole if you will and there are tall trees surrounding our home.

I currently use an RCA TVPRAMP1R Preamplifier for Outdoor Antenna and a powered splitter in my attic. The antenna I believe is an RCA ANT751R.

I can currently get ABC, CBS, NBC & Fox but Fox and especially CBS would break up often. I'm interested in only these major networks.

My question is, should I go higher up with an extension pole with my current antenna or purchase a good antenna like a Winegard HD7698P Platinum Series.

Also, is it possible to install two antenna facing different directions but combine them so a motor is not necessary? With the correction position I can get all channels but CBS still suffers. I'm just trying to cover all the bases. Please suggest an antenna or antennas. I would greatly appreciate the help!

If anyone would like me to generate a different report, please let me know.

http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...9038259b65825a

Many thanks!
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Old 9-Nov-2019, 4:19 AM   #2
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I ran a search at rabbitears.info using an estimate of your location. The results I saw suggest you may need to mount as high as 60' AGL to obtain line-of-sight conditions which the ANT751 would do best with. A larger antenna will provide more gain but will also have a narrower forward beam width that makes it harder to receive signals to the left and right of the aim point..

It would be helpful if you could run a search using the true location. Based on what I see you will need to set the search range to at least 70 miles rather than the default of 60 miles. Also, set the antenna height to the highest practical value that you could mount an antenna. Clearing/avoiding nearby trees, terrain and structures is a priority for reliable reception.

https://rabbitears.info/searchmap.php
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Old 9-Nov-2019, 8:45 AM   #3
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I can currently get ABC, CBS, NBC & Fox but Fox and especially CBS would break up often. I'm interested in only these major networks.

My question is, should I go higher up with an extension pole with my current antenna or purchase a good antenna like a Winegard HD7698P Platinum Series.

Also, is it possible to install two antenna facing different directions but combine them so a motor is not necessary? With the correction position I can get all channels but CBS still suffers. I'm just trying to cover all the bases. Please suggest an antenna or antennas. I would greatly appreciate the help!
Hello 8bit:

According to the zip code you provided in your TV Fool report, the rabbitears.info report shows better Post-Repack reception for that area. Obviously, you mentioned you were in a bit of a hole with surrounding tall trees which makes reception more challenging; although you seem to be getting most of the stations you desire. Here's the report for your zip code, but GroundUrMast's advice is wise. (Your rabbitears report takes a bit under 20 seconds to load).

https://www.rabbitears.info/search.p...=dBm&height=12

Also, here's a link for combining two RCA ANT751R antennas that might be helpful if you decide to go that way. A bit expensive, but you might save some money by just buying another ANT751R and related supplies separately.

https://www.dennystvantennare.com/bi...bles-in-stock/

I'm sure there are other's here who could help you achieve your goals if they decide to chime in.

All the best.....

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Old 9-Nov-2019, 1:50 PM   #4
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Hello 8bit:



Also, here's a link for combining two RCA ANT751R antennas that might be helpful if you decide to go that way. A bit expensive, but you might save some money by just buying another ANT751R and related supplies separately.

https://www.dennystvantennare.com/bi...bles-in-stock/

I'm sure there are other's here who could help you achieve your goals if they decide to chime in.

All the best.....
According to the zip code you provided in your TV Fool report, the rabbitears.info report shows better Post-Repack reception for that area. Obviously, you mentioned you were in a bit of a hole with surrounding tall trees which makes reception more challenging; although you seem to be getting most of the stations you desire. Here's the report for your zip code, but GroundUrMast's advice is wise. (Your rabbitears report takes a bit under 20 seconds to load).

https://www.rabbitears.info/search.p...=dBm&height=12

I surmise from what I see online combining 2 ANT751s may not work well if the antennas are pointed in the same direction? Mulitpath issues etc?
Its a shame as that the antenna is workable size for most of us.
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Old 9-Nov-2019, 7:02 PM   #5
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In your case I’d try an Antennas Direct 2MAX and couple it to your existing 751 using your preamp as a combiner. The 2MAX is bidirectional and should get most of your UHF stations well. I believe that your ABC is WLOS on VHF. If so, I’d aim your 751 at WLOS. WLOS doesn’t show on your rabbitears report because it’s further than 60 miles away.

The use of two antennas using the preamp as a combiner is a unique solution that will combine UHF and VHF antennas with no compromises. The VHF ability if the 2MAX will be tuned out by a filter in the preamp. The UHF ability of the 751 will be eliminated by the preamp.
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Old 10-Nov-2019, 3:25 PM   #6
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Awesome input. Thank you all so much.

I'll run a report using my coordinates with extended range and post that.

I do like the idea of combining two antenna.

Kindest Regards,
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Old 11-Nov-2019, 12:45 AM   #7
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Here's an updated Rabbitears report using 70 miles distance.

https://www.rabbitears.info/searchma...study_id=26782

Thank you all again for your help!
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