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Old 28-Feb-2012, 2:17 AM   #1
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dropping cable, woohoo!

I'm working at dropping cable.

Here is my tv signal results link
http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...0b863fc08f6514

I have 3 TV's on 2 different floors. My best plan so far is to mount an antenna in the attic (asphalt shingles). The homeowners association here does not allow outside antennas. I'll run a RG59 coax cable from the antenna down to the basement where I'll hook into the existing coax which was used for cable tv. The coax splits into 4 rooms. I will be completely disconnecting from cable service.

I like this antenna and plan on purchasing it unless advised otherwise: RCA ANT751R Outdoor Antenna. I can't find any info as to whether is directional or multi-directional, but it got really high reviews on Amazon and it's inexpensive.

From my map it appears I have signals coming from 2 different directions. Will I need two antennas?

Does anyone see problems with this? Am I missing something? Is there a better way to do this. Will I need a signal amp?

Thanks so much in advance!

Greg
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Old 28-Feb-2012, 4:20 AM   #2
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Just in case you didn't know

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The homeowners association here does not allow outside antennas.
They can't stop you the federal government has specifically protected your rights to have an antenna (regardless of any agreement made with local authority).

But you really don't need an outdoor antenna ktps on VHF ch.8 is as far down the list as you'll get without heroic efforts (and even then the weaker signals with tropo path would have questionable reliability)

Instead of 2 antenna I'd remove the reflector from a antennas direct db4e (or similar bay type antenna).
You don't need a VHF capable antenna just UHF.

No amp signals to strong.

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Old 28-Feb-2012, 4:39 AM   #3
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Here is the Federal Law that says Yes you can install and use a outside roof top antenna. This Federal Law over rides All , hoa's , housing covenets , citys , counties , states , and any other crazies that do not like antennas. Hoa's are well aware of this Federal Law , yet still try to scam people. Show this Federal Law to the hoa they will back off. This is 'Settled Law' it has been challanged time after time in court and the hoa's and all the other crazies have lost time after time in court. http://www.fcc.gov/mb/facts/otard.html
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Old 28-Feb-2012, 5:05 AM   #4
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The Tv transmissions are Very Strong at your location. If the house is wood frame with wood or vinyl siding and if the roof is not metal and there is no metal foil backed insulation. Then install a indoor antenna at each Tv location , a Channel Master CM4010 or Terk HDTVi. Aim the indoor antenna at about 110 degree magnetic compass , here is how to aim indoor antennas , http://www.kyes.com/antenna/pointing/pointing.html. The Tv must scan for the Digital Broadcast Tv Channels , sometimes called the , 'Air Channels' or 'Antenna Channels' in the Tv menu because the transmissions travel through air from the transmitting antenna to the receiving antenna. . A indoor antenna will not receive in the basement. Do Not scan for cable Tv channels.

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Old 28-Feb-2012, 5:26 AM   #5
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You can try the Antennas Direct DB4e with out the reflector screen in the attic or a Antenna Craft U8000 antenna in the attic. Remove the reflector rods from the U8000 by drilling out the rivets that hold the metal clips that hold the reflector rods , now the U8000's >< shaped metal receiving elements will receive in 2 directions. And removing the reflector screen from the DB4e will do the same thing. Aim the DB4e or U8000 at about 110 degree magnetic compass and the antennas will receive the Digital Tv Stations/Channels to the , north west , north east , east and south east. All of the Digital Tv Stations/Channels should be received down to KCTU 43 , http://thistv.com , http://amgtv.tv , http://www.untamedsportstv.com , in the green reception zone of the tvfool radar report for the Current and Pending Applications Included.

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Old 28-Feb-2012, 5:28 AM   #6
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Rg-59 is a long ways in the past now. You will be using RG-6 coax.
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Old 28-Feb-2012, 5:42 AM   #7
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I'd recommend RG6 if you're running new.
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I'll run a RG59 coax cable from the antenna down to the basement where I'll hook into the existing coax which was used for cable tv. The coax splits into 4 rooms.
Sounds like he wants to use the coax installed in the house maybe to avoid
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install a indoor antenna at each Tv location
Which will work if you are ok with it. Except basements and foil insulation barrier possibly blocking signal.
The RCA ANT751R Outdoor Antenna is a directional antenna.
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Old 28-Feb-2012, 6:34 AM   #8
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If a common simple 4 way splitter and the length of the coax runs weakens the signal to the point that KCTU is not received at the 4 Tv's with a antenna in the attic , then install a Channel Master CM3414 distribution amp in place of the 4 way splitter. If KCTU is still weak at one or more of the Tv's then move the antenna to the outside above the roof. Here are some places to buy antennas and etc. , http://www.antennasdirect.com , http://www.channelmasterstore.com , http://www.solidsignal.com , http://www.amazon.com. Here are some Strong and Sturdy roof mounts , http://www.ronard.com/909911.html , http://www.ronard.com/34424560.html , http://www.ronard.com/ychim.com , http://www.ronard.com. Buy the ronard roof mounts buy typing , ronard , in the solidsignal search box or buy from ronard.
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