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Old 23-Aug-2011, 4:11 AM   #1
nickhasser
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Looking to help my parents (in their early 60s) fix their OTA reception. Here is the Radar Plot.

They currently have a roof mounted antenna from a local electronics shop "tuned" for WLFI. From what I understand they were told was that the elements are cut for that station specifically. From what I've seen, all the elements of the array are exactly the same length. From the antenna, the coax runs into the basement, along the ceiling, then into the living room wall, where it is patched to the TV (recent LG 1080p model). The entire coax run (antenna to TV) is probably 200-300 feet.

Their reception (according to strength meter on the TV) has never been strong, but has been sufficient for WLFI. Recently, however, they are not receiving WLFI more often than they are. The antenna orientation has been checked and is still aimed directly at the transmitter according to the radar plot. The coax run still looks good (i.e. no critters have chewed it up, etc).

They MUST have WLFI. Everything else is a bonus. The stations at 129-132 degrees would be preferred over others after WLFI. I don't know their price range, yet, though, so I'm open to all suggestions.

If there is anything else that could be helpful, I'll provide it to the best of my knowledge.
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Old 23-Aug-2011, 4:46 AM   #2
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I suggest a Winegard HD7696P antenna , and a Antennas Direct CPA-19 preamp. aimed at 129 true / 133 degree magnetic compass. Here is how to aim antennas , http://www.kyes.com/antenna/pointing/pointing.html . I suggest replace the coax on the outside with new RG-6U / RG-6 coax and if the rest of the coax has even a hint that some it might be bad then replace all of the coax in the house. If one Tv is connected then have no splitters. Each time a split takes place the signal is reduced. That word -> patched <- is a bad word. What do you mean by that word -> patched <- ?? Also is the house a one or two story house??

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Old 23-Aug-2011, 5:12 AM   #3
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John,

Thanks for the quick reply.

The house is a single story ranch-style, with a full basement. The coax enters just below ground level into the basement b/c it is unfinished and easier to run to the living room that way.

By patched, I mean that the coax is terminated into a wall plate (female F-type connector on either side of the plate), then a short (4 foot maybe) cable goes from the wall plate to the TV. It is a continuous run from the antenna to the wall plate right now. I'm not positive, but I believe it is all RG6, new at the time of the current antenna installation, which was 3-5 years ago. There is a single TV and no splitter right now.
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Old 23-Aug-2011, 6:11 AM   #4
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Ok thats much better then patched. Here are places to buy antennas and etc. , http://www.solidsignal.com , http://www.starkelectronic.com , http://www.amazon.com , http://www.3starinc.com
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