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Old 16-Mar-2011, 3:14 AM   #1
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Hi Yall

Im considering trying OTA at my residence in Dublin, CA. Free quality TV really appeals to me.

Any suggestions regarding equipment, antenna type, etc for this terrain would be much appreciated. Map Link shown above.

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John

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Old 16-Mar-2011, 4:12 AM   #2
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I'll presume you are looking for access to each of the major network affiliates.

You have challenging terrain between you and the Sutro tower. You'll need a large, deep fringe antenna such as the Combo UHF/H-VHF Winegard HD7698P. Also, a medium gain, high input preamplifier such as an Antennas Direct CPA19 would be needed.

As an alternate, you can get just a bit more UHF performance with the UHF only Antennas Direct XG-91 and the H-VHF only Winegard YA-1723. An Antennacraft 10G221 preamp has separate inputs for UHF and VHF. The mounting mechanism of the XG-91 can be tilted up a few degrees if needed, a possibility at your location.

Aiming at 260 per your compass you should be able to see the major networks from San Francisco.
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Old 16-Mar-2011, 7:25 AM   #3
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Old 16-Mar-2011, 2:50 PM   #4
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I like the 91XG plus a mid-range high-VHF antenna stacked vertically for this location. I don't think the 10-element high-VHF unit, whether separate or as a combo, is necessary. While it certainly wouldn't hurt, it's just that it's BIG(!) and probably not needed. A 5-element high-VHF Yagi or our C5 loop should suffice. Otherwise, I like the suggestion.

The 91XG includes a tiltable mast mount that will allow you to point its boom a bit "nose-up". I usually recommend boresighting the boom to your visible horizon.
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