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Forum: Help With Reception 19-Jun-2021, 12:58 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 4,061
Posted By OTAFAN
Hi newmguy: Here's a link to a previous...

Hi newmguy:

Here's a link to a previous thread which discusses the various issues you might be experiencing.

http://forum.tvfool.com/showthread.php?t=16768&highlight=preamps

In the thread,...
Forum: Help With Reception 25-May-2021, 11:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,277
Posted By OTAFAN
Hi deeciple: I have one of those and have...

Hi deeciple:

I have one of those and have used it in the past with expected results, from min to max. I can't remember what specs or numbers I was receiving, though.

I'm not using it currently...
Forum: Help With Reception 14-May-2021, 11:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,180
Posted By OTAFAN
Hi deeciple: I would defer to RabbitEars as...

Hi deeciple:

I would defer to RabbitEars as it is usually up to date, unlike the TV Fool report which, unfortunately has not kept up due to lack of/or very small staff.

Also, I think in a...
Forum: Antennas 1-Apr-2021, 1:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,294
Posted By OTAFAN
Thanks toddbailey, for letting me jump into your...

Thanks toddbailey, for letting me jump into your thread.

After a day of research on the WWW, I found a number of sites that were able to answer some of my questions from above. Some were from the...
Forum: Antennas 31-Mar-2021, 1:47 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,294
Posted By OTAFAN
I hope toddbailey won't mind too much if I ask...

I hope toddbailey won't mind too much if I ask another question, since you, JoeAz are the only one I've come across who has experience with this antenna.

I'm in SoCal LA/OC where signals are...
Forum: Antennas 31-Mar-2021, 12:13 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,294
Posted By OTAFAN
Can the antenna operate in either the active (0n)...

Can the antenna operate in either the active (0n) or passive (Off) modes through the supplied amp?

JoeAZ, you probably are using the amp on in your location, but for those of us in stronger signal...
Forum: Help With Reception 12-Feb-2021, 11:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,401
Posted By OTAFAN
Hi Set: Just to get you started, it looks...

Hi Set:

Just to get you started, it looks like something bidirectional might fit your bill. You can check Antennas Direct website as they have several options.

If you go with a more...
Forum: Help With Reception 22-Oct-2020, 11:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,250
Posted By OTAFAN
Here's the latest on ATSC 3.0 or NextGen TV: ...

Here's the latest on ATSC 3.0 or NextGen TV:

https://www.soundandvision.com/content/nextgen-tv-progress-report
Forum: Help With Reception 13-Oct-2020, 4:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,595
Posted By OTAFAN
Well, it's actually slightly above the Civil...

Well, it's actually slightly above the Civil Aviation Band that you would listen to on a scanner, 108MHz to 136MHz; VHF radio spectrum. Here's a chart explaining. It's a bit out of date since Repack...
Forum: Help With Reception 12-Oct-2020, 4:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,392
Posted By OTAFAN
Ok, I'm getting a better understanding of your...

Ok, I'm getting a better understanding of your situation.

Let's give the Techs here a chance to chime in.

Thanks for the reply and lucky you living in Santa Barbara!

P.S. Take a look at this...
Forum: Help With Reception 12-Oct-2020, 4:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,392
Posted By OTAFAN
Thanks for the report, jamesm113. There are...

Thanks for the report, jamesm113.

There are some excellent Techs here on TV Fool that I'm sure will be able to assist in resolving your issue. Let's give them a chance to look it over and fingers...
Forum: Help With Reception 12-Oct-2020, 2:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,392
Posted By OTAFAN
What market are those two real channels (not...

What market are those two real channels (not virtual) in? In other words, perhaps you could post your Signal Report off RabbitEars.Info? It would be very helpful in getting the help you need from the...
Forum: Help With Reception 11-Oct-2020, 11:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,392
Posted By OTAFAN
Hi jamesm113: A loose coax connection (or...

Hi jamesm113:

A loose coax connection (or any other for that matter), will sooner or later cause reception problems. You proved that after you pushed the cable back on. Always check your...
Forum: Help With Reception 11-Oct-2020, 5:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 16,943
Posted By OTAFAN
If you're handy with a soldering iron and have at...

If you're handy with a soldering iron and have at least a hobbyist background on electronics, you could try to "fix" your preamp, if that's indeed what's wrong with it. If you do a search on TV Fool,...
Forum: Help With Reception 10-Oct-2020, 10:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 16,943
Posted By OTAFAN
Probably you're overloading your TV tuner with a...

Probably you're overloading your TV tuner with a defective pre-amp; something's failed (open) inside. You'll need to replace it.

You should be able to return to good TV viewing once fixed. Please...
Forum: Help With Reception 3-Sep-2020, 10:59 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 37,743
Posted By OTAFAN
The links above and here to the Mclapp UHF...

The links above and here to the Mclapp UHF antenna are not secure, but neither is TV Fool presently. Here's everything but the kitchen sink, including a YouTube video:
...
Forum: Help With Reception 29-Aug-2020, 10:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,586
Posted By OTAFAN
Solid Signal has specs on their antennas that...

Solid Signal has specs on their antennas that they currently sell as well as those no longer available. Winegard manufactures many of RCAs outdoor antennas and the specs would be the same for their...
Forum: Help With Reception 25-Aug-2020, 11:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,586
Posted By OTAFAN
Hey BigBean: I think you're barking up the...

Hey BigBean:

I think you're barking up the right tree, although your FM Report looks challenging with the one edge reception at your end. However, give it a go and see what you get. Here's a link...
Forum: Help With Reception 18-Aug-2020, 12:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 14,173
Posted By OTAFAN
Hey BigBean: How did your test turn out?...

Hey BigBean:

How did your test turn out? Here's a link to a Klein Pocket Coax Tester that might be of help to you now and any future coax issues you might encounter:
...
Forum: Help With Reception 15-Aug-2020, 11:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,669
Posted By OTAFAN
Hey 8bit: The longer the boom and more...

Hey 8bit:

The longer the boom and more elements on a TV antenna, the greater the gain in signal strength typically.

If you can repair that antenna you picked up for free, it might improve your...
Forum: Help With Reception 15-Aug-2020, 2:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,720
Posted By OTAFAN
If you're looking to squeeze out every dB you can...

If you're looking to squeeze out every dB you can especially for that tough Channel 2, here's a link to a previous thread rabbit73 authored that offers an excellent tip:
...
Forum: Help With Reception 4-Jul-2020, 8:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 14,173
Posted By OTAFAN
Here's another post on TV Fool that might be of...

Here's another post on TV Fool that might be of interest to you, BigBean:

http://forum.tvfool.com/showpost.php?p=58306&postcount=75

What antenna are you using now? Generally speaking, a higher...
Forum: Help With Reception 3-Jul-2020, 11:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 14,173
Posted By OTAFAN
Hello BigBean: I would think UV rays and...

Hello BigBean:

I would think UV rays and heat from the Sun along with other weather conditions, all contribute to shorten the life of preamps. I don't think you're going to get any longer life out...
Forum: Help With Reception 26-Jun-2020, 10:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,586
Posted By OTAFAN
Hi derf: Tim is correct in the reply he gave...

Hi derf:

Tim is correct in the reply he gave your above comment. But there is probably another possibility.

Because you're so close to the towers of the channels in question (less than 10...
Forum: Help With Reception 20-Jun-2020, 11:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,015
Posted By OTAFAN
Hi RG6er: Welcome to the forum! Let's...

Hi RG6er:

Welcome to the forum!

Let's start with your rabbitears.info report for your zip code. It's more accurate with repack as the TV Fool report has not been updated for some time. And the...
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