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Forum: Help With Reception 11-Aug-2022, 12:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 254
Posted By OTAFAN
Hello Tinkerer: Tim's given you good advice...

Hello Tinkerer:

Tim's given you good advice and is one of the forums long-time posters and best techs.

FWIW, I have used a number of indoor and outdoor antennas at my location here in S OC/LA...
Forum: Antennas 11-Aug-2022, 12:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 209
Posted By OTAFAN
Ok Tim, that explains why I was seeing San Diego...

Ok Tim, that explains why I was seeing San Diego stations from what appeared as S New Hampshire! I thought you could clear things up a bit.

Since he's out my way now, I'll reply as well....
Forum: Antennas 9-Aug-2022, 11:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 209
Posted By OTAFAN
Hi Tim: I'm still here. Replied a few weeks...

Hi Tim:

I'm still here. Replied a few weeks ago to another thread who was requesting help with antenna selection.

But haven't seen much activity from other long-time posters, including...
Forum: Help With Reception 26-May-2022, 11:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,575
Posted By OTAFAN
Choose Right Antenna

Hey greggor:

Since you're fairly close to the towers you're trying to receive and you mentioned you had unobstructed access to the N/W, depending on your budget, I would recommend on the less...
Forum: Help With Reception 18-Jun-2021, 11:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 8,117
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, 10:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,919
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, 10:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,931
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, 12:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 10,101
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, 12:47 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 10,101
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 30-Mar-2021, 11:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 10,101
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, 10:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,331
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, 10:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,151
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, 3:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,266
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, 3:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,400
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, 3:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,400
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, 1:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,400
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, 10:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,400
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, 4:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 17,872
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, 9:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 17,872
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, 9:59 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 56,873
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, 9:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 8,194
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, 10:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 8,194
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 17-Aug-2020, 11:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 15,736
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, 10:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,115
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, 1:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 8,688
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:
...
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