View Single Post
Old 23-Dec-2019, 1:11 PM   #2
Retired A/V Tech
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: S.E. VA
Posts: 2,719
Originally Posted by billkater View Post
Ready to cut the cord. I have a 40ft free standing tower and would like to put a omnidirectional antenna on top of it. Need recommendations based on my tvfool report.
Hello, Bill; welcome to the forum.

Thank you for the signal report. Here is a report from that should be more up to date:

This is an extract from that report:

You have one very strong local signal and a lot of very weak channels in different directions.

What channels are most important to you?

I'm not a fan of omni antennas; they receive poorly in all directions. They sometimes work OK if you have fairly strong signals in different directions. The antenna element in an omni is low gain; a preamp is usually included to compensate for that low gain element. If the signals coming out of the antenna element are weak and poor quality, the preamp will make them stronger but their quality will still be poor; GIGO.

However, to satisfy your curiosity, you can try an omni to see how it does at your location.

I think I see your tower (in attachment) with two antennas on it in a street photo taken in July 2014. The tower will help get your antenna above the trees which can block weak signals.

I suggest you try an antenna for UHF and VHF, like the Winegard HD7694P, aimed at Terre Haute, for

You should get WUSI PBS off the side, but I can't give you a guarantee.

If the HD7694P doesn't have enough gain you would have to upgrade to the bigger 7698P or use separate UHF and VHF antennas as you see in the old Google street photo.

You could use a directional antenna and a rotator, but that wouldn't work very well if you have many TVs and I don't see much more in other directions.

You do have one strong local FM transmitter, WSEI, that might interfere with the reception of WTHI on real channel 10. It's coming from the south, so it will be at the rear of your antenna (which makes it weaker), and you can add an FM filter if necessary.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg billkaterTVFreportRE2.jpg (217.7 KB, 773 views)
File Type: jpg billkaterTVFoldAnt.JPG (111.4 KB, 296 views)
If you can not measure it, you can not improve it.
Lord Kelvin, 1883

Last edited by rabbit73; 23-Dec-2019 at 2:42 PM.
rabbit73 is offline   Reply With Quote