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Old 3-Aug-2012, 2:32 AM   #1
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Antenna and Booster sugestions

I would like to get some input on trying to set up a system to pick up OTA. I need some input on antenna, booster, converter box etc. I will be setting up 4 TV's, all are old analog style.

Here is the link to our signal map:
http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...99003648c85e6b

We do have trees around and a few hills to peek over. Looks like the signal strengths are all weak. I am mainly interested in the channels at approx 106 degrees.

Thanks in advance for any help that can be provided.
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Old 3-Aug-2012, 4:27 AM   #2
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Tv Reception.

Tv transmission reception is weak signal strength.

So as to see if signal strength will improve with the antenna higher.

Make 2 more tvfool radar plot reports.

40 and 60 feet.
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Old 3-Aug-2012, 9:27 AM   #3
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Based on the 25 foot report.

This will get reliable reception of.

WCIQ Real channel 7 , virtual number (7.1 ) PBS

WPXA-DT Real channel 51 , virtual number (14.1) ION Tv

WSB-TV Real channel 14 , virtual number ( ) ABC and Me-TV

Above the roof install a antennas direct DB4e aimed at about 50 degree magnetic compass reading.

Above the roof install a Winegard YA1713 antenna aimed at about 220 degree magnetic compass reading.

Combine the two antennas with a UVSJ = UHF/VHF antennas Separator/Joiner , type the letters , uvsj , in the http://www.solidsignal.com , search box.

Connect a Winegard AP8275 preamp to the UVSJ.

The output of the AP8275 preamplifier will go to 1 Tv with no splitter.

If more then 1 Tv is connected the use a ,

HFS-2D , 2 way splitter for 2 Tv's.

HFS-3D , 3 way splitter for 3 Tv's.

HFS-4D , 4 way splitter for 4 Tv's connected.

The HFS splitters pas power from the power supply/power injector in the house to the actual preamplifier that is mounted close to the antenna.

Here are some above roof antenna mounts , http://www.ronard.com/909911.html , http://www.ronard.com/34424560.html , http://www.ronard.com/ychim.html , http://www.ronard.com.

Buy the ronard antenna mounts at solidsignal by typing the word ronard in the solidsignal search box.

Here are some places to but antennas and etc. , http://www.solidsignal.com , http://www.winegarddirect.com , http://www.amazon.com.

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Old 3-Aug-2012, 9:32 AM   #4
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http://www.walmart.com has a simple converter box , RCA , DTA800B1.

Here are converters that do a lot more.

http://www.channelmasterstore.com.

http://www.epvision.com.

http://westerndigital.com.
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Old 3-Aug-2012, 2:08 PM   #5
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I am in a valley or "bowl". 20 years ago we had a decent Channelmaster antenna/booster and could get the main network channels although not clear all the time. 2 and 5 were decent 11 was always a little snowy. I just wanted to see if there is any difference in the new DTV signals and equipment. Also tired of the satellite co prices continuing to climb.

I adjusted my position using my actual coordinates. The address was general. I am right on the state line (running north/south) so the channels in 0-180 degrees are the local channels that I prefer, mainly 104-112 degrees.

25ft Antenna HT: http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...9900ef4023057c

40ft Antenna HT: http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...990068f2369889

60ft Antenna HT: http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...990068c79eabe2

If I have to go up that high, what are the most economical mast and/or tower options available.
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Old 3-Aug-2012, 9:54 PM   #6
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Ok , at no less then 60 feet antenna height at about 108 degree magnetic compass.

WGLC-DT Real channel 19 , virtual number (46.1) CBS

WPCH-TV Real channel 20 , virtual number (17.1) IND.

WGTV-DT Real channel 8 , virtual number (8.1) PBS

WXIA-DT REAL channel 19 , virtual number (11.1) NBC and Local Weather

WAGA-DT Real channel 27 , virtual number (5.1) FOX

WUPA Real channel 43 , virtual number (69.1) The CW

WATL-DT Real channel 25 , virtual number (36.1) MyNetwork and Bounce Tv and Antenna Tv

WHSG-TV Real channel 44 , virtual number (63.1) Religion

WUVG-DT Real channel 48 , virtual number (34.1) Univision and Telefutura

WATC-DT Real channel 41 , virtual number (57.1) Religion

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There are different ways to set up antennas for reception.

This First way the DB4e and YA1713 antennas will not be used.

Install a Winegard HD7698P antenna with Winegard AP8275 preamp mounted on a Channel Master CM9521A antenna rotator.

At no less then 60 feet antenna height.

The HD7698P will rotate to receive the Tv stations/channels in the directions of ,

50 degrees , north east.

108 degrees , south east.

220 degrees , south west.

A advantage of using a rotator is the antenna aim can be adjusted to get the best reception of tuff to receive Tv station.

A disadvantage of a rotator is not channel surfing friendly , must wait for antenna to rotate and not every one will agree on the direction the antenna is aimed.

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Old 3-Aug-2012, 10:50 PM   #7
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The second way uses No rotator.

The DB4e and YA1713 antennas are combined/connected as before on to one coax that goes out to the Tv location/s.

And can be at the 25 feet antenna height.

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Also a Winegard HD9095P with a Winegard AP8275 preamp is mounted at the 60 feet antenna height for reception of the Tv stations/channels at about 108 degree magnetic compass direction.

This antenna system is not connected to the other antenna system.

This system also goes out to the Tv location/s.

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The 2 Separate systems are separate all the way to the Tv location/s.

And are connected to the Tv/s with a Remote control A/B antenna switch at each Tv location/s.

Remote control A/B antenna switch is , channel surfing friendly , push the button on the hand held remote control . change antenna systems and keep on channel surfing.

http://www.radioshack.com , # 15-1968.

http://www.mcmelectronics.com , # 32-4425 .


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Here are some ways to get the antenna 60 feet above ground.

Light weight , Aluminum , No guy wire , Lay over tower , Do all antenna installation and adjustments standing on the ground.

http://www.palcoelectronics.compe300.aspx

http://www.3starinc.com , has towers and push up poles.

Search on the internet for used towers and push up poles.

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Yes I know what you will say , this all adds up to some , $ change.

Well Ok , how much does the pay cable or pay satellite cost each year , 5 years , 10 years , etc. ??

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