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Old 4-Jul-2024, 11:48 AM   #1
Esteban
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Need help with antenna = POOR location

I am trying to help an elderly friend receive OTA channels & save her some money. I have already told her that this would be a challenge ! She has tried several indoor types, that at best, received 1-2 stations. Her house sits very low off the road . The entire West side is covered with tall trees. Many are 50 ft. taller than the peak of her roof ! The East & Northeast are relatively clear of trees, but still in a very low area.
I appreciate any help & suggestions that you may provide . Thanks !


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Old 5-Jul-2024, 12:34 AM   #2
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I am trying to help an elderly friend receive OTA channels & save her some money. I have already told her that this would be a challenge ! She has tried several indoor types, that at best, received 1-2 stations. Her house sits very low off the road . The entire West side is covered with tall trees. Many are 50 ft. taller than the peak of her roof ! The East & Northeast are relatively clear of trees, but still in a very low area.
I appreciate any help & suggestions that you may provide . Thanks !


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Hello, Esteban. Thank you for the TVFool report.

TVFool reports are not as accurate as they used to be, so please do a report for her location using a report from rabbitears.info. I use coordinates when requesting a report.
https://www.rabbitears.info/searchmap.php

Is her antenna actually 50 ft above ground level?

I did an estimated rabbitears.info report based on the TVFool report with the antenna at 30 ft above ground level:

https://www.rabbitears.info/searchma...udy_id=1390478

What are the callsigns of the stations she is able to receive?

If you can give me her address in a Private Message, I can look at the trees in the signal paths.
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Old 6-Jul-2024, 1:09 AM   #3
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Her house sits deep in a hole on a dead end St. She tried a couple of different indoor antennas, which I knew would not help. I got those to get ONE station, WNTV. in one room. To the left , rear, & right rear of her house are tall , dense trees.
Thank you for the additional information. I see what you mean about the trees in the signal paths.

I did a new signal report for her location:
https://www.rabbitears.info/searchma...udy_id=1391363



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The road above her house is probably 100 ft higher in elevation than her home is.
I can see the hill trying to block the signal:



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I thought about getting one of those RCA Directional, or a Channel Master Bow tie...
A UHF antenna would be suitable for WHNS, WYFF, and WMYA, but you will need an antenna designed for VHF-High channels WNTV and WSPA and a preamp.
https://www.newark.com/stellar-labs/...1d81500a82b824

More later when I have time.
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Old 6-Jul-2024, 11:48 AM   #4
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Thank you, You can see why I said that it was in such a poor location. Those trees really block out the signals . Even if a few were removed , there would still be some on the adjoining neighbor's property. Too bad that there is so little available to the East.
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