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Old 10-Mar-2010, 6:03 PM   #1
RR
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Recommedations please

Hi all,

Looking for some expert advice.
My signal analasys:
http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...b7c88debcf7926

My house sits in a valley and is surrounded by trees.
I was curious to see if i could receive OTA TV and purchased an Antennacraft HBU33 and a pre-amp/indoor amp from my local RS.
I mounted the antenna/amp approximately 30ft above ground and am using the old RG6 cable from the existing DirectTV dishes.
ive tweaked the antenna direction from anywhere between 79-92. I receive all the majors and then some and the strongest station is ABC 7.1 coming in at a max of 70%. All other stations fluctuate between 35% and 50%. I am pleased with the resulsts but I get some dropouts and pixilating and think I could fix it with some better equipment.

My thoughts are either:
1- install a CM4228, CM7777, Winegard YA1713 and a rotor
2- install a Winegard hd8200u and an amp if necessary
or
3- install a Tereves DAT 75, read they are good for weak signal areas due to valleys and trees.

Regardless of what I end up installing I will be upgrading the cables to new Quad Shielded RG6 and new grounding hardware, just want to do it all at the same time.

Thanks in advance!

RR
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Old 11-Mar-2010, 4:07 PM   #2
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You do not want just the Televes antenna, it is a UHF-only antenna. According to this review, the advantage of the three-yagi design shows up only on the high end of the UHF band.
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Old 11-Mar-2010, 5:56 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response, Dave.

Other than looking pretty the Televes is also expensive, so if it isn't the right thing to do, all the better.
I don't mind spending some $$$ as long as I get it right and the rig will last.
So with that being said, would option 1 or 2 be better for my situation?
Or, is there another configuration that would suit me best?


Thanks again.
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Old 12-Mar-2010, 1:43 AM   #4
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If ABC from Philadelphia (WPVI) is important to you, then the YA1713 will not work, as it is designed only for channels 7-13. The HD8200u (with a rotor) should get you the NYC and Philly stations, but just. You will probably need a low-noise preamp to compensate for cable losses, too. Be prepared to still suffer dropouts due to the 2-edge paths you are dealing with.
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Old 13-Mar-2010, 8:35 AM   #5
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I concur with Dave. The HD8200U is a good antenna for all channels. It will perform significantly better than the HBU-33.

For a low Noise Figure pre-amp, you can use the Channel Master 7777, Winegard AP-8275, or Antennacraft 10G212.

You'll also need a rotator to point the different directions.

This combination ought to give you the best chance at getting a good signal on the most channels.
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Old 16-Mar-2010, 7:19 PM   #6
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Thanks for the insight, fellas.

I will be going with the 8200u and cm7777. Havent decided on which rotor to get but Ive narrowed it down to the Channel Master and the RCA. Most likely I will go with CM and order everything together.

Much appreciated!~
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