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Old 12-Jan-2012, 5:59 PM   #1
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Predictions???

Hi everyone. I've enjoyed browsing the site - great information!

I am planning to install this unit in place of an old Dish. It will be installed at the peak of the roof with very little obstruction from nearby trees.

http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=3740644

Here is my plot.

http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...7fb9b8dafbe2f9

What direction should I point this? I hope to get fox and the three main networks. Am I likely to succeed?

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Old 12-Jan-2012, 6:56 PM   #2
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The basic antenna performance of the HDX1000 is severely lacking in the VHF bands. You'll need VHF capability to see KCPQ, KCTS and KSTW.

For KOMO and KING, the weakest of your 'main networks' the UHF performance of the HDX1000 is marginal at best. I'd suggest a Winegard HD7696P.

http://www.antennacraft.net/pdfs/HDX1000.pdf
http://www.winegard.com/kbase/upload/HD7696P.pdf

The gain and beam-width of the HD7696P should allow you to aim at about 29° compass and be able to receive most of the signals on your report from the top down to and including the primary KIRO transmitter on real CH-39 on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle.

If you are going to use more than 25' of coax, or will be splitting to two or more tuners, you'll need to consider using a preamp such as the Antennas Direct CPA-19 or Winegard HDP-269.
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Old 12-Jan-2012, 7:41 PM   #3
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Old 12-Jan-2012, 7:42 PM   #4
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Thanks for your input GroundUrMast! I plan to use the included amplifier and won't be splitting for multiple tvs. I guess I won't waste too much time tinkering around with it if I don't get good results. Do you know of any brick and mortar retailers in Seattle (preferably Eastside) that might stock the HD7696P???
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Old 12-Jan-2012, 7:44 PM   #5
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Thanks Dave. We seem to have a consensus building...
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Old 12-Jan-2012, 7:57 PM   #6
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Thanks GUM. Do you know of any Seattle retailers that might stock the HD7696P???
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Old 12-Jan-2012, 9:02 PM   #7
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Dan's TV & Satellite Inc
1473 Tremont St
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Phone: 360-379-0356

and

Kitsap Satellite Resources Inc
9119 Ridgetop Blvd Suite 160
Silverdale, WA 98383
Phone: 360-434-5200

and

Reed Satellite & Antenna
8636 Burns Dr SW
Olympia, WA 98512
Phone: 360-704-7333

Are the three listings that come up when I used the Winegard 'Find a Dealer' tool. http://www.winegard.com/dealer/home-antenna.php I've not had any experience with any of these businesses.

I have had good experiences using Amazon.com
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Old 12-Jan-2012, 11:04 PM   #8
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It looks like this one is available locally - in stock at Radio Shack.

http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...header-3740646

Would this be a good choice, or should I go out of my way to find the Winegard HD7696P or wait to buy it online?
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Old 13-Jan-2012, 2:47 AM   #9
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Honestly, I was leaning towards recommending that antenna. This means you will be aiming for the KIRO translator on ch 51 that is at 70 degrees. I think that antenna has a wide enough beamwidth to get that channel while still getting the HD FOX channel at 7 degrees. You'll need to experiment with aim at around 40 degrees.
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