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post #3121 of 3319 Old 02-25-2012, 10:31 AM
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Welcome.

Based on your TVFool report, you have strong signals. A small attic mounted ANT751, aimed with a compass roughly 320° N/NW should get you all the channels in the upper part of the list, shown in green.

You do not need to ground an attic antenna, and with the strong signal strengths, should be able to split it to the two TVs in the way that you mentioned, without any sort of amplification, as long as the coax runs are not excessively long. If re-running the cable directly would reduce cable length significantly, I would consider dropping cables directly from the attic in to the rooms (down through closets is the easiest way) and omitting any attic-to-outdoor-to-indoor run. But try your method first though, as it might work fine. If signal strengths are low, re-run the shorter way.

If there are any unused splitters anywhere in the cable runs, remove those and replace them with a barrel splice. And only use a splitter with no more taps than what you need. IOW, if you only need 2 splits, don't use a 3-way; use a 2-way.
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We currently have a antenna outisde but it constantly loses signals & is choppy, ifit gets the channel at all.

http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...0b86f4952ea4b2

I only care about the channels in green .. the others dont matter

help please
i would prefer a indoor antenna but outside is fine as long i can get it to work

thank you

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An outdoor antenna should be very reliable at your location, and since you already have a mast mounted outdoors, I would stick with an outdoor antenna. If your current antenna is in good shape, check the aim of it with a compass (it should be aimed roughly due East), then check all the coax connectors on the coax from one end to the other, making sure none are corroded or loose. If there are any unused splitters in the line, remove those.

If no improvement and if your antenna and coax are old, I would suggest replacing the antenna with this small one and replacing all the coax with new RG6. Doing this should provide you solid reception of the many local channels shown in green at the top of the list in your TVFool report.
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Thank you Arxaw. We installed this antenna just about a year ago & have issues with it sooo much. We now have neighbors who are constanyly coming & going & the antenna is affected everytime their truck moves.
but will have my husband check the lines tomorrow & make sure its facing the correct way still. Thank you again
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Hi there,

I'm looking for a recommendation for an afforable, indoor atenna that will help me get the channels in green and yellow on the linked tvfool report: http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...0b86c969cbdd49


I'm on the 5th floor of a condo building facing southwest. If I need to get an outdoor antenna to get the channels in yellow, I'd appreciate a recommendation that balances size (I have a small balcony!) and performance. I'd appreciate any help that can be provided.


Thanks!
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As TVFool shows, "yellow" channels may require attic or outdoor antenna to be reliably received. For your balcony, I would suggest this small highband VHF+UHF antenna.http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listi...&condition=new. It would likely give you much more reliable reception with less likelihood of dropouts when you move about indoors, than any indoor antenna could.
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As TVFool shows, "yellow" channels may require attic or outdoor antenna to be reliably received. For your balcony, I would suggest this small highband VHF+UHF antenna.http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listi...&condition=new. It would likely give you much more reliable reception with less likelihood of dropouts when you move about indoors, than any indoor antenna could.

Thanks for your help!
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Hi Everyone

I would like an antenna recommendation per my http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...267e36651bdc14 report.

I currently have the Radio Shack antenna on top of my tv on the second floor. I have the dipoles fully extended since half way was worse. The tv is about 5 feet from the window. Some channels are choppy during the day like channel 7, 9 & 13.

I would like to install an antenna in the attic if I could to get the best, but I am also willing to install one on the roof. I live in a 2 story single family home with asphalt shingles and stucco siding.

I was thinking either this one or this one.

TIA
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Either of those should work fine. Keep in mind that the wire cage that's inside the stucco knocks down TV and radio signals tremendously. If you have to look through the sides of your house in the attic, you will probably need to mount on the roof.
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What Dave said. Stucco can kill TV signals, especially chs 7 thru 13. If you have to aim through a stucco wall (instead of the roof/shingles), skip the attic and install it outside on the roof. Either of those antennas can be easily installed on a J-mount, which is the same mounting pole used for satellite dishes.

Re your current indoor antenna: it may work better if you get it away from ALL electronics (including the TV), which can often cause interference. A North-facing window would be ideal. Use a barrel splice to add a longer coax.
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Thank you both. I ended up ordering the Winegard HD 7694P. I have an existing dish network antenna on the roof that I'll replace with the Winegard.

I'll post back with results!
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Hi all,

I was hoping to get some advice from all of you. This thread is very informative but I can barely understand half of the stuff.

I'm living in a 2-storey townhouse, which is part of a condo complex (there are condos above me

Here is my TVfool link:
http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...267e542d0edaf6

My TV is on the first floor and I'm looking for a recommendation for an indoor antenna since I don't think I'm allowed to install anything outdoors.

Thanks!!
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Welcome to the forum, Wkct:
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This thread is very informative but I can barely understand half of the stuff.

No problem; we all started as beginners.

Your signals in North York, ON are very strong. First try a rabbit ears and loop antenna (on the south side of your condo) like this one:
www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2103077

Do not use an amplified antenna; it would probably be overloaded.

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...Your signals in North York, ON are very strong. First try a rabbit ears and loop antenna (on the south side of your condo) like this one:
http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2103077

Do not use an amplified antenna; it would probably be overloaded.

What rabbit73 said. I would get the specific model antenna he linked to, if possible; since it is known to work well for people with similar TVFool results.
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Thanks for the quick replies!

I've been browsing around... I can't seem to find that exact same antenna around here.

Was wondering if something like this is similar?

http://www.thesource.ca/estore/Produ...roduct=1501857

Also, what do you mean by the signal will be overloaded? When I hear that, I'm seeing explosions in my head. :O

Thanks!
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Overload in this case means that the input is so strong that the amplifier cannot raise the output any further. This leads to all kinds of distortion that can affect other channels as well.
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Thanks for the quick replies!

I've been browsing around... I can't seem to find that exact same antenna around here.

Was wondering if something like this is similar?

You could try that one. But I would order the RadioShack model. No "tuning dials" to muck with.

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Also, what do you mean by the signal will be overloaded?

It' similar to when you turn up a cheap radio or TV's volume past a certain point. It may make the sound louder, but becomes so distorted you can't listen to it. It basically turns the signal into noise that can't be decoded by the TV tuner.
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Thanks for the clarifications.

I'll try to find that specific model somewhere then. Radioshack doesn't ship to Canada
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pick up a Terk HDTVA from the Source.it will do the job.it is amplified,but not too much to cause overload.you'll be glad you did
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NO, no, no! Please, no amplification! However, The HDTVa is unique in that you can turn off the amplifier and it will still pass signals. You do need to leave it plugged in.
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grab one and try it with the amplifier on and off,but leave it plugged in for it to work properly.the Terk shouldnt overload your local stations, judging from your location.its only 12db of amplification.you shouldnt have a problem getting western New York stations with it either.im speaking from experience,its money well spent.
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Hi Everyone

I would like an antenna recommendation per my http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...267e36651bdc14 report.

I currently have the Radio Shack antenna on top of my tv on the second floor. I have the dipoles fully extended since half way was worse. The tv is about 5 feet from the window. Some channels are choppy during the day like channel 7, 9 & 13.

I would like to install an antenna in the attic if I could to get the best, but I am also willing to install one on the roof. I live in a 2 story single family home with asphalt shingles and stucco siding.

I was thinking either this one or this one.

TIA

Well as promised, I am reporting back with positive results. I now get over 150 crisp channels with the Winegard roof mounted.

Thank you everyone.
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Hi All,

I have a Terk HDTVa on the way and was wondering if I need to use amplifiication or just leave it in the off position.

http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...36162448724c55

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i guess the best way to find out is to try it both ways too see what works best for your location.just make sure its plugged in when you try it out amplified and non amplified.
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