Last night, Tuesday, I replaced the splitter with the Pico-Macom UVSJ combiner from SolidSignal.
Here is an updated list of what I get and the associated signal levels:
(as of 6/30/09):
CBS: 2.1 - 100%
NBC: 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 - 100%
NYW(Fox): 5.1, 5.2 - 100%
WOR(MyNine): 9.1, 9.2 - 100%
PIX(CW11): 11.1, 11.2 - Fluctuates 90-100%
WNET(PBS): 13.1, 13.2, 13.3 - 60 - 80%(better than 40-80%)
LIW: 21.1, 21.2, 21.3 - 100%
NJN: 23.1, 23.2, 23.3 - 100%(Got it tuesday night after installing the Pico - WITH LIGHTNING & RAIN IN THE VICINITY, don't get at all today - WTH?!)
WNYE: 25.1, 25.2 - 100%
iOnTV: 31.1, 31.2, 31.3 - 100%
Spanish: NJU, XTV, etc: 41.1, 41.2, 47.1, 47.2, 67.x, 68.x 100% except 47 which fluctuates as low as 85% sometimes, but does not break up.
WLNY: 55.1 - 80 - 100%
Overall - Noticeable improvments in signal strengths of channels I've already got. Still no Channel 7(ABC), and I don't understand WHY I got the additional NJN for just one evening, and now no longer get it.
As far as the orientation of the two pickups goes, what you see in the newly attached photos is what works for me. If I move the VHF rabbit ears in any direction from where it is in the photos - I LOSE channels - PERIOD. If I rotate it with respect to the direction the Clearstream C-2 is aimed, I LOSE CHANNELS - PERIOD.
Their proximity to each other and they way they are both aimed maximizes the channels I get to what I listed above. They are complementing each other the way I have them in the photo. And thanks to whomever recommended flattening the rabbit ears out - it even brought in Ch7 for a few minutes - LOL - but it did
help 11 & 13.
I thought of cantilevering the rabbit ears out two feet from that rail by nailing two 2x4s together at their ends to form an upside-down "L", the long part of that L hanging down inside the balcony wall to counter-balance the shorter arm hanging out past the edge of the building. That would at least get the rabbit ears away from that metal flashing on the railing.
Your thoughts are appreciated, esp with regards to why I no longer receive channel 23(NJN) - which I also did not get with the old splitter.
** Notice in "Detail of connects" how I gingerly attempted to keep the twin-lead from the rabbit-ears up & away from that flashing!**