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post #1 of 9 Old 01-23-2011, 06:19 PM - Thread Starter
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I live in Palo Alto and have been struggling with getting consistent OTA with an outdoor antenna on my single story house. I used to get many, many channels with an RCA ANT-751 until the last two months. Since then, nearly all my channels have dropped out, except for KNTV 11, KGO 7, and KTEH 54.

I have a Winegard AP-8700 amp installed in this setup because the signal gets split two ways before getting to my LG HDTV.

Here is the tvfool info:

?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3d3cf413e4ee9cfb

I've tried everything now -- turning the amp off, tilting the antenna, rotating the antenna, but I cannot get some essential channels (KPIX, KQED, KICU) consistently.

There are many trees around as well as an airport about a mile away (which does also affect reception from time to time -- but that doesn't seem to be the problem now.)

Can anyone recommend a foolproof antenna for me, or how to fix my setup?
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A) you need to repost your TVfool report correctly

B) It could be your amp is going bad or maybe the balun is bad. Or maybe the antenna itself has sustained damage.
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Take the amp out of the mix completely, take out the splitter, go to 1 TV, and start from there.
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If you prepend tvfool dot com slash the string I gave before, doesn't it show you the signal map? It appears to work for me.
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If you prepend tvfool dot com slash the string I gave before, doesn't it show you the signal map? It appears to work for me.

Listen you are getting help for free so at least give us a clickable link.
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Listen you are getting help for free so at least give us a clickable link.

Typical Mr. Warmth reply.

He doesn't have enough posts to include a link yet.

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What a warm welcome, BCF68. The OP cannot post links yet, due to spamblocks in place on this forum.

http://tvfool.com/?option=com_wrappe...3cf413e4ee9cfb

CaliforniaBear, your existing antenna should be sufficient for your channels of interest. As others suggested, remove the amp completely and check all your connectors, one of which may have come loose or gotten wet, damaged or corroded.
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What a warm welcome, BCF68. The OP cannot post links yet, due to spamblocks in place on this forum.

A) I wasn't rude. I didn't say "Oh you bleppity bleeep give me a bleeping bleep" now did I? Nope.

B) It take 3 posts. How hard is it hard to make 2 more posts?

So get over yourself already.
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I live in Palo Alto and have been struggling with getting consistent OTA with an outdoor antenna on my single story house. I used to get many, many channels with an RCA ANT-751 until the last two months. Since then, nearly all my channels have dropped out, except for KNTV 11, KGO 7, and KTEH 54.

I have a Winegard AP-8700 amp installed in this setup because the signal gets split two ways before getting to my LG HDTV.

Can anyone recommend a foolproof antenna for me, or how to fix my setup?

Your signals seem to be quite strong as listed on your exact address tvfool report. Something has gone wrong with your setup and you need to do some troubleshooting before considering a new antenna.

Please try the suggestion by mikepier in post #3 above to find out which component is bad by substitution (including the tv). How long is your coax feedline? Does your TV have a signal strength indicator to make comparisons?

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