I've recently cut the cord. I get about 50 channels OTA with (2) Attic mounted antennas. My setup is as follows:
(1) Antennas Direct DB8 UHF
(1) Antennas Direct CLEARSTREAM5 VHF
They are mounted on different J Mounts hanging from beams in the attic. Both are pointed at roughly 92 degrees. These two antennas go into the combiner included with the CLEARSTREAM5. They are then piped into a Winegard ANWI8700 AP Signal Amplifier. The signal is then split with a Monster splitter into two different 50ft coax cables. One goes directly into my living room TV and the other goes into an HDHomeRun.
I've read that these two antennas make an excellent combo.
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My TV doesn't have a strength meter on its OTA tuner so I used the HDHomerun Software to check the signal and adjust the antennas. All UHF band channels (anything not 7-13) come in crystal clear; absolutely no issues whatsoever. Channel 7 (ABC [VHF]) still has some artifacts. Before I had the CLEARSTREAM5, I used to get channel 7 on just the DB8. It had more artifacts but I figured that adding a hi band VHF antenna like the CLEARSTREAM5 would improve my signal. It has improved it dramatically. I was previously unable to get channel 11 (CW [VHF]) or channel 13 (PBS [VHF]) before adding the CLEARSTREAM5. Both of these channels come in now. I don't watch them enough to know if they too have artifacts, but I haven't seen any yet.
The channel 7 issues are intermittent and could be something as small as a skip in audio or a couple pixels. It's enough to be annoying.
Here is a screen capture from my HDHomerun Software
Are these in the acceptable range? I think my problem is that every so often, I see the Symbol Quality % drop from 100% to 0%. This seems impossible to me and could just be a flaky cable.
Would this cause the occasional hiccups I see? Is the Signal Quality always being right around 74% a bigger concern? I also wonder if I need a powered splitter. I've read that small artifacts like this could be caused by the splitter. I'm only splitting it once into two different signals.
Also, two things regarding the Wingard Pre Amp.
1.) Would it be better to hook up the Winegard Pre Amp directly to the CLEARSTREAM5 and then into the combiner? I tried this, it didn't seem to make much difference but I'm willing to give it another shot.
2.) The Winegard Pre-amp mast mount isn't big enough to wrap around the J Mount I bought so it kind of floats between the two antennas. I'm wondering if this makes it less effective as it's supposed to be mounted.
I know the most ideal situation is mounting an antenna on the roof but I'd like to avoid that if possible.
Thanks for reading my long post, I appreciate any help you guys could give me!!