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post #1 of 7 Old 12-14-2012, 08:48 AM - Thread Starter
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I purchased a TCL LE39FHDF3300TA 39-Inch 1080p LED HDTV from Amazon mainly because of the price and the reviews. It seems like a good decision so far.
It has a very good picture for OTA signals.
I have a very large Radio Shack antenna on a 50 foot mast with a rotor.
The set does not have a signal strength meter on it as far as I can tell.
The local stations are all around me with an average distance from my location of about 25 miles.
Is there an external signal strength meter I can buy that is not too expensive.
My antenna is already has a pole mounted amplifier as well as a amplified splitter in the basement that goes to all the rooms in the house, so I do not really need an amplified meter.
I have seen Satellite meters advertised for less then $50.00 on Amazon that have good reviews. Are these compatible with my situation or are they really only for satellites?
The idea of re scanning for each direction does not work with this HDTV, because channels that have been found in one direction are not kept when a new scan is done.
Any recommendations most helpful.
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Is there an external signal strength meter I can buy that is not too expensive.

Your best bet is to find an inexpensive converter box on your local Craigslist. Those boxes were required to have a signal meter of some type if they were in the coupon program.

The sat meters are for satellite signals only.

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DigiAir Pro and Pro 2 have been updated to Emitor DigiAirPro (with RED case) ATSC Meter:

I couldn't find an on-line User's Manual for the NEW ATSC version, so here is old Manual that should be close:

BTW: Only a few CECBs have Signal LEVEL display in addition to Signal QUALITY, and only
the fol. have been CALIBRATED against a professional Meter:
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I wouldn't trust any CE tuner (TV etc.) as far as their ability to provide a factual reading. wink.gif

Free, abundant OTA television separates this country from many others. ATSC1 has only been in force since 2009. The wireless industry has enough spectrum. Enough of 'planned obsolesce'.
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I'd second the idea of a cheap converter box. Just use it to "calibrate" your antenna rotor, and mark down the settings required for each station.
The converter box (and any other DTV device with a "signal" meter) is going to show how hard the multipath compensation is working, not necessarily the signal level.
Unless you're designing and building systems, you don't really need to see an accurate signal level, just whether the receiver is getting the best signal.

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Blonder Tongue FSM-11 used on eBay presently listed at $25.00 plus $15 shipping. It won't sell for much more than that.

The only weakness of using it for digital signals is that it doesn't conveniently display "flatness across the channel"
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If you have an iDevice, this is what i did:

get an HDHomerun: im sure you can find it cheaper somewhere else.

get the SignalGH app for $3:

the app will show you signal strength and a map with compass directions of nearby stations.

After you are done, use the HDHomerun as a network tuner to a pc or your idevice.

They also have an app that will plot contour data from the FCC for $1:

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