My friend was using a decent set of rabbit ears (http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn88/EscapeVelo/IMG_0016.jpg
) but wanted better reception. For best reception we could have used a pole-mounted outdoor directional antenna, but we didn't want to worry about lightning strikes and we already had a bigger indoor/outdoor omni-directional antenna at our disposal, so we used it. (I think the antenna is an RCA ANT806, as seen here: http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn88/EscapeVelo/IMG_0152.jpg
There is lots of blown-in insulation in the attic, makeing it difficult to work up there, so instead we mounted it under the eave right outside the wall where the TV is. I mounted it a bit lower so the eave might not interfere as much with the signal.
The cable company already has a line coming into the wall in the same spot, so I drilled right above it and used a dual coax wall plate. The run is only about 6-8 ft.
We didn't know what kind of reception we would have, and the cable was about 15-20 ft so we could later run it into the attic if desired, so I tightly rolled the excess and stuffed it inside the wall.
When I unplugged the rabbit ears and plugged in the new antenna, we lost at least 1 channel. Then I plugged in a small amplifier box (pictured at left with jpg linked above) in-line next to the tv and we got some extra channels and everything comes in great. I don't know what kind of reception we could have achieved just by adding the signal amplifier to the rabbit ears.
So my questions are:
1) How do you deal with lightning when mounting an antenna on a pole? (sort of a moot point)
2) Was it good to mount the antenna about 8 inches below the eave to put it more "in the clear" or would it be just as good tucked right up underneath it?
3) Is it okay to roll up an extra 10 ft of cable and stuff it into the wall? (kind of doubtful on this)
4) How much benefit are we really getting from the new antenna and how much is likely coming from the amplifier?
5) Does the amplifier neeed to go near the antenna, near the tv, or does it matter? (Does it push a good signal, or does it restore a faded signal? Or am I thinking in the wrong way?)
My theory is that the new antenna IS picking up a better signal with more channels, and that my 10 ft of tightly rolled cable inside the wall is killing it, and the amplifier is bringing it back, and that the amplifier applied to the rabbit ears probably wouldn't have done much good.
Also I bought some u-shaped cable clips with nails, but they won't go into the brick and they're too short to reach the mortar. The existing cable from the cable company looks to use the same clips but the nails are in the brick. How does that work? There are also a couple of clips in the mortar, but with screws instead of nails. Any tips?
Location: Pensacola, FL
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