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post #1 of 6 Old 03-30-2013, 10:37 AM - Thread Starter
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So I decided to do a little adventuring in the attic and came across this baby:



It must be 35 years old. But it's there. The thing is, I don't see any way to connect it to anything! It's just a bunch of metal. I don't even see the old higher impedance fork spade connectors.

Any idea what I need to do to make use of this thing?
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From the picture, one would not be able to identify that antenna. You are looking at the directors for the UHF part of the antenna. Look for a bowtie, or dipole somewhere in the middle of the antenna. This is where the signal from the UHF comes from, and should be attached somehow to the VHF section. Follow these connections along the antenna to find the feed point.
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It appears to be a VHF antenna. The best thing to do to use it would be to replace it with a UHF one.

That looks to be a metal roof. If so, it would be best to locate the antenna outdoors.
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It is UHF/VHF combo antenna. The smaller elements in the front are UHF, but it appears to be missing a corner reflector. The longer elements are VHF. There sould be a round, oval shaped folded dipole where the matching transformer is connected, or one longer length dipole between the UHF and VHF elements. Looks like perhaps an old Antennacraft model.
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It is UHF/VHF combo antenna.
I was thinking that, but with no corner reflector, I wasn't sure.

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Thanks everyone. I looked for the various things you guys indicated and didn't have any luck. I did, however, notice two screws, with two wingnuts, towards the center. I figured what the heck--went to Fry's, bought a 300 to 75 outdoor transformer, attached the twin leads to the two screws, tightened the wingnuts, ran the line, and HOLY CRAP MY RECEPTION IS AWESOME. I guess all that matters is that it worked! And everything is at least at 90%--I'm even receiving a channel that broadcasts from about 100 miles north of here.

Also, just for trivia--my attic is not metallic, but rather covered with that heat-reflective stuff they put on tanks, heh. It gets hot here in Phoenix in the summer and that stuff probably cut $40-50 off my summer cooling bills. I was afraid it might interfere with the antenna but obviously it's not causing too much trouble!

Again, thank you everyone for your ideas!
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