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Old 04-04-2013, 04:20 PM - Thread Starter
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Why do it small, when you can do it big?



My "tower" I just put up. From the top:

1) Antennas Direct 91XG - UHF
2) AntennaCraft FM6 - FM
3) AntennaCraft Y10-7-13 - hVHF
4) AntennaCraft Y5-7-13 - hVHF (fixed on Sutro tower)
5) Winegard MS-1000 - Omni VHF/UHF
6) WiMAX dish for Internet through Unwired Ltd.

Also, a CM-9521A rotator and TB-105 thrust bearing. Both poles are 10 foot. Mount is a standard tripod that I'll need to brace a bit better as it wants to torque more than I'd like.

1/3 and 4/5 combined through a pair of UHF/VHF combiners for two feeds that I can switch marked 'Local' and 'Long Distance' at my receiver. From my location in Oakland, CA I can get stations in Sacramento. Peak of antenna is 45 feet AGL. The Omni needed the additional hVHF as 12 (11.1) was flakey.

The top section is currently pointed toward Sacramento. On nearly every (odd) FM frequency, I get a station.

According to the tvfool report, I just shouldn't be getting KOVR as it's the fourth up from the bottom, but I get it beautifully from the 91XG.
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Wow. Some setup. I just have a single 79 element Winegard on my roof (about 30' AGL) and we get everything from Sutro and San Bruno from about 50+ miles with ease, including FM which I separate off at the base. Sacramento stations are out even with the rotor because we're too close to the foothills down here in San Jose.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:48 PM - Thread Starter
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I was shocked I get Sac. We're close to the shore near Alemeda. The meter registers a little from a couple Salinas stations, but is under the threshold. I do get one from Monterey.

I don't get KEMO from Santa Rosa, though. I'm a bit shadowed by Berkeley.

KVIE 9 (6.1) from Sac is too low in the mud for me to get, but 3.1, 10.1, 13.1, 31.1 no prob. I was hoping the upgrade from the Y5 to the Y10 would have got KVIE, but no luck. KOVR 25 (13.1) sometimes drifts out late in the night. I wonder if that is a propagation effect and why regarding the Oakland hill shadowing?
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:32 AM - Thread Starter
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Propagation Tutorial - Refraction and ducting

Ok, I think I understand why reception drifts around for me getting the Sac stations. As I'm in the Oakland hills shadow, refraction is my buddy. But it's benefit is not stable and is affected by weather and other factors.
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Well at my house
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:50 PM - Thread Starter
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Not high enough. That AGL is short and they aren't pointed at the horizon wink.gif
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Well at my house

Looks like my home security system, only the tree is a little smaller biggrin.gif
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Minus your 6th addition, how much did that setup cost? What kind of device do you have all those antennas running into?
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Ya' hide the antennas behind a tree, and the neighbors will still bitch and moan. smile.gif

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this is great! i understand doing things because "you can" and how it feels when its done and it works, but doesn't that wear off after having duplicate programming from different markets at the same time? are there different programming options in the other markets? or do you enjoy local news and what not?

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