I'm hoping I can get some help making the right antenna and pre-amp / distribution amp choice. Most stations that I care about getting are fairly close 10-20 miles as you can see in the TVFool report:http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3d46aee3f3b73cd4
I'd be perfectly happy getting the following, so long as they came in and didn't suffer from pixellation / dropping out.
WTVH-DT 47 (5.1) CBS 10.4 LOS 64.4
WSTM-DT 24 (3.1) NBC 11.2 LOS 62.0
WSYR-TV 17 (9.1) ABC 10.9 LOS 59.8
WCNY-DT 25 (24.1) PBS 11.2 LOS 58.6
WSYT-DT 19 (68.1) Fox 16.8 LOS 57.2
WNYS-DT 44 (43.1) MyN 16.8 LOS 57.0
WSPX-TV 15 ION 14.1 LOS 54.3
My current setup is a DIY Coat Hanger antenna that is in the attic (antenna found here: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1200448/my-coat-hanger-antenna-review-awesome
). It's only using the 7 inch design and not the 9 inch design of the mclapp. I have a few problems with this setup: some of the stations above experience pixellation / dropping out. I also have trouble getting WSPX-TV (ION) on channel 15. Most of the TV stations are in the same direction with the exception of WSPX-TV in almost the opposite direction.
I run 4 tuners and here are my cable lengths:
Antenna to first splitter - 25 ft
Splits two ways - one to a tv that is close to antenna, the other continues on another 40 ft to the main splitter
Main splitter splits to 3 more TVs
Runs to each TV - 60 ft, 30 ft, 30 ft
I also have the following antenna pictured here, but the DIY antenna works better.http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=109&cp_id=10901&cs_id=1090102&p_id=4730&seq=1&format=2
I have tried connecting up the antennas directly to a tv and I can pick up WSPX-TV, but signal strength is ~ 50-60 (according to TiVo) and it doesn't stay locked for long.
- A few of the stations are in the low UHF range. Are there better antennas for this range?
- Would a combo VHF / UHF antenna work better for this low UHF range?
- Do I even need an antenna with VHF (doesn't look like it from a TVfool perspective)?
- A lot of the antennas I've looked at have reflectors - I'm guessing this wouldn't work as well for me because I need channels from both directions - is it better to go with an antenna that can get both directions or two antennas and try to combine?
- Is it possible to have reflectors on both sides (like one on top facing one way, one on bottom facing the other)
- Do I need a distribution amp / pre-amp based on the cable lengths? (I know, it also depends on the gain from whatever antenna I use) I was thinking of a distribution amp like the 3414.
- DIY Grey Hovermann without a reflector (This one seemed better over Mclapp for the low UHF)
- DIY Mclapp without reflector
- Clearstream C2 or C4 (could or should I remove the reflectors, would I be better off with C2-V)
- DB4E (could / should I remove the reflectors ?)
- RCA ANT751 (is this too directional and I'd lose out on the other direction?)
- Winegard 1080
Would it be possible to do one of the DIY antennas and put one on top of the other (like 2x Grey Hovermann or mclapp and then put a reflector on opposite sides? one on the bottom, one on the top?) Likewise is it possible to reverse the reflectors on any commercial models to do the same thing?
I appreciate your help...