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Old 09-07-2013, 07:11 PM - Thread Starter
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I am looking for some advice on an attena for my home. I would like to maximize the number of over the air stations I can receive. Any suggestions?

My tvfool results are below.


I appreciate any suggestions you can give.
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Old 09-07-2013, 07:20 PM
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Are you getting any channels now? Looks like you can get the southeast stations, but its possible to also get the stations to the North of you. Do you have an existing antenna?
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I live in Rochester, MN and can get 2,3,4,5,6,9,10,15,23,29,47 and 48. I may have some incorrect stations in the above list buy you can see it is pretty big, maybe 35 channels and sub channels.

All of these stations are UHF except for 10 which is actual 10.

I have a tripod on the roof with a rotor. The cables go through the roof directly under the antenna and the amplifiers are just inside the house. None of that crap of running the cables over the roof and down the side of the house. I have a distribution amp and five drops in various rooms.

I used to have a DB8 antenna and it was very good but I changed to a UHF yagi for better directionality. Both work well. Note that all channels are UHF so you do not need a big antenna like in Mikepier's postage size picture. The big elements on an antenna are for VHF.

However for channel 10 I have a special VHF high antenna pointed directly at channel 10 and use a little gaget to combine the two antenna feeds.

The UHF antenna is both cheap and small.
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channel 10 I have a special VHF high antenna
What VHF high antenna are you using?
and use a little gaget to combine the two antenna feeds.
If you are using a UVSJ to combine the two, it is the right gadget. If you are using a splitter in reverse to combine the two, it is the wrong gadget.

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