Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Hobe Sound, Florida (about 20 miles north of Palm Beach)
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Anybody in Hobe Sound or (nearby) north using a Channel Master 4228HD mounted above their roofline outside and getting a solid lock on 12.1 and 5.1 (VHF 13 & 12), along with the rest of the WPB true UHF HD stations?
I have a highly directional antenna that I want to swap out for something that can get good locks from ALL of the local HDTV stations. My directional is on a rotor because it's too directional to lock all of them without some rotating (which is not so great in a DVR world). So I'm thinking CM4228HD since it claims to be wider angle in terms of reception. I'm wondering if I can mount it in place of what I have now, tweak rotations around to find the ideal angle for all channels and then pretty much just leave it at that angle. I'm hoping this would make all local OTA DVR-able without having to remember to optimize the angle of the OTA antenna ahead of each recording.
If someone in Hobe or north has one of these, outside, above their roof line, does it lock all of them well (especially the 2 VHF stations)?
I'm trying to avoid the giant VHF + UHF antenna options in considering this one. Alternatively, I'm thinking about using what I have now rotated to the best angle for the UHF locals and getting a one-channel VHF antenna (from Wade) aimed at the 12.1 and 5.1 tower in hopes that it can draw in both of them. I'm thinking 2 runs of RG6 down the pole and into the home, combining them into one cable inside the home. Anyone do that around here? Is 2 independent runs of RG6 all the way into the home (broken only at the ground block) better than merging them into one cable up on the pole? I would guess yes, but does anyone know (with confidence)?
Since I'm going to be going up there anyway, I'm thinking about also sticking a Brita FM-only loop antenna up there too with it's own run of RG6 down and into the home to connect to a dedicated FM radio antenna port on my receiver. Anybody got anything like that going in my general area? Did it make much difference for (better) locking in FM radio reception?
In a final stack, I'm thinking it's either CM4228HD on the rotor pole above this Brita, 2 runs of RG6 down to the grounding block and then into the home... OR existing UHF antenna on the rotor pole "as is," over a Wade fixed (directional) dedicated channel 12 or 13 VHF antenna mounted cantilever over the Brita FM loop, with 3 runs of RG6 down to the grounding block and then into the home, merging the UHF and VHF cable at the best point (inside the home or outside on the pole???).
I would much welcome comments about this. Anyone know if one of those Wade one-channel VHF antennas can also tune the immediate adjacent channel (as we need VHF 12 and 13 here in the WPB area). And if so, would buying the one cut for VHF13 be better for also tuning VHF12 or would buying the one cut for VHF12 be better for also tuning VHF13? OR, are one-channel antennas absolutely one channel so this option will not work for VHF 12+13? If anyone has one of these one-channel antenna's installed, I'd love to hear from you.
Thanks for the community expertise.
Last edited by HobeSoundDarryl; 11-30-2015 at 07:22 AM.