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Okay, got everything installed in the attic on Saturday.
#1: PVC Conduit is measured by the inside diameter, and PVC conduit clamps are measured by the outside diameter. This helped fulfill the First Commandment of Projects, "Thou shalt go to Home Depot at least twice." 1" conduit worked great for an antenna mast. I had previously strung up my home-made UHF antenna with string.
#2: AntennaCraft FMSS works great! I can now pick up every local FM station with no static, and a whole lot of other stations that I didn't know about (albeit with some static, but not unlistenable). It's very nice having FM in the basement family room.
#3: AntennaCraft Y5-7-13 was a disappointment. Pretty large, at 5' long and 3' wide, but only marginal improvement on reception of WHTM-27 (real channel 10). I guess reliabily picking it up with an attic antenna isn't going to happen in my location. It's not a huge deal, since we rarely watch ABC, but it does feel like I threw away $20. I'm going to take out all of the splitters tonight to see if I can get a realistic signal level.
The RCA amp and HLSJ combiner work well. I noticed no degradation of my UHF signals after hooking up the FM and VHF.
@pamajestic: Could it be the spacing of the antennas? I figured I didn't really need to worry about interference because the amp would block VHF from going to the UHF antenna and vice versa. The antennas are all about 3' from each other at their closest.
And the Works channel looks like fun. Windows Media Center doesn't pick up any listings for it yet.