Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Morrisville, NC
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My antenna setup is pretty simple. I have a CM4228HD that I got from WRAL. It is attic mounted, connected to a drop-amp in the attic, then down to my media closet then to my HTPC (PCIe dual Hauppauge 2250). As far as placement, I'm in a tough spot since WUNC and the Garner farm are 160 degrees apart from each other. I aim my antenna 120 right at the Garner farm. This gives me perfect signal for all the signals in that direction. I have multipath issues with WUNC, since my SNR goes from high and then just drops (my kids love their PBS). My recent solution (thanks to Drew!) was to split the line coming into my HTPC, get a kworld USB tuner ($25)...in the end, I got another tuner which really did do a much better job with the WUNC signal, somehow taking care of that multipath.
I was planning on getting a second antenna and possible a network tuner, and after reading about the leaf antenna, I decided I would at least give it a whirl. Well, first off, I hooked it up to a panel downstairs in my office, scotch taped it to a wall and was able to tune in everything. I had no means to test the signal strength on that TV, but everything looked great.
Then I went up to my attic, placed the leaf almost in the same direction (heading at 100) and plugged tried that in lieu of my CM4228HD. Went downstairs, pulled up the Huappauge tuner monitor and I maxed out my SNR for all of Garner and WUNC without any drops. I even picked up the CBS affiliate out of Greensboro at 70%.
The only thing I wouldn't mind getting is WRPX, but as it is, I'm going with the leaf and my 3 tuner setup for now. I will see how it goes over the summer.
Anyways, for something 1/8th the size of my current antenna, this little tiny piece of something really does work. Since there is no difference between front and back, I think its pretty ideal for my setup.
Just wanted to share.