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Vulcan of Love's Avatar Vulcan of Love
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Hi. I have been building antennas for the past few months and after getting lower results than I had hoped for (although I know a DB4 made out of coathangers, spare wood, and a recycled balun isn't the best antenna), I have decided to give manufactured antennas for a spin. I'd prefer to mount it at around 12' AGL, as there is a false front on my building perfect for a J-mount, but as there are 20' trees directly to the east, I would go a maximum of 30'. Also, please, if you have a favorite amp/preamp or rotor, please tell me a bit about it.
I'm really gunning for the top ten on the list, but I am a channel surfer, so any extra ones are welcome.

Note: I have been able to constantly get KVRR, with spotty reception of K49FA-D. I did a scan out of boredom one day and oddly enough got KFTC out of Bemidji. Lost after a half hour, though.
pamajestic's Avatar pamajestic
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09-13-2013 | Posts: 112
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That is a horrible TV fool report. Realistically the top two channels are the best you could hope for even with the best equipment. You would be better off the consider satellite TV.
George Molnar's Avatar George Molnar
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Originally Posted by Vulcan of Love View Post

Hi. I have been building antennas for the past few months and after getting lower results than I had hoped for (although I know a DB4 made out of coathangers, spare wood, and a recycled balun isn't the best antenna), I have decided to give manufactured antennas for a spin. I'd prefer to mount it at around 12' AGL, as there is a false front on my building perfect for a J-mount, but as there are 20' trees directly to the east, I would go a maximum of 30'. Also, please, if you have a favorite amp/preamp or rotor, please tell me a bit about it.
I'm really gunning for the top ten on the list, but I am a channel surfer, so any extra ones are welcome.

Note: I have been able to constantly get KVRR, with spotty reception of K49FA-D. I did a scan out of boredom one day and oddly enough got KFTC out of Bemidji. Lost after a half hour, though.

What antenna height did you enter for your exact address when you ran this report?
Vulcan of Love's Avatar Vulcan of Love
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09-13-2013 | Posts: 5
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I didn't, and yes, that report does suck. I had talked to a friend who lives just up the road who said he got a solid 5 channels with his attic-mounted DB4. I don't know if he was talking about stations or the 4 subchannels on K49FA-D.
Trip in VA's Avatar Trip in VA
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KVRR (Fox) and K49FA-D (PBS) are likely relatively easy catches. I would hope a dedicated high-VHF antenna (like the Y10-7-13) aimed east would get KCCW (CBS). That leaves ABC and NBC, which are significantly harder catches for you.

I'd be curious to see your TVFool report at 30 feet AGL.

- Trip
Vulcan of Love's Avatar Vulcan of Love
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I will get you a map at 30'AGL when I get to a PC. Right now my phone locking up when I try to upload a photo and it won't let me copy the link. Oy.
Vulcan of Love's Avatar Vulcan of Love
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http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3d46aea2c04a06eb
My location at 30' AGL. Interestingly enough, WDAY-DT moves up in the list.
Vulcan of Love's Avatar Vulcan of Love
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I was thinking of getting this antenna:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00CX6UJ5K/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?qid=1379127157&sr=8-3&pi=AC_SX110_SY165
mounted at around 15' AGL with a rotor and my existing Magnavox(?) 12dB indoor amplifier. Yes? No?
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