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Hello all. My name is Mike and I live on the west side of Rochelle. On a whim, I built one of those homemade 2x4 and wire clothes hangar antennas (bowtie) just to see what I could pick up. I spent $2.60 and i was able to receive WTVO 17 and WREX 13 @ 60-70% and WIFR 23 @ 45-60% just sitting on the floor and leaning up against the wall INSIDE my bedroom! I also used an old -12dB TV/FM amplifier. I moved the antenna outside and mounted it on the fence BELOW the top of the fence (3.5 -4 ft) off the ground WIFR is spotty. I am unable to get WQRF 39 (fox). I need to weatherproof it a little better starting with a outdoor balun I am thinking about mounting the antenna on some PVC and getting it about 8-10 ft off the ground. Again, I did this for under $3.00! So, if were to spend $100, what would I receive? I looked into my attic, but I think it may be a hassle to run coax down (no flooring, just blow in insulation).<br>
I think I wanna go with a good outdoor antenna on my roof or mounted to the side of the house. I have lots of BIG trees around my house and large older homes (I have a 9 year old ranch) around me. I dont want to go to big, and I dont want to much elevation - no tower for me. What do you guys recommend? Currently, the antenna is only hooked up to my bedroom tv (Panasonic 32 LCD) I would like to provide signal to my livingroom tv (Sharp 42 Aquos) I would suspect that I would need to run 45-50 feet of coax max for the antenna and both tvs would that degrade my signal?<br>
Thanx for the help.<br>
I know this is aa few months old/late, but here goes:<br><br>
Any splitter would degrade the signal, as well as a long coax run like that. An outdoor antenna on the roof would be ideal in your situation, especially for the living room tv. My house in Sycamore had tons of trees around, but didn't affect the signals that much. Maybe a side mounted antenna for the bedroom would work too if a splitter from the antenna going to both tv's doesn't work as well. Make sure the antenna is UHF/VHF or else you will lose WREX if it's UHF only. Either way, make sure you use TvFool to get your antenna set up properly. Good luck!
Just an update here from Rochelle. I installed a RCA ANT3036 on my roof back in August. I went with a tripod and two 5 foot mast sections so I guess I'm about 30-35 ft high. I split the signal to 4 runs, living room (longest distance from antenna), and two bedrooms. And coax to my FM receiver (FM reception is awesome) After initial install, I was getting 75-80% signal on all 4 Rockford staions! However, intermittantly I have reception problems with WTVO 17.1 and WREX 13.1. Strangely, the reception problems alternate, somedays 13 comes in great, 17 is garbage. For example, last night, 17.1 was down to 25% signal. This AM it is back to 70%! and now 13.1 is down. (??????)
I am assuming that my antenna is aimed correctly since 90% of the time I am able to receive all 4 channels fine. Why am I intermittently losing stations?
Anyone have any ideas on what I could do to remedy this? I was thinking that I really dont have the right kind of antenna. Perhaps I need a real DTV antenna and not a UHF (old school) antenna? I tried a RCA pre-amp I picked up at Menards, that actually made things worse. Reception problems also seem to worsen between 5 and 7 pm. Weather conditions dont seem to have any effect.