Well, I got out of work early on Wednesday, and I stopped at Signal Electronics in West Hartford on the way home.
They were helpful and I bought the exact same equipment, a Winegard PR
-7015 UHF/VHF antenna and a 9521 Channel Master Rotator, as AreBee in Farmington has. As my new setup is mounted on an un-used chimney above my theater, I also bought a tripod mount, two 5' masts, and 100 feet of rotor cable. Total cost was just under $150.00. (exactly $149.87)
I installed everything yesterday, on Thanksgiving Day. Perfect weather for the job. It was straight forward and easy. We ain't talking Rocket Surgery here.
The reception numbers are somewhat disappointing:
Station -------------- Signal
WFSB - 33 ----------- ZERO
WGBY - 58 ----------- ZERO
WWLP - 11 ----------- 72%
WTNH - 10 ----------- 88%
WTXX - 12 ----------- 90%
WCTX - 39 ----------- 60%
On second thought, I guess the numbers are pretty good. The only disappointing part is not being able to get WFSB and WGBY AT ALL.
WFSB would TRY to hit and lock on different rotator azimuth settings, but it would bump to say 55%, then zero, then 55% again. But it would never lock.
I tried to hit it at EXACTLY the correct azimuth setting from my house, 348 degrees, but I'm not sure how to get my antenna/rotator aligned EXACTLY with the percise degree setting. I used a compass, but it is still a guesstimate sort of when you're 30 feet above ground. I tried to hit it at EVERY azimuth setting. Nutin' Honey.
I will post some pics over the weekend of the antenna setup.
So again, having the exact same equipment setup as AreBee has in Farmington, I did not duplicate his great reception results. If anything, I was hoping to at least match his great reception, as my rig is roof mounted, with the PR
-7015 approximately 30 feet above ground level, and his setup is attic mounted. I just logically figured that a roof mount would give better reception than an attic mount. But, it did not work out that way.
And I am glad that I did buy this setup, and I hereby publicly thank Ralph (AreBee) for his input on his gear and setup. I LOVE the Channel Master Rotator with the remote so one can pre-set the station locations. So cool.
But I guess Digital TV signal reception is like Real Estate value: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION, is everything.
So while I don't feel that I flushed the 150 smackers down the toilet, I am pissed that I cannot receive WFSB or WGBY AT ALL.
But hopefully I'll be all set when WFSB goes full-power, and the others finally go on-line.