Posted in another thread, difficult setting up in new home
Posted this in another thread but thought I'd put it here to see if I could get any help! Just moved into a new home in Byron Center, getting really frustrated setting up OTA broadcast -- getting ZERO channels currently. Moved out of apartment in Wyoming where I used a cheap indoor amplified antenna and got more channels then now even though I am closer to the towers by about 5 miles. Here is my setup:
RCA ANT751 in attic, pointed to 135 degrees (towards Middleville area) as given by iphone compass
2-way splitter in basement
Run to 2 TVs, one in master bedroom and one in living room, both Samsungs
Wiring is all RG6, probably 50ft from antenna to splitter in basement, then 30 ft from splitter to each TV. After setting up the first TV I got 2 channels, with both hooked up getting none from either. All major networks are within 20 miles, most in the same general direction. Some questions:
1) Does the type of splitter matter? It is a cheapie RCA model. Or should I just go with no splitter? The living room TV is what I am really concerned with more than anything else.
2) Should I consider a different antenna? Definitely room for a bigger one in the attic, I just didn't think it would matter considering my vicinity to the towers and the good reviews of the ANT751.
3) There is a treeline along the back of the house, but again I wouldn't expect to get ZERO channels?
4) I installed the F-connectors on the coax cable that is being inputted into the splitter, again used cheap RCA connectors, should I use something different?
Additional note: before even installing the splitter, I brought one of the TVs in the basement and put the coax lead from the antenna directly into this TV to test, and still the number of channels still wasn't great.