Originally Posted by meohman1
Digiblur, BenHardy, & sjso395...
This evening, I put the 10' Rat Shack VHF/UHF rig on the roof with the tripod mount. It's about 25' up. It's pointing at BR as per Antennaweb.org suggested for my street address.
I'm getting 2.1 (ABC HD) out of BR better than 26.1 (ABC HD) out of New Orleans. 2.1 is VHF, I think. Better signal strength now from BR 2.1, and the BR station delivers DD 5.1 where 26.1 is only giving up Stereo tonight for Gray's Anatomy. Even Cox's HD version of Gray's Anatomy is stereo.
4.1 (WWL/CBS HD) is OK at 90-91% signal strength with DD 5.1.
Fox 8 at 8.1 from NOLA is good - about 88%.
I'm actually getting 3 different Fox stations now!
LPB out of BR is yuch - I deleted it from scan - very low signal - comes and goes repeatedly.
PBS out of NOLA - 12.1 - is about 75% but steady.
Aye, here's the rub. I did all of this to get 33.1 WVLA NBC out of BR for Sunday Night Football. It gives me about 75% - 82% (at least tonight from what I've monitored). Occasional dropouts (1 - 2 seconds max), but no pixillation.
As long as I have CBS in HD (from WWL 4.1 OTA from NOLA) and Fox 8 HD (from Fox 8.1 OTA from NOLA or really wherever I want to get it from) and NBC HD (33.1 WVLA from BR), I am good to go.
My situation - the last step for me now is the CM4228 mounted on the roof to improve WVLA 33.1. I already have the CM7777 in service with this 10' VHF/UHF combo rig on the roof.
I am trying to figure out how I can configure the CM4228 with the Rat Shack 10' VHF/UHF combo and not rob myself of the option to get ABC out of BR (VHF) and get a good strong solid signal for WVLA. It appears to me that my TV's ATSC tuner needs a solid steady 80% signal or better.
Any suggestions? I am thinking if I order the CM4228 and mount it on the same mast with the Rat Shack rig (I have room on the mast), combine the feeds with a splitter to the preamp then to the TV, with both rigs pointed at BR, I'll be OK.
I know I'll have to have two cables the same length from each antenna to the splitter to help stop ghosting. But will my plan work?
Talk to me - tell it like it is!
P.S. Since I wrote the original text above, WWL 4.1 as begun dropping out. So now I am thinking I need to turn it back to NOLA. I can try this tomorrow, very easily. I have good signal strengths, but it is very windy tonight
. 26.1 is pixillating bad with 88% strength. I might have to go back to the attic. I will also check my cable connections tomorrow, I might have something loose up there. Darkness was overtaking me by the time I assembled and installed the tripod and disassembled the antenna in the attic and moved it to the roof and reassembled it, so the cable is just hanging off the bottom of the preamp and not secured to the mast - it might be flopping around in the wind.
I also have an HDTV tuner STB in the closet that I could use for one antenna, and the ATSC tuner in the TV for the other antenna. Point the CM4228 at BR and the VHF/UHF at NOLA, try combining the signals or using the STB HDTV tuner and leave the signals separate. And there's always the A/B switch option for choosing antennas. I don't want to and I won't do a rotor.