Originally Posted by igator99
Thanks John I have that setup with a booster and a 30 foot mast outside and I can sometimes get 33.1 at night. I guess there are to many trees in this subdivision. I was thinking of going with one of the bigger and more expensive antennas and pre amps but I didn't want to do it if it was pointless. How do you measure signal strength?
There is a signal strength meter built into my TV....http://www.sharpusa.com/products/Mod...8,1665,00.html
Before you go and buy additional gear, I would try a couple of things. The first thing I would try is run a single RG6 coax cable directly from the antenna to the ATSC tuner on the TV closest to the antenna. One thing I found on my setup is if I tried going from my antenna (for Baton Rouge) to the distribution system in my house (through splitters, diplexers, etc), I would get NO reception. That is why I have a single cable running directly to my TV tuner. Then try this with the booster.
I am not so sure that trees can mess you up that much? I think a large structure like a multi-story building can cause problems. Are there any in your path to BR? (Digi, can you maybe comment on this)
The tower that channel 33.1 is on is ~1700 ft in the air, and they broadcast at a fairly decent power rating of 1000kW.
Here is the FCC data on this station...http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?list=0&facid=70021
Here is the expected service area map for this station...http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/FMTV-serv...=DT497504.html
As you can see, my home (in Kenner) is actually outside this area, and I pick this up with my antenna in my attic. So there should be no reason that you cannot get this in Mandeville.
So experiment around a little bit and let us know what you find. Also, please list tuner types, TVs, etc. so that maybe others in this forum can give you some additional tips.