Originally Posted by PaulamI
Thanks so much guys, nothing like first hand experience. Well I'm learning, I now know that no matter what antenna, a rotor is necessary. To clarify my earlier post, I can get the Walnut Grove stations by pointing my cheapo antenna that way, and I do get all of the major stations out of SF (Fox, CBS, ABC, NBC) when I point it that way. I was not able to get the Freemont stations.
Getting KGO VC 7 RF 7 is a surprise, that's the most difficult so the antenna does have some VHF High coverage.
I have a CM4228HD like Larry and it is just wide enough to get KGO RF 7 and KNTV RF 12. That would mean no separate VHF antenna is needed, but an amp might be necessary. Lack of Fremont Stations is suprising
How do you guys manage the direction in which your antenna is pointed? Do you just rotate it until the station you want comes in? As I mentioned, when I was using my rotor it kept moving on it's own (maybe a neighbor's remote control?) and I always found myself getting up and going outside to see where it was pointed and how many times the coax was wrapped around the pole.
My very old rotor has a dial that shows the direction it is pointing and being hard wired no one else can turn it. It cannot rotate 360 degrees so no problem with the coax wrapping around the pole.
I just rotated it until the station I wanted came in. It is in my attic covered by a metal roof now so mainly used now for just one station. Before the metal roof when Sutro was on the initial low DTV antennas I could rotate the 4-Bay Bow Tie antenna 360 degrees trying to get KQED RF 30 during the winter without sucess. I rotated it a lot back in those days. In the summer I could park it in one place a lot of the time.
Can you have two antennas pointed in different directions hooked up at the same time?
One VHF and one UHF yes, but two of the same type basely NEVER
unless the two antennas are pointed 90 degrees apart and stations only appear only on one of the two antennas. Very rare for this to actually work.
I have my antenna hooked up to two TVs, and a second home made coat hanger antenna on the same pole hooked to a TV in another area of the house. To share my limited experience, the coat hanger antenna gets me the same SF channels but the coax cable has to be shorter and will only support one TV while the other works on the two TVs farther away (because of the amplifier I suppose). I tried and it will not support all three TVs in the house. So I guess for my $30 what I got was an amplifier and a rotor and nothing special for an antenna. In it's defense I have gotten a year of use out of it and it will make a nice Halloween costume headdress.
Larry, thanks for the link to your antennas, very useful.
I wonder about putting a CM4228HD at the top of a roof with the wind loads you get so far north. A good solid installation would be necessary.
Adding an amp right at the antenna with power supply downstairs supplying power up the coax (The way mine was set up ~ 1970) might allow you to use a three way splitter for your three TV's. (Or Distribution amp)
That would mean all TV's would be getting either SUTRO or Walnut Grove at the same time.
A CM4228HD with an amp and rotor would be an upgrade to try for a year to see how happy you are.