Great stuff Chuck. I'm actually understanding more and more of what I read, I'm happy to say.
Indeed, I have vegetation here, and terrain concerns, as stated. We drive up a hill, then downward toward the lake to get to the property. Beautiful here, but I knew it was not going to be easy reception-wise. The trees though are few, literally 3 to 5, both north (Sutro direction), and a few going south to get KSBW 8 and KCBA 13. The trees are closer when aiming south, like 50 feet away, but I'm not generally going through twigs and leaves, but lower more stationary branches and trunks. KCBA is looking solid and I got the best reception around 174 degrees, as I recall (was hard reading the compass on the roof at night, not wanting to shine the flashlight around too much. I have the antenna snugged-up to the mast.
In the bedroom here, the Samsung tuner is showing 7 to 8 bars (out of 10) for KCBA. While I get higher peaks with KTVU, that FOX on UHF seems to be less predictable as it fluctuates more, in both predictable and seemingly unpredictable patterns. I've only been experimenting with VHF a few hours, but it looks to be more solid thus far.
I am using a preamp, the VHF side of the RCA dual input amp. The UHF side is terminated as I'm not using it for the DB4e. I found that I was getting better results going through the CM 7777, so I'm using it, then combining the two antennas. Would be great if one preamp gave equal or better results, and I'm curious to try again. Removing the CM 7777 preamp and Winegard combiner, making things more simplistic would be nice... That said, I've had two RCA preamps fail on me over the course of weeks, and they keep sending me new ones.
KCBA is working like a champ thus far.
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