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post #3841 of 3855 Old 09-26-2014, 12:49 PM
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Pretty much, get a set of rabbit ears for pvi, also get uvsj from solidsignal to join both signals.
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Thanks. I'll check it out.

Also had some weirdness with Fox 29 last night before Simpsons/Family Guy, but the signal jumped back up to 85% once I turned the XBox off.

This isn't Philly specific so maybe I shouldn't ask here, but real quick, could a device cause interference even if it's asleep? I have both the XBox One and Wii U beneath the TV (and an audio receiver that currently isn't plugged in). Will either of them cause interference with the Mohu Leaf when "powered down?" (They're basically asleep when you hit the Power button. I think they'd have to be unplugged to fully power down).

I felt like Fox 29's reception got better once I simply "turned off" the XBox One, but I was curious if that reception would get even better if the device was unplugged.
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MiND considering going off the air

This is bad news. Yesterday I got the following email:
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Lo-VHF Question

I've been using the RCA ANT751 for a few years and always got good reception on all channels, including RF6 (ABC) and more recently the new RF2, however, lately, I've been getting no signal at all on these 2 channels from time to time. Is anyone else noticing anything different with these 2 lo-vhf channels? I know the ANT751 is not built for lo-vhf, but I've always had reliable reception until recently. All other channels are OK.

Also, are there any ways to improve the lo-VHF signal strength with the ANT 751? I'm in a strong signal area and this antenna has always picked them up.
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Also, are there any ways to improve the lo-VHF signal strength with the ANT 751? I'm in a strong signal area and this antenna has always picked them up.
Is it in an attic (where you can get at it conveniently) or on the roof? If you can reasonably access it, you might try extending the longest active element (looks like the one in the back is active, but I can't quite tell from the photos of this unit) by about 2 feet on each side using some stiff copper wire (e.g.: 12 gauge solid THHN from the hardware store). The wavelengths of VHF-LO require considerably longer dipole elements than VHF-HI or UHF.
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Is it in an attic (where you can get at it conveniently) or on the roof? If you can reasonably access it, you might try extending the longest active element (looks like the one in the back is active, but I can't quite tell from the photos of this unit) by about 2 feet on each side using some stiff copper wire (e.g.: 12 gauge solid THHN from the hardware store). The wavelengths of VHF-LO require considerably longer dipole elements than VHF-HI or UHF.
Would that work without modifying the reflector and director elements?
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Would that work without modifying the reflector and director elements?
Antenna design is a black art - I'm simply suggesting a hack that "might" work for Joe. His antenna does not appear particularly sophisticated and he's in a strong signal area; so the point was, if he can get at it easily, it's something that's simple and worth a try, not something that's going to turn it magically into a full-fledged VHF-LO antenna. We've got folks here that swear by paperclip and coat hanger antennas

I might also add that Joe should also try rotating the antenna slightly in each direction to see if that helps.

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Antenna design is a black art - I'm simply suggesting a hack that "might" work for Joe. His antenna does not appear particularly sophisticated and he's in a strong signal area; so the point was, if he can get at it easily, it's something that's simple and worth a try, not something that's going to turn it magically into a full-fledged VHF-LO antenna. We've got folks here that swear by paperclip and coat hanger antennas

I might also add that Joe should also try rotating the antenna slightly in each direction to see if that helps.
Thanks. I don't mean to hijack Joe's conversation but I have the same antenna in my attic and VHF 6 and 12 are the weakest channels. Some day if I get some time I might try extending the elements and see what happens.
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If anyone has some specific ideas on adding some lo-VHF gain to the ANT751, I'd be willing to try it. Also, there was an antenna I remember seeing on one of the antenna websites a year or so ago. It was exactly like the ANT751 with an additional element or 2 for lo-VHF. The front end was identical to the 751. Does anyone remember seeing this and recall the maker?
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I've been using the RCA ANT751 for a few years and always got good reception on all channels, including RF6 (ABC) and more recently the new RF2, however, lately, I've been getting no signal at all on these 2 channels from time to time. Is anyone else noticing anything different with these 2 lo-vhf channels? I know the ANT751 is not built for lo-vhf, but I've always had reliable reception until recently. All other channels are OK.

Also, are there any ways to improve the lo-VHF signal strength with the ANT 751? I'm in a strong signal area and this antenna has always picked them up.
I also have an ANT751 mounted in my attic. I am exactly 30 miles from the Roxborough towers (Douglassville). I would get 85% signal strength on 6.1 (ABC) and ~60% signal strength on the 2's (MeTV, Grit and Escape). The 2's would blip out occasionally but were still completely watchable.

However, starting a few nights ago I can no longer get a consistent picture on MeTV, Grit or Escape (2.1, 2.2 and 2.3). They are completely pixelated and unwatchable. I thought it may just be weather related however this morning (Oct. 19 @ 10:30am), the weather is perfect and I still face the same issue. 6.1 (ABC) still comes in strong as ever but the 2's remain the same.

I also have an HDHomerun and I noticed an oddity with it. When I launch the config app for the hdhomerun and navigate to 2.1, my signal strength is still in the 60% range, but, the Symbol Quality is 0%. This was never the case before. 6.1 stills clocks in a 86% Signal Quality and 100% Symbol Quality.

Did KJWP (2.1, 2.2 and 2.3) make some kind of change recently? My only other thought is the wind...it has been pretty strong this morning. Could that be a factor? I tend to think not since it has never caused a problem before.

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It was exactly like the ANT751 with an additional element or 2 for lo-VHF. The front end was identical to the 751. Does anyone remember seeing this and recall the maker?
That was likely the Winegard HD7000R which has been discontinued. You *might* get lucky and find someone who still has it in stock.

For very little money, you can get an AntennaCraft AC-9 and it will support short-range VHF, both low and high band as well as some UHF. You'll probably have to also order or supply a balun, I forget.
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I'm getting this at the moment, though Symbol Quality sometimes fluctuates dramatically.

Watchable as of 11:30.
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I'm getting this at the moment, though Symbol Quality sometimes fluctuates dramatically.

Watchable as of 11:30.
This is what I am up against. Honestly, I never took notice to what the Signal Quality was previously when it was working fine. But you can see that the Symbol Quality is 0%.

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Might want to peek in the attic and make sure the antenna/wire hasn't moved/fallen.
Hopefully, it's something simple.

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