I'm trying to get Mom's TV, (she's 85), to get OTA DTV channels and I'm not doing too bad. I got her a Zenith DTT900, (dated April 2008) and hooked it up to her existing rooftop VHF/UHF antenna. At first, I got all Philadelphia locals with the exception of WHYY ch12, which is broadcasting at half power on digital. Then ch6 ABC and ch10 NBC started breaking up. All others have good signal. I traced wires from antenna down two stories, through the wall, with heavy rubber black twin lead. Just inside the house, only about 15 inches in, the black rubber twin lead was cut (many years ago, who knows why), and there was the regular brown twin lead going up through the floor to the TV. Joining this mess was an old Archer splitter combiner (15-1136). This appeared to be hooked up properly, but as a test I removed it from the circuit and twisted the two 300 ohm lines together. Much to my surprise, all channels came in with about 90% good signal, (we're 10 miles from the towers). Every station (29 of them) came in terrific, including WHYY 12. The bad news, now ch6 (RF64) ABC now has poor signal quality. Is there a modern version of the splitter, or do I need an amplifier? I'm trying to do this on a budget, so replacing the twin lead with coax is out right now. Is there a better way to join two twin leads?
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7/8/08 at 5:01pm