Originally Posted by KC4JGC
Any yagi antenna will be pointed in the direction of the smaller elements. It's definitely vhf/uhf. The fact that there is no rf connection between the 2 sections has me puzzled, though. Getting the antenna outside will help. Check out the condition of the splitter. There will be insertion loss after a splitter. Can you run direct from the antenna to any TV to check for improvement?
Also, were you able to sweep the vhf elements the other direction or at least 90 degrees?
Thanks Steve and all for your help.
Well it sounds like I have it pointed in the right direction. I have the small elements pointing directly toward the transmitters. The big elements are about 6 feet further away.
I do receive both vhf/uhf, but the uhf stations break up/freeze. The two VHF channels come in very good. I get about 89 out of 100 on the tv signal meter. This is making me believe that the antenna is really just a VHF one and the UHF is just leaking in.
Yes, I am puzzled also about the two sections. But there are no other connections. The small element section just slides inside the main frame tube and one bolt holds the two sections together.
The splitter, balun and all the cables are brand new. The only part of the system that is old is the antenna.
Yes, I will have to remove the splitter and check reception to one TV. Maybe I need to amplify the signal. I was trying to avoid an amplifier. I am only 5.9 miles to the transmitters and my total cable length to each TV is only 31 feet (25 cables + 6 cable). I was also thinking about just hooking up my combination uhf/vhf rabbit ears up in the attic as a test.
Before I started this project, we had rabbit ears on all three TV's. Two of the TV are older and use digital converters. Those two tv's were working pretty good and getting good recption. The third TV is a new 37 inch HDTV. That TV was not getting a good signal and was freezing, etc. This new TV was the reason I decided to hook up a attic antenna. Now all three of the TVs break up and freeze.
I know its best to put the antenna on the roof, but my better half really does not want it there. We have a very small house (1,000 sq ft) and she thinks it would look funny with a big antenna on it. Also, most of the houses in the neighborhood have Comcast and no antennas. So I was given my marching orders.