Originally Posted by Balloonfanatic
I am only using 1 antennacraft u4000 antenna pointing to the north (dayton signals are weaker 30+ miles away )and I am picking up the cincinnati signals to the south (15 miles away) on the backside of the antenna. When I tried pointing the antenna towards cincinnati I couldn't pick up the dayton stations on the backside of the antenna. I even pointed toward indianapolis and most nights I get the uhf broadcast frequencies. Splicer, I do get intermittant breakups on ch 25 and 54 which are broadcasting with lower power. Would putting 2 separate u4000 antennas (1 for dayton and 1 for cincinnati) and combine the signals solve this problem and save the cost of a rotor.
Is this at yours or your parents place? Anyway I utilize 3 antennas on one 10' mast. Two U4000 and one AntennaCraft Y5-7-13. When I setup a customers antenna, I usually use the same placement method as I do at home since it is a tried and true method. The Y5-7-13 is at the top pointed to the proper compass heading for channels 9 & 12. Having said this, I want to mention that 9 is moving to the UHF band in the near future, and my main reason for using a VHF antenna in the first place was for 9. Once 9 makes its move, I may remove the AntennaCraft Y5-7-13 as 12 has no problem being received by the U4000.
To continue, the AntennaCraft Y5-7-13 is at the top of the mast, followed by the first U4000 antenna which is pointed at Dayton. There is 3' gap between antennas. Then at the bottom, at about a 2' spacing is the second U4000 which is pointed at Cinti. The two U4000 are combined using a 2way splitter and the output of that is joined to the Y5-7-13 via a UVSJ. Cable goes into the house where it connects to my house amp I already linked to and that output goes to my power conditioner which also has a cable splitter built-in. One line goes to my AVR for stereo radio reception (the added bonus of using a VHF antenna
) and the other directly to one of my DLP TV's inputs.
I live 30+ miles from both Dayton and Cinti and it is incredible how stable my reception is. I mean I used to live in Cinti growing up and my dad had a great antenna setup, including rotor, and as good as it all was, my reception now is more stable than his ever was. Of course technology has advanced so far since then so I am not sure it is a real fair comparison but still...
Anyhoot, I recommend having multiple antennas to get all available channels without having to wait for a rotor to move the antenna.My customers (not all tho) and I get 44 channels using my method.