, I imagine you saw gjvrieze's
advice yesterday in this thread. If not it sounded pretty good to me. Though where I am I don't need it.
In other news I did play with some rabbit-ear antennas to find the optimum setting for receiving KGO 7.
I took a pair that had snapped onto a TV at one point and then mounted it in a handle I made. I rolled up a paper bag into a tight roll which I then rubber banded. Anyway, this allowed me to sit in front of the TV in a chair while I moved the rabbit ears all over the place. To keep things simple I had it collapsed into its smallest form.
Anyway, what I found is that the tips of the antenna should be pointing north and south where the transmission tower is north of me. And that they should be in a V shape.
I tried extending it to 2 sections, 3, 4, whatever. The basic finding stayed the same. The ends should point north and south and it should be in a V shape.
This is already how I had my Radioshack antenna that's on the top of my TV arranged. But then I tried to push the envelope more with the RS antenna.
I started with a signal strength of 75. I ended up with a signal strength of 90.update1-a(
I've not seen it hit 90 very often since I said that. 83 to 88 is more like it. I wonder if I just was reporting the highest number I saw. If I did that's not very good. It gives a false impression that the cited number is sustained over long periods)
The V needs to lean south away from the direction of the transmission tower. The side that's closest to the transmission tower needs to be almost straight up and down, but then fall away from the transmission tower some.
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I wasn't able to make this leaning determination using the pair of ears I held in my hand. Just using the one on top of the TV.
Oh yeah, the RS rabbi tears are collapsed to just 4 sections. I extended them all the way, then held the 4th section and collapsed the rest into it. So they are bunched up at the top instead of the bottom.http://i39.tinypic.com/sowsr6.jpg
is a picture of my Radioshack 15-1892 VHF/UHF antenna with the rabbit ears optimized for KGO 7 which is 17 miles north of me according to http://tvfool.com/
I moved it to the floor just for this picture, of course. So that there was less distraction from other stuff. It is an alright antenna I suppose. I just wish you could rotate the VHF rabbit ears without having to rotate the base unit. When it sits on my TV now the buttons that control the UHF antenna in the flying saucer are facing to the side.update1-b(
message on 6/17/09 I had some more to say about this.)