Originally Posted by ellisr63
Yikes... I see what you mean about the rotor. I could buy both antennas for the price of the rotor and still have cash left. If I was to do a chimney mount for the antenna... I was thinking 10' above the chimney but if I have to run 2 antennas then would it be ok to run one 5' above the chimney and the other 6' above that?
Everyone is talking about the perfect dream antenna system. So before you go on a shopping spree, start with one antenna, so you can see for yourself what type of system works for you.
And BTW, I would not do any scanning first. Just manual entrys. In the antenna mode of your tuner.
So for San Francisco tune 44 & 45 (Its best to use the weakest and upper UHF stations for tuning)
Sacramento use 48 & 26
As far as placement goes, It goes where it works. So forget 10 feet here, and 6 feet there. You are blocked from direct LOS reception, so general antenna install does not apply. You have very low signal margins, especially for KTVU & KBCW
I think 100 feet of forward clear , works better with UHF Yagi antennas (Nothing in front of the UHF antenna for about 100 feet) I've seen signal drop off just walking in front of it.
Tune one channel, and with a sharpie marking pen write the best elevation and aim on the pole. (If you do not have a tv outdoors, you will need 2 people)
And allow 5 seconds for buffering with every antenna adjustment. Then scan for ALL channels on the same tower.
Erase the scan by pulling the coax plug out and scan with no cable attached. To zero out memory.
Turn antenna to sacramento, and start the process over.
Some people will find antenna tuning & scanning stressful. But it is, what it is.
After your done, hopefully your tv has an update scan feature (Because you will need to use it.)
Scan Sacramento, then switch to San Francisco, now do an update scan for those channels, and so on.