Originally Posted by rabbit73
First try picking up 69.1 off the back of your present antenna or the CM antenna like it.
That doesn't really work currently. It worked better with the cheap telescoping metal antenna that came with the USB tuner (on the roof, mind you). But perhaps if I aim my antenna to split the difference between 28.1 and the rest, the rear will be closer to pointing at 69.1.
If that doesn't work try a combiner for two antennas, one of which is for UHF 17 aimed at 69.1.
That sounds awesome. I wonder if I could get away with a really simple antenna just aimed correctly since all I need is 69.1 in that direction. I'll look those guys up and see what they have, if I decided to go that route.
EDIT: I looked into the jointenna product. It says there is significant attenuation for channels directly adjacent to the blocked channel. 69.1 is RF 17. I have a 50 mile Boston PBS at RF 19 and the Boston ABC I don't want to lose at RF 20 (though I have RI PBS and RI ABC available). 21 is a RI PBS and 22 is the 28.1 that I am trying to receive stronger. Are any of these in danger of being attenuated with the jointenna?
I'm skeptical about a manufacturer claiming that an antenna has wider beamwidth and geater gain because the two are mutually exclusive. An antenna must have narrower beamwidth to have greater gain. Perhaps they were quoting the VHF-hi section beamwidth as the beamwidth for the antenna even though the UHF beamwidth might be different.
Well I think it's a larger piece (EDIT: actually it isn't), and since it's "HD" it goes from 7-69 rather than 2-69, so perhaps losing the lower VHF band will increase the gain on the rest of the channels? I don't know anything about antenna design though (despite being a EE). I also just realized that perhaps the HD designation means the range specification is given in terms of the digital transition. All I really need is the gain plots to know for sure.
The 2018 is suitable for your situation, but sometimes, because of so many factors, you just have to try it.
Yeah it's cheap enough. Is there any reason, other than lightning grounding, to put the pole all the way into the ground?
Also I thought more about the foil shielding question on the F connectors. I think any loss I am seeing is due to the loss of the cable itself, compared to the 8 footer I was using on the roof. So I guess re-terminating wouldn't buy me anything except high blood pressure.
When I was a kid my father to me to my first stock car race at Kingston. We had relatives in Weekapaug (they had more money than we had).
Kingston RI? I guess that's technically the South Kingstown area. I actually moved out this way in 2004. Born and raised in the greater Hartford, CT area prior to that.