Originally posted by Ronnie Ferrell
I hooked up the 4221 and just propped it up against my entertainment armoire pointing in the general direction of the 17/58 dtv tower. I was able to pick up 2.1, 2.2, 4.1, 5.1, 5.2, 17.1, 17.2, 28.1, 28.2, 28.3, 28.4, 30.1, 58.1 and 58.2!
8.1 was auto programmed but the signal is not strong enough and their tower is in the opposite direction of where I pointed the 4221. 58.1 and 58.2 dropped out a little bit after watching it for 15 min or so.
So I am very optimistic that the 4221 is going to work great in my attic. I mounted it last night and need to run the cable today.
A little OT, but does any one know if there is a way to see signal strength on the Sony 34XS955?
I knew you were going to have better luck than me.
It looks like you are seeing every station except CBS and WJFB-44 in Lebanon. That's great. I went to Lowe's this morning and got a 10 ft antenna pole and mounted the 4228 on it and erected it in my home theater room for the time being to see if my results were any different that last night. My theater room has a different roof than the rest of the house, so with a 12 ft ceiling if you get it up high enough, it's almost like an attic mounting test (but my attic is another 10 ft higher up).
Not only were they not different, but Channel 4 (UHF 10) now no longer comes in, so I'm wondering if the problem is them or just me (most likely me). I also learned that once you start rotating the 4228, you start noticing where the nulls are in its reception pattern. It was possible to easily lose Channel 8 and eventually the much stronger Channel 2 if you point it in the wrong direction.
My next step was to add a per-amp and see if that changed anything. Also at Lowe's I picked up a Channelmaster 3041DSB...yeah I know, this isn't the lauded model 7777, but its all they had and for a simple 50 ft cable run, this should do. Again, no change....no additional channels.
So next is better placement. I can mount it in the attic now (Jon J, stop smirking
), but I doubt the cable run I have is long enough to get to the TV in our bedroom upstairs, and its analog anyway. Mounting outside is much harder since I don't have anything to help me and I'd need an even longer cable run. But I may have no choice in eventually seeing what I can do here.
And just like Ronnie, I have no way to measure signal strength, which means I'm really guessing when it comes right down to it. I'm not sure what I do about that either.