Originally Posted by paulv4
An old pair of plain rabbit ears shortened to 29" will work also. That's what I'm using in New Smyrna Beach. (35 miles from transmitter, with a Silver Sensor for UHF, balun and amp).
yes, simple dipole, work great. Used them all my life for one thing or another. I read back about a year in this thread before I posted, and knew people in Brevard were using inside antennas, interesting yours works in New Smyrna.
I lived in Orlando from 1960 till 73, then always visited friends and family there over the years, so I know the area well. Learned how to surf at 2nd St South in Cocoa Beach. Spent many a week and weekend in New Smyrna. It's gotten a lot more crowded but I still love your town.
Technically I am in the Orlando DMA because I live in Marion County, but it's hard to get any farther away from Bithlo and still be in the DMA if you look up Orange Springs on the map. Or look right at the very North West corner of the Ocala National Forest, then right 1 mile west across the Oklawaha. Another way to find where I live is find the Oklawaha River running us the west side of the north part of the forest. It turns east across the north side of the forest. That turn, I am a mile west of the corner out of the forest approximately.
Obviously once you find me, you see why I mainly point at Gainesville stations. But I do use WESH for my NBC. I have a YA-1713 up 20ft and it's about 80%. Some days and nights it's great, some nights I have to go to satellite to watch WESH in SD, since I don't have HD on my sat. My set locks in the 30 to 35 range, and when WESH isn't skipping in the steady signal here is 40%. I am waiting to see if I can use the new 9.1 out of Gainesville, but I doubt it will ever be any good as my UHF antenna even with it's back to 39.1 WFTV DT, locks now and again. I have a second YA-1713. I am waiting for WFTV 9.0 (analog) to go silent, to determine if I keep pointing at WESH or can use the new WNBW 9.1 in Gainesville (actually in a town called Newberry 10 miles west of Gainesville). Who knows, maybe the stacked yagis will have enough gain to override the mapping of 39.1 to 9.1.
I am really upset that they allowed WNBW to map 9 to 9.1 with a 9.1 mapped so close. That totally negates co-channel spacing rules. But one has to remember it's Washington DC.....
If any DXer's are curious. I see 35.1 WLOF firist when the skip starts, then 9.1 WFTV (hence my worries about the co-channel mapping). After that it really takes some skip to see the other stuff at Bithlo.
Analog wise I only see CW18 but see it all the time but it's in deep snow but syncs my NTSC tuner.
Back 12 years ago I had a large V/U up on a 50 foot tower, and Orlando/Bithlo UHF wasn't watchable then. Orange Springs is only 40 ft ASL, with 60 and 80 feet hills around us.