Question to all you smart people!!!!
I am located in Flower Mound, Texas.
All cable in the house is RG6 Quad shielded with compression fitting (installed when the house was built in 2002). There is a 75-100 foot run from the attic/antenna to the structured wiring cabinet.
I've got a Winegard HD7697P in the attic pointed pretty much at 160 degrees per antennaweb. There is a minimum of 2 feet clearance in the direction of the antenna to the roof. Outside is not an option do to wife zoning requirements
I first merge in channel 3 from the DirecTV receiver using an AIM 15-5883 Signal combiner. There are a few locations in the house that I just like having the option.http://www.altex.com/Channel-3-Signa...3-P142590.aspx
From the AIM the next connection is an Electroline EDA 2400 4 port amplifier.http://www.electroline.com/en/produc...fact_sheet.pdf
The first two ports from the amplifier go one each to a channel vision HS-6 port splitter and these got out to the outlets in the house. The other two ports go to 200+ foot runs out to the detached workshop.http://www.channelvision.com/index.p...ypage.tpl.html
So, when I hooked all this up in February, there were no leaves on the trees and the air was cold and crisp. Everything worked like a champ, all channels were clear as could be. As the trees leaved out, I began to get break up on channel 4-1 and a bit weaker signal on channel 5-1,2,3. I tweaked the antenna aiming a bit, lowered it a little on the mast to give a bit more clearance to the roof line and all but eliminated the break up (still occasional). Well now in the rain, 4-1 and all the other UHF stations are gone.
My channel 3 distribution throughout the system is solid.
I know UHF is less capable to "punch through" vegetation and rain and I may be in the "as good as it gets" bucket but I am considering an antenna amplifier in hopes of leaping this situation. Since I've got to have a rainy day to completely test things, I need to try this soon
Does anyone have any thoughts on this setup? Like I said, OTA is only primary for me in the workshop and the "guest areas" of the house so it's not a must fix. I DO like the local weather stations (5-2, 8-2) though when we are having storms so it's a mixed bag!!!!! 8-2 being VHF is typically AOK!!!!!