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post #25171 of 25403
The Mohu Leaf is not considered good for high VHF. A good alternative is the Winegard Flatwave. It's better if there are any VHF in your area, is based on similar technology and can be gotten at Home Depot for less than $30.
post #25172 of 25403
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Originally Posted by wajo View Post





Mohu Leaf Ultimate Antenna for OTA

For cable-TV users who are thinking of "cutting the cord," here's my recent experience with the Mohu Leaf Ultimate amplified, omnidirectional, flat antenna.

Picked one up from local Sam's Club, $49, and taped it to a curtain rod on a small window in BASEMENT, i.e., just a small opening at ground level thru concrete block and brick siding. Current cable TV line comes in thru that window,

I'm ~50 miles equidistant between two smallish DMAs, one north and one south of me. The basement window faces south, so I was hoping the 2-story house next door would bounce the northern signals back toward the window. Otherwise, there's ~70 feet of house blocking the northern LOS.

I fed the Mohu coax with 15dB amp that comes with the antenna to an existing cableco amp that feeds a 3-way splitter for basement and upstairs TVs, 5 locations in all, ~200 feet of RG59 coax throughout the house. Instead of the 13' coax that comes with the Leaf, I also tried a short push-on coax which actually seemed to get better results.

Great reception on 26 channels: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CW, ION and others. Turns out ION has a tower south of me, with 6 channels incl. ION, ION Life, Qubo (kids), Shop, QVC & HSN.

I originally taped the antenna to the back of the 47" LCD TV that sits under that basement window... worked fine there too! One reviewer said he installed his Leaf inside his equipment room in the center of his house just for setup and testing, and it did just fine there!!!

If push comes to shove in your area, this *might* be one antenna to try if you don't want or can't use an outdoor antenna. It's quite small and light with opposite white/black sides, and it's paintable to match that pink wall in your LR. Has holes in top corners for hanging with push-pins. Mine also came with a stand, which isn't pictured on the Sam's page.

When my Charter goes all-digital, which they say wistfully as "someday," I think I'm ready... everything we record is on one of the four major networks!

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Sounds worth a try- my neighbor to the south is also a vinyl-sided 2-story and less than 40' away - might give a good bounce. I was also thinking I could connect an antenna to an unused outlet on the 2nd floor, then connect that run to the input port on my 4-way amp in the basement. If that works I could move the amp away from the south end where the cable comes in, more toward the middle, and shorten all the cable runs by ~25'...

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post #25173 of 25403
I put a Mohu Leaf Ultimate into operation this morning for my '513'. Charter turned off all the analog and QAM
channels as of today in the Reno-Sparks NV (89436) area.

I can only get CBS, NBC, ABC, and MYTV and their associated subchannels. The Fox and CW signals
are weak and the picture breaks up a lot. The transmitters are on a mountain in the Sierras, not all that far
away, but we are in a canyon surrounded by hills. The station uses a weak transmitter on a hill in a
different direction.... no chance of receiving that!
post #25174 of 25403
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by orrin1933 View Post

I put a Mohu Leaf Ultimate into operation this morning for my '513'. Charter turned off all the analog and QAM
channels as of today in the Reno-Sparks NV (89436) area.

I can only get CBS, NBC, ABC, and MYTV and their associated subchannels. The Fox and CW signals
are weak and the picture breaks up a lot. The transmitters are on a mountain in the Sierras, not all that far
away, but we are in a canyon surrounded by hills. The station uses a weak transmitter on a hill in a
different direction.... no chance of receiving that!

 

It would be worth a try to add another amp after the Mohu amp, like I did with my existing cable amp. I also got more channels with a little more strength, with no added artifacts.

post #25175 of 25403
You should got to AntennaWeb.org and check out what you should and shouldn't expect to receive. It'll tell you if your antenna is doing the job it should be doing.
post #25176 of 25403
There's also the option of getting an omni-directional antenna, or a second antenna pointing Fox and CW transmitter tower(s). There are ways to combine the two feeds, but what those ways are eludes me at the moment.
post #25177 of 25403
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Originally Posted by DoctorM View Post

You should got to AntennaWeb.org and check out what you should and shouldn't expect to receive. It'll tell you if your antenna is doing the job it should be doing.

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Originally Posted by gastrof View Post

There's also the option of getting an omni-directional antenna, or a second antenna pointing Fox and CW transmitter tower(s). There are ways to combine the two feeds, but what those ways are eludes me at the moment.

Since I live in a ground floor apartment with strict community rules, putting an antenna outside is not an option. I did look at my area on TVFool and am familiar with what to expect.

I do like Wajo's idea of using another amp.... if I can find one at a reasonable price!
post #25178 of 25403
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Originally Posted by orrin1933 View Post

I do like Wajo's idea of using another amp.... if I can find one at a reasonable price!
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FYI, the purpose of an amplifier is to COMPENSATE FOR LOSSES due to things like splitters and/or long cable runs. Thus, if the signal from the chosen indoor antenna, using the supplied cable, feeding one TV is unsatisfactory, no amplifier will be able to help.

The signal BEFORE THE AMPLIFIER must exist at sufficient strength first.

Good Luck! smile.gif
post #25179 of 25403
Quote:
Originally Posted by orrin1933 View Post

I put a Mohu Leaf Ultimate into operation this morning for my '513'. Charter turned off all the analog and QAM
channels as of today in the Reno-Sparks NV (89436) area.

I can only get CBS, NBC, ABC, and MYTV and their associated subchannels. The Fox and CW signals
are weak and the picture breaks up a lot. The transmitters are on a mountain in the Sierras, not all that far
away, but we are in a canyon surrounded by hills.
The station uses a weak transmitter on a hill in a
different direction.... no chance of receiving that!
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If you have a small, easy-to-move-around HDTV available, try the antenna in different locations and at different heights. At its current location, you may have something blocking its direct line-of-sight to the transmitting antennas.

Then, if you can find a location that supplies a good signal, you can add cable, if necessary, and compensate for the cable losses with an amplifier - *IF* you can find a better location than you have now...
post #25180 of 25403
Thread Starter 

:D

 

For Best Buy shoppers:

 

The 537 price is best, $89 less than Walmart's current $328.

 

90/90 days P/L Mag warranty. Extended warranties available.

 

:D 

post #25181 of 25403
No 537's on Walmart site. So is that the end of the 537 other than referbs?
post #25182 of 25403
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by JSUL View Post

No 537's on Walmart site. So is that the end of the 537 other than referbs?

 

WM has shown out-of-stock on 537's several times in the past week or two. Not sure if that means the end or what.

post #25183 of 25403
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Originally Posted by wajo View Post

The 537 price is best, $89 less than Walmart's current $328.
That's a substantial jump from your $288 walmart price you posted just 2 wk ago.
post #25184 of 25403
Thread Starter 

:D

 

Walmart has lowered the price of the 533 and raised the price of the 535. Pricing is now:

 

533 ( 320GB ), New, $199.98.
535 ( 500GB ). New, $248.00.
535 ( 500GB ), New, $238.00 with 6' HDMI Cables (2 pk).
537 (1000GB), New, $328.00.

 

I suspect they'll notice the 535 w/HDMI cable is lower than the one without, so that price may change soon.

 

:D

post #25185 of 25403
post #25186 of 25403
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Originally Posted by wajo View Post
 

:D

 

Walmart has lowered the price of the 533 and raised the price of the 535. Pricing is now:

 

533 ( 320GB ), New, $199.98.
535 ( 500GB ). New, $248.00.
535 ( 500GB ), New, $238.00 with 6' HDMI Cables (2 pk).
537 (1000GB), New, $328.00.

 

I suspect they'll notice the 535 w/HDMI cable is lower than the one without, so that price may change soon.

 

:D


Profits down for the quarter 21%. They still managed to squeak out over $5 Billion.

post #25187 of 25403
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Originally Posted by wajo View Post



I suspect they'll notice the 535 w/HDMI cable is lower than the one without, so that price may change soon.

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I noticed this last year, too. Must be a sales tactic?
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Originally Posted by dleedlee View Post

FWIW, I bought a refurb'd 533 from Walmart in May w/o a warranty. I briefly considered a warranty but based on everyone's past experience with refurbs here I figured why bother. The refurbs have been checked out so my thinking was that they were less likely to fail out of the box than a new one and I'd have at least 90 days to check it out. All three of my purchases 2160A, 513 and 533 have been refurbs and I've had no problems at all...And I don't usually buy refurb products but feel pretty confident with these babies.

Side note: just before Black Friday, I noticed Walmart had the 535 bundle (w/HDMI cable) for $20 less than the plain 535! I was really tempted to get it as a final last backup but now I'm closely watching the thread on the new Philips 5710 model.
post #25188 of 25403
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Originally Posted by JoeKustra View Post


Profits down for the quarter 21%. They still managed to squeak out over $5 Billion.
Who?
walmart or funai
post #25189 of 25403
If Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s fiscal fourth-quarter earnings were any indication, the economy could use some shaping up.

The Bentonville, Ark., giant, the largest retailer in the world, said its profit for the three-month period ended Jan. 31, plunged 21% to $4.4 billion, or $1.36 a share, from $5.6 billion, or $1.67 a share, during the same period a year earlier.

http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-walmart-q4-20140220,0,3360755.story#ixzz2tt1fF1kJ
post #25190 of 25403
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Originally Posted by mickinct View Post

If Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s fiscal fourth-quarter earnings were any indication, the economy could use some shaping up.
Or it could be indicating that at least a fraction of Americans are raising their standards.
post #25191 of 25403
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Originally Posted by Kelson View Post


Who?
walmart or funai


Walmart. I don't follow Funai. I don't really follow Walmart, but it was on the first page of Yahoo! Finance this morning.

 

Bad weather and the cut in food stamps were cited as the major factors. They did raise the dividend since that's what feeds the Walton family.


Edited by JoeKustra - 2/20/14 at 12:34pm
post #25192 of 25403
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Originally Posted by wajo View Post

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Walmart has lowered the price of the 533 and raised the price of the 535. Pricing is now:

533 ( 320GB ), New, $199.98.
535 ( 500GB ). New, $248.00.
535 ( 500GB ), New, $238.00 with 6' HDMI Cables (2 pk).
537 (1000GB), New, $328.00.

I suspect they'll notice the 535 w/HDMI cable is lower than the one without, so that price may change soon.

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Or maybe not - they charge less for 93% lean ground beef than 90%!

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post #25193 of 25403

I read on an Amazon review of another product that Panasonic (non-USA market models) are the only HDD/DVD-R models that will create autoplay DVD's.  Is this true?  

I'm trying to replace a worn out Panasonic DMR-HS2 and have loved it, but require the HDD to compile home video's and such before arranging and burning them to a DVD.  (But I do like autoplay).

post #25194 of 25403
Do you mean auto-finalize?
post #25195 of 25403
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Originally Posted by MediaFan63 View Post

Do you mean auto-finalize?
I think he means creating a disc without a title menu. You put the DVD in a player and it just starts playing the first title automatically.
post #25196 of 25403
No I did indeed mean auto play.
Insert DVD and it automatically plays rather than sitting at a menu.
post #25197 of 25403
Discs made by my Panasonics behaved like our Funais, automatically open the title menu, not automatically start playing the first title.
post #25198 of 25403
Ok, my DMR-EZ28 does that but it creates a title list. I have been thinking about picking up a foreign model.
post #25199 of 25403
Panasonic recorders have an option in the DVD Management menu where the default of "Top Menu" (title thumbnails) may be changed to "Play first title." Once the setting is chosen and one DVD has been finalized the new setting is activated as the default setting. I prefer the Top Menu setting for most DVDs but once in a while change the setting when I want a DVD to autorun. With autorun DVDs the top menu may still be viewed by pressing Direct Navigator. I have to remember to change the default setting back to Top Menu just before finalizing the next DVD. If I forget to change the setting back to Top Menu before finalizing I usually make a Sharpie notation "autorun" on the DVD.
Edited by DigaDo - 2/21/14 at 10:05am
post #25200 of 25403

Digado is correct, all Panasonics(AFAIK) have that option, whether it's a HDD model or not. I also prefer the top menu and like Digado if on the rare occasion I set it to autorun I have to remember to change it back for subsequent DVDs otherwise it defaults to autorun upon finalization. I believe Panasonic is the only brand with that feature, for sure of the somewhat current brands.

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