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Ok, hoping for some advice on an antenna seletion. The basics:


1. I live in Wesley Chapel, FL, 4 miles east of the SR 54 and I-75 intersection. Rough 25 north of downtown Tampa


2. antennaweb.org recommends a small multidirectional "yellow" antenna.


3. I want the best reception possible, if even if it involves a 400' antenna guaranteed to piss off my deed restricted community. Will just refer them to the FCC if necessary.


4. Going to have someone install it, as I would probably fall off the damn roof if I tried it. Recommendations for a HT store are welcome as well. I know Sound advice will install them, for example.


5. Probably going with the Hughes E86 STB.
 

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Go to www.100000watts.com and confirm where all your tv stations are in relation to your house and what channels they broadcast HDTV on. Some may be VHF, some may be UHF. I would buy a directional antenna with a rotor & pre- amp. Hughes E86 is not bad, Zenith 520 is better.
 

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Ok, I have RG-6 cable runs through my house, but I believe the 2 runs at the apex of my roof go to my wire closet. The other four roof runs are at the low end of the roof for satellite. All 6 runs were labeled, but moisture seeped into the labeling tape and I can't decipher which run is which.

Is there a device that I can use to determine which has a signal, besides the obvious set up an input device?


Also, I will be running the signal to the wire closet first, so what hardware exactly do I need to split the signal, boost it, and send it via various cable runs thru my house?
 

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A good installer should have a device called a cable toner, used to identify cable runs. It would make no sense for you to buy one unless your going into the business. If there is a pre-amp installed on your antenna then the power supply will be installed in your closet, plugged into AC. Split after the pre-amp. Your antenna installer should know all this and have the proper gear. If your doing it yourself try Stark Electronics.
 
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