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I live in Central NJ. I am able two receive NYC DTV stations or Philadelphia stations. I was wondering if I can set up a second DIRECTIONAL antenna to point at the second city, combine both antenna coax cables with a reversed 2 to 1 splitter and then run the combined signal through my amp to my HDTV? Since they are directional I expect to be able to sidestep any ghosting issues? Any comments?


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Lots of previous discussion on this topic, do a search in this forum for "jointenna", without the quotation marks.


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Thanks, sorry for the repeat.


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If it helps that's exactly what I do in Yardley, PA. If you live near a freeway (as I do) be prepared to spend considerable time optimizing their relative positions to avoid multipath.


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To properly use two of the SAME antennas, you would need to get a co-phasing harness, otherwise signal cancellation would ruin your signal.
 

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JD,


Tell us the channel numbers for Philly and NYC you wish to receive. It'll help alot in answering this question.


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I added the second antenna in my attic and combined it with my existing NYC aimed Yagi using a standard 2 to 1 splitter backwards. It works! Without doing any fine aiming towards Philly (I was home alone the last two nights) I was able to get Philly and Trenton PBS, ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX digital networks. I did lose a couple of points of signal strength from NYC, it looks like it averages out to about 3 pts. of SS lost on each NYC channel. Not enough to affect reception. I did not use the same new antenna model as the existing one which may be why I'm not experiencing any phse problems. Since I heard to combined antennas might be problematic I bought a Winegard 8 bow tie to go along with my 100" RS Yagi. I figured if I couldn't combine them I could atleast experiment with two different antenna types. But it's working, most Phila stations are in the high 70s with no fine aming and the NYC stations are in the low 80s. Reception is fine. I'll post the exact stations and their SS after I fine aim, in a little while.


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I have an RS rooftop type antenna in my attic, and a regular RS UHF rabbit ears near my TV. I joined them together using a regular cable splitter backwards, and now instead of having to fiddle around with the antenna in the attic during dropouts, I just fine tune the rabbit ears and it works! No rotor, and no climbing up and down everytime there is a dropout.

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