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Anyone know of HD antenna installer in the Seattle/Tacoma area? We actually 30 miles south of Seattle. I have two Winegard antennas, the ChannelMaster Jointenna tuned to chnl 13, the Winegard preamplifier, and a two way splitter, all recommended for HD viewing from Tigerbangs at TV Fool. I have tried following his instructions, but I don't speak antenna very well. There's been alot of problems with missing parts and damaged pieces along the way, so now frustration has set in. Any ideas?
 

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yep. Nobody interested in ancient art of antennas. Well, ok-I finally did contact Service Master and Zip Installation; they want several hundred $$ to do the installation and they don't necessarily want to use the equipment we've already purchased or follow the forum directions. I guess since they seem to be the only game in town, they feel they are in the driver's seat. I thought maybe I was missing an individual out there who works independently, but perhaps it's gone the way of the dinosaur.
 

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Yeah, antennas aren't enough to make a business on anymore. FWIW, when I've gone out on rare occasions to do a "favor" for a non-family friend, I do it at my rate that I charge customers for my "day job". It isn't cheap.
 

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Try the local dish system installers...many of them were antenna guys back in the day, and still do them.
 

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yep. Nobody interested in ancient art of antennas. Well, ok-I finally did contact Service Master and Zip Installation; they want several hundred $$ to do the installation and they don't necessarily want to use the equipment we've already purchased or follow the forum directions. I guess since they seem to be the only game in town, they feel they are in the driver's seat. I thought maybe I was missing an individual out there who works independently, but perhaps it's gone the way of the dinosaur.
They're out there you just have to really look for them, and yes, they can be expensive if they have to install a 10' antenna on your roof. As far as HD antennas go, there really isn't such a thing. You just need a good UHF-VHF (high band) antenna preferably on a rotor and you're good to go. I purchased a UHF-VHF Winegard antenna (70+ elements) about 28 years ago (long before HDTV) and installed it on the roof of my single story house. The only thing I've done is replace the cable with RG-6 cable and we've been receiving trouble-free HDTV for years (at least as long as it's been offered in our market). We split 3 tv's off of the antenna. The main tv (LCD) and two old analog tv's with digital converter boxes. Signal problems are non-existent.
 

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Actually, I made mistake in saying it was HD antennas. They are VHF/UHF. We already have one of the antennas up, and can easily put the other up; it's preamplifiers and their power source, and splitters, and jointennas that make my eyes cross. I'll keep trying-I'll try the tip about the cable guys. A Radio Shack kid took all the info and is deciding whether he is capable of doing it-he didn't really understand the preamplifier installation either. That was a few days ago and we haven't heard back. Thanks much to all of you. If anyone thinks of anything/anywhere else to try, I'd really appreciate it. In the meantime, I'd better work extra hours so my elderly mom can get all her channels. BTW, I hear 'they' want to take away free TV anyway, so all this may be for naught. I guess 'they' hope us unconforming troublemakers will cave in and finally sign up for pay TV. Hmmph.
 

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--oh, and we're in a rural, wooded area, so that seems to have something to do with why we lost our signal when the HDTV switch happened. It was literally overnight. So we took down the old antenna, put up one of those Clearstream antennas, which helped but fades in and out if the wind blows. We lost two local stations, which is why I was instructed by TV Fool site to get the two Winegards, the jointenn, the preamp, the splitter, and a power source for the preamp, and tune the UHF with a compass to receive one of the missing local stations. And, of course, have the converter boxes....

So, that's the story.
 

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--oh, and we're in a rural, wooded area, so that seems to have something to do with why we lost our signal when the HDTV switch happened. It was literally overnight. So we took down the old antenna, put up one of those Clearstream antennas, which helped but fades in and out if the wind blows. We lost two local stations, which is why I was instructed by TV Fool site to get the two Winegards, the jointenn, the preamp, the splitter, and a power source for the preamp, and tune the UHF with a compass to receive one of the missing local stations. And, of course, have the converter boxes....

So, that's the story.

Sounds like multi-path interference if you have trees in the area that are high and sway with the wind, you'll get lost signal or sporadic signal. If there is anyway to get your antenna higher, you'll probably do better.
 

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Sounds like multi-path interference if you have trees in the area that are high and sway with the wind, you'll get lost signal or sporadic signal. If there is anyway to get your antenna higher, you'll probably do better.

In addition to moving the antenna above the trees, moving the antenna below the trees may also make a difference. If tree height is something that can't be overcome, sometimes lower is better. This can be tried without a ladder. Good Luck.
 
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