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Antenna Selection

ssapp80
02-27-2012, 09:16 PM
I cut the cord sometime back and have been subscribing to Hulu Plus. I'm interested in getting my locals OTA and am looking for some help selecting an antenna. I've attached my tvfool radar, I'm most interested WFXL-DT, WALB-DT, and WSWG-DT. WSWG-DT is in similar range but as you can see is in a bit of different direction. If at all possible I'd like to not put a rotor in the equation. Any ideas?

Small Engine
02-28-2012, 07:43 AM
My first thought about an antenna for your location is a 8 bay style.. kinda like a DB8 using a cm7777 pre-amp because a 8 bay antenna has a wider reception area than a narrow beam yagi style.

I hope this helps.

ssapp80
02-28-2012, 10:56 AM
My first thought about an antenna for your location is a 8 bay style.. kinda like a DB8 using a cm7777 pre-amp because a 8 bay antenna has a wider reception area than a narrow beam yagi style.

I hope this helps.

Would a DB8 work here? 2 of those channels I'm looking to pickup are VHF.

projectsho89
02-28-2012, 03:55 PM
because a 8 bay antenna has a wider reception area than a narrow beam yagi style

The difference is not very much, perhaps 10-15 degrees in the UHF design band.

Would a DB8 work here? 2 of those channels I'm looking to pickup are VHF.

Maybe, but you'd do better to select the correct antenna(s) to start with. The DB8 was designed as a UHF antenna. Consequently, it would be polite to call its VHF reception as "myopic, at best".

Select a directional UHF antenna and aim it at your UHF station. Select a VHF antenna and aim it at the VHF stations. Combine either with a classic 7777 (if you can still find one) or a UVSJ with a single input pre-amp.

A 7-69 combo might work, but with UHF and VHF signals having a 60 degree spread argues that a combo is going to be too directional. You might be able to split the difference, but it's up to you if you want to gamble.

Small Engine
02-29-2012, 04:00 PM
Im currently using a XG-91 for UHF and a Y 10-7-13 for VHF, but my not-so-local VHF stations are broadcasting at such a weak signal I havnt received a single VHF broadcast yet. projectsho89 makes a good point about pointing one antenna towards your desired tower and the other pointing towards the other towers. ssapp80 your tvfool report looks alot like mine... do you live in a valley or are you surrounded by trees or both ? and whats your antenna height now and can you go up in the air further ?.