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Old 09-04-2018, 09:20 AM   #1
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So now they are going all digital. Means for my 5 tvs' I have to have a settop box for each one. at $7.00 each plus my limited basic tv package of $40 a month, (I only watch ABC/NBC/FOX. Use roku for most everything. So I am going to purchase an antenna to use for all 5 TV's.. I am assuming I will need a rooftop antenna, with an amp and splitter for the 5 tv's will probably use spectrums existing wiring. This should be a link to my report. I assume an omni directional would be best for my needs, don't really understnad the report, but it looks like NBC would be a pain to get no big deal. Can I get some reccomendations on what to start with? Antenna, (pre-amp) amp/ splitter wise. Would rather not d o to much trial and error. Thanks for any help! psted TVFOOL link in my visitor message because it won't let me post it here?
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Old 09-06-2018, 07:55 AM   #2
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Hello, Metria; welcome to the forum.

Here is your TVFool report link:
http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...9038216441a897

I will study your report.
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Old 09-06-2018, 03:52 PM   #3
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So now they are going all digital. Means for my 5 tvs' I have to have a settop box for each one. at $7.00 each plus my limited basic tv package of $40 a month
When Cox went digital in our area, they gave us a mini-box for each TV.
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I only watch ABC/NBC/FOX.
You should be OK for those networks with an antenna aimed in one direction.
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So I am going to purchase an antenna to use for all 5 TV's..
First you get all the channels you need for just one TV, and then split for 5.
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I am assuming I will need a rooftop antenna, with an amp and splitter for the 5 tv's will probably use spectrums existing wiring.
A rooftop antenna works best, but an attic antenna is often possible in strong signal areas if you don't have an aluminum thermal barrier in the roof and there aren't too many trees in the signal path.
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I assume an omni directional would be best for my needs
No, a directional antenna would be best.

This is an extract of your report. It has some errors because TVFool is using a defective database to generate reports:



I estimated your location from your report, and did a report at rabbitears.info which has a more accurate list of channels:



This report, for comparison, is from the FCC DTV map site:

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Old 09-06-2018, 04:07 PM   #4
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I suggest a Winegard HD7694P antenna. It is a combo antenna that covers UHF and VHF-High. Your weakest channel is WFLA NBC, which is on VHF-High real channel 7; the Winegard 7694 has extra gain for that channel.

It is the real channel number (also called physical channel or RF channel) that determines what antenna is needed.

VHF-Low, real channels 2-6
VHF-High, real channels 7-13
UHF, real channels 14-51

The virtual channel number (like 5.1 or 5-1) is a holdover from the analog TV days to maintain the identity of the station, and is what the TV displays. By convention, the virtual channel number is given in the decimal form to keep it from being confused with the real channel number.

You probably will not need a preamp unless there are objects in the signal path from the ENE; try it without first. If the signals are too weak after splitting, you can add a preamp at the antenna, or use a distribution amp inside before splitting.

I see a lot of trees in your area; trees block TV signals. See attachment.

If the antenna is outside, the coax shield should be grounded with a grounding block that is connected to the house electrical system ground with 10 gauge copper wire for electrical safety and to reject interference. For further compliance with the electrical code (NEC), the mast should also be grounded in a similar manner to drain any buildup of static charge which will tend to discourage a strike, but the system will not survive a direct strike.

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Old 09-06-2018, 04:31 PM   #5
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WFLA NBC will be moving from real channel 7 to channel 9 because of UHF Repack by the FCC. WFTS ABC from 29 to 17. These are the changes for your area:
https://www.rabbitears.info/repackch...=&lss=&status=

You have some strong FM signals that might interfere with the reception of WFLA. If they do, you can add an FM filter.
http://www.fmfool.com/modeling/tmp/2...0/Radar-FM.png
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Old 09-10-2018, 08:17 AM   #6
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Thank You so much for responding, I will pickup that antenna next week and start playing! Will definitley let you know how it goes!
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