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Old 09-09-2018, 09:10 PM   #1
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I've been struggling to find a good Antenna for my location.

Setup:

HDHomerun Quatro in Basement inside wiring panel
Preamp Power Supply between HDHomerun and RG6.
Quad Shielded Solid Copper RG6 from my wiring panel up to the grounding block.
Quad Shielded Solid Copper RG6 from grounding block to RCA Preamp
Standard Shield Solid Copper RG6 from Preamp to Antenna
I have the Signal GH app for iPhone.
Antenna pointed at 314 MagN

I first started with a RCA ANT751 with a RCA Preamp mounted in my Attic. It worked ok. I then moved the antenna outside at 20'. This improved my reception drastically but I still could not pick up channel 14 (real 21) which should be strong. Oddly enough, I could pick up some Milwaukee stations intermittently which is over twice as far away. I then tried a Antennas Direct DB8e with a VHF-1 add on. The VHF add on was garbage, either it was broke or it just wasn't strong enough. The DB8e also under-impressed me but most importantly, it was hideous. I returned it. I now have a Channel Master CM-5020 that I found on Craigslist for $80 unopened. It may be bigger but I've found that standard style antennas are less visually obtrusive. Now I have new problems. I was unaware that the larger the antenna, the more directional it will be so now I can't get Milwaukee stations at all. I also cannot use the Preamp, I think it's getting overloaded because as soon as I plug it in, the signals drop across the board. I also cannot use my Legrand distribution amplifier as the same thing happens. Channel 14 comes in now but only at 62% strength and 75% quality. I was once considering the Winegard HD7694p but strayed away because of it's possible RF cartridge issues. Perhaps I should have gotten the Winegard instead? I Do Not want a Massive antenna.


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Old 09-10-2018, 07:25 AM   #2
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You should go to http://www.tvfool.com/index.php?opti...pper&Itemid=29 and give us your report url. Since you do not have enough posts to post your full url as a link, just post the url after the web address like this example:

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I have also done a search on rabbitears.info as I have read that tvfool has become unreliable.
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Trying again.
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Try raising the antenna another ten feet, you may be getting a signal bounce, and it will cause a drop in signal strength.

With the stations so close in (22 to 25 miles) you wont need a pre-amp with the CM-5020.

But them being so close can cause signals to bounce off something, this bounced signal is 180 degrees out of phase from the main, this cause a drop or complete loss of signal on the main.

Here is your TV fool report.
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