So I moved my 30 year old archer antenna to the roof and mounted it to the old dish mount. It helped a bit but I bit the bullit and order 2 new antennas, a 2nd 18dB RF amp ,and 40″ mount. The First antenna is a Multi-Directional Bowtie UHF Antenna. The 2nd is a
Winegard HD-1080 HDTV High Band VHF Antenna
Here’s how I decided on the antennas. I used www.antennaweb.org which was created by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) to help discover the correct antenna type. When you go to www.antennaweb.org you can put in your zip code in street address in it will plot all of the transmitting antennas around your area.
One thing you need to do is double check to make sure it actually pulls up your correct address. It was a bit off for my address but, once I relocated the marker it drew the coordinates and the compass readings just fine. It suggested a medium to long range directional antenna. If you read above that’s not what I chose. I chose a multidirectional antenna because if you look at the map I have stations coming in from several different directions. Hence the multidirectional antenna. 2nd antenna is designed to pick up the VHF frequencies.
2 weeks later.
So after everything came in, unboxing and bolting together I swapped out my antennas and here’s what I found out. The DB8 didn’t do any better job than my old antenna did in some cases it did worse so it got returned. The
Winegard HD-1080 HDTV High Band VHF Antenna antenna however works better than any other antenna I've tried over the entire frequency spectrum FM, VHF, and UHF. Love this antenna and it's much cheaper so it stayed and is now the only antenna. So I guess this goes to show that the antenna really does make a difference. I also sent back that 18dB amplifier because I didn't need it. I still may try to get a higher power amplifier. I would like to try to get an amp somewhere around the 28dB to 32dB range. Of course if TiVo would put a decent set of tuners in their boxes I wouldn't need a more powerful amp. Although I haven't tried the higher series TiVo's. I would hope the one that reached THX certification has better tuners in it. Anyways we are very happy with our results.
Sneak preview I’m testing out the Wealth TV app on my logitech revue. I wish more and more TV stations would do this. hint… hint… CNN, Fox News.
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