Worth it for my location?
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Worth it for my location?
My question, is it even worth it to try and install an antenna? Everyone I talk to in town tells me I'm crazy to even try as there hasn't been reception here for a few years.
When I do a search on the fcc's reception maps it tells me there is weak signal from 70 miles away and no signal from 50 miles away. On antennaweb.org, I'm told "There are no stations predicted to serve this location." Not too encouraging...
I live in an apt building, 3rd floor. Town is made up of single story buildings and lots of tall trees, nothing but farmland between me and the towers. Zip code 53818.
The way my apt balcony is oriented, I will have to try and aim toward the weaker 50mi tower. My apt building is between me and the stronger 70mi tower.
Thanks for the link and the welcome. I'm slightly discouraged. Updated survey link with my proper location and 32 feet: TV Fool
I ran again with a 45 foot height (above rooftop) and was slightly better, still not ideal: TV Fool
My target station of FOX is listed under the "extreme measures" category.
Last edited by thatdecade; 07-26-2011 at 08:48 PM.
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I really have my doubts about you being able to receive WMSN-FOX. Even if you used an antenna pre-amplifier and/or a line amplifier, there has to be a signal to amplify and there isn't much there. FOX is 'real' channel 49 which means a very high-gain Yagi antenna specifically designed for that channel would be my choice.
If you are handy and have the tools required to build your own, it doesn't cost very much to build an antenna. Here are two photos of a high-gain Yagi I built specifically for channel 48, which is almost identical to what I suggest you try. It is 55" long, has 11 elements and produces 12.0 dBd gain.
As you see, this is a very small antenna which may be to your advantage: it weighs very little, it presents light wind-loading and it could be combined with one or three more identical antennas to provide even more directional gain.
On the other hand, combined or 'stacked' antennas rarely beat antenna height, so I'm suggesting as little as 5 more feet of antenna height might work better.
The same antenna might capture KGAN-51 CBS, WISC-50 CBS, and/or KPXR-47 ION.
*Note: The Blonder-Tongue balun has been replaced with a (designed length) coaxial balun.
Last edited by Fringe Reception; 07-26-2011 at 10:24 PM.
Thanks Jim that's a Good idea, a frequency specific yagi. I do have some limited experience in antenna design, so I'll give it a shot. Just have to brush up on my antenna theory.
Last edited by thatdecade; 07-27-2011 at 05:07 AM.
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