I found this pic of my dad's house...

KrissB

DTVUSA Member
#1
So, I wasn't sure where to put this, but I had said I seen the basement of my dad's house, and it looked like Coax-hell.

Let me share a pic with you, I wonder what antenna's he has up, I can ask him, however he's often busy, and he would want to talk for hours about it. I will eventually ask him, but I never really noticed the antenna's he had til I found this pic that is more than 2 years old!

I had to click on the picture to see the whole thing. It's not just the 2 antenna's! :p You can right click the pic, and click "View Image" to see a little larger view.

I count 7 antenna's. The one may be a CB antenna that isn't used (I think!).

My dads antenna hell.JPG
 
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MrPogi

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Wow, I thought I had an antenna farm! Seriously, I almost missed the 2 satellite dishes on the right.
I have is A DB8e and CM2016 on the roof, and a 36" dish for satellite on a post in the back yard.
 

KrissB

DTVUSA Member
#3
Wow, I thought I had an antenna farm! Seriously, I almost missed the 2 satellite dishes on the right.
I have is A DB8e and CM2016 on the roof, and a 36" dish for satellite on a post in the back yard.
I counted 7 antenna's I think from that pic, that is 2 years old. He's hitting Dayton, Oh., Cincinnati, Oh., Indianapolis, IN. not sure what the other 4 are shooting for... He has a lot of Red marks on the TV Fool report. What a mess!!! :p I think he has most of those conflict channels rerouted to different channels (that's all the wires in the basement). He said he now has more channels than any Satellite service he has had (since most are duplicate stations anyways). glad he figured it out! lol
 
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The photo isn't real clear even when enlarged. The UHF yagis at the far left and center of the photo appear to AD 91XGs. There is an 8 bay bow tie reflector UHF antenna below the vertical 2 way communications antenna. The UHF/VHF combo antenna is a bit hard to tell from the photo one of the larger winegard HD series, or Antennacraft HBU series I base that on what appear to be a couple larger directors in the stack of UHF directors. I just about didn't see the UHF yagi below the dual band combo it could be a Winegard HD 9095P. The two parabolic reflector antennas look like Dish network. On closer look the top brace on the combo antenna would make me think Winegard. Someone more knowledgeable than might have closer answers.
 
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When you have HF antennas that cover acreage, a few odd UHF VHF antennas, and two 8' parabolic reflectors set up in the front yard the neighbors start to wonder what your up to.
 

MrPogi

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I'm sure my neighbors think I'm crazy, or communicating with aliens.

But that has nothing to do with the antennas on my roof!
 
#8
So far I still own that antenna farm. Do to a major crash in life I'm not currently able to live there. If not the space aliens they might think you're a terrorist spy, CIA, KGB, or communications hub for a drug cartel.
 

MMkaho

DTVUSA Member
#9
Last time i seen a house like that was maybe 3 years ago when i visited my ex's sisters house They live in Carlisle PA nearest mom and pop shop is about 20 minutes away by foot over train tracks
 

KrissB

DTVUSA Member
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Nice! I'm wondering if he pays for cable as well to make sure that he possibly gets more TV reception than any home in the United States!!!
lol, Cable is not provided there. My uncle lives up the road, he has DirectTV $150+/month bill. I think my dad has a bit more variety, if nothing else at least he has local channels, and some not so local channels! :p

The Dish's are not in use, I helped install those nearly 20 years ago... I think he just leaves them there as the holes would make a leak in the roof if he took them down. Or maybe it fits the scenery! :p
 

MrPogi

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lol, Cable is not provided there. My uncle lives up the road, he has DirectTV $150+/month bill. I think my dad has a bit more variety, if nothing else at least he has local channels, and some not so local channels! :p

The Dish's are not in use, I helped install those nearly 20 years ago... I think he just leaves them there as the holes would make a leak in the roof if he took them down. Or maybe it fits the scenery! :p
I shouldn't suggest this, but - If the small dish was removed from the dish mount and replaced with a slightly larger dish and proper LNBs, you could get Free To Air satellite... for as little as about $60...

Okay, I'll stop now.
 

Cadus

DTVUSA Member
#13
I'm not sure if the roof of that house looks like a porcupine or an alien spacecraft.



From what it sounds like your dad really enjoys his setup. More power to him. Does he ever have problems in storms? I figured either he'd lose reception or one would get blown over out of sheer probability with quantity.
 

KrissB

DTVUSA Member
#14
I shouldn't suggest this, but - If the small dish was removed from the dish mount and replaced with a slightly larger dish and proper LNBs, you could get Free To Air satellite... for as little as about $60...

Okay, I'll stop now.
I have been reading about that as well MrPogi. Question is, is it worth it! I know I wouldn't have to bend metal to make it work!? :p I've never been a fan of Satellites as if there was a major war... I'm sure a smart attacker would wipe out Sat's (TV, Mobile phones, etc...). lol, Silly way to think of it I guess considering I doubt I could sit and watch TV while the radiation eats my skin, muscle, bones, brains... I would probably have to adjust my indoor antenna's to account for the interference! UGGGG!!!

But seriously, Message me what stations are available with that option. It looks like a good option for me and my situation, as I have a dish currently, replacing it with another would not be a problem, if it was a feasible option vs current stations.
 

KrissB

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From what it sounds like your dad really enjoys his setup. More power to him. Does he ever have problems in storms? I figured either he'd lose reception or one would get blown over out of sheer probability with quantity.
I'm not sure, he is very content with it, He does not regret leaving Dish/DirectTV. I know he's said there are a "few" channels he is working on getting, but he can do without them.

The garage supports 1 antenna tower, the one by the chimney has been there for decades. The CB tower was the 2nd addition. The Monster Antenna I hadn't even heard about, until I seen this picture 2 years after we visited lol... Recently he has added a Cell Antenna boost setup. Before I only got 1 bar off and on (so usually no service), this past visit I was getting 2 bars, and the internet was working somewhat fast. It's really crazy how many waves are being drawn in there. I wonder if a house could implode if too many waves are pulled in? :p Not a good thing I'm sure...

When I seen the pic, I focused on the house. Then I thought, oh yea, I wonder what antenna he has setup for that mess in the basement! Then it all came together. There are no antenna joiners in his setup, after talking to him for a bit, most of us could only dream to do that, I know my budget could not afford what he has achieved lol... He's spent $1000 on each antenna setup at least. Filters, signal cancelers among other things. All the duplicate overlapping channels are separated and redirected... Huge mess to me, but in the end, well worth it! I feel sorry if we ever lose the house (the family) as the new owners will be happy to see the freeTV opportunity, then realize an extreme amount of equipment and setup is required to accomplish what "would be if lost" was there...

So, yea. Alien (Check), Porcupine's (Check). I am still not sure what range he is achieving with the antenna's

Cincinnati, OH. - channels are about 60miles S.E (depending where the actual farm is)
Indianapolis, IN. - channels are about 60-65miles West (also depending)
I think one is pointing to Dayton, OH. (complete guess there but that too would only be 60 miles East.
I swore he said he was getting Kokomo channels though... But from the pic, *unless my direction is twisted from the roads* I think he's what I have listed is about right. minus Kokomo.

I'll have to clear the headache I got to try to understand what he told me, and ask what farms he is currently picking up next time I talk to him. I thought the signals were further away, so unless he's going further than what I am thinking of, I'm screaming overkill lol... Then again, bigger the better!!! :D
 

MrPogi

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I have been reading about that as well MrPogi. Question is, is it worth it! I know I wouldn't have to bend metal to make it work!? :p I've never been a fan of Satellites as if there was a major war... I'm sure a smart attacker would wipe out Sat's (TV, Mobile phones, etc...). lol, Silly way to think of it I guess considering I doubt I could sit and watch TV while the radiation eats my skin, muscle, bones, brains... I would probably have to adjust my indoor antenna's to account for the interference! UGGGG!!!

But seriously, Message me what stations are available with that option. It looks like a good option for me and my situation, as I have a dish currently, replacing it with another would not be a problem, if it was a feasible option vs current stations.
You'll need a 30-39 inch dish, a motor drive if you want more than a few close together satellites, and a $50 receiver for each TV. Unless you have really bad antenna reception or can't / don't want to pay for TV, or want hundreds of religious and foreign language channels, it probably isn't worth your time. It is great for remote cabins or homes where you're far from transmitters, no internet, and paying Dish or DirecTV are not options. But PM me if you are interested. For me, it's a just hobby that gives me some extra channels, and I've learned to set it up for some foreign language speaking friends for a small profit, lol.

Here's a list of English channels you can get with a small dish: FTAList.com - English channels
 
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Kriss, you are retracing your father's foot steps with all your projects. I tried to figure our why I'm so intrigued by antennas. Best explanation I can think up -- my dad installed antennas for a living for the two years before I was born. Then he got promo'd to white goods repairman. But see, he knew all about antennas right at the time he got my mom preggers! Someone should do a study on that. They say you can teach worms to run a maze, then cut 'em up and feed 'em to other worms, and they will learn the maze faster. So .... ??

Seven antennas, huh? Explains a lot ... :daffy:

R.
 
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