[mythtv-users] OT Question About OTA Antennas

Ryan Steffes rbsteffes at gmail.com
Mon Sep 24 15:56:13 UTC 2007

On 9/24/07, James Oltman <cnlibmyth at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 9/24/07, Brian Wood <beww at beww.org> wrote:
> >
> >
> > Agreed. Antenna pre-amps are useful in certain very specific situations,
> > in a lot of situations they cause more harm than good.
> >
> > If the amp is that old so are the cables, connectors and any balun
> > (transformer) on the antenna, as well as possibly phasing wires etc. on
> > the antenna itself. Check all of these and tighten, clean, replace as
> > necessary.
> >
> > beww
> >
> Brian,
> Thanks for the response.  That's probably the second to last option (which
> also happens to be the next step/option).  I'll check out monoprice for some
> long quad shielded RG6 cable.  The very last option being, purchasing a new
> antenna with better UHF capability.  However, being that the top of the mast
> is well over 40 feet off the ground, and my general avoidance of height,
> that solution might prove to be prohibitively expensive.  :-)  It might be
> time to think about moving out of the country and into town where they at
> least broadcast local stations in the clear.
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Maybe I'm not reading you correctly, or perhaps I'm asking a
particularly stupid question.  Have you looked into just removing
lowering the mast, doing your repair work on the ground, and lifting
the assembly back up as one piece?  Or is your mast assembly a good
deal more complicated than a typical aluminum pole kind of thing?


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