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    Mast for antenna

    Rob, You need stranded steel Guy Wire, which is available at many big-box hardware stores. It is often used as clothes line and it can be bare or plastic covered. Over time, the wires will stretch, so to you need turnbuckles on every length. Google the topic and click on some Ham Radio...
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    Mast for antenna

    @ Rob, A few years ago I called around locally and one of the smaller Hardware Stores (Ace or True Value) at that time had a policy of free shipping to their store. It was the best deal in town by far, so definately shop around. For those who need a telescopic mast around 34' (or shorter)...
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    Mast for antenna

    @ David, I have used and recommend one or two sections of galvanized chain-link fence top railing as antenna masts too, but lifting a 50' long assembled length from its base, from horizontal on the ground to vertical - even without an antenna on top - would be impossible. I suppose it could be...
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    Mast for antenna

    Rob, A 50' (actually 44') telescopic antenna mast would be perfect for your situation. Be sure to install guy wires at the top and center of the fully extended mast. Search the Internet for the best price and shipping rates to you. 50 ft Telescopic Antenna Mast Push-Up Pole EZ TM-50 Jim
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    TV Reception/Interference Problems

    Welcome, flo Regarding your second TV reception problem, there are three main reasons digital tuners are unable to convert RF video signals into solid/dependable pictures: too much signal strength (rare), too little signal strength (common), or they are receiving a confusing stream of data...
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    AntennaCraft U8000 8 Bay UHF Antenna HDTV Bow Tie Reviews

    Greg, Thank you for your review. Is your "largest VHF only" antenna designed to receive ONLY high-band VHF? If its a low-band/high-band compromise, this antenna may be a better choice for your location: Jim
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    TREES!... aim for the tops?

    Welcome, Mr Lewp! You have the right idea ... but ... If tilting the "front" of your Yagi-style antenna upwards raises the director elements 4" ... than raising the entire antenna 4" accomplishes the same thing. Television signals travel in layers, so raising OR lowering an antenna by a foot...
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    antenna suggestions

    Will, Here is an antenna that should work well to receive the high-band-VHF and the UHF stations on your list. The two low-band-VHF channels on your list are transmitting on much lower frequencies and (in theory) require a much larger antenna, but this may work for them as well. Shop around...
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    Are they Samsung Television sets?
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    strange channel loss behavior

    Comet, You may be able to recover your lost channels by performing a TV Tuner or converter box "find channels" rescan. Many TV Stations across the Country are in the process of moving their (real) transmitting frequencies do to the sale of TV Channel Frequencies to Cell Phone Companies. UHF...
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    Digital Stream DTV Converter Problem

    Melanie, What do you see displayed on your screen?
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    Simple transformer wrapping question!

    Tedstruck, For rebuilding sources, Google Transformer Rewinding, not "rewrapping".
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    Steve is spot-on and there's lots of information on this Forum about installing antennas for FREE TV reception.
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    problem with RCA converter box

    Welcome, Sunkist The "no signal" message is either coming from the TV tuner OR its coming from the converter box. Since there was on-screen 'snow' I suspect it was a message from your TV. You probably answered your own question: the coaxial cable connecting the converter box to your TV must...
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    Would appreciate advice on antenna choice

    Congratulations,70! We're happy to have helped. How many free channels are you currently receiving? Just a reminder, in the near future many stations will be required to move from their current channels to lower number/lower frequency channels, so you will have to rescan to capture them and...