I could use a recommendation from the x-perts...

bobrok

DTVUSA Jr. Member
#1
...and you all know who you are:dance:
I've been reading about a lot of rural DTV reception problems here and I guess location, topography, etc are the big factors so I am asking if anyone can take a look at my TV Fool report and make a recommendation as to what I can expect.
Points of interest:
This is a mountain cabin and we are off grid. Although we do generate minimal solar power I can't use it to amplify a signal or power a rotor. For a rotor I can cobble together a pulley system that will do the job.
The TV Fool report is resolved only to zip code level. For some reason when I resolve to coordinates I get nothing (again, topography, perhaps).
If this helps, our physical location is about 5 miles NW of here and I could post a map with exact location. We are at an elevation of about 1600 feet.
I now have only a rooftop hi/lo VHF antenna (read my 1st forum post http://www.dtvusaforum.com/dtv-hdtv-reception-antenna-discussion/4592-id-old-antenna-please.html) with about 20' of RJ6 (I believe) coax directly to the DTV. Interesting to note is that the only stations I now get are 7.1 and 7.2 from the SW which do not even show up on the analysis, and occassionally 2 fuzzy analog Canadian channels from the same orientation.
Before the DTV transition I could not receive analog transmissions from the SE as shown on the fool report with any clarity whatsoever.
Should I harbor hopes of additional VHF or any UHF reception?:(
If so can anyone recommend what I could do for antennas?

Thanks for reading!

1 minute later edit:
geez I should have re-read my OP and responses.
Sorry, don't mean to duplicate threads...I think the only addition here is that we don't have power for the amp.
apologies for the dup <blush>
 

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jdemaris

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bobrok;37122This is a mountain cabin and we are off grid. Although we do generate minimal solar power I can't use it to amplify a signal or power a rotor. [/QUOTE said:
If you've got any solar, you have plenty of power to run a signal amplifier. An amp uses hardly any power and much less then any TV uses. Most run on 4 watts.

So, question #1 is, why don't use you an amp? It can make a night-and-day difference in a rural area.
 
#4
Use the TVF "Online TV Maps" feature to locate your cabin. The satellite overhead usually helps finding a specific location. Drag the red marker to that spot, enter your antenna height, and THEN run your radar plot. Post the link to that plot back here instead of trying to post a .png file. The direct link allows the analysis of individual channels/stations while the .png file does not.
 

bobrok

DTVUSA Jr. Member
#5
EV, jd and project:
I feel foolish about duplicating this request. I went back and reread my OP and responses (you're in there, too, EV) and just kind of 'forgot' that I had already been down this road with the forum. I guess I've got too much on my plate and lost track of all that.
Anyway the info is there from back in July and I will re-read it and see about implementing those suggestions.
jdemaris, I appreciate your comment about the amp not consuming too much power and will look into one.
Thanks very much everyone.
bobrok
 
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EV, jd and project:
I feel foolish about duplicating this request. I went back and reread my OP and responses (you're in there, too, EV) and just kind of 'forgot' that I had already been down this road with the forum. I guess I've got too much on my plate and lost track of all that.
Anyway the info is there from back in July and I will re-read it and see about implementing those suggestions.
jdemaris, I appreciate your comment about the amp not consuming too much power and will look into one.
Thanks very much everyone.
bobrok
How did it all work out for you Bob?
 
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