DB8e Reception Results Update - Hamilton Mountain
Since August when I put up a DB8e, Antennacraft 5Y713, Channel Master LTE filter, Channel Master 4-port drop amp, up on a 40 foot tower, and with the aim fixed east toward Grand Island, reception results have been very stable over the late summer and fall. Here are the channels that are rock solid no matter the conditions:
2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 17, 19, 23, 25, 26, 29, 35, 36, 41.
The following channels are pretty close to 24/7, with the odd time during part of the night, maybe a couple times (days) over the last few months when the channel would go black; usually a heavy tropo event:
13, 40, 47, 49, 57. Granted, these channels could be permanently pulled in if the antenna was re-aimed directly toward the transmitting tower.
The channel 42 CTV2 repeater out of Fonthill comes in most of the time, but since 35 is also a CTV2 repeater, no worries about trying to re-aim/trying to get it.
Next would be WBBZ (7) which comes in at night, probably 3 times a week.
Last would be 51 (ION), which comes in maybe once a week at night, more so during the warmer weather, probably more of a tropo channel being over 90 miles away.
Overall, continued to be pleased with results. The DB8e was the trick in getting 29 (WUTV), and the LTE filter really helped in getting stable VHF reception.
Might add in another LTE filter to see if WBBZ would be more frequent, it will pixelate even though the strength is decent.
Other than that, not much else to tinker with.
We'll see how things go over the winter months.