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post #16 of 725 (permalink) Old 2005-05-15, 05:59 PM
 
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Where did you find those parabolic antennas? The antennas pictured are NOT channel Master 4250s or4251s????
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post #17 of 725 (permalink) Old 2005-05-15, 06:44 PM
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Where did you find those parabolic antennas? The antennas pictured are NOT channel Master 4250s or4251s????
Yeah you're right! I took a closer look and found out from a Ham buddy that the P-7 P-5 UHF TV television parabolic antennas were made by Antennacraft whom were in competition with Channel Master's Para-Scope 4250 & 4251 seen below. Too bad non are still made anymore !

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post #18 of 725 (permalink) Old 2005-05-25, 06:58 PM
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Cool My monster antennas and my monster trees Pt. 1

As promised, here's a photo of my never used, brand-new-in-the-box 1980s era Channel Master Quantum 1111 VHF/FM antenna opened up for the very first time. I rested it on a wheel barrow beside a 1 gal. paint can and a basketball to give a sense of its big size. I'm really pleased with the solidity and good design of it (note that it has not one fore and aft boom but 2: a lower and upper one!):



Here's my Channel Master 4228 8-way UHF bowtie reflector & Winegard AP8275 preamp sitting at the south side of my house while I figure out what to do regarding where to place it (you'll see what I mean shortly). Interestingly its resting against aluminum siding and pointing towards 3 huge Red Cedars and a house in behind them that has an aluminum roof, yet I pick up lots of analog and 2 digital stations from that location, with a rare dtv lock to a Tacoma WA station:



This 150 foot Douglas Fir on my north property line towers waaaaaay above the Red Cedars to the left and the Green Elm to the right, but I'm not sure if you can tell that from this perspective. Its the tallest tree in all of Delta, BC and an arbourist analyzed it and said it is in perfect health. I actually thought about putting my antenna gear up on top of that Fir until sanity set in (cost of hiring climbers to do it was high, but also climbers didn't feel qualified to do antenna work and it would be awful if they came down from installing it and I found out later that they had gotten something wrong!):



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Thumbs up CM Quantum 1111

Stampeder, better not mount that on your house. Either your house's foundation will sink or your house will appear to be only 250 ft2. Ha Ha.
That thing is HUGE !! I could run cable from Windsor to your antenna and still have enough signal in the line to watch tv !!!!!
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Stampeder, better not mount that on your house. Either your house's foundation will sink or your house will appear to be only 250 ft2. Ha Ha.
That thing is HUGE !! I could run cable from Windsor to your antenna and still have enough signal in the line to watch tv !!!!!
With the preamp installed it apparently has about 35 db gain! I figure if I had taken a photo of it at night from the front down low it would look a bit like this:



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1970 Winegard Catalogue Ad

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Take it from a pro.... Don’t use silicone on asphalt roofs... use proper roof tar. Tap with a hammer and locate the joists... bolt into them for stronger support. Make sure tripod is level. Ground everything.

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Ground everything.
Great pics, and excellent attention to detail, especially the grounding. That looks like AWG 8 cable you used? Did you go with a custom ground rod or did you connect to the house ground?
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HDTV101 I just finished installed my 4228 and took your suggestion and got a tube of roof type black tar sealant.

I put the sealant where the base was going to be mounted and also the the threads of the screws.

After the install I coated the around the screw and base where it was attached to the roof.

Will post the pics later tonight.

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Installed mine today.








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Looks nice Yaamon!

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HDTV101 Thank u. Yes its a tripod type mount I bought one yesterday.

The other side of the house is the satellite dishes.

How do you post the pictures, that they show up ? I have account at picturetrail.

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HDTV101 Thank u. Yes it is I bought one yesterday.

The other side of the house is the satellite dishes.

How do you post the pictures, that they show up ? I have account at picturetrail.
To post pics, when making a post... look for a little yellow box in the top center with a mountain in it. Click on it and another box will open. Past you pics url in this box and click ok.
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Nice Antenna!

So no grounding wire???? You have to get me the name of the fearless installation crew as I may need an antenna installed in Markham soon.
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So no grounding wire???? You have to get me the name of the fearless installation crew as I may need an antenna installed in Markham soon.
Please post such info in the stickied thread about equipment and installers. We're always looking for that kind of info.
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