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post #76 of 725 (permalink) Old 2005-11-13, 03:24 PM
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Hdtv here are a few photos.

Decided to try a rotor with a single 4228.

On Saturday removed the 4228 was playing for a few hours with the 4221 on the rotor. Weird the first thing I noticed is that the 4221 had to point to a different direction to get Nbc and Fox properly.

I dont know why but I had to repoint the antenna more south east compared to the 4228. The Buffalo signals came in about the same as the 4228 with the preamp.

What I did noticed is that the Rochester channles was a bar to 2 lower than the 4228.

Used a dss mount and installed a 1 1/4"ID pole 4' and 1/2 foot tall.

For less load on the rotor and mount I mounted the antenna to the rotor with a light weight 1 1/2"OD stainless steel pole kept it short 42" enough for the antenna.

While I was on the roof could clearly see the Cn tower was a good 15-20' more west about 200 to 205' on a compass. When the antenna is pointed for max signals from Fox and the rest of the Buffalo stations except Nbc its around 180'.

Nbc is a more east. At the current setting I can get Fox at 10 and nbc at 8 to 9 with out moving the rotor. Now I dont have to get on the roof to repeak. I can always set Nbc for 10 and have Fox drop to 8 with a quick press of the remote.






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post #77 of 725 (permalink) Old 2005-11-13, 03:46 PM
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Keep an eye on that pole over time. Stainless steel is not as strong as galvanized. Looks better though! A CM4228 has different lobes than a CM4221 so you might be getting a 3 or 4db advantage with the 4228 in some directions (maybe more, maybe less).
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stampeder thanks for the tip was not aware about stainless steel but will keep a eye on it.

Its very easy for me to change anything up there. My wife was joking and said am I done with the roof now. I said yes I dont need to get up there and reposition the antenna anymore she said you should get something to move it from inside the house.

I said what do you think was that noise that was bothering you the click click when I was moving it a few degree at a time. Haha

Told her I can now repoint it to any direction I want.

I did use the heavier 1 1/2"OD galvanized for the main pole since it is supported by three points. I will tie wrap the feed wire to the rotor a little neater.

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post #79 of 725 (permalink) Old 2005-11-14, 04:41 PM
 
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Finally Hi Speed wireless added to my OTA tower

It looks nice along with my OTA antennas

http://albums.photo.epson.com/j/View...356&p=73194060

Panasonic PT47WX53, Humax HFA100, Denon AVR 1610 surround, CM4228 Antenna, WD TVlive
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post #80 of 725 (permalink) Old 2005-11-19, 12:24 AM
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One has to be very lucky.
A friend of mine takes these down on occasion from people who want them removed from their property. The gods shone on me one day and it appeared.
A little digging, Red-E-Mix truck tire tracks across my 2 acre lawn\field
$400 worth of Concrete and up she went.

Like I said Lucky here supervising the construction
http://albums.photo.epson.com/j/View...p=73171566&f=0
Tricky, nice set of photos! Interesting to see how they put it up using the pole... I think the Ham's call it a mono pole ???

What kind of cables did you run? RG-6 or RG-11 was there one for each antenna or did you combine using a CM7777 amp?

The wireless Internet service... is that LOOK TV?

and last question: who's the one doing all the work in the fox hole?
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Tricky, nice set of photos! Interesting to see how they put it up using the pole... I think the Ham's call it a mono pole ???

What kind of cables did you run? RG-6 or RG-11 was there one for each antenna or did you combine using a CM7777 amp?

The wireless Internet service... is that LOOK TV?

and last question: who's the one doing all the work in the fox hole?
They called it a GIN pole on the web site that I got the instructions from that made the tower.

I used RG6 cables to the amp and rg6 from the amp.

Wireless Internet service is provided by my server http://www.kwic.com/wireless/

Cable service isnt available in my area also Bell seems to be more concerned with supplying high speed service to others rather that rurals SW Ontario

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Hi Tricky,

You do have very sweet set up there. I am very impressed. The tower is awesome.

The following are pictures of my set-up. Pretty interesting for an urban enviroment

http://albums.photo.epson.com/j/View...p=73223041&f=0
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And the neighbours don't squeel ?
Looks nice. My tower really is for the wireless internet, cable and HS phone lines not being an option in rural SW Ontario..... ok in rural china.. but then Bell and Rogers are'nt in business over there

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The following are pictures of my set-up. Pretty interesting for an urban enviroment
Nice setup Mark2074, and it looks good and sturdy too. 35 foot tower I think you mentioned in another post. How was installation of the tower (effort/cost, etc.)?
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Nice setup Mark2074, and it looks good and sturdy too. 35 foot tower I think you mentioned in another post. How was installation of the tower (effort/cost, etc.)?
Thanks Stampeder. Actually, I was lucky because the tower already existed when I moved in the home 20 years ago. The only cost I incurred was the removal of the old UHF/VHF antenna, installation of CM combination antenna and CM rotor. The cost back in 1995 was $459.00. That included the installation of RG-6 cable. My neighbors thought I was crazy because nobody uses antennas in ourarea anymore. Well, with the birth of DTV who is crazy now?
It was interesting when the installer back in 95 wanted to buy the tower for $600. He said it was rare.
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post #86 of 725 (permalink) Old 2005-11-30, 08:38 PM
 
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Talking New CM9537

Hey Guys,

I have a new Channel Master 9537 to add to my set-up. It arrived today. This thing is sweet and so quiet. This is a very good upgrade. I am now kind of glad the old Archer Rotor control unit die on me.

BTW paid $99.95 for it.

http://www.tvantenna.com/products/tv...tors/9537.html
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thanks guys for the new install, now with my new antenna setup Wb 49, Rochester and Erie wont be a problem for me to watch on my new tv that I got today.

Too bad I have no stand to put the tv on.


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But that little thing is only 70 inches!
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I know too bad nobody makes a larger one.

I sure don't want to ever hear those words from a woman your are only xxx in size. Ha-Ha..

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I would LOVE one too!!!!!!!
I came back to this post as soon as I found out that the P-5 and P-7 parabolics were made by a company called Finco, which was a bit-player in the TV and FM antenna business in years past but slipped quietly out of business some time in the 1970s or '80s. There's almost nothing on the web about them other than some very old references. Finco was never in the same league as Winegard, Channel Master, or Jerrold/Delhi/Wade. Antennacraft probably just rebranded them.

Here's a PDF of an early 1980s article about a guy who modified his Finco parabolic for DXing. It seems that the Fincos were not very sturdy:

http://www.anarc.org/wtfda/dishmod1.pdf
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