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post #1 of 311 (permalink) Old 2008-11-26, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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Would a satellite signal meter also work for OTA signals ?

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post #2 of 311 (permalink) Old 2008-11-26, 08:18 PM
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Generally the common, affordable consumer level units don't do both satellite and OTA because the frequency ranges are so different. Also most of the cheaper satellite ones are just listening for a tone rather than doing an actual signal level reading.

Some models do satellite/cable/OTA but you have to really be careful to read the specs before buying one to confirm exactly what it does.

Of course money is an issue too, and some pros pay in the many thousands of dollars for top quality signal analyzers when many OTA users just want a pocket device that is simple to operate and inexpensive.
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This sounds like what you're looking for?
http://transatelectronics.com/

Search for "atsc-antenna-signal-finder_P458"

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They have an ATSC model. Not sure how it works though -- if it's a broadband power meter, how do you know which channel you are focussing on? Perhaps this works in Europe, where most local broadcasts are from the same tower.
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A normal satellite meter will not work for ota signal different frequency.

The link for that meter that was posted here looking on the picture I would not waste my money on that, I don't see where a user could select a specific channel for tuning.

Best to use the tv built in meter.

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Best to use the tv built in meter.
I was thinking the same thing.
Wouldn't it be just as effective to use the bar meter on the TV ?

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Using the TV's meter is not always an option: imagine being up at the top of a 40 foot tower swinging a huge VHF/FM/UHF combo antenna around to get it peaked. In the past I've done this with a 13" TV down on the ground being fed by an ATSC STB set on its power meter, and way up top was me with a set of binoculars!

A handy pocket "peaker" with real-time station PSIP info on screen would be terrific. I would not want to be hauling an expensive pro signal analyzer up there without insurance on it!
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Using the TV's meter is not always an option: imagine being up at the top of a 40 foot tower swinging a huge VHF/FM/UHF combo antenna around to get it peaked. In the past I've done this with a 13" TV down on the ground being fed by an ATSC STB set on its power meter, and way up top was me with a set of binoculars!

A handy pocket "peaker" with real-time station PSIP info on screen would be terrific. I would not want to be hauling an expensive pro signal analyzer up there without insurance on it!
2-way radio and an extra pair of eyes and a lot of yelling.

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an extra pair of eyes and a lot of yelling.
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2-way radio and an extra pair of eyes and a lot of yelling
I'm probably a bit older than you guys....so I'll be using 2 empty tin cans and a taught piece of string to communicate !
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I'd get a real signal finder if i could afford one.

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Nice find! Now to find the price and start thinking up excuses to mrs. stampeder...
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great stocking stuffer

Now that is a great toy and tool thanks for the link in Post #3


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dual use

I would have make excuses to bag that one too... to bad the antenna is on the balcony really limits my story creation
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Post #3 and #13:

Only drawback I see with this is that how do you know which station you have locked in on! I find that there are spots where one station comes in stronger than the others but what i want to find is a happy medium where all the stations come in so i don't have to keep moving the antenna - this is not necessarily where the signal is the strongest, especially when you are searching for a signal that is bouncing around in an area that is not direct line-of-sight.

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