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OTA: The Big Trees Factor

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tigerbangs said:
Stampeder: get that 4228 and the 1111 up on the roof and quit your stalling!
Oh the irony! Here I am cheering on OTA converts, yet I can't enjoy it myself the way I'd like to! I am chomping at the bit to get those up and running but actually I've now done 2 test placements on the roof and the results were really awful due to the tall trees. I can't seem to find a sweet spot anywhere in the yard after dragging around my CM4228 on its mast, with my LG tuner with a 13" TV in tow. Also 4DTV_HD offered to come by with his spectrum analyzer to see if we can find one but I doubt that we would so I don't want to waste his time. I had to put my ugly little satellite dishes up on a 10' pole in my vegetable garden just to see the BEV sats.

:( My only choices are

1) put up a 60' tower
2) chainsaw massacre (illegal - the trees are protected, and we love them too)
3) move
4) climb that big tall fir tree and put all the gear up there (not!)

We'll see, but I tell ya its frustating, like having a Jacuzzi with no water connection. ;)
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stampeder said:
We'll see, but I tell ya its frustating, like having a Jacuzzi with no water connection. ;)
One more choice would be to install a low noise amp. You didn't say in your test thread if you received low signal strength or no signal. The centre point of my 4228 is only five feet above the ground and looks directly horizontal into a row of tall hardwood trees about 20 feet away. With the amp I have no problem digital signal locking on stations about 80 miles out. Without the amp I get nothing. Leaves/trees cause scatter (and signal reduction) as opposed to multpath. If you can get raise the remaining signal quietly above the background noise floor digital reception should be possible. Analogue stationa will still look like crap.
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