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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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I'm surrounded by 80' pine trees. With a lot of hickory and oak scattered amongst them. When the leaves and pine needles come back, I'll really be in trouble.
Here is a picture that will give some idea about the trees I am dealing with. This photo is taken looking just a little east of north. Photo was taken in January 2003.

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But keep in mind, thats more wind load, and more places for ice to form.
Don't have to worry about the ice down here, but get plenty of wind...hurricanes and tornados...more often than the ice.

If I can get this antenna to work consistantly, which it already outdoes the Terk TV44, I'll make a twin and make a 4228 out of
Here's a screen capture off of google earth. I have a mobile home right under the trees below the pin cushion. The antenna is in center of the bare spot.

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