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Username Post: TV Antenna Hook-Up        (Topic#368849)
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07-01-22 06:12 PM - Post#2843700    

I am trying to get some channels back on my TV. I lost MeTV and the Grit channel....grrrr.

I have several Mickey Mouse 35 mile antennas, which is about how far the transmitter is from us. They are on both sides of the house. The antenna is outside. It didn't really seem to help putting it outside.

I had an electric booster on it, but it died, and it didn't really seem to do anything.

So, here is the question, from the antennas, the Coax goes to the Digital Converter, then there are 3 wires that go to the TV. You know the ones, like if you are hooking up a VCR. They have a Yellow, Red, and White wire. If I was to use a coax cable instead, would that do anything for me, strength wise.

Could I somehow use my metal roof as an antenna?


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07-03-22 06:10 PM - Post#2843791    
    In response to Stinky

do you have the digital converter box? the coax goes from antenna to converter box then to back of tv and the tv menu set to antenna not cable. I have an amplifier between antenna and converter box . If not i dont get really much of anything


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07-12-22 03:18 PM - Post#2844240    
    In response to 995jim

That is the way that I have it set up. I am losing signal strength and signal quality.

IOW, I have lost channels that I used to have, and some of the ones that I have now are crappy.

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07-24-22 12:47 PM - Post#2844855    
    In response to Stinky

35 miles is the outer fringe of broadcast tv and without a tower, chances of reception is pretty thin. Metal roof for a antenna? Try it. I use my garage door track to extend the range of the opener.


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09-01-22 08:18 PM - Post#2846654    
    In response to Stinky

Hi, just came across this thread

I think what you need is a quality antenna and a good pre-amplifier.

Are all the stations in the same direction? If not you may need a rotor to get stations in different locations. Find out the azimuth/direction to the station(s) and use a compass to orient your antenna. This link has a good (but not updated) station locator that with get you direction, signal strength, and broadcast frequencies.

And are the stations low VHF (old channels 5-9) high VHF ( ch 10-19) and/or UHF (ch 20-60)? The antenna needs to be able to pickup the wavelengths of the broadcast stations. Some newer antennas only pick up UHF. Also stations may change their broadcast frequencies, and you need to rescan for stations.

I picked up an old massive channelmaster antenna that has separate booms (~7-8')for low/high VHF and the other for UHF, for free.

That runs into a high gain channelmaster preamp, and the coax cable carries both the signal and powers the preamp from a power source inside. The power source feeds the converter box with another coax cable. The TV can get the signal either with another coax or with RCA leads like you mentioned.

I get 47 stations that are luckily on the same or nearly the same azimith/direction, from 40-50 miles away. I could get more by turning the antenna, but most of those stations would be duplicates, and in those directions only a few stations.

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