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Originally I tried putting a UHF antenna on the highest piece of furniture in my bedroom.  Results were pretty terrible, I could get only 4 stations reliably.


Then I moved the antenna outside onto a short mast, just a few feet above the roof line.  This improved things dramatically and I could now get 9 stations.  Better, but still not great.


When I replaced the old VHF antenna on the other side of the house with a much larger and more powerful VHF/UHF antenna, I stacked the old antenna on top of my UHF antenna, and inserted an additional 5 foot segment into the mast.  I pointed the VHF antenna at Lincoln and the UHF antenna towards Council Bluffs.  I could now pick up the 7 VHF stations in Lincoln, while the greater height and slightly altered angle allowed me to pick up and additional 6 UHF stations in Omaha and Iowa, giving me a total of 24 TV stations.


This setup was adequate, though KLKN on the far side of Lincoln just barely came in.  When I built my new computer, I upgraded to a Hauppage dual tuner, which proved to be far less sensitive than my old ATI single tuner.  This made KLKN almost unwatchable, which was a real bother to me because that station is the local RTV affiliate.  So I searched around and ordered the biggest, most powerful VHF antenna I could find, which turned out to be a Winegard YA-1713 high-band VHF antenna.  Since there are no low-band VHF stations (channels 2-6) in the area, a high-band antenna (channels 7-13) made a low more sense.  It finally got (almost) warm enough for me to work outside yesterday.  I also replaced the regular dual-shield coax leads from the antenna to the amplifier with quad-shield and I raised the VHF antenna a couple extra feet, which theoretically should improve the signal even further.  I was also able to refine the direction I was aiming the antennas.  The results aren't quite as dramatic as I'd hoped, but KLKN is coming in completely stable now, which is all I really wanted.

The only nearby stations I'm missing are KFXL, a UHF Fox affiliate in Lincoln, and KYNE, the PBS affiliate in Omaha.  Trying to receive KFXL would require another UHF antenna aimed at Lincoln and a highly complicated series of filters and signal combiners. Since they have only a single subchannel and I already get KPTM, the Omaha Fox affiliate, it's totally not worth the effort and expense.  I'm not sure why I can't receive KYNE; it might be because they have a fairly small tower (117m).  They have a total of 3 subchannels, but since they carry pretty much the same programming as KUON, I'm not really missing anything.

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whitetail
Feb. 5th, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC)
Wow. I haven't watched TV yet this year. I may watch the Super Bowl tomorrow, but I kind of doubt it.
captpackrat
Feb. 6th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
I'd kind of gotten out of watching TV, except for the Fox Sunday night cartoons. Then I discovered RTV, with their lineup of classic TV shows like Adam-12, Dragnet, Emergency!, Battlestar Galactica (the real one, with Lorne Green), Voyagers, Black Sheep Squadron and 70's and 80's cartoons like Fat Albert, He-Man and Bravestarr. They just don't make TV shows like these anymore.
mondhasen
Feb. 6th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
Wikipedia says that RTV also shows the old Ghostbusters cartoon, but I've only seen it advertised on qubo.

Me, I've been getting out of bed at 4:40 every morning to get to watch the "Franklin" turtle cartoons. The early shows, 1997/98 are great for Brenda Clark's furry critters like Bear, Otter, Fox, and Rabbit.
captpackrat
Feb. 7th, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
Different affiliates appear to have different schedules. The one here runs Ghostbusters on Saturday morning between Fat Albert and the Archies.

I never really cared for the Filmation version of Ghostbusters. I always preferred DiC's The Real Ghostbusters
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