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Littleton, Colorado TV Antenna Reception

Subject: Your TV Antenna Recommendation Request form is ready from Denny's Antenna

Name: Larry
1. Address: ________________________ Littleton Colorado 80123
2. Email: _____________________
3. Approximately how many feet above ground level will the antenna be installed?: 20+
4. Will the antenna be installed outside above the roof line or in the attic, other: Attic, in the rafters
5. If the antenna will be installed in the attic what kind of building materials will the TV signal have to penetrate to reach the antenna in the attic?: all wood
6. How many TV locations within your home will the antenna supply? In other words, will a signal splitter be in use and if so how many times will the splitter divide the TV signal?: Currently there are 4 tvs on a splitter
7. Approximately how long will the coax cable run be from the antenna to the TV. If a signal splitter is in use how long will the cable run be from the antenna to the furthest TV: 75 to splitter, then back 50 to tv
8. Include any additional information you feel may be helpful when evaluating your reception conditions.: I have an older TV antenna in the attic that seems to function, but has a week signal on some of the channels. Additionally many of the channels that my rabbit ears pick up. Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions.

Hi Larry,
 
My recommendation for the location is the EZ HD antenna. Install the antenna with the (narrower end) aiming WNW. Along with the antenna I highly recommend the HDA 100 signal amplifier installed in line of the antenna side of the signal splitter.  I'm very confident that this combination will provide excellent reception at your location.
 
If you have any questions or if I can assist you further please don't hesitate to contact me.
 
Best Regards,
Denny Duplessis

Denny,

Thank you for the recommendation on the EZ HD antenna.  I have spent most of the week attempting to utilize the existing antenna in my attic.  Although I can get most of the stations in the Denver area, and many of them do work all the time, there are numerous channels that appear and disappear with out warning.  So I guess my first question revolves around the functionality of the old antenna.  Should it work, or in your experience are the fading signal symptoms normal for that type of antenna?   If this is the norm, does your antenna have the ability to solve this issues?  Is it better to mount in the attic, or outside?  I am concerned about the weather affecting the ability to receive all channels, i.e. snow build up.  Does the EZ HD have the ability to receive channels 2-69?  Finally, is this antenna omni-directional?  I know most of the channels are NW, but the different maps available have also shown channels in different directions. 

I do apologize for the long winded email, but I only want to do this once, especially if I need to get on the roof.

Thanks for all of your help, I do appreciate it.

Larry

Larry,
 
I'm not sure about the current antenna and if it will work. Can you send a picture of it so I can determine make and model?
 
It's almost always better to mount outside.
 
Antennas like the EZ HD mounted outdoors have little problem if any with snow build up.
 
Channels above channel 51 no longer exist since the digital transition in 2009. The channels 53 and 59 no longer broadcast on the displayed channel number. Channel 53 broadcast their signal on channel 45 and 59 broadcasts on 43. The TV tuner receives the signal on 43 but displays 59.1 on the screen and 45 displays 53.1 on the screen. Also, no channel in the area broadcast below channel 7. Channels 2 and 4 are now both UHF frequency channels.
 
No the EZ HD is not an omnidirectional. The data from the FCC shows one channel that is not NW and that is ION and it is located North. The other channels in various directions are not producing a strong enough signal to be received at your location.
 
What channels are having the problem with dropping in and out?
 
Denny

Denny,

Thank you for the quick reply!  Channels that tend to fade are, in this market, PBS (6.1, 6.6, 6.3), 14.1,2,&3, 20.1,&2, and most importantly at this time of the year is Fox, 31.1& 2.  Go Broncos!  LOL My research has shown that most of the towers are in the 315-321 degree range.  I won't be able to take a picture of the antenna until this weekend, but will send you a picture. 

The one problem with this project is the lack of local knowledgeable people to discuss the problem with, since the only source is Radio Shack.

Thanks again, and have a great weekend!!

Larry

You should get those channels in Littleton, CO. I'll wait for the picture and we will proceed from there.
 
Denny

Denny,

Attached are the pictures of the existing antenna in my attic.  Let me know what you think.  I attempted to check the direction it is aimed, and got around 318 degrees.

Thanks for all of you help!

Larry

The antenna appears to be a VHF antenna and is not designed to receive UHF signals. Most of the channels in your area are UHF including FOX.  I think my recommendation of the EZ HD antenna with the HDA 100 will improve the reception.
 
Denny

Denny,

Thanks for that information.  I was afraid of that.  I spent most of the morning attempting to adjust the antenna's direction, gaining some stations and losing others.  A couple of quick question before I place my order.

I currently have an amplifier and splitter hooked to the system.  Does that replace the HDA100, or is it for a different purpose?  Also, will I be ok mounting in the attic? 

Thanks for all of your help. 

Larry

Larrty,

I think the attic will work.
 
What make and model is the amplifier you have?

Denny

Denny,

It is a Radio Shack 1502506 1-in 4 Out bidirectional cable tv amplifier.  The only other number is 12C12.  Here is the link

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2103093

If this is not the proper device, please let me know and I will return it immediately. 

Thanks again

Larry

I think the amplifier you have will work great.
 
Denny

Denny,

Thanks for the info. Will get an EZ hd antenna ordered.

Hopefully our next communication will be a rave review of the product!

Larry
Littleton, CO.

Good luck and be safe!