TV antenna reception Surprise, Arizona
TV Antenna Recommendation Form
1. Address: ________________ Surprise Arizona 85379
2. Email: ________________
3. Approximately how many feet above ground level will the antenna be installed?: 7-9
4. Will the antenna be installed outside above the roof line or in the attic, other: no
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?: 3 TVs
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: 85ft
8. Include any additional information you feel may be helpful when evaluating your reception conditions.: have you heard of success with powered indoor antennas penetrating through stucco? what if I place it near a window?
TV reception when the signals must penetrate stucco is usually not good. However, if you can place the FlatWave Air antenna in a window that faces East or South the reception should be very good. The built-in preamplifier of the FlatWave will easily supply good signal to 3 TVs.
If you have any questions or if I can assist you further please don't hesitate to contact me.
Thanks for your quick reply. In thinking about it, it will probably be easier and cheaper just to get an outdoor one and place it on my existing satellite dish pole. I've seen you recommend the EZ HD Antenna for others in my area so I assume that's the one I should go with since it won't be mounted above the roofline but which amplifier do I use? Is it dependent on the distance of my furthest TV?
Also, do all these antennas go thru coax cables? We are using computer monitors and projection screens without those connectors but our DirecTV satellite receiver has coax input so maybe we can rig it with that since I believe we bought the receivers and won't have to give them back after 'cutting the cord'.
You're welcome for the response.
The EZ HD TV antenna is an excellent choice for an outdoor application. The preamplifier best suited for the conditions is the HDP 269. This unit will supply up to four TV locations.
Yes, the antennas all use coax cable.
I saw your page on calculating gain needed from preamp and if I have 250 ft total of TV coax cables in my house to supply 3-4 TVs (4-way splitter) then I would need 30 dB gain (12.5dB in cables + 7.5dB in splitter + 10dB extra) right? So it looks like I'd need the Winegard AP 8275 that provides 29dB?
Thanks so much,
The AP 8275 is not a good choice for your location. The available TV signals are strong and numerous.
All signal amplifiers have a maximum signal input capacity and the higher the amplifier gain is the lower the input capacity of the amplifier becomes. In other words, the AP 8275 has a much lower signal input capacity than the recommended HDP 269. The AP 8275 would almost certainly be overdriven by the strong signals and this would cause the amplifier to malfunction.
However, in light of the new information you provided we do need more amplification than the HDP 269 provides. Approximately how long will the coax cable run be from the antenna to the signal splitter?
Thanks for explaining pre amps function. The splitter is about 10-12 feet away from the antenna.
I think your best amplifier option that will avoid overload and provide enough signal amplification for the entire system is the Winegard LNA 200 preamplifier. This unit has a excellent signal input capacity and offers 20 dB gain on the UHF signals and 15 dB on VHF. The UHF signals do require more amplification than VHF signals do to get the same results. This is do to the coax cable having less resistance to VHF signals. The LNA 200 should be ideal.
The EZ HD antenna will provide strong incoming TV signals to the LNA 200 preamplifier. The LNA 200 will add the 20 db gain UHF and 15 dB VHF to the signals from the EZ HD. Between the gain of the EZ HD and the gain of the LNA 200 the signal coming out of the LNA 200 should be strong enough to supply the entire system.
Ok I made my purchase!