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Author Topic: My new OTA project, 2 OTA Antennas combined  (Read 1828 times)
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« Reply #30 on: Aug 18 2018 08:19:47 »


You can buy a high-VHF yagi from Amazon.


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« Reply #31 on: Aug 18 2018 05:09:08 »

hyper ,
just curious,

how did the dual antenna setup work?
im thinking of incorporating that idea with my setups

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This set-up works perfectly to combine 2 OTA antennas into one coax.

Pro's -

2 OTA antenna's covering 2 different markets into 1 coax for one scan
No need to rotate the antenna(s) so signal is always there, instant channel change, no rotor to fail

Cons -

Preamp is necessary and requires power


I always like to use OTA antenna's that do not require a a power supply whenever i can just to save electricity. But this set-up requires the coupler and pre-amp that must be powered.

I would recommend this for sure though if you can get signals from 2 markets.

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« Reply #32 on: Aug 19 2018 01:23:35 »

sounds good hyper,

have you thought about putting  antennas pointing towards 4 different directions to cover 360 degs?

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« Reply #33 on: Aug 20 2018 06:11:27 »

sounds good hyper,

have you thought about putting  antennas pointing towards 4 different directions to cover 360 degs?

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No, that is not an option really for the area my place is in. One direction is the ocean, no signals out there, and other direction the OTA signals are way too far away. This set-up covers everything i can possibly get within say less than 70 miles. Maybe there are some channels i can get 100+ miles out, but i do not want to mess with a big old deep fringe antenna, expensive antenna tower, etc..
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« Reply #34 on: May 18 2020 10:43:34 »

Sorry to report - after 4 years this set-up failed.

I was disappointed, but then again, it lasted 4 years.

In Florida - maybe 1/4 mile from the ocean.

The salty wet atmosphere wreaks havoc.

No big deal, just went down to one antenna, still scanning in 59 OTA channels!



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« Reply #35 on: May 18 2020 11:26:10 »

The Edision receivers, and some other enigma2 receivers that support the Hauppauge 850,950, 955 ATSC tuners are capable of running two separate terrestrial antennas without using any special parts. For the two antenna system to work with these receivers, you need two atsc usb tuners connected to the receiver. Then connect each atsc tuner to a separate antenna. There is a plugin named slowzap that allows the terrestrial channels to be separated on the two tuners. 

Less parts installed should equal less signal loss.  The drawback to this system is you need all this equipment in each room that you use to watch tv. Combining two antennas will have more loss of signal, but you only need a television instead of a receiver with two tuners.
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