Antenna signal strength meter?

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  1. bratboy

    bratboy Thread Starter Supporting Founder Supporting Founder

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    Is there an easy way to check the signal strenth of an OTA antenna. I've tried setting tuner 1 to an OTA channel and then going into system test but wondering if thats the right way to access OTA signal meter or is there another way?
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  2. microbeta

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    Menu->Parental, Fav's & Setup->System Setup->Info & Test

    Up arrow to the System Test tab and run the test.

    Make sure that you are not recording anything because it will interupt it.

    Also, before you run the test change the channel to an OTA and then to another.

    Sometime it will report 0% if you haven't been to and OTA reciently.

    Mike

    Note: You can also get to the Info & Test screen by holding the info for 3 seconds, release and press again.
  3. AntAltMike

    AntAltMike SatelliteGuys Family

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    You can often buy an old analog FSM (field strength meter) on eBay for $10-30, and you can find digital readout signal meters that are calibrated for analog signals, but which work just fine for peaking an antenna, for under $200 each.
  4. george1957

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    how to measure ota signal strength

    Are these the ebay items, for about $30, that are described as SWR meters? I'm having truble gettig reliable over the air reception and thought I would start by testing the antenna signal strength.

    george1957
  5. dishrich

    dishrich SatelliteGuys Family

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    Brat - hate to ask you a stupid question, but you DO have an AM21 attached to your HR22, right?

    The way micro told you isn't going to tell you jack about your OTA antenna signals. :confused: :confused:
    The way to check ALL your OTA signals is as follows:
    Menu->Parental, Fav's & Setup->System Setup->Sat & Antenna->Antenna Setup->Edit Off-Air Channels->Signal Meter
    You then simply step thru each OTA channel & you'll see the meter on BOTH tuners.
  6. Jimbo

    Jimbo NW Ohio - Buckeye Country Pub Member / Supporter

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    OP, if your using a newer TV you can also check using the TV's OTA tuner strength meter, if thats what your looking for specifically.

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