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I do for fine tuning if a particular signal is more finicky. I have one channel for my Tampa locals, WEDU that needs the antenna to be nudged just right to make sure I don't lose the signal from time time. Otherwise I use a compass and TV Fool.
 
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I have a Stellar Labs flat panel 2 sections, 1 section can be moved. Fresno,Ca has 2 towers. 1 tower I get 80& of channels, I cannot seem to find the other
one, which has PBS station and a few others. I like this guys set up. I see he has something attached to the coaxial cable from antenna.
 

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OTA is a bit of a challenge in the outskirts of Richmond VA market. The best thing I have found is a motorized rotating antenna. They are available for around $30 bucks on eBay. When getting a great signal on one channel, the position of the antenna may cause you to lose, or lose quality on other channels. So it is great to be able to move the thing with just pressing a remote button. I highly recommend getting one that has a fitting for you to install your own coax cable to instead of the built-in cheap/thin coax that can't be replaced.
 
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Is there a quality OTA VHF Signal Meter that can be used if on the top of a roof, instead of using the TV meter and going back and forth or hollering to the wife etc ? Thanks in advance
 

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Is there a quality OTA VHF Signal Meter that can be used if on the top of a roof, instead of using the TV meter and going back and forth or hollering to the wife etc ? Thanks in advance

Use your phone, in combination with an HD Homerun tuner. Real OTA meters are expensive.
 

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Is there a quality OTA VHF Signal Meter that can be used if on the top of a roof, instead of using the TV meter and going back and forth or hollering to the wife etc ?
Yes and no. If $340 is in your price range, there's a Swedish unit known as the "DigiAir Pro ATSC" that can do DTV. The cost hurts for a couple of reasons:
  • You may use it only a few times unless you're mobile
  • DTV is going to be replaced with a likely incompatible broadcast standard at some point in the next decade
There are cheaper solutions but they're typically limited in terms of being able to tune to a user-selectable frequency.

I use a battery-powered 7" LCD TV and those can now be had for under $60. You just have to be sure the unit you get has an F connector input and not just a whip antenna. You may not get precise signal quality numbers but you haven't laid out big bucks. In my case, my Wifi signal doesn't reach my antenna so the LAN-based tuners require extra steps.
 

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