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Tvland1

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That's the first I've heard of anything negative about Televes.

 

Ypsiguy

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I have 2 HDB91X’s in my antenna arrays. One points to Toledo, OH for its UHF majors, the other points to Southfield, MI for the UHF Detroit majors. I get REALLY strong signal at about 20 to 22 miles away from them, especially post repack.

High VHF RF7 WJBK is done by an old High VHF antenna I used in the past for CBET RF9 out of of Windsor, ONT. A combiner for the two antennas makes it just like having limited basic cable. I never have to worry about paying a bill or being disconnected AND I had the Scripps stations when there was a recent dispute with Dish.

SolidSignal has the HDB91X on sale presently for $50. A good deal, IMO.

Note: I am not calling the Televes junk. I just find in my situation, the HDB91X performs better. Also, I run no amplifiers on my antennas.
 
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bwatford141

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At 30 miles away, you could use what I use – the RCA ANT751. Very durable and excellent reception. I have mine mounted in the attic with a channel master HD 7777 preamp. Tampa8 Do you use an OTA antenna in Tampa?

Thanks for your help. This antenna gave me GREAT results. I did not add a pre-amp, and everything seems to be coming in just fine. According to my TiVo, my signal strength on all of the wanted channels is ~72%. This is with my first aiming of the antenna @ 126º. I may try to make some adjustments to the antenna, using my wife downstairs to Gallup if it improves, but honestly everything seems perfectly clear.

Would I benefit from using a pre-amp, or would that be overkill with the broadcast antennas being only about 30 miles away. I have read online that the TiVo can be a little sensitive to too strong of a signal.
 

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Thanks for your help. This antenna gave me GREAT results. I did not add a pre-amp, and everything seems to be coming in just fine. According to my TiVo, my signal strength on all of the wanted channels is ~72%. This is with my first aiming of the antenna @ 126º. I may try to make some adjustments to the antenna, using my wife downstairs to Gallup if it improves, but honestly everything seems perfectly clear.

Would I benefit from using a pre-amp, or would that be overkill with the broadcast antennas being only about 30 miles away. I have read online that the TiVo can be a little sensitive to too strong of a signal.

I have no experience with Tivo, so I can't say. Sorry.
 

waylew

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Thanks for your help. This antenna gave me GREAT results. I did not add a pre-amp, and everything seems to be coming in just fine. According to my TiVo, my signal strength on all of the wanted channels is ~72%. This is with my first aiming of the antenna @ 126º. I may try to make some adjustments to the antenna, using my wife downstairs to Gallup if it improves, but honestly everything seems perfectly clear.

Would I benefit from using a pre-amp, or would that be overkill with the broadcast antennas being only about 30 miles away. I have read online that the TiVo can be a little sensitive to too strong of a signal.
If you're getting everything reliably then there's no need for a preamp.
 
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Thanks for your help. This antenna gave me GREAT results. I did not add a pre-amp, and everything seems to be coming in just fine. According to my TiVo, my signal strength on all of the wanted channels is ~72%. This is with my first aiming of the antenna @ 126º. I may try to make some adjustments to the antenna, using my wife downstairs to Gallup if it improves, but honestly everything seems perfectly clear.

Would I benefit from using a pre-amp, or would that be overkill with the broadcast antennas being only about 30 miles away. I have read online that the TiVo can be a little sensitive to too strong of a signal.
There's a bug in the signal meter of the Tivo Roamio when used OTA, so that the maximum signal level it's capable of showing is 72%.

You'll never be able to get it higher, because that's the highest. Just think of it as really 100%, and you'll be fine.
 
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televestech

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The best UHF antenna from my experience is the Xtreme Signal HDB91X. There is a high VHF element on it, but a separate high VHF is better.
It beats the Televes and Fracarro I have, hands down. I have two HDB91x’s. If they can’t get a usable signal, I’m not going to receive it.
Glad to hear you are getting good reception out of your Qiaohua antenna. Every situation is different. That antenna does not have a high VHF element, however.
 

Ypsiguy

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Yes. The small rectangular element near the back reflectors is the high vhf element.

It will receive high VHF but the station has to be close and powerful from my experience. I have a high VHF on RF7 in Detroit that I use an old special high VHF antenna to receive and run it thru a combiner with the HDB91X. Now I get my high VHF along with UHF’s on the same wire.

I basically have a mini-MATV system running.
 

televestech

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Yes. The small rectangular element near the back reflectors is the high vhf element.

It will receive high VHF but the station has to be close and powerful from my experience. I have a high VHF on RF7 in Detroit that I use an old special high VHF antenna to receive and run it thru a combiner with the HDB91X. Now I get my high VHF along with UHF’s on the same wire.

I basically have a mini-MATV system running.
Actually, that small rectangular element is the dipole for this UHF/corner Yagi design. This being a strictly passive UHF antenna with no out of band filtering (be it VHF or LTE/5G) if a VHF High station is strong enough, it will be received to some extent, but this model does not have any elements for VHF reception. It's a UHF yagi/corner antenna.
 

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