OTA Signal using Attenuator- Anyone else tried this? Successfully?

Jeffro34tx

Jeffro34tx

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I recently had an install in a new house, and was not able to get my OTA Antenna moved before the install. I was looking for a quick and easy way to get a OTA signal in the meantime. I attached the attenuator to the OTA input (supplied and used for the increased remote control signal) and I am able to receive all of my OTA signals (upstairs) and all but 2 of them (downstairs). I was surprised at the high level signal I am recieving as well.

I'm located in a large city (Dallas) so this may not work well out in the country where you may be further away, or some place where there may be alot of hills or obstructions.

Just curious if there were others who have done this, rather than using an actual OTA antenna. Have you tried other items as well?
 
boba

boba

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Are you really sure you are using an attenuator? Sound more like you are using the UHF antenna for the receiver as an ota antenna. In Dallas all channels except WFAA CH8 are broadcasting a UHF signal until 2/17/09. You are basically connecting rabbit ears to each receiver.

Attenuate1, make or become thin or slender 2,weaken:reduce 3, make less dense or dilute / number 2 seems to apply to signal strength.
 
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Jeffro34tx

Jeffro34tx

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Yes, my mistake........ thanks for the correction.

I am surprised though that it picks up all of the stations, as good or perhaps better in some cases as my large OTA antenna I have in the attic.

BTW, i do get the signal from WFAA Ch 8 using that small antenna as well.

Sorry for the mistake on the Thread Title.
 
boba

boba

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Yes, my mistake........ thanks for the correction.

I am surprised though that it picks up all of the stations, as good or perhaps better in some cases as my large OTA antenna I have in the attic.

BTW, i do get the signal from WFAA Ch 8 using that small antenna as well.

Sorry for the mistake on the Thread Title.
You must be close to the Cedar Hill broadcast towers.:):):)
 
pabeader

pabeader

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in general, with antennas, size matters. BUT!

I have seen where a simple stick, the right length, can work wonders. It's all related to the wavelength of the signal and the length of the antenna.
 

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