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Old 08-07-2017, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Mauldin/Greenville
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Also when you drive near Charlotte in areas such as Gastonia, Rock Hill, Fort Mill, and Mecklenburg County, you can no longer receive B-93.7 from Greenville due to interference from a low power religious station. Apparently the FCC is no longer protecting full power radio stations beyond 50 or 60 miles. This is very frustrating, whereas a full power FM station could be received up to 75 or 100 miles depending upon terrain and local conditions. In addition to 107.9 from Charlotte, other examples of famous radio stations heard in several states throughout the southeast include 99.9 and 106.9 from the Asheville area, and formerly 105.3 from Gaffney before it was moved to Gaston County to become a Charlotte station.
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Old 08-07-2017, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Mauldin/Greenville
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A traditional style TV antenna with the long VHF elements will pull in most of the distant FM radio stations from Charlotte, Asheville, and Columbia and overcome these interference issues. Or a dedicated FM antenna from MCM which is a bit smaller. But that won't help the problem in the car. I use TV antennas in the attic and a distribution amp to pull in all local and Charlotte radio and TV signals. WBTV-3 from Charlotte comes in strong, although 13-WLOS from Asheville can be a bit problematic, but there is already another thread for that.

And 107.9-WLNK broadcasts from the same tower as WBTV, so their signal should also be strong and clear if there was no localized interference. The interfering signal is WXRU-LP, and it would be best for their signal reception as well if they could move to another channel. Bad decision from the FCC as you should not be driving and listening to 2 radio stations interfering on top of each other.
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Old 08-09-2017, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Travelers Rest S.C.
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Tyler what amp are you using? The CM7778 mid range amp works best for me, but I have replaced 3 of them in the last year and a half. A lightning strike anywhere near seem to pop them. And yes everything is grounded properly.
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Mauldin/Greenville
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I now use the newer Channel Master Amplify. It is the new version, not the other 7777. You do not want the 7777 version with the 30db gain, as it is too powerful and will cause overload issues and loss of reception. The new Amplify is well made, and has adjustable gain of 17db or 30db. It is sometimes on sale for $44 or $59. It is a bit pricey at $89. With the Amplify, the power level is configured differently than the other 7777, so even the 30db gain does not cause overload here. But still the 17db setting may work best, you will have to try and see. Another good preamp that is resistant to overload is the Clearstream Juice from Antennas Direct. It has a fixed gain of 19db and is designed to handle a mix of strong and weak signals. Locally, the Winegard LNA200 preamp is sold at Home Depot for about $43 and may be worth a try, and it should not overpower. But I am not sure how well it may tolerate a lightning strike.
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Old 08-11-2017, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Mauldin/Greenville
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If you have an electrical outlet in the attic or at the junction box, you may have better luck using an inline amplifier inside the house. Then you may not have to worry about power surges or lightning strikes outside. The Winegard LNA100 is a very good inline amp and is sold on Amazon at a very reasonable prices. Today it is only $15.19. You place it inside at the TV, and it powers the coax cable back to the antenna. If you have a splitter in the attic, put the amp in the attic probably before the splitter. Or you may use a Channel Master distribution amp in place of the splitter if needed. The CM3412 is the 2 port version, and the 3414 is the 4 port version. Also sold on Amazon, although the PCT versions are cheaper at $21.00 and $26 and are the exact same product. PCT makes the Channel Master amps and is part of the same company.
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