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Old 09-10-2012, 06:29 PM
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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Wineguard makes some good stuff, a lot of the enthusiasts on the HDTV forum (another site) really like that company. In particular, they make a high-gain amplifier with very good noise discrimination. All amplifiers will amplify noise as well as signal, but some do a better job than others. This is almost critical when it comes to 'digital' TV because the receiver depends on having a good signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio. You can amplify the heck out of a signal and get a high reading on your receiver's meter, but if there isn't enough difference between the noise and the actual signal, you will still get pixelation, dropouts or a black screen.

(Thanks for the rep, whoever you are. I should hope that I 'get it', I've been working with RF since about 1967, have been a professional radar tech on military systems and still dabble in various RF technologies.)
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by scash View Post
I don't mind paying a fair price. But I'm not going to let someone rip me off.
Make one yourself. It will be better than any of the store bought ones.Link Most people install them in the attic, you dont need to make a giant tower.

I made one of these from coat hangers, wood and other stuff around the house for free. Worked great. Unfortunately, there are not many channels available in Maine, so I went back to cable.

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Old 06-10-2016, 10:20 AM
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We put up a large antenna with rotor not long before TV went digital; now we use DirecTv. If our equipment is useful to you, it's yours for the dismantling.
Located in East Vassalboro.
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Old 06-11-2016, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by dgthree View Post
IDK if the program is offered in Maine yet, but there a federal program for free "digital tv," you first have to pay approximately 100 for the box and then the over the air service is caught with the box. It is a way to help people who used to use antennas regularly, but now can't because of digital reception.
what a 100.00 for a cheap plastic box


look at this one
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