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Discussion in 'The OT' started by Richard King, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. Richard King

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    Today, it's me. I'm probably a great big sucker, but I was curious. I am about 80 miles from most of the transmitter towers in West Palm Beach. Toady I ordered this for $19.99 + $4.99 shipping: http://www.it-echo.com/2010/03/04/s...in-rotating-outdoor-vhfuhfhdtvfm-antenna.html

    I suspect the odds are about 1 in 100 that it will do anything for me. :lol:
     
  2. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Its got 6 UHF elements and a reflector, so should have about 9 db gain or so, and perhaps 1 or 2 DB on VHF. Since Fla is relatively flat, and the antenna is small, sticking it up high on a mast and perhaps adding on a Channel Master 7777 preamp might just get you 80 miles during the day. Post back on how well it works.
     
  3. Nick

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    Yes, Florida is mostly "flat", but then there's that pesky old curvature of the earth thing.
     
  4. Davenlr

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    Yea, but I can pick up UHF stations from 80 miles away every day, with my 16db gain antenna, and there are a LOT of hills and ridges between us, so Florida should be easier :)
     
  5. Richard King

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    I can solve that on top of my 2,000 foot tower. ;)
     
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    Let me know when you're (not your) going to climb it and I'll come down and hold a net. At 2k altitude, you should probably adjust EL to about -15° ;)
     
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    I'm wondering how it rotates - with an electric motor or manually.
     
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  9. Rich

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    I know two guys who actually put up their own tower. They are twins and highly geeked up. Don't remember how high the tower was, but they both fell off it and damn near killed themselves. Not surprising, knowing them.

    One of the twins was in the papers nationally last year for igniting a hot-air balloon and crashing. He survived that too. God must really protect children and fools. :)

    Rich
     
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    ...and drunks! :D
     
  11. Richard King

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    My college room mate fell while removing a ham radio antenna for a friend a few years back. He broke nearly every bone in his body. A few years later he was back at it and installing a 150' tower in his back yard. Once installed he serviced his various hardware on a regular basis. He's somehow still alive.
     
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    Oops, I forgot them. :)

    Rich
     
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    Truly amazing how these guys survive these mishaps. Even more surprising is that there seem to be few after-effects. The two twins I wrote about are the types of people that are true Geeks. They ran our beta testing of Macintosh computers and our state of the art Macintosh fiber optic cable network back in the '80s. Talked in a manner that made it very hard to understand them, they'd never come down to a level that normal people used in everyday speech. But, apparently, they bounce very well. :lol:

    Rich
     
  14. Richard King

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    It's a balmy mid 70's today, not -15. I'm not in Minnesnowta anymore. ;)
     
  15. Davenlr

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    Electric motor powered through the coax. Which just got me to figuring out how they could claim a 100+ mile range on a small yagi... Its 50 miles in one direction, then turn it around and its 50 miles in the other direction. 100 miles. :)
     

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