I am looking at putting up a Digital TV antenna on the outside of the house
Because the outside is brick, I can only see 2 solutions for the mast
1) Tripod base on roof
2) Strap mast to brick chimney
Is strapping a mast to the chimney a viable solution
If so, what is the best way to do it ?
This is the antenna that was given me (free)
It's supposed to be used outdoor
Indoor causes about 50% performance loss, so indoor is not an option.
Also attic insulation includes aluminum foil, so it would be probably
100% loss of performance.
I can walk the roof to the chimney stack,
Eaves would require 3 floor ladder or leaning over roof edge to attach
Quite true.....the OP might want to go to www.tvfool.com and find out what
"real frequency" their local channels are being broadcast on (versus the
virtual channel numbers which mean nothing to the antenna). If any are real
channel 2 thru 13 then a VHF/UHF combination antenna might be needed.
It all depends how far the transmitter is what the channels are VHF or
UHF,etc. I home brewed a log periodic antenna measuring ~4 feet boom
length and ~3 feet wide at longest element. It covers VHF/UHF bands.
Installed in the attic of my cabin 70 miles away from the city.
My cabin roof is metal standing rib. This antenna work pretty good.
No need to worry about wind or lightning.
On Wednesday, 26 September 2012 08:45:09 UTC-4, George wrote:
Doesn't it, though? Sure is nice to have a use for all those signal combiners we've got lying around.
But just to be extra, EXTRA ingenious, during the transitional phase, those same stations had their DTV signals on temporary UHF allocations. I mean, no sense having a testing phase that actually mimics the proposed final conditions, right?
Hey, let's add another really, really clever bit: in the country's largest market, let's make sure one of the stations whose signal will be reverting to VHF after everyone's put up their UHF-only antennas ... is the one sending out the TV Guide On-Screen signal!
It was the local PBS stations which got all ready to go UHF, and the FCC
came back and said they had to use channel 13. I think the station had the
same feelings. I was talking to them at the time because I was doing some
interference testing on building near antenna.
1) Not sure what you mean by "the numbers are small".
2) Hadn't noticed that the ClearStream was UHF only
But I am currently picking up all channels with the Clearstream,
indoors at ground level., including the two stations broadcasting in VHF
(according to TVFool.com).
So it should work even better higher up with no walls
Before there was cable, everyone had an antenna on the roof of their
house. A t least half of those were fastened to the chimney by straps
that went around the chimney. Rich folks used stainless steeel
straps, poorer folks used ordinary iron straps that rusted after a
couple of years. It was one way to see who had more money without
having to ask. So, if you want to impress folks, be sure to get a
mounting kit with stainless steel straps<g>.
If the chimney is in good shape, it is fine. There are strapping kits for
that. Also if the pole goes to the roof, put a block of wood or other
material between the roof and the pole to keep from cutting in to the roof.
One other thing to look at, if the antenna is on a chimney is how much the
chimney is used and what is comming out of it. The gasses comming off the
chimney may harm the antenna, rotator, or feed line.
Fireplaces not used at all.
They're the old style where more heat goes up the flue than goes into the
The furnace and ho water heater are vented separately now
Looking at putting high efficiency gas fireplace into one.
A modern wood-burner stove in the other as a "just-in-case" heat backup.. A
friend put one in his basement, and he can heat a whole 2 storey house with
But those plans are not future projects.
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