Antop Antennas!

#246

Why stop at that, how about the works of M.C. Escher … make the Antop appear to be moving, as sort of an optical illusion.

#247

Interesting DIY build (attic) for ch 5 here (post 12263):

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/45-local-hdtv-info-reception/28454-boston-ma-ota-409.html#post58537064

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#248

Now that’s what I call an antenna. Excellent DIY on that!

#249

There’s GLaDOS promising everyone cake!! Oh no, we’re doomed! haha

#250

WGBH has officially requested the FCC for more power. An increase from 6.7 kW to 34 kW (5x).

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#251

@ericgus With that power increase, hopefully simple rabbit ears will work for low VHF.

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#252

im about 40 miles away, so I hope so but keeping my fingers crossed … I sort put installing a low vhf antenna till this whole mess is sorted… I really dont want to be tromping up on the roof or attic farting around with antenna configuration every time something changes.

#253

For the $40 million WGBH got for going low VHF in the repack auction, they should send someone out to your house to install a low VHF antenna. They now have the money to do this as a favor to OTA viewers in Mass…

Additional Note: It’s not $40 million. IT’S ACTUALLY $218,767,868 for two stations.

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#254

WGBH specifically got $161,723,929.00

The list of stations - the money they got for moving is here:

The big winner was TBN at over $300 million making the Crouch family happy :smiley:

#255

This list doesn’t include stations that moved uhf-to-uhf.

Only those going offair or moving to vhf.

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#256

Since everyone else is showing-off their antenna installations, I figured I’d do the same.
Here’s my ANTOP AT-415B UFO HDTV antenna mounted on my roof using a Winegard DS-3000 39" J Pipe Mount.
It’s all connected to my 4-tuner Tablo DVR in my family room, which went from getting 19 area channels ‘ok’ to getting 26 area channels GREAT at 100% signal strength. The chimney isn’t in the way of any towers since there are none in that direction, so I didn’t have to mount the antenna any higher than the chimney.
I decided to go with an omnidirectional antenna because I have broadcast towers in three directions from my house and would have to get three separate antennas otherwise. The table-top antenna I had, previously, was aimed halfway between the ABC/NBC/CBS towers and the CW/FOX towers which caused all of them to come in at about 75% to 85% - even with the antenna on the top floor of my house - and I couldn’t even get anything from the PBS tower which was in a third direction. So the final decision on a new rooftop antenna was to get an omnidirectional antenna so I can receive all the signals from all the Omaha, Nebraska area towers for a change.
I just wish I could put some flashing LEDs around it to give it that real “UFO” look! :smiley:
Here’s a pic of the final install . . .


I know the J hook pipe looks kinda ‘funky’ but it works! :wink:
I had to use the pipe that way because of the angle of the roof along with the way the antenna had to mount to it to stay level.

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#257

Aaaah, just put Area 51 on the bottom :grinning:

#258

Nice install and great use of the pipe mount. I’m using one of those on a guest house, the results are sterling. I also like the way it looks.

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#259

That’s a really good antenna. My sister bought one of those and she loves it. She gets all the channels & they come in really clear. I get perfect results with my cheapie antenna but when I move to a new place I’ll upgrade to that one.

Plus. A friend of mine bought something similar to that from Antop, a space aged design and he get all possible stations with it.

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#260

Where did you find a long J pipe like that? I want a longer one as I want to raise my install without having to buy a longer ladder for a shorter pipe.

#261

@Zman_Tablo, click the link in my OP and it’ll take you to the Amazon posting for it. However, they only have two sizes listed - 22" and 39" (IIRC).

#262

@sodaman_2000, good idea! Gonna have to do something to jazz it up some to give it an alien look. :alien: :space_invader: :robot:

#263

May we recommend some glow in the dark spraypaint? Could be a hilarious way to freak out your neighbors :laughing:

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#264

@TabloTV, perfect! My weekend project!

#265

I second that emotion.