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Denny, when I submitted the antenna recommendation form on your website I didn't expect such detailed information. I purchased your recommendation and followed your instructions and couldn't be happier.
Denny, I have 7 TVs that I would like to convert to an antenna. Do I need an antenna for each TV? I have cable service now and would like to switch to free over the air antenna service.
One antenna can supply hundreds of TVs if set up properly using the correct signal amplification. See: Design a signal distribution system >.
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How can I select my own outdoor antenna?
Denny, I'm interested in either your EZ HD or the HD Stacker. How do I know which outdoor digital antenna is best for me? I plan to install outside on the roof. There are four HDTV televisions connected. Is there a way I can know which antenna is best for my location. Thanks Bruce
Hi Bruce, There is a good way you can do this yourself. We have a page at the link below that will guide you through the process of selecting a digital antenna. This page utilizes the FCC mapping system to determine reception conditions. Follow the steps suggested and it should be clear which antenna is best for the location.
Here's the link http://www.dennysantennaservice.com/digital_TV_antenna.html
Take Care, Denny
Do your antenna products come with instructions?
Denny, I'm assuming everything comes with instructions. I'm not the most mechanical person.
Thanks for all your help !!!
Everything does come with instructions. However, one of the advantages of doing business with us is the knowledgeable help we can provide. Unlike most online vendors we don't just sell antennas and equipment we know how to properly install everything we sell. I suggest a visit to the "Help Center" page >. Here you will find detailed information for the DIY antenna installer.
If you need assistance during the installation we can help.
With few exceptions an antenna can be mounted outdoors. The 1996 Federal ruling trumps just about any local rules that may be in place. There are a few exceptions such as antenna height above roof line and Historic District neighborhoods. You can read the entire outdoor antenna placement FCC ruling here >. Unfortunately most people aren't aware of the Federal rule and simply accept the local rule. In an attempt to get the word out USA Today published "Yes you can put up that outdoor antenna >".
Question: Denny - I've had your Stacker antenna on my roof for a few years now. The reception has been great until just recently. We have lost about half the channels we were getting on every TV in the house. I have a preamplifier from Radio Shack that is mast mounted below the outdoor TV antenna that feeds to the power supply and then to a 4 way signal splitter with home run lines to each TV. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Dan
Response: The likely cause is the . The first thing I suggest is to unplug the power supply from the electrical outlet. If the is working the signals should degrade. If the reception remains the same when the amplifier is unplugged the preamplifier is likely not working. There are 3 reasons why a preamplifier fails to operate. Either the mast preamplifier or the power supply went bad or the coax cable connection between the mast preamplifier and power supply went bad.
The following steps will determine why a preamplifier isn't working. Disconnect the coax cable coming from the mast preamplifier at the power supply/injector. In its place install a short length of coax cable. Plug the power supply into the electrical outlet. At the open end of the short cable you just installed use a volt meter to check for power on this cable. Place one probe of the meter onto the center copper wire of the cable and the other probe to the threaded connector fitting of the cable. If voltage isn't detected the power supply/injector is bad. If voltage is present reconnect the cable leading to the mast preamplifier back onto the power supply/injector. At the other end of this cable remove it from the mast mounted preamplifier. At this end of the cable at the preamplifier test for voltage in the same manner as you tested at the power supply. If voltage isn't present the coax cable is not carrying the operating voltage from the power supply/injector to the mast preamplifier. The solution is to look for a bad connection on this cable. If the connections all look good replace the cable. If voltage is present on the cable at the mast preamplifier and the preamplifier isn't working the preamplifier is likely bad.
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