North & South: Best way to get reception with HDHomerun

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themusj
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North & South: Best way to get reception with HDHomerun

Post by themusj » Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:45 pm

I have nice setup in my FROG with an antenna on a PVC pole and Quarto HDHomerun in a closet. One of our local stations is now broadcasting the opposite direction of all the others. When I move the antenna in that direction, the reception improves significantly as well as the recordings. But I don't want to have to keep moving the antenna multiple times a day.

What is the best solution to this problem? Can I hook two antennas to an HDHomeRun? Do I loose anything? How would that be configured?

Or do I need to buy another HDHomeRun device with another antenna? I saw an old one post thread on this in 2010. I am hoping someone is doing this and can lay it out how it can best be done.

Thank you in advance!

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Re: North & South: Best way to get reception with HDHomerun

Post by themusj » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:50 pm

Wondering. If I put another antenna in my FROG, pointing to accommodate the week station, and a coaxial switch box, would that work? Or does the tuner need to be connected to the stations continually?

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Re: North & South: Best way to get reception with HDHomerun

Post by nickk » Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:57 pm

You lose a bit when you combine the two feeds, plus you add noise. Not sure if it would be a win overall or not.

The best approach is to use two HDHomeRun units and connect an antenna to each. You can go in to each HDHomeRun and select which channels you want it to handle. The DVR will automatically pick the right one for the channel.

Nick

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Re: North & South: Best way to get reception with HDHomerun

Post by elabra » Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:42 pm

nickk wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:57 pm
You lose a bit when you combine the two feeds, plus you add noise. Not sure if it would be a win overall or not.

The best approach is to use two HDHomeRun units and connect an antenna to each. You can go in to each HDHomeRun and select which channels you want it to handle. The DVR will automatically pick the right one for the channel.

Nick
... or invest in a good omnidirectional antenna.....
i.e.

https://www.amazon.com/Smartpass-Amplif ... 167&sr=8-6

https://www.amazon.com/ANTOP-Omnidirect ... 167&sr=8-5

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Re: North & South: Best way to get reception with HDHomerun

Post by jasonl » Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:37 pm

Yeah I wouldn't use either of those antennas if someone gave me them for free. Also Antop can get stuffed for advertising 8K support.

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Re: North & South: Best way to get reception with HDHomerun

Post by garyan2 » Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:11 pm

I'm basically in the same situation. My CW station is almost exactly 180 degrees from all the other stations.

I use the Lava Omnipro HD-8008. Works very well... the 360 coverage isn't perfectly symmetric, but it does a good job and is VHF as well as UHF.

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