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    Default Your DX Equipment Photos

    I'll show you mine if you show me yours. Antennas and stuff, I mean.

    We had a thread on the old forums but all the attachments are gone and besides, it's 2012 and equipment comes and goes, so what we use may be different from last year.

    The first on the left is a 4 element antenna cut for chA3. Not sure at this point if I'll use it. I made it out of spare junk over the winter.

    Second from the left is a Winegard PR-9032 UHF yagi at the top with a highband Winegard YA-1713 just below it. On another mast in front of them is what remains of an old rusted out Winegard PR-5030. I had lost continuity in 5 or 6 places on the harness, so I drilled out the bolts and installed new bolts, nuts and washers. I took off the highband elements since I have the YA-1713 now. What is left is the lowband elements and the antenna has already seen Cuba and some unknown analog 2 via Es, so I know it works. This will stay up for Es season then I will probably put up the scanner antenna again.

    Third from the left is a Marantz amp, a NAD 4155 tuner with narrow filters, a cassette deck on top (real hi-tech) and on top of that, a XDR-F1HD and a Ray Dees RDS unit which shows PI codes. It also plugs into the computer with a USB cable.

    The Photo on the right shows am ICom R7000, a 14" Sony Trinitron TV (bought at garage sale for $5 two days ago). On top of the TV is a Insignia DTV box and a D100 converter for lowband. The antenna coax gets split to the Icom and to the DTV box or the D100. Seems I can get video down to S4 on the Icom and very shaky video down to S3. S5-S7 yields decent video. I have all offsets on 2,3,4,5 and 6 programmed into the Icom. I have 2,3,4,5,6 DTV pilots programmed as well as all the lowband audio frequencies.

    This is all I want for equipment this summer.

    Oh yeah. FM antenna. It's an APS-11. Never heard of it? Well, back in October 2011 we had this really nasty storm that took down trees and limbs and left us without power for 6 days. It also bent the heck out of my APS-13, so much that I had to remove the first two directors with boom. So now I have an 11 element antenna and it works just fine. Good enough for me.

    Now, your turn.
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    Last edited by Mike-CT; 05-21-2012 at 02:33 PM. Reason: added more
    Mike B.
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    That's some crazy wallpaper, in the 3rd pic!

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    I play with the following Antennas:

    Antra AT-MB08HD - UHF 8 Bay Bow Tie
    (not sure who they copied it from)
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    Antennas Direct 91XG - UHF (91 element) Yagi
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    Channel Master 4248 - UHF (28 element) Yagi
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    Winegard PR5030 - VHF (11 Element)
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    and
    Channel Master 7777 Pre-amp/Amp
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    Quote Originally Posted by DX Grrl View Post
    That's some crazy wallpaper, in the 3rd pic!
    I know. I hate it. Stare at it long enough and you'll go crazy.
    Mike B.
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    Keith,

    That looks like an 8 bay to me. I think the CM4228 was the first of that design and then everyone else followed. I do have an amp. It's the CM 7775 (UHF only). Works great.
    The 5030 was a good antenna until it rusted. My APS-13 is older than that antenna and has zero rust at all. Winegard could have made it better.
    Mike B.
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    Mr. Ed Phelps (Benton,Ky) sent me two photos of his DX equipment.

    Photo on the left: A Channel Master P7 parabolic, an Antennacraft CS-1100 VHF antenna and a 40' tower.

    Photo on the right: A Sanyo PP19241 TV/Monitor (with WMC-5 displayed on the screen), an Alliance HD73 rotor box and a Zenith DTT-901 DTV box.

    Gee Ed, I have the same rotor and DTV box so I should be able to see the same DX as you do, wouldn't you think? (slight sarcasm).

    Thanks Ed!
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    Mike B.
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    ^ At-sa nice!! When I can upload, I'll send pix of my receivers....my antenna set-up can be seen at Danny's page, www.tvdxexpo.com

    cd

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    Hi Mike,

    I should have been more specific about the UHF. It started out life as a Finco P-7 but has since been modified.

    I wish I had a couple of the old Channel Master 4251s.

    As for DTV DX results...

    I'm the man wearing the "BOMB SQUAD" T-shirt, which reads: "If You See Me Running, Try To Keep Up." :-)

    Thanks for posting the pix. One of these days, I'll figure out how to do it.

    73, Ed NN2E
    Owner / Operator - Murphy's Law Test Site & Thunderstorm Proving Grounds
    Benton, KY. EM56
    Modified Finco P-7 UHF at 45 ft.
    Antennacraft CS-1100 VHF at 40 ft.
    Channel Master 7777 pre-amp
    Alliance HD-73 rotator
    3/4 inch cable TV hardline
    Zenith DTT-901 DTV box
    Icom R-7000
    Sanyo DP19241 monitor/TV
    Analog TV stations logged: 1120
    DTV stations logged: 771
    FM stations logged: 0
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    Mike,
    The rotor, in your pictures, looks like a CDR, the control unit is a CM HD9515 ! I thought, you had an Alliance HD-73 ?

    Gary H.

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    The CM rotor is for my FM antenna (not shown).
    The HD73 is for the TV antennas. The control box isn't in the photos. Great rotor. Glad I spent the money for it.
    Mike B.
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