I am currently trying to improve our TV reception in Waroona, WA (about 15 mins directly south of Pinjarra). Ideally I would like to improve the quality of the Perth channels as I am just plain sick of waiting for the crap that win/gwn keep dishing out regarding their digital services start dates.
Our current setup consists of a collinear array (i think that is the name, the stacked looking box type thingy, aimed to perth?) and a yagi pointing to the Bunbury area (mt lennard I guess), with a masthead booster on a 40 foot pole on the roof and rg6 quad cable. During the day, reception of the Perth digital channels are reasonable and watchable most of the time, but as soon as night time hits they become pixelated with constant audio dropouts, with 7 services being the worst. ABC and SBS digital seem fine all the time (probably because they are coming from Bunbury) with a very occasional although uncommon dropout.
Recently I have noticed a few new houses going up that just have yagi type antenna's pointing towards Perth and NO collinear box antenna's (which is what all the old houses use) on about 20 foot poles on the roof.
Now my question is, should I be looking into a new antenna and aiming for one of the Perth transmitter's or would I be better off trying to chase the Perth services from the Turner hill transmitter in Pinjarra? I tried looking through the documents to decipher what type of antenna I need, but can't really make much sense of it all.
Can anyone give me some recommendations of what would be the best way to proceed regarding transmitter/antenna selection? As I may be a bit out of my league fixing this myself (not having signal measuring equipment or anything) is there any reputable and recommended installers that service the area?
Also is a 40 foot mast required or even beneficial, I really would like to drop the mast size down if that is an option, I just don't trust the bloody thing!
Edited by rwo, 24 October 2010 - 02:39 PM.