This is a very informative site I've stubled across and I (think) I've learnt alot reading through the various posts.
I am building a house in McLaren Flat S.A. and wish to try and save some hard to find cash by (attempting) to install a TV antenna,
I've installed them before and have had success with obtaining a perfect picture. My plan is to install a Hills antenna as the missus works
for one of their many companies and can obtain some discount. After ringing Hills, I informed them that I believe I would require
the PHD1 or PHD2 antenna and was advised that I'd need the PHD2 for the area. After reading through some posts I understand the
Spectramax series to be a better constructed antenna, I rang Hills back to enquire about the SMX28B4 and this time I was told I would
require the PHD3 for the area, as it was "cut" for digital, I was told the Spectramax was "cut" for analogue and digital. Can someone please
tell me which is a better constructed antenna, the PHD3 or the SMX28B4 ? their differences?... and of course which one would better suit my situation?
I guess-timate McLaren Flat to be approx. 30kms from Mt. Lofty in a straight line. I plan to have a total of 4 TV points in the house
with varying lengths of cable feeding them, 3 would be close to the same length, approx. 7-10m to the splitter and the longest approx. 10-12m
to the splitter. I understand there's losses involved with splitters and cable length, would I need an amplified splitter? or will a basic splitter
do? If I need an amplified splitter, should the shorter runs of cable be the same length as the longest run? with the excess coiled up?
I plan to use RG6 quad shield cable with compression F-type connections as I understand this to be the way to do it, is this correct?
The antenna will be mounted on a rafter mounted mast, which I plan to situate close to the ridge cap of the iron roof, ie: close to the
highest point of the roof.
I understand it's advisable to have a site test done, but I'm hoping I can (jag) a decent reception before having to pay someone.
Any help would be appreciated, go easy on me