Tuners?

Discussion in 'Tuners' started by bully, May 22, 2003.

  1. lokerola

    lokerola AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Don't rotors require power? For some reason I'm thinking of a complex motorized rotor that needs a power source. That always sounded like a lot of trouble, seeing as I have no outlets or power up on my roof. But maybe I'm missing something?
     
  2. doug s.

    doug s. Super Member

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    yes, rotors require power. but your tuner also requires power, right? and it requires signal from your antenna? i am sure you don't have your tuner up on the roof, right? :)

    the rotor controller can be at/near your tuner, plugged into the wall at/near your tuner. you just run the power wire up to the antenna rotor, the same way you run the coax antenna feed up to the antenna from the tuner.

    doug s.
     
  3. lokerola

    lokerola AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    LOL - OK, I admit, I'm FM antenna-stupid. I just googled around and it doesn't look too hard. Jeez - just another 3 hours on the roof. :) Thank you for the info.
     
  4. doug s.

    doug s. Super Member

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    since you already have a mast mounted, it shouldn't take that long to mount the rotor and a new antenna; and the path for the wire should be relatively easy to duplicate. you'll spend more time deciding which rotor and antenna to purchase. and good yagi's seem to cost quite a bit more these days than in the past, especially compared to omni's. don't forget to also read up on proper grounding.

    good luck; i think you will be pleased w/the results.

    doug s.
     
  5. lokerola

    lokerola AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Just thought I'd pop in and let folks know the dipole mounted up on the roof is working well. There may be a few stations I wish it could pull in better, but for the majority of stations I listen to, it's working well. I mainly listen to the local jazz, classical, and classic rock stations. Old man radio for sure!
     
  6. doug s.

    doug s. Super Member

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    a dipole will certainly work better than an omni, in most cases, as it's directional, in two opposite directions, 180 deg away from each other. as long as you don't have an interfering adjacent station in the opposite direction of the station you're wanting to listen to.

    from what you've said so far, i suspect that most of your station choices are in one particular direction; if that's the case, you will still get better results w/a yagi, and if all the stations are in approximately the same direction, you won't need a rotor. but, if there's a station that's marginal, and you'd like to listen to it, a yagi that can be pointed directly at is is the way to go.

    doug s.
     

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