I live in a 2-floor house and had FM reception problems using twin lead dip ole antennas. Around 10 years ago, I purchased a 2-element, omni antenna ( looks like this:40648) and mounted it in the attic at the peak of the roof. I connected it to a 75 Ohm transformer and a 2-way splitter and ran RG-59/U to receivers in the upstairs bedroom and office.
This worked well but it was too difficult to bring the coax downstairs to m y living room without going outside so I bought a Terk Pi amplified antenna for my NAD receiver there. That usually gives acceptable results but for some stations the gain or orientation of the Terk Pi must be adjusted, whic h is inconvenient because it's up on top of the entertainment center cabine t. Now that we're doing some home renovations, a few walls and part of the ceiling are open so this is the perfect time to run coax from the attic to the living room.
- Do I need to boost the signal at the antenna for a 3-way split? If so, how much gain do I need? Is 8 dB enough?
- I still have RG-59/U on hand. Is this ok for the new 65' run to the liv ing room or should I use RG-6 instead?
- If RG-6 is recommended for the new run, should I replace the existing 25 ' runs of RG-59/U while I'm at it?
- What about the connectors? I originally used crimp-ons. Should I cut t hem off and have someone install good compression fittings like the kind te chnicians now use for cable and satellite TV?
- Does anything in this antenna system need to be grounded? I see the spl itter has a bolt for a ground wire.