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My Personal STEM Experiment

Bill Schweber
10/3/2018 9:03:21 AM
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Thanks for sharing!
As both an engineer and a cord cutter, I found this a neat and interesting read.  It is something nice and simple to demonstrate to young folks to help them understand signal progagation visually.  I would have loved to do a bit more demonstrating when installing my antenna with something like this, but I could not with my particular installation.  I had to get a dB8e antenna with two passively combined elements so I could point each in a different direction to pull in TV stations from >30-40 miles.  This meant the antenna must be mounted on the roof.  The wife was nervous enough about me being on the roof as high as it is..the drop from one side is two stories plus basement (three stories basically) onto a concrete pad.  Needless to say she nor I would want our younger kids up there for a direct experiencing! :-)

On a related note, there is a great website for understanding TV stations and signal strengths in your aread.  It is over at  If anyone is interested in cutting the cord I'd encourage them to check out the site first to see what they can receive and how far away the stations are so they can pick out the right antenna.

Thanks again for the great read!

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