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Old 09-07-2017, 9:54 AM
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Originally Posted by jim202 View Post
Some homework is in order here to make sure your installing the antenna that fits your tower location and provides the coverage you expect. Walk into this with an open mind and get some engineering help if needed.
I agree.

There are software packages that will allow you to figure estimated coverage based on exact antenna location, ERP, HAAT and a bunch of other factors. Knowing which antennas will provide the coverage down in the low spots, canyons, valleys, etc. is really important. It takes more than just picking an antenna design or gain number. There's a lot involved.

Considering a decent antenna is going to cost $1500 or more, spending a bit of money on getting a coverage study done might be a good investment. At least it will give you something to look at, and especially point at when/if the coverage complaints start coming in.
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