My friend Craig came over last night with his wife Heather and their lovely kids, and proceeded to school me in the proper way to crimp a coax cable. As I had speculated earlier, the problem was in the coax cables and the cable that ran to the rotor. Now all I have to do to get everything working is:
- Recrimp and reinstall and ground the coax cables running from the antenna into the house.
- Reinstall the power cable running from the rotor into our bedroom.
- Once my $40 coupons arrive from the government, buy some DTV conversion boxes.
- Based on what Craoig suggested to me, think about putting in a higher pole. I have 24 feet now, and I can add a 5 foot section without much trouble. That would get me an even better connection to twin cities stations. But I would check that after I get my DTV boxes installed. I don't want to overdo it just for the sake of overdoing it.