Originally Posted by TraceyWilson
Well the CL $10 radioshack amplified antenna didn't do so well in the back upstairs bedroom, but when I put it downstairs we finally recieved the local PBS stations, 22 so far in all! So the kids are very pleased. I got an insignia converter box for the upstairs front room, with normal philips antenna we got 22 channels right from the start.
So hopefully I'll find more deals on amplified antennas on CL, maybe find a way to boost the channels in the back bedroom. I came close to buying the RCA amplified flat antenna, it was on sale at wally world... but wanted to do more research first.
Thanks all! Have a blessed night!
Take advantage of the Insignia's signal level indicator. (Press signal on the remote.) For really solid reception, you want the bar to remain 2/3 of the way to full, if possible. Otherwise, multipath interference or signal propagation changes may drop the signals too low at times.
With the current antenna in it's best spot, check the signal as you move the antenna slowly back and forth looking for a place where the signal quality is shown as highest. Note that place, then try it for other stations. The best spot may not be the same for all stations, but you may find a location that is pretty good for most or all of your stations.
If you do get an amplified antenna, be sure to check before and after on the signal meter. Don't be surprised if it is lower with the amplified antenna. Sometimes DTV problems are more about the receiver having difficulties sorting out a single version of the data stream, when it is arriving along multiple paths (with the data arriving at slightly different times). Adding a noisy amplifier circuit can just make matters worse.
Depending on your local terrain, raising the antenna up can help. (May be why it worked better upstairs.)
Some folks on AVSforum use outdoor UHF antennas indoors. Examples arethis one
and that one
. These may be a better choice than those questionable amplified indoor antennas at Walmart, and elsewhere.