Thank you all for the good ideas to catching ch8. I tried the following today:
1) RCA rabbit ears - 0% on signal bar
2) 24 inch circle of 3/8 copper tubing with 3/4 inch gap - 12% on signal bar
3) VHF bow tie -12 guage copper wire 31 inch length - 12% signal bar
4) Channel master 4221 copy -The eight wiskers antenna was widened to five inches and then antenna spun around slowly to see if it would aligned split vhf lobes. I added some four 31 inch wires behind the wiskers to see if that wire would tap into the split vhf lobes. The 1x1 screen is only sold in bulk at $35 or more - so I rejected that option. -10% signal bar. I will keep eye out for small piece of screen to complete the vhf section.
The antennas (except rabbit ears) all had a similar response was very similar across:
Ch 8.1 - business channel - clear picture and audio is very low and choppy
Ch 8.2 - infomercial channel - clear picture and audio
Ch 8.3 - entertainment channel - picture will come in clear but little choppy with red and green squares popping on and off. No audio.
Ch 8.4 - spanish -clear picture and audio
I believe 8.2 and 8.4 look and sound better because it is being transmitted with more power just by picture/sound quality and ignoring the TV signal strength meter.
I think the only option now is to give the yagi a try. Maybe it can be mounted along the wall or hanging from ceiling aimed out window at transmitter.
Thank you for your help, knowledge and inspiration Arxaw, ProjectSHO89, Walford, Lemmalone and Kenglish. I learned a lot for all your comments about antenna design.