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Question Trouble with 1 Channel - McKinleyville CA

I have a Mohu Leaf antenna on an exterior wall of my house facing south (towards the stations) and receive all the channels I would expect to except one - NBC KIEM. My TV is a 47" Vizio from 2008-ish. Looking at the TV Fool map, KIEM should be my strongest channel. However, no matter what placement I choose I consistently receive the same channels, but not KIEM. I am considering a bigger/stronger/amplified antenna (or attic/roof placement), but want to make sure I'm not doing anything wrong before I put forth more effort.

I receive the following:
KEET
KEF
KVIQ
KBVU
KEET
KUVU
KEUV
KEMY
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The problematic channel is VHF 3.

It's probable that your antenna (model number not provided) is not designed for low VHF.
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The problematic channel is VHF 3.

It's probable that your antenna (model number not provided) is not designed for low VHF.

It appears I have a good signal, so a basic vhf antenna (rabbit ears) should work, right?
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It appears I have a good signal, so a basic vhf antenna (rabbit ears) should work, right?
Give rabbit ears a try. It should work but low VHF can be problematic on indoor antennas.
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Rabbit ears may work...
But, combining with the existing antenna may (or may not) cause other problems with reception.

Give it a try.
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Funny Jerky, since the digital switch KIEM is the only I pretty much always get. I'm way north of you, between CC and Broolings just a few miles inland. There is an electronics supply on the South end of Eureka that sells a pretty nifty looking antenna for around $40. I'm about as cheap as they get and I considered buying one.

Like said, just rabbit ears, a meter or 3f on a side should work. (z done it here 70, miles away).

Besides the expert advice here....Take a 6 foot piece of flat-wire twin lead. Strip and connect both ends. Cut one of the two on the flatwire right in the middle, and connect those two to the 75-300 OHM Balun, converter deal to connect to your cable. Have the wire to it go straight down a bit. You might not even need to point it at KIEM to get, like 20, minutes of programing an HR. The rest is comercials and other crap. (We get fewer commercials on KEET, "listener sponsored" more like 10 minutes an HR)
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I have a Mohu Leaf antenna on an exterior wall of my house facing south (towards the stations) and receive all the channels I would expect to except one - NBC KIEM. My TV is a 47" Vizio from 2008-ish. Looking at the TV Fool map, KIEM should be my strongest channel. However, no matter what placement I choose I consistently receive the same channels, but not KIEM. I am considering a bigger/stronger/amplified antenna (or attic/roof placement), but want to make sure I'm not doing anything wrong before I put forth more effort.

I receive the following:
KEET
KEF
KVIQ
KBVU
KEET
KUVU
KEUV
KEMY
Hi, just wondering - were you able to resolve this?

I'm in McKinleyville as well - near 6 Rivers Brewery.

Bought a Winegard Flatwave Air and I can get all OTA channels EXCEPT KIEM.

Thanks,
Tom
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The Winegard Flatwave Air is not suitable for VHF-lo, real channels 2-6 (none of the small square 'antennas' are).

You could try some form of rabbit ears/dipole, but they would need to be big for channel 3 (7ft. 1 - 3/32in total).
Or a homemade 2-bay bowtie antenna with 12-15 inch whiskers (><). 12 inch might be enough as you are close to the transmitting tower.
(This is to add KIEM, if you want only one antenna, build a 4-bay with 10 inch whiskers, 9.5 inches apart.)

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