Can you guys suffer through one more "I can't get this station" post?
Here's my setup:
Winegard 8800 8 bay bowtie antenna, roof/tripod mounted w/5 foot pole. Winegard 4800 UHF amp. Approx 75 feet of RG6 cable. HDTivo to receive signals.
Here are my stations/distances. All stations are within 3 degrees of each other at my location (Marysville, Michigan - near Detroit).
Here are my stations/distances/broadcast power:
WTVS-DT (PBS) 200 kW Ch 43 at 47.4 miles
WJBK-DT (FOX) 1000 kW Ch 58 at 48.4 miles
WWJ-DT (CBS) 200 kW Ch 44 at 47.4 miles
WDIV-DT (NBC) 973 kW Ch 45 at 47.1 miles
WXYZ-DT (ABC) 770 kW Ch 41 at 49.4 miles
WKBD-DT (UPN) 200 kW Ch 14 at 51.4 miles
OK, that said, I am getting ALL stations above with a decent, stable signal EXCEPT WXYZ-DT (ABC).
This is driving me nuts. I can't for the life of me understand why I can't receive this signal. All others, including some much lower power stations, come in fine. I do have some trees just to the left of my line of sight, but they apparently aren't affecting the other stations.
When I look at my signal meter for this station, it bounces all over in the lower numbers (0-30 usually), but every now and then it will spike and reach 0-80, then drop off within a few seconds.
Sometimes it does come in for a little while at night, but with lots of dropouts. I don't think the signal is much above 40 when this happens.
I have tried a Radioshack signal attenuator, but all that did was lower everything. Made no difference with ABC.
Any ideas? Is my antenna considered a good one? Is there better?
I'm considering a Channelmaster 4248 Yagi, I've heard good things about it, but it's only rated to 45 miles.
I'm also considering a Channelmaster 4228 8-Bay, but I already have the Winegard 8 Bay, so isn't it the same? Or is the Channelmaster better?
Also considering anything from Antennas Direct (either the 8 bay or the yagi's).
Any help or insight or advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm really confused as to why this channel eludes me when all others are fine. Especially when some are at lower power and same distance.