Thanks for all the replys!
Dana: Mounting an antenna on the roof is not an option (aesthetics & all
). I'd already checked antennaweb.org which told me I'm only 3.4 miles from WGME's tower (something I basically knew from biking up to the site many times when I was younger
Joe: I'd considered the fact that maybe the signal is passing right over my house on its way to Portland - after all, when the tower was erected in the late 1950's or early 1960's, it was the tallest manmade structure in the world - but I guess I didn't think it could actually happen. Also, the house is surrounded
by these tall pines (except to the west where WCSH's & WMTW's towers are located), so I suppose multipath could be a problem. (Cutting the trees down is not an option either, aesthetics and all.
) I have tried moving the antenna every which way, but to no avail. I've also tried an indoor antenna (Zenith's "Silver Sensor") thinking that maybe the signal was too strong from the attic antenna. Channels 6 & 8 still come in crystal clear and the TV actually locked onto 13.1 for (literally) a fraction of a second, before going blank again.
Craig: I'm not using a preamp nor any splitters. The RG-6 (not QS, though) cable is run directly from the antenna to the TV set. Analog 13 comes in via the UHF antenna, but it is definitely not watchable (too much "ghosting," which is a sign of multipath, right?). I had tried tuning in channel 38 directly when I first got the TV a week or so ago, but that didn't produce any picture either. Finally, I have just searched Radio Shack's online catalog and found the 6db attenuator you mentioned. I'll pick one up tomorrow and give it a try. If not, you'll be hearing from me!
And many thanks for monitoring this thread.
My apologies for being so long winded.
Thanks again, and
Be skiing ya,