Just an update on HDTV experiences with me...
I wrote a piece a few months back about "bouncing" signal on ABC. I had purchased a directional outdoor antenna from RadioShark first, which caused a certain amount of quality. Then, based upon some advice, I purchased another outdoor antenna from Don's here in town. Again, excellent antenna. 4 bowties and big mesh screen on the back to kill bounces.
Sadly, the same issue was happening on ABC, signal going from 80% to 100% in rapid succession.
Onto antenna #3, as suggested in this thread.... the Zenith Silver Sensor. WOO-HOO! Now, all the local channels are up 100% of the time. No reception issues. I gotta believe the outdoor antennas were simply getting TOO MUCH signal. I know that sounds a little off-base, but that simply has to be my issue. Maybe that is Charlies' issue too.
Anyway, my humble opinion is: if you are in Sedgwick County, give the old Zenith a shot first, pointing it at the Colwich tower farm. Unless, of course, you are between Colwich and Hutchinson, then you are gonna need to point it at Hutch for 8 and 12 and the rest are in Colwich.
Incidentally, thank you to everyone who helped me during this process. I value your input.
Jon: that is very cool news about 24 going to 720p and 5.1 -- I will look forward to an update on that!