DrDon...thanks for the reply...
If you want the FULL story of all that's been going on...starting from pg. 3, go to: http://www.***************.com/ubb/u...;f=55;t=000436
For the Reader's Digest version: bottom line was this...I'm a first generation DirecTV customer, since '94. Since the wife wanted local channels for weather I had the best Radio Shack (RS) antenna installed. I live in Cranberry Twp., PA 16066 and my "plan"...particularly my house, sits down in a valley...but then you know that western PA is all hills and valleys. The three primary channels are about 25 -30 miles away as the crow flies and all are southeast from my house. Anyhow...all I could get was "snow" so I told her if she wanted weather reports to open the front door for the most current and accurate report...LOL.
Fast forward to this past November and I got a Pioneer Elite 610HD. I got a Panny TUHDS20 receiver and, being ever the ignorant one, thought I'd get any local DIGITAL channels through it...period. I had NO idea in today's technological age I'd be required to STILL use a roof top antenna to pull in HD signals.
I got Radio Shack to come out and they were...sorry, but true...worthless to me. Heck, they didn't even know what component video was, etc.
I did alot of research and found a local company by the name of Digital Visions and while they were light years ahead of me and Radio Shack...they were well behind folks on here and on The Home Theatre SPot. Anyhow...after much research and trial and error...hit and miss...I went with the Channel Master CM 4248 YAGI and 7775 pre amp.
Bottom line was absolutely no improvement from before. No...the installers from Digital Visions had no signal strength meter or any other high tech equipment to locate any "sweet spots"...indeed if there are any on the top of my house.
Now...keep in mind...these installers were the best I could find and after several hours from several different trips and at $80 an hour this has all gotten to be a bit more expensive then I can justify to myself...let alone the wife.
Still...I am convinced the three signals can be had but ONLY by a truly experienced antenna man or woman with all the right equipment. If you know of any...PLEASE LET ME KNOW.