Originally Posted by philherz
I need to use an antenna for the next week while I wait for my D* to get hooked up again.
I'm using a Radio Shack 15-1878 that I had sitting around, but can only get 23.1, 29.1, and 29.2 (My siding is probably not helping at all)
I'd really like to get WGR, WIVB or WKBW to at least watch the news. (I've tried 33.1, 38.1 & 39.1)
Question: Should I be playing around with rabbit ears or the loop for these??
Unless you want to get 67 (physical 7), all local stations are UHF, not VHF.
I only watch TV using rabbit ears. I live in Amherst, probably west of your location. Half of my house is brick, the other half is sided.
- Since they are unnecessary, lower the rabbit ears
- Adjust by turning the antenna. Turn slowly and wait (I find it takes a few seconds to adjust to the new antenna location)
- 2, 4, 7 are to the South or Southeast of your location. Try getting the antenna near a window - a Southern window is preferred. But, I have received 2, 4, 7 in the sided portion of the house far from a window.
- Move the wires from the antenna to the TV to be away from any electric wire. Moving the wires twice as far apart will give one quarter as much interference. A few inches of separation is good. Touching is bad.
I receive the best signal in the sided part of the house far from the windows when I am careful of the positions of the wires.
I find 23, 29, 17 to be the strongest followed by 2 & 4 with 7 close behind. 49 is the weakest but I can receive 49 except in a heavy rain.