Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Greensburg In.47240
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Sorry to hear you're still having problems.I think definitely multipath and not enough antenna gain/height are possible causes of your poor reception.
As far as equipment is concerned,when trying to receive low-powered DT stations,well designed high gain antennas can make a marginal signal much more dependable.And,of course,every location is unique,and like they say-ymmv.
But,at my location,I've done extensive comparisons using high gain antennas such as the Televes Pro 75,and Triax Unix 100 in stacked configurations against other more common antennas such as the CM 4228,4248,and a RS U120R long yagi.
I have five very low power stations,now on the air,that are quite reliable with the stacked antennas.The other antennas usually won't even produce a lock.Two are 46mi,two are 54mi,and one is 70mi.The terrain here is flat to gently rolling.Am also able to use high gain preamps,which helps a lot, as the nearest high powered TV station is 36mi distant.Without the preamps,the reliability factor diminishes greatly.
If I were in your area,and was intent on trying to pick up a certain Ch44,I would use a Triax Unix 100 Group B in a vertical,or horizontal(best for multipath) stack.These Quad-X type yagis are the best for multipath,even used singularly.
Just thought I'd throw out my personal experiences on weak signal reception in case you,or anyone else in East KS,wants to go to the 'nth degree to see some CBS HD.