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Seems unusual that you get zero results.
The RS 2160 antenna is very sensitive to direction. It should be pointed to a compass bearing of 330 degrees or so, for our area. For me, even small adjustments had a big effect on reception, both signal level and number of stations. If you have ridges in the way, you might have to try other antenna locations or directions. I jammed a wooden dowel in the rear-facing tube of that antenna and clamped the dowel to the top of a 6 foot ladder. I was able to use the ladder as a tripod while I tried other locations and directions. Also moving the legs inward from the locked position gave me a way to vary the elevation angle.
If you look at post #4 in the thread, the poster said this antenna might give better results pointed substantially off-axis, due to a lobe in its sensitivity pattern.
If your line-of-sight is blocked by a ridge, you might have to try other locations to find one that's not in a "null". I remember that a poster in Irvine reported that he walked around his yard with the antenna while his wife watched the TV in the house, reporting the results. After a frustrating half hour, he tossed the antenna to the ground, against the wood fence, in disgust. Suddenly his wife yelled out, "Hey honey, don't change a thing! Perfect reception on all channels!" So, don't give up yet...
Gary Goodrum says the RS1170 pre-amp performs poorly, while the cheaper 1171 performs well. You might want to looks at his other posts to see the comparison testing he's done. Also Gary mentioned that the local people experimenting with DTV reception might get together to compare results. You might want to PM (private message) him so he can let you know if this happens.
Unfortunately this is all trial and error, unless you have a neighbor who has already done the experiments. Look for the roof-mounted antenna that was probably mounted in the dark or when no one was around :-)
If you continue to get zero results, I'd start wondering about the receiver. While unlikely, it's not impossible.
PS I am often frustrated when posting at this forum. Although I'm logged in, when I go to post the message, it says "You are not logged in." From experience, I've learned to go back one page and copy the message text I've composed, because the new log-in never goes back to the Reply page. Well, it happened again, and I had to retype this reply because my Copy didn't work for some reason! It ALWAYS happens with this forum, but not with other forums using the same message board software. I'm beginning to think that AVS has an extremely short no-activity time-out, at which point they log you out automatically. Unfortunately it takes time to type messages and replies. I wonder if I'm the only one with this problem...