I've intently followed the NYC thread to pick up bits and pieces on OTA reception where I am in Central NJ (Middlesex County---Monroe Township) and also tried to follow the Philly thread as well because I've read that folks are able to get both cities broadcasts in my area.
The search feature on this site was disabled this afternoon when I tried to find certain things I've got questions about.
Yesterday I hooked up my Channelmaster 4228 OTA UHF antenna (mounted about 5 feet above my ranch homes roofline on a 10 foot mast attached to the side of my house at a peak) and aimed it towards Philly to see what I could pick up in that direction. I plan on putting in a rotor in the near future for NYC locals---it's just that with all this darn snow/ice/rain lately, I was just happy to see 3 hours of sunlight yesterday to be able to clamor up onto the roof and get working like a busy beaver
Here's what I can pick up on my Hughes E86 receiver (I'm a D* sub as well):
WKYWDT (3-1) Strength of 100
WPSGDT (57-1) Strength of around 95
WNJTDT (43-1/2/3/4) Strength of 100 (***PBS OUT OF TRENTON)
WPVIDT (6-1) Strength of 27-35
WCAUDT (10-1) Strength of 0
WTXFDT (29-1) Strength of 0
WPHLDT (17-1) Strength of 0
Now, all of the above, with the exception of WNJT are supposedly available at 255 degrees according to Antennaweb.org from my location. Is there a reason that one station comes in at 100 but the rest don't? Are the ones I'm getting 0 strength on at lower power? My minimal knowledge base assumed all the towers were in the same spot---or all the transmitters were on the same tower.
And what's the best way to increase my strength on the ABC (WPVIDT) out of Philly? I got MUCHO pixelation and only was able to make out about a 1/5th of the screen visually---with the rest being solid smears of colors and pixels (Greens, reds, whites, etc...) Is it a matter of tweaking the antenna's direction? I know I've read that some pre-amps will overmodulate (not sure if that's the right term) the signal causing a degradation if the signal is already strong enough---so I'm not sure if I need a pre-amp for the Philly direction.
I guess the reason I started this thread and put it here and not under the Philly thread was I was curious to see if ANYONE else in Central NJ has similar issues. I know there's about a dozen of you out there who posted under NYC's thread. And it KILLS me that the NBC from Philly won't even register. My wife is ready to KILL me after I hyped the fact that Law and Order is in HD
Any info would be helpful.
Thanks in advance!
USER STB ANTENNA LOCATION PRE-AMP MOUNTING
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JAYPB E86 CM4228 MONROE CM7775 ROOF