Originally Posted by consumedsoul
Hi all, first post on this thread, just moved to a new apartment in downtown Seattle (The Nolo, Stadium Place) and I can't for the life of me get FOX (#gohawks). I bought 6 different antennas from Best Buy today and tested w/o success. (best was Mohu Leaf which got ABC, NBC, CBS just fine but still no FOX)....My last resort is trying the Terk HDTVa and hopefully being able to 'point' it to Bremerton (that's where FOX's tower's located right?) to see if that'll work. Is that worth trying or is there a better antenna out there, or (gasp) will I have to just order Comcast. ...
You DON'T need an amplified indoor antenna, and using one might actually eliminate
your reception on KING/KOMO/KIRO/KONG due to signal overload
. The Mohu Leaf should be just fine - and it's even possible that at your location reception strength might be so intense that a simple paper clip inserted into the RF input would receive reception while avoiding signal overload.
You DON'T need to point your antenna towards Gold Mountain. KCPQ has a repeater on the Capitol Hill towers that is very, very strong where you live. The Capitol Hill repeater maps out to 13.1. In fact, there's a good chance if you place an antenna properly, you might get TWO feeds of channel 13.1: the Capitol Hill repeater which transits on "real frequency" (RF) 22, and the Gold Mountain transmitter at RF 13. The KCPQ Capitol Hill repeater on RF 22 is a full HD feed. It's not to be confused with the 480i SD-only feed of KCPQ that carried as a subchannel of KZJO. KZJO transmits at RF 25 but is confusingly mapped to virtual channel 22.1, with the 480i KCPQ feed as 22.2.
Side note: A clue as to whether you could receive KCPQ's Gold Mountain transmitter is to see if you receive KTBW, the station whose transmitter is on the same tower just below that of KCPQ. KTBW is at RF 14 but the "virtual channel" is 20.1. While you may not be interested in KTBW's programming, if you can receive strong and stable signal on low-UHF KTBW then you should also receive strong and stable signal on high-VHF KCPQ from the same location.
One more thing: for an urban location with multistory or highrise buildings and skyscrapers, input your TV Fool location as "At Ground Level" (zero feet). Although you might actually live in a unit 60 feet above the ground, you live in a high-rise concrete jungle. Radio waves don't behave "correctly" when they have to penetrate adjacent building structures. Neighboring high-rise buildings seriously hurt your reception, even when TV Fool says you have "LOS". In any high-rise building concrete jungle location, the phrase "above ground level" should really be interpreted as "above adjacent high-rise buildings
" level. If you were at the Columbia Tower Club in the Columbia Center, on TV Fool you should run TV Fool calculations based on being 100 feet above other high-rise buildings, rather than 700 feet above ground level.
Try placing your NON-AMPLIFIED Mohu Leaf in different spots of the window. Cheers!