Originally posted by quarque
Which channels are giving you trouble? And is it serious dropouts or just a low reading on the signal meter?
Sadly, it's the big three that I want that are giving me the most trouble: KOMO (ABC), KING (NBC), and KIRO (CBS). I get several other channels with immaculate reception, such as IND, PAX, and even WB, but channels 4, 5, and 7 come in very snowy. I should point out that, until I get a digital receiver, I'm just determining my reception via analog - I'm assuming that if I can get a decent signal via analog then the digital reception will be the same, as well as the inverse. The signals on the 3 channels are pretty snowy.
I'm using a Zenith Silver Sensor; unfortunately, I'm renting my apartment right now, so I don't have the luxury of putting up a big antenna (I had to fight pretty hard just to put up a DirecTV dish). One weird thing is that for the 3 channels above, I actually get reception if I point my Zenith 90-degrees from the direction of the transmitters - can't really explain that, unless I'm picking up a really-off multipath signal or something.
Is my assumption of analog reception correlating to digital reception correct? I want to know what my odds are of good reception before I shell out several hundred dollars for a receiver - if I'm not going to be picking any channels up, then I'll just hold off on the purchase until I move.