From this and other recent comments. "I have the hardest time keeping these channels, especially 7 after the recent wind and rains. I am thinking I need a new outdoor antenna but am so confused as to what I should get".
I have a directional antenna on the roof (Juanita - perhaps 100' above Lake Washington) , helped by Dan Kurts, pointing towards Queen Anne and Capital Hill. It's about 7 miles to the station antennas, with trees on my property, the neighbor, and a spur on a hill. I'm also receiving from ION - much farther and at right angles - rarely problems from that station but I don't use it much.
I might be able to take out a few branches on my trees, and (less likely) the neighbor's trees. The trees on the spur are not something I'm likely to be able to do much about.
I wonder if it would work to angle the antenna up by a few degrees. I'd need some different hardware to do that - and a stretch of good weather to try. Like now, but I don't have time.
I've seen some discussion about antennas on trees. That might work, if more height would help. A lot of effort to try, although I'd love to have tree climbing gear to remove branches and ivy for looks anyway.
Most of the antennas in the neighborhood (few and some appear to be totally disfunctional) are directional. One of the houses I walk past has an antenna like the DB8 from Antennas Direct - described as long-range bowtie. I wonder if a less directional antenna would be better. I don't know which way this is oriented, but I'll check. I just noticed that the DB8E has two panels that can be oriented differently.
Would it be better to have an antenna designed for shorter range, particularly if the antenna is directional? TV Fool says an internal antenna is OK, but it doesn't know about the trees.
Any comments appreciated.
Last edited by KirklandMike; 10-22-2016 at 10:57 AM.