Originally Posted by ALP
Criggs, You do not need a strong antenna, but you do need a very directional antenna so it only latches on to one of those bounces. Because of where I live I know about big. strong (and directional) roof top antennas, but I do not know much about indoor antennas. But you cannot be the only dude in NYC facing this problem. It would help if your tuner had better multi-path rejection, but my guess is there is an indoor antenna that can help. What kind of antenna do you use right now?
I've gone through three. I started out with a flat RCA antenna, then switched to a Mohu Leaf, which improved matters somewhat, added a second Leaf thinking that having two simultaneously might improve things a little, which did happen but the improvement did not last, then tried the $10 Channel Master Flatenna, which did not help at all.
If you look at the most comprehensive indoor antenna review out there, which is at https://www.cnet.com/news/the-cord-c...door-antennas/
, you will see that he conducted his tests in Manhattan using an OTA DVR (he may even have used the DVR+, I'm not sure). In other words, his conditions, supposedly, at least in Manhattan (he tested in two locations) were, supposedly, very close to mine. Nevertheless, his results were markedly superior to mine.
Unfortunately there's no such thing, apparently, as a directional indoor antenna. Instead, most of these antennas are multi-directional, as opposed to omni-directional. The theory is that by retaining directionality, but offering more than one direction, they can offer the best of both worlds. For all I know, they may be right; perhaps a multi-directional is better than a unidirectional in my situation (certainly directionality is not a config that seems to be available in indoor antennas). But better or not, it is certainly not giving me satisfactory performance.
The next thing I thought I might try is Channel Master's LTE filter. They claim that some of the problems big-city dwellers have with HD reception is interference from cell phones. And they claim that an LTE filter will get rid of some of that. At this point, the antennas that I still haven't tried which are listed at https://www.cnet.com/news/the-cord-c...door-antennas/
are all more expensive than the filter, so I'm thinking that the filter might be my next step; it costs $25.