Originally Posted by Calaveras
Nothing is wrong with their transmitter. I'm 110 miles from Sutro and watched the 6 pm news tonight on KGO. If you can't receive them it has to be at your end.
Indoor antenna by any chance?
I lived in the Ardenwood district of Fremont just across the flood control channel from Union City for 18 years. I could see the Sutro tower if I stood on my 1 story roof. With an average outdoor antenna the OTA signals were perfect, not even a spec of noise on KTVU.
I'm also a ham and had a 50' tower with yagis for HF at that location. Unfortunately some of the neighbors got TV interference. The people two houses down were having problems. I went over to help them. I found a TV with rabbit ears with weak and multipath pictures. It was so bad that their pictures changed when I rotated my antenna.
I told them they needed an outside antenna or cable.
This is why I rant about indoor antennas. Yes, some people are lucky, but I've seen some truly awful pictures on indoor antennas in good signal locations.
It's not just that, from where I live inside an apartment, I get every other station except for KGO-DT because my antenna is indoor and from the Sutro towers, San Bruno Mountain and Fremont's transmitter, I can get 2-1, 2-2, 4-1, 4-2, 5-1, 9-1 9-2 9-3, 11-1, 11-2, 11-3, 14-1, 20-1, 20-4, 26-1, 26-2, 32-1, 32-2, 32-3, 32-5, 36-1, 36-2, 38-1, 38-2, 44-1, 48-1, 48-2, 54-1, 54-2, 54-3, 54-4, 54-5, 60-1, 60-2, 60-3, 65-1, 65-2, 65-3, 65-4, 66-1 and 66-2 but not KGO-TV. Most of the stations come in at 90% or so and sometimes, I can try to get KSBW-DT on 8-1, 8-2 but only 30-40% of the time. From my other location in Newman, CA, the Fresno locals come in 90-95% with the exception of KVPT which comes in 65%, but the Sacto stations 10-1, 10-2, 13-1, 19-1, 31-1, 40-1, 40-2 come in 80-90%, but 3-1, 3-2 and 58-1 58-2 do not come in at all. Probably the Hearst-Argyle Sacto Tower needs improvement, but KSBW comes in 70% because their transmitter comes out of Fremont Peak (Previously until 2000 it came from Mt. Madonna west of Gilroy, but moved it in 2000 to Fremont Peak).