Originally Posted by plutocracy
Hi all. I live in Sonoma county approx. 41 miles from the broadcast towers in San Francisco. Is this the forum for me?
If so, I just mounted, on my roof, a Wineguard square shooter 2000 with amplification and only get KICU tv 36 out of San Jose clearly. This signal is 69 miles away. Am I missing something??
Thanks for any advice.
I am not an expert but will try and say a few useful things ;-)
I live 30 miles away in Fremont and have a Channel Master 4228 up a 10 foot pole on my single story house and get all the Sutro / San Bruno stations no problem. Some of the stations out of Sutro are very strong - e.g. I can get KQED perfectly fine with a 3 foot piece of copper wire on the floor of my family room! You should not have a problem with the distance, so something else is wrong.
Did you check antennaweb.org? Do you have an obstacles between you and Sutro (start with Sutro and worry about the other stations later) - including trees, houses, hills etc. Have you oriented your antenna to match the compass bearings from antennaweb?
Next look at the cabling, since you can lose a lot there? Try the most basic set up first with no amplification (you might not need it) and all splitters/combiners etc, removed. You want a single piece of RG6 cable from your antenna (balun attached) to your tuner with ideally nothing in between. If that works, then you can start to isolate the problem.
I just looked for you an antennaweb.org and you seem to have a problem. No digital stations are coming in from San Francisco - only analog, so I suspect you have some hills in the way. These are all I get for Digital (zip 95476)
* lt green - uhf KTLN-DT 47.1 IND NOVATO CA 200° 11.4 47
* blue - uhf KTFK-DT 64.1 SAH STOCKTON CA TBD
117° 40.9 62
* blue - uhf KRCB-DT 22.1 PBS COTATI CA 291° 7.2 23