Originally Posted by Larry Kenney
Thanks for sharing your TVFool list. I see that you have no stations up in the green area, a few in the yellow and a lot in the red area, so you really do have fairly weak signals down there. I was not surprised to see channel 8 near the top, but was very surprised to see channel 3 listed up there. That's a low power station transmitting from Mt. Tamalpais up in Marin Country. Apparently low VHF signals are able to travel farther than high VHF or UHF. By the way, channels 2 and 4 that they list are not on the air yet.
How far down the list do you receive? Sutro stations 33 (V32), 43 (V60), 34 (V66) and 45 (V45) are all down in the gray area. Do you receive any of them?
Some times signals get better in the winter months. Leaves fall off the trees and for some that helps increase signal strength. You'll have to see what happens later on.
I've heard other good reports on the Tivo Roamio receiver. It could be part of the reason you're getting the large number of stations that you are plus that DB4e is doing a good job for you.
Pointing at 320 degrees (true), the furthest down the list that I have received is virtual channel 68. Truth be told, I got that one with my pop's C4 antenna and TV's tuner. Above that, CW (44.1) and 66.1... Oh, also V32 and V60. Had to look at my Excel log to remember.
Maybe TV Fool is wrong on channel 3? Oh, that's right, VHF... The DB4e is UHF, so that's why I've never seen channel 3. I'm currently not using a VHF antenna as I've been able to get channel 8 at 168 degrees with the DB4e pointing at 320!. Not consistently though, so I ordered the VHF retrofit kit, and it should be here later this week... Channel 8 is the only VHF channel I desire, due to NBC and the ABC as well (8.2).
Thanks for the info on channels 2 and 4!
I hope the winter treats us well reception-wise. Agreed on no leaves being helpful. My most critical viewing (college football and hoops) is in the Fall and Winter, and into the Spring. We shall see soon enough. Hope we get some rain...
Really, really happy with the Roamio. I scored the base model on Amazon for like $85 delivered, due to various check-out perks (Discover Cashback and a $70 Visa discount to get their Amazon Rewards credit card). I feared that its 4 tuners would not be up to the task, but it's doing remarkably well. I returned the CM DVR+ because the tuner was inferior to the TV's tuner, at least for us, that was our experience...
Thanks again for the info.