Originally Posted by jvstevens
I live in Sunnyvale too, in a one story home roughly near the intersection of Fair Oaks Ave and 101. So, we are probably neighbors. Is Apple 2 that huge multi-circular building going up next to Lowes, or is it the more famous UFO/donut one near Wolfe/280? At any rate, I have an outdoor antenna mounted on my roof on a, probably 8' tall pole (mounted to a plumbing vent pipe using my own homemade mount, no guy wires) and I get all the stations easily that are on your wish list (including 44). I am, just by luck, in a very sweet spot though. No big trees or buildings directly in my path. My antenna is just a small VHF/UHF one I picked up at Radio Shack back around 2008 or 2009 for about $50, and its aimed directly toward Sutro Tower. At my location, Mt. San Bruno is just a few degrees off from Sutro, so I get its stations easily too. Even get the South Bay stations and translators. I found the extra height from the mast was critical to receiving KRON 4 reliably. With about a 4' mast it was very spotty, with 8' its rock solid.
I wouldn't be too dismissive of some the foreign language stations. Some of them carry one or two pretty good English stations on their sub-channels. For example 14 has Escape (mostly crime/FBI shows) in addition to the Spanish language soap operas. Which by the way has some gorgeous women (but they're always in the middle of some major temper tantrum every time I channel surf by, so not THAT great). You can always delete the stations you don't watch from your TV's channel list.
By the way, when you scan your TV, how many stations do you pick up? I typically get about 105 or so.
Good luck. The guys on this board are smart and informative, so pay attention.
Apple 2 HQ is the one off of Wolfe and Homestead near 280... It's going to be huge (think Trump "huge")... LOL... I think the people capacity is around 15,000...and apparently there are only 9,000 parking spaces... Do the math, and I bet we get some parking spill over into the neighborhood...at least that's the latest concern in the neighborhood...
Anyway... Thanks for your feedback! So you have an 8' pole mounted on your roof. I didn't get a mental visual on where your mounting base is located. Are you near the peak of your roof, or near the bottom of the roof (near the gutters)? My chimney is near the bottom of my roof, so even with an 8 foot pole on a chimney mount, I don't think I will clear the peak...
If I recall, using my little indoor Mohu Leaf 50, I scan around 78 channels... Not bad for a little indoor antenna that is mounted four feet off my hardwood floors, eh? I am seem to be getting most of the channels I need reliably...but during this heatwave, my KTVU is coming in and out all the time... I don't know if it's weather related, but my problems with KTVU seem to have been introduced just this week (granted my cord has only been cut for under 3 weeks, so I don't have a LOT of history here).
I am pretty sure my problems 2 decades ago was with an old analog tuner... I don't think I was "digital" back then... (to address
previous post that he is in Sunnyvale and hasn't experienced any issues). Not sure... My memory is not full of details on the problems I was experiencing way back then...but I just remember that my analog OTA experience was frustrating back then).
Great to be in a thread that is full of local knowledge!