Originally Posted by NashGuy
I live on the south side of Nashville too (near Harding Place at I-65), a little closer than you dad is to downtown, where the transmitter for WJDE channel 31 is located. When I first switched to OTA TV, I tried and tried various antennas and amps, in all different locations in my house, attic, roof and beside the house, to get a consistently strong signal on all the local stations, including 31. But I never could. There were times when I could get 31 to come in fine with no problems for maybe an hour or more -- if the antenna was located just right -- but I could never get it to stay that way. Sooner or later, the signal would begin breaking up. At least in my location, 31 is harder to reliably receive than any of the other local low power stations. It's just a really weak signal, only 5.3 kW ERP, which is about one-third the power of other low-power UHF stations like WKUW 40 and WLLC 42.
Nashville is generally one of the more difficult cities in the country for OTA reception due to the way the towers are spread out around town, on both UHF and VHF. The rolling hills probably don't help.
Thanks for the info...it leads me to believe its probably not just his setup that is the problem. He's at the bottom of the dip on Haywood lane so he's probably lucky to get the 40 or so channels that he does. Of course that doesn't make it any less frustrating to get a channel he really wants at 100% strength sometimes and 0% the rest of the time. But it's probably the best he can do absent buying another antenna and raising it up so that it scrapes the bottom of Southwest flights as they leave BNA
Originally Posted by Jake V
Nwiser: Here is a generic plot of signals at your dad's location: http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...e6a48b6d6fce55
It may or may not be valid for his location (a hill or large building between him and the antenna towers could make all the difference. That said...
1. Omni-antennas are not usually very good. What model is it and were is it located (attic? roof?)?
2. RF31 WJDE is a lower power station. It's also has a two edge signal for that location.
3. You may need to replace it with something that has more gain. If this were my plot, I'd try an Antennas Direct Clearstream C2 Max
. If you aim it at about 331 degrees for WJDE it will likely pick up all or most of the green and yellow stations from ABC & PBS at 262 degrees to WHTN at 90 degrees. [No matter what antenna you purchase make sure the place you purchase it from has a good return policy.]
You might go to TV Fool, make a plot for his exact location and post it. That would be more useful than the generic plot I used above.
Here's the tvfool plot from his house: http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...e6a4df302e1346
WJDE is in the green area, but I guess between the hills and his setup its not enough to receive it still.
He has an Xtreme Signal HDB8X-NI 8-Bay VHF/UHF HDTV Bowtie Antenna, mounted about 5 feet above his roofline. He got it because it folds and can essentially act as two 4-bays ganged together pointed in two directions, which, given the spread of the antenna towers there in nashville, seeemed like a good idea at the time.
He's had if for a few months and so aside from not being able to take it back now I don't think he's going to want to buy another antenna for just a few more channels. The stronger preamp was a hopeful swap/drop-in that just doesnt seem to have panned out. Thanks for the advice though.
Originally Posted by tomintn
You might try this business. I must state I have recently discovered their location on Home Advisor, and have no experience with Home Advisor, or the business. With my poor reception, I am considering trying Watts.
Watts | Lebanon, TN 37090 - HomeAdvisor
Thanks for the name. I will let him know!