Originally Posted by gregoryperkins
My best antenna is a mohu leaf. I have problems even though I am 4 miles from the hill north and east. I think 590 partially blocks the signal. I have to keep it high and it works quite well. I have a mohu ripoff that works well but is half as big and is not as good.
I have tried many antennas. Amped, yagi (unfotunately uhf only), amped, micro, table top. The mohu is clearly the best. I just got an ultimate for the mother in law in Leroy so we'll see if that is better than the one she has. She lived in Charlotte and I can't remember what we used to give her ota upstairs with a converter box.
If you live north, they send less signal toward the lake as there are not many viewers living in the lake.
I use the Mohu for a media center pc and it has been pretty reliable. My wife agrees that it is better than TW.
I have a cable card tuner too and that works well for recording the world cup but the darn recordings are copyrighted so I can't convert them to mp4.
There is a well known issue regarding WROC in these parts, specifically in NW Monroe county. 104 is the line of reported problems.
I believe a Canadian station has a re-transmitter that occupies channel 8 - I forget if it is a real or virtual station. I believe WROC sends out less power in this direction because of it.
My father lives about 2 miles from me and has an antenna on the roof with a rotor and no preamp. He can get most everything except channel 8. WXXI he can't get reliably in the summer. He has a giant tree next to the garage and the neighbor also has a giant oak tree, which is in the general direction of Pinnacle Hill. Also, I checked TV Fool and he is 2edge where I am LOS.
I have played with the cheap rabbit ears at my place, putting them in several different spots - basement, first floor, second floor.
I have found my TV's can at least pick up WHEC, enough to store it, anywhere in the house. WUHF and WHAM tend to be more finicky, but can be received. I can get ION and WBGT on the second floor no problem. WROC is finicky on the second floor. Actually, I have the most problems with WXXI.
I just ordered a Channel Master 4228HD to play with, figuring I can "hide" it somewhere for the time being. If it works on the second floor, I would assume it could work in the crawl space, if we can get it up there. If we can't, or it doesn't work well, I would assume we can either put it outside and it would most likely work there. If it doesn't, maybe I'll get one of the large Winegards then. The hard work of installing a mast, running coax and grounding would be done.
Sorry for the brain dump.