Originally Posted by garethcales
Living in Killearn and somehow I get WTXL and WCTV in hi-def, but not WTWC/NBC. Am I doing something wrong? My antenna is an RCA ANT1450BF
I do get a few other channels as well.
I am a little confused at the question. Let me see if I can understand you and then we can figure it out.
-Are you saying you do not get reception at all for "those" channels or that your getting "those" channels but they are not in HD?
-WTWC IS NBC. Do you mean WTWC/NBC AND WTLH/FOX?
What ever the questions are I will try to help:
First off, I live in Tallahassee around Centerville trace/Cameron Trace so I assume I am a little closer and higher to the antenna farm in Metcalf, GA but our results should be similar. I am not an expert but lets just say I was probably one of, if not THE first person in Gadsden county (a lot further away) years ago to get HD OTA. I can remember troubleshooting and going thru countless antennas, cables, amplifiers, etc to finally watch a documentary on the PBS channel in HD about naked mole rats and never watched SD again. Seriously :-) Since then I have installed countless antennas for people/friends/family and co workers. Now that you have my background and info is out of the way let me try to answer your questions:
1. If you get ALL the channels (CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX) in some format without breakup (You have good signal strength) but some are not HD:
-I would suggest trying to delete ALL the channels from your TV, Tuner, etc. and perform a new channel scan. Your tuner may have some channel mapping issues or something and this should resolve it. I had this happen with a dish receiver a long time ago.
-After the channel scan, try to go thru each channel. All of the HD main streams are on the call sign channel + .1
--Meaning WCTV6 CBS is 6.1, WTXL ABC27 is 27.1, etc. The ONLY exception would be WTXL FOX49 which maps to 40.2 (as a subchannel of WTWC and is down converted to 720P I think.)
-IF this is your question and you still have problems, post back the make and model of what ever your using to receive your digital OTA channels and I will try to help you some more.
2. If your having problems receiving any of the primary channels (CBS6, ABC27, NBC40, FOX49 aka FOX 40.2) then try the following:
-I am a little higher and closer than you are and I get 100 signal strength on two of the channels and 90+ signal strength on the other two WITHOUT an amplified antenna and my antenna is located in my attic. I say all of that because your antenna is amplified.
-The ONE thing that is constant with all of my trials, errors and accolades with OTA reception is you almost NEVER get better reception (possibly NO reception) with an amplified antenna or antenna amp unless there are VERY special circumstances such as a long cable drop from the antenna to the TV, Multiple TV's connected to the antenna, OR you live in a rural area that doesn't have a lot of interference but your very far away from the towers and have a clean BUT weak signal strength. The reason this usually doesn't work is that you already have a strong signal (as in your's and my case) or you have a lot of noise (cell towers, HAM radio, Air traffic controller, etc.) and you may have that. Either way, the signal gets over amplified or you amplify noise along with the signal and either way you end up with a poorer signal or no usable signal at all.
So first off using the antenna you have try each of the steps below and channel scan/test after each step before going to the next:
-A unplug the amplifier.
-B Find the exact location of the antenna farm in relation to your actual home at Antennapoint.com and use a compass or smart phone compass app to turn one side of your antenna panel exactly at the channel your trying to get. YMMV since your antenna is fully directional but it will still help A LOT to eliminate multi path interference. You can also try plugging back in the amplifier at this point to see if your better or worst off.
-C Get that antenna Higher up! Against a window is probably better than a wall even if the wall faces the antenna farm. An attic is much better than any wall or window (just keep it about 5 or 6 feet from the actual wooden walls of the roof if possible and as far away from anything metal like air ducting, AC/Heater units, etc), Outside is best but is not needed in our area. You can also try plugging back in the amplifier at this point to see if your better or worst off.
-D If all of this seems like a lot of trouble...shooting, it is and I have another recommendation that will work and you may want to start with it: Get a new antenna........................
> I do not like yours and have had issues with it in the past when I tried it and when others bought it. I ALWAYS recommend an antenna from antennasdirect. You can buy them on amazon, from best buy and even Walmart. I have NEVER had one not pull in the signal that was needed. You just need to match your needs to the right model antenna.
>In our area I would suggest the following DIRECTIONAL NON AMPLIFIED ANTENNAS
>>Clearstream 2. I KNOW it will work. This is what I have in my attic. Your about 3 miles further away and a little lower than me but it should work without putting it in the attic but I know it will work in the attic or outside.
>>>Clearstream DB4e or 91XG. These are VERY directional and probably overkill but will work no matter what in your case though they are probably not needed.
I can probably do a little better for you if you give me an address that is close to your house. I would not/do not recommend sharing your actual address. A house within a street or two that is at the same elevation of yours will do!
Let me know if I can help more or if everything works out.