I am one of those people who could use some advice from folks more knowledgeble than me and thought that this site might be a good place to get some.
So here is what's going on: I have had an Hd ready or HD monitor TV (not full HD) since about Christmas 2006. Origonally, I had not planned to go the over the air route, that is, until I saw what those over the air signals looked like on an HDTV.
I've spent alot of money to get a stand alone tuner that dosn't down-convert to analog, a grandtec tun-5000. I have tried two different antennas, the non-amplifed one that came with the grandtec, and an older, lightly used, amplified Terk. Problem: despite the fact that I live in middle of Columbus, (right across the river from downtown) I can't seem to pick the digital channels for Wtte, WWHO, either of WSYX's or WSFJ.
Building: I live on the eleventh floor (top floor) of an old high rise apartment building. That is to say, a great reinforced concreate ediface. The walls may be blocking the signal.
The antenna: The Terk is old. I don't know it's model, and I tried to find pictures of similar ones online in vain. But there is a date on the model: 1994. That sounds bad but I got it from a friend who is exremely trustworthy, who tells me it basically sat on a shelf and was almost never used. So while age and dated technology might be an issue, being worn out from use is not.
The Tuner: The thing arrived from amazon in a box (not the mailing package, the manufactures package within this) that simply did not have any kind of seal. Furthermore, inside this box, the manual and all paperwork was missing. The unit is operating but it may not be operating to spec. The reviews on the net seemed to indcate that this model had very high sensitivity, and was the model to get for those who were out in the country. That not the performace my unit is giving. Also, the unit is running much warmer than I would have expected.
Can you guys give me some advice as to how to sort out which of these is the problem(s), and which arn't?