[quote]Originally posted by TomCat
Considering your obstacles, it is truly remarkable that you are getting reliable reception. I am pretty close to your location (12 miles east of S. Mt.), and am lucky enough (actually it was planning...a condition of where I purchased was unobstructed south and west exposure for DT and DBS) to have a west-facing window with line-of-sight to S. Mt., where I get perfect reception with a piece of twinlead taped to a 2nd-floor window.
My best guess would be that since 21 and 8 originate from the same location as the rest, that there may be just enough multipath in your setup to preclude reliable reception. If so, sometimes slight reorientation can be helpful, or maybe a different antenna. IOW, I think you are just "that close" to getting them as well. I don't intend to disparage you or Terk, but from what I've seen, the Terk antennas do not perform all that well. The darling of antennas at least among results posted to the forums seems to be the Silver Sensor, so you might want to give that a try. Obviously, a rooftop would probably even work better. Good luck. [/QUOTE
Thanks for the advice, TomCat. Unfortunately, I have one other obstacle: The Wife. She thinks that the Terk TV5 is the ugliest "thing" she has seen and that I am not allowed to display it anywhere. I am sure the Silver Sensor would work great, but it is too bulky to place behind the TV. The TV5's elements slip nicely behind the cabinet when the unit is behind the right side of the TV (Sony 50" LCD Wega). I never watch channel 21 or 8, anyway. I 'm just happy to watch all the CSI's, Las Vegas, and Alias in HD.