I'm using a Terk TV-55 antenna mounted to my chimney. It's at least 6' higher than the top of the chimney, and most stations come in fine without turning on the onboard preamp via the power injector. I have a Samsung TV with a built in HDTV tuner that seems to work ok for all the stations, there are issues with Channels 18 and 6 HD sometimes. I recently got a HDHomeRun network digital tuner, and it has the ability to monitor not just signal strength like the TV, but also two other levels, that indicate the noise on the signal being received.
For Channel 6 I get no signal strength at all on the device unless I turn on the preamp on the antenna. But when I turn on the preamp the signal quality drops 2 bars on all the other stations I think that means 20%.
Which makes a couple of the stations that were good become marginal, more signal dropout.
I looked at the maps of the TV stations antenna at www.2150.com
and noticed that TV6 has a much more focused spread then the others, which is probably the problem.
I tried turning the antenna, and I found that I can't point it the direction I thought it should be pointing, but instead it is turned a bit north... Instead of pointing E-SE (mostly east) It's pointing E-NE.
Ok, now for the questions..
1) IS channel 6 going to beef up their transmitter, and have the broadcast be more widespread?
2) Would getting a ChannelMaster or Winegard preamp introduce less noise to the signal.. Keeping in mind that I'd rather not have to preamp, since the only station that is helped by the preamp is CH6, all the others are hurt by the preamp.