Originally Posted by cpalmer2k
I tried the Channel Master OTA DVR+ because you can easily convert its' recordings and burn them to Blu-Ray for posterity. The tuner is way too sensitive though, so I returned it. Others in threads on this forum have complained about the same thing.
My antenna is pointed at the main Charlotte antenna farm where WSOC, WCCB, and WAXN are located. Those channels came in fine, but WBTV and WJZY were constantly breaking up on it (even though both are fine on my TV, even through my DirecTV's AM21N... which is a finicky creature itself). Where I am you can pick up WBTV with a paperclip, so I knew it wasn't going to make the cut when it couldn't consistently record on it.
You may have gotten a bad one. The tuner on mine is the strongest in my fleet (I have six other flat panels, and four converters, all of which receive OTA TV). But I live (as the crow flies) 5-8 miles from the broadcast towers for 3, 36, 46, and 55. Since I have an HD antenna pointed right at them, I get close to 100% signal strength, and since the Mecklenburg station towers come in on the back of the antenna, they are strong as well. The antenna in my OTA DVR is the remnants of a 30+ year old analog antenna, that was only medium-sized when it was new. A 2003 ice storm brought it to the ground, and today the front 30% of the antenna is all that is left (the tines are all broken off the back, leaving the equivalent of a "stick" protruding toward to the back side). But that one is pointed toward Charlotte, and channels 9 and 18 are consistently right at 100% signal strength, and 42, 58 and 64 are regularly 60% or better. The "stick" coming off the back brings in 3, 36, 46, and 55, fairly well (but I can switch out the antenna plugs - I have three antennas on the roof, and three sets of indoor antennas - if needed). With the above Charlotte antenna connected, my OTA DVR pulls in Wilmington, Myrtle Beach, etc., providing me with an announcement that new channels have been added to the list. But then I have to delete them, because that far away, they will rarely get a picture. Sometimes I can get channel 22 (another CW affiliate) and channel 12 the NBC/MeTV affiliate from Winston Salem fairly well. But never, never, never can I get WSPA channel 7 from Spartanburg, or 4 /13 from Greenville/Asheville. Either the mountains or the Gaffney peach, just kill of those signals.
My HD antenna will regularly get channels 28.1 and 28.2 from Gastonia. I'll just bet the majority of the people on this forum didn't even know that station existed...