Originally Posted by JoeWS
Peter, Channel 6 broadcasts on Real Channel 6, which really requires a Lo-VHF antenna. The other channels you mentioned, 3 and 10 broadcast on UHF channels and 12 broadcasts on Hi-VHF, Channel 12. So your antenna might be to blame.
But I wonder. For over a year, I got Channel 6 with my ANT751 with no problems. I always had a signal. Now for the past month, Channel 6 is a no-show most of the time. I can't figure out why? The antenna is for UHF and Hi-VHF but 6 was always there. At 15 miles from the towers, the signals are strong. here.
To get 6 on a reliable basis, we need to add an antenna that will provide some gain on Lo-VHF. I'm still thinking about it but haven't tried anything yet. My antenna is on a 10ft pole above the roofline.
We have been getting channel 6 on a "Channel Master 4228 UHF 8-Bay HDTV Antenna (Long-range)
" antenna for at least 10 years. We have had occasional episodes of pixellation, but never zero like this.
Overnight the problem has gone away. No action by Yours Truly... it just works now. Signal quality isn't great (50% or so viz: Tiny URL dot com/op2585l, but at least it's there and there is no pixellation.
I used to suspect trees/branches, but was never able to correlate episodes of pixellation with any change in that respect.
Seems to me that if an interruption like this (no signal for over 24 hours) were anything but very local the station would be losing huge bucks and we would hear about it on the evening news.
OTOH if you took everything I know about TV technology, rolled it into a ball, and set it on the edge of a razor blade it would look like a golf ball in the middle of the New Jersey Turnpike....so maybe I shouldn't over think this.
: If we were to put up a Low-VHF antenna, could it be run in parallel with the existing one? i.e. one coax feeding the tuners and best signal wins? Or would we be having to switch antennas when we switch between channel 6 and the UHF/High-VHF channels?
Tangentially, I wonder how such a big outfit as ABC got stuck with such a poor frequency - I would think they would have paid somebody off by now and moved to better territory at the expense of some smaller player. Maybe things are not quite as grim as I think they are.... -)