Originally Posted by GG386
Hey guys, haven't visited in awhile.
I'm around 10 -15 miles further from the towers than MC is, as you probably remember I finally ended up with the 8200. I did experiment with the philips brand form Menards, but was a poor performer for me- (MK, I hope you saved the box, because it is returnable even with those POS papers they call instructions
Gilbert, I think a lot of issues our fellow members are having maybe directly related as to what tuners there using and of course wiring. Case in point, as I opened this thread up tonight, it's windy as all hell out there- not exactly ideal OTA conditions. My 3 year old display pulls in 2 just fine but 7 is a little messed up. So just for s****s and giggles I went to one of my other tv"s (both less than a year old) and BOTH locked in glorious HD.
Same wiring, same antenna, same splitter, same conditions but different results.
As far as the preamp thing, I tried it once, that's when I just had my powered 4-way splitter, it made the things worse. I have just installed a new 8-way splitter (powered) and I may give it another shot (preamp) because of that 360' run I've got going on. Think it might help, or a waste of time?
Last for your last question, try it without the preamp...can't hurt, although I suspect you'll need an amplifier of about 10 dB.
As for the tuner issue, that is true. But there are other factors: quality of the wiring, what interference it encounters along the way (computer? Fluorescent light? Dimmer switch?). I know, other people say I am flat wrong on this, but I have seen it with my own eyes: RG-6 cable, minimum, and if at all possible, ALWAYS go with the quad-shield stuff to reject all the RF garbage that's floating around in one's home. It does help, if only a little. But with digital, you need all the help you can get with over-the-air.
As for the wind...well, wind has absolutely no effect on your reception. But the *effects* of it do, primary with trees changing the signal path. That can cause breaksups. When they brought in warm air aloft yesterday evening but kept the near-ground and ground layers chilly, that caused a temperature "inversion" with warm air aloft that caused the signals to bounce off the layer 3,000 feet high, essentially making the transmitters that tall to some extent.
If you don't have multipath, then it's a tuner sensitivity issue...and since generation 4, that's been fine. If there is multipath, the 5th and now-coming-onboard 6th generation handle those well. The main problem is getting that antenna outside if more than 15 miles away, or getting a big enough antenna if in the attic. That is the big issue most people face. Next to getting big enough antenna "arms" to get WBBM, of course.