As I reported on September 9, I've been using a borrowed set of Radio Shack 15-1862 amplified rabbit ears to feed a Samsung SIR-T151 for viewing on my Pioneer Elite. By carefully adjusting the antenna, I could receive several of the locals well enough for viewing. (By carefully, I mean to within 3/4 of an inch! If I was off by an inch, I'd lose reception on many of the channels.)
I've waited since September for my Channel Master rotor to finally arrive. I selected a Channel Master 4228 antenna (the highest passive gain, consumer grade, UHF antenna I could find), and had it mounted about 7 feet above the ridgeline of my house. I needed about 50 feet of lead-in to bring the signal inside.
I was sorely disappointed. The only new stations I picked up were WGHP and WDBJ. And, they weren't consistently reliable. Reception of WFMY was actually worse than with the rabbit ears!
In despiration, I added a Winegard AP-8275 preamp (28dB gain) about 3 feet below the antenna. (I'd originally wanted a Channel Master 7775. But, it was out of stock, and I was already sick of waiting for Channel Master parts.)
Oh, what a difference that preamp made! I now reliably receive these stations:
-WXLV 29 (45-1) ABC
-WXII 31 (missing PSIP, should be 12-n) NBC
-WUNL 32 (26-1, 26-3, 26-4, 26-5) PBS, with program guide.
-WUPN 33 (48-2) UPN
-WGHP 35 (8-1) FOX
- WFMY 51 (2-1) CBS, primetime only, plus one afternoon soap, with program guide, and very responsive and helpful transmitter manager.
- WDBJ 18 (7-1, 7-2) CBS, with program guide, and color bars and test tone on 7-2. What a great idea! I ought to drive to Roanoke and buy those guys a beer! Plus, it made me nostalgic. I used to watch their station as a kid.
-WSLS 30 (missing PSIP, should be 10-n) NBC
-WUNC 59 (4-1, 4-3, 4-4, 4-5) PBS, ocassionally intermittent in bad weather.
I'm one happy boy! I've scratched my plans to pay TWC for the privledge of watching the HD locals (if they ever get around to carrying them in 2003).
Even though I receive all of these stations reliably, they never kick the signal strength meter on my Samsung past about 50% of full scale.
I can also get glimpses of several of several Charlotte stations, but can't lock on good enough for viewing. Looking around my 40-year-old neighborhood (near PTI), I see several legacy antennas, all mounted back in the 60's, on masts much taller than mine. I think they may have done this to better receive signals down in the heavily wooded hole where my neighborhood is situated. So, I think I'll follow suit, and try adding another 5 or 10 feet of mast.
I'm not going to be happy until I can receive more stations than 'foxeng' with his antenna propped up against his deck
Do you guys think that raising my antenna another 5 or 10 feet will have much of an impact?