Originally Posted by happy2Lurk I am not saying the HDHomeRun has a bad or weak tuner.
I based my ranking on ability to tune a weak station. Since they all have different signal strength indicators, what I did was connect the pal and the HmWrx directly to the TV by HDMI. I connected the HDHomeRun by cable to the router, then by cable to my laptop.
I then tuned them all to the same weak station. The DTVPAl showed 58-60 but recorded the station cleanly, without any breakups. The HmWrx had frequent minor breaks. I could see the laptop screen while watching the TV and I frequently saw the WMC message saying weak or lost signal.
There could be several reasons why a particular station is hard to tune. The most common are probably, first, a very weak signal, or second, a rather weak signal adjacent to a strong one. I have a couple of the former and one of the latter in my area.
I've heard elsewhere the HDHomeRun has particular trouble with the second situation, but it's not so bad with the first. The Homeworx seems somewhat marginal in both situations.
That said, it's often possible to clean up the signal enough to compensate. I just got a significant improvement almost by accident - I bought a Winegard "Boost" preamp to play with; when it arrived I replaced a Kitztech KT-100 with the Boost. That didn't seem to hurt anything, so then I replaced a Radio Shack distribution amp with the KT-100, which has more gain and probably less noise. Finally, I adjusted the gain on the KT-100 and found a setting that worked very well. Now my Homeworx can receive the local HSN affiliate
Retro TV still fades and pixelates a bit, but it's mostly watchable on my Homeworx now, whereas before it was never quite reliable enough. (Unfortunately, there are other issues, such as the station's clock being off by 1 hour and 40 minutes!)