Now all I need is to figure out the best way to ground the antenna
http://www.keohi.com/keohihdtv/hdrec...grounding.html has good info on grounding antennas.
I'm curious, with the antenna elevated, do you get a signal for WTVQ and KET without the pre-amp? The pre-amp will amplify the signal (ideally to overcome losses in your lead line and connection devices such as splitters combiners, baluns, diplexers, etc.), but it will also amplify the "noise" floor as well. I've heard the number 15.2db thrown around as the minimum signal to noise ratio required for a DTV receiver to lock onto the signal. So if you don't have this 15.2db of head room between the noise and your signal, the pre-amp isn't going to help. For my educational purposes, I'd like to know if you need both height and the pre-amp, or was the height by itself good enough to provide signal lock? (What pre-amp did you end up using?)
WTVQ was having some problems last night when I peeked over there early in the evening (all black video signal, audio only)... So they may have been tweaking things later in the evening which may explain the 4:3 you mention. I ended up watching the football game on the analog station. They have been providing a 16:9/1280x720p signal on their DTV channel since early August. They upconvert and center the SD NTSC signal when they don't have 16:9 content to source.... but this is still a 16:9 signal with black "pillar bars" on the right and left sides.
I wish they would send the native ATSC (18 modes, 6 that are SD, 6 ED, and 6 HD) equivalent for 4:3 so my TV's wide and zoom modes would function for this 4:3 material... but they don't. I don't know if this is a technical hurdle or not. Maybe William Smith can comment and shed some light on this subject? But from what I've seen in the past, KET is doing this "right" in my book... WKYT and WTVQ are doing it differently.