Okay, so I have my Channel Master 4228 pitched up on my roof, here in M'Side. I also went the rotor route, so I could try to pick up Omaha & Sioux Falls.
After screwing with it for two days, this is where I stand. I'm able to get three Omaha stations when pointed the right direction, down south. That's great and I'm pleased. The problem is up north. I'm only able to get the S.F. NBC affiliate (KDLT-46). I found a place on the internet that listed the digital information for the Sioux Falls TV stations. That tipped me off to the problem. KDLT, while on the same tower as the others, has much more power. It's digital signal is supposed to reach 88 miles, which explains why I'm getting it in. Now, KSFY (ABC) has only a 50 mile distance, which explains why I can't get it in, down here. The tricky one is KELO. It's power is for 75 miles, which is about 5-7 miles not enuff for where I am at. BUT, late last night (for only about 10 minutes) I was able to get it in. And then this morning for not more than five minutes, I had it in.
Why am I trying so hard to get KELO? Because they are showing the Broncos-Bills game tomorrow, while the crap stations around here show the ****** Chiefs, and I'm trying to avoid going to a bar to watch the game. If I hadn't had these little "teases" here this weekend that it may come in, I'd give up.
Do you think that a pre-amp would make the difference in getting KELO in, and maybe even KSFY? I've read that a pre-amp could screw up the S.C stations, which are coming in fine.
Also, when I had a guy setting up my antenna on Thursday, he went the "lazy route" and used a splitter of some sort, to avoid alot of the extra wiring. He patched into the satellite wire running down my house and attic and used a special splitter for each TV. It doesn't seem to be affecting the quality of the picture but I worry that it may have affected the strength of the antenna by not having a wire directly from the roof, straight down to the receiver/tv.
Any thoughts? Thanx.
GT in M'Side