Originally Posted by coleminer
Hi, I just moved to Pacific Grove, and bought a Mohu Plus Amplified Leaf indoor antenna. Currently the antenna is on the ceiling in the bathroom (not the most eye appealing place). An outdoor antenna is out of the question because I am in an apartment. I am able to receive the most stations here (8.1/8.2, 35.1, and very spotty, but 25.1/25.2/25.3, along with 31.1/31.2/31.3 showing up but with no picture). I have tried almost everywhere in this apartment with no luck on gaining anymore stations.
Sounds like you're not receiving any stations from Mt. Toro; 46, 39, 22, etc.
I have always had cable before joining the army, but this is definitely a cheaper alternative. I have a few questions since I am new to OTA reception:
Is there a better indoor antenna out there for me other than the Amplified Leaf?
Lots of people like the Winegard SS3000 but I can't guarantee success with any particular antenna.
Is there a certain direction or way of hanging the antenna that I should be doing?
No, it's hit and miss. An indoor antenna may require a different position for every station.
Would a DTV converter box be able to find more stations than my digital ready tv, thus allowing me to fine tune the antenna when I finally get sound/picture? (currently the tv stops at a few places and scans for a minute before jumping percentage wise).
If anything the TV tuner is likely to be better than a converter box. The scanning situation you describe happens when the TV finds a signal but is unable to decode it. This most likely means that the signal is strong enough but there is too much multipath. Moving the antenna may improve this for that particular station.
I have tried tvfool. Without antenna height for my address, it tells me I can get a few more channels. However when I put in how high my antenna will be (I downloaded an app on my iPhone...312 ft above sea level), it says I can receive even more stations, including CBS. Also I've wasted almost an entire box of tin foil hoping that would work.
The problem is likely multipath issues. TVFool cannot account for this, only signal strength. It would be helpful if you have some way to tune to the problem channel and move the antenna until it can be decoded.