Thanks for being patient with me. I finally am doing tests with some antenna's. Here is my situation at this point. Let me know what you think about all this:
Today I purchased the Samsung SIR-T151 receiver as an open box purchase at Best Buy in Bellevue for $359. (for anyone who's interested, they have another open box unit there for $299 - it just doesn't have the remote). I purchased a Channel Master model 3010 from Lowes. I know you suggested to purchase the model 4228. Since I cannot find a place to easily buy it locally, I went with what Lowes carries for testing purposes. I think a lot of people do this, because every item I bought today was "open box".
I've hooked everything up, and have set the Channel Master antenna out on my upper deck, running a 50' RG59 coax cable down the hall into the T151. (My wife is going to allow this beautiful cable to run through our bedroom, and down the hall for about a week).
I found that I have a very small window of angle to get the antenna pointed right. The signal strength is showing at 11 ticks from the left (out of 24 ticks). It tends to fluctuate down to 10 or 9 ticks at times (could this be from the trees blowing in the wind?).
After doing a channel scan, here is a list of what is being picked up:
TV 4-1 KOMO-DT Strong Signal Dolby 2-0 Surround
TV 9-1 KCTS-DT Fluctuates from TV image to "No Signal"
TV 9-2 Kids Black all the time with "Digital Sound" at bottom
TV 9-3 Learns Black all the time with "Digital Sound" at bottom
TV 9-5 KCTS-HD Fluctuates from TV image to "No Signal"
TV 13-1 KCPQ-DT Strong Signal Dolby 2-0
TV 13-2 KTWB-DT Strong Signal Dolby 2-0
TV 22-1 KTWB-DT Strong Signal Dolby 2-0
TV 22-1 KCPQ-DT Strong Signal Dolby 2-0
That's all I'm getting. I was hoping to pick up King5, but that is nowhere to be found. I moved the antennae inside the condo right outside the room where the TV is, and the results are the same, except I was able to pick up the KONG channel. That tells me that the signal is being picked up about the same through the outer walls of the condo unit.
Any thoughts on achieving better reception? Should I order the Channel Master 4228? I did notice that it has a 60 mile UHF range, while the model 3010 unit I got from Lowes has a 30 mile range. Would that make all the difference?
Thanks for your continued help and advice.