Originally Posted by ProjectSHO89
I'd have to call any fear about exterior LED lighting on the ESB causing interference with TV transmissions and and that any individual's reception problems are related "unfounded".
I was going to say "silly", but I decided to be diplomatic.
You probably should have stuck with "silly."
Why bother trying to be diplomatic, especially when you take the time to point out how your first instinct was to be "less diplomatic."
Sounds kinda like when people say "I hope you don't take this the wrong way..."
Or how about "It's not about the money."
But I digress.
As to my problem, I figure it's due to only 3 possible causes:
1) The new LED lighting (but that would be silly)
2) Some problem or change in MY9's situation
3) The tree that's directly in line with my NYC LOS.
My equipment hasn't changed at all, so I doubt it's any kind of problem in that regard. The tree in my LOS has now grown to the point where its upper two shoots have more or less completely blocked my LOS when they are fully "leafed out." Back on 4-10 and 4-23 I don't think the leaves were anywhere near as thick as they are now. Up to this year I was able to set the antenna in the gap between the two shoots. But they've now filled out to the point where that gap is really no longer there.
The tree is perhaps 50-75 feet from the antenna. It's a "swamp maple" which is kinda fast-growing with fairly large leaves that pretty thickly populate the tree and thus form a pretty good LOS blockage.
And, of course, the leaves were nice and wet last night. I suppose that didn't help.
The only other point I'd note in regard to that tree is that I think
I used to know that it would pose more of a problem with VHF than UHF. But maybe I've got that backwards?
As I said before, my VHF reception seems unaffected by the tree. So if I have it right, and not backwards, it doesn't seem like the tree would be the source of my recent poor MY9 reception (RF 38).
It was really VERY poor reception last night. And it seems the same today as well. Last month I had a very solid 84 with virtually no drops below 84 and the occasional pop up to 85. Now it's really mostly zero with jumps up to 81 for 3-5 seconds, then back down to zero. I doubt I'd even be able to lock it on a rescan.
Frankly, it's now about the same as 5.1 reception (RF 44), which has been this way forever. Since 9.1 and 5.1 are "related" (on the same antenna?) I'm thinking either something has changed with MY9 since my last foray on 4-23, or it's that freaking tree.
Originally Posted by Bassman60
...My 9 is working fine in Queens.
Thanks for the feedback. I'm right on the edge of MY9 reception out here so I wouldn't expect those much closer in to see any significant change unless MY9 was having some sort of major problem. It wouldn't take much of a change to drastically affect my reception.