Originally Posted by T-Max
. . . So maybe it wasn't 1 WTC that caused last year's problem. . .
Well, it's that time of year again.
Those that don't already know can look back at my posts of 1 year ago (May 2012), when I had good MY9 reception in April (for the three MY9 Yankee games) and then no reception at all in May. The first game in May was Tuesday, May 15 @ Baltimore and I had no reception at my usual antenna location (now known as my #1 position). I suspected that it was the tree leaves on a tree relatively close to the antenna that was the problem, since that tree had "leafed out" since my last April game on 4/23/12. So I cut the offending branches out of the way and there was no difference.
It was then suggested that the recent height of 1WTC might be the cause, so I moved the antenna to my #2 position (~8 ft away) and got adequate reception. That was in June; I missed all three May games (15th, 18th, 22nd) due to no reception. I had reception at that location for the rest of the season.
This year, I again got all of the April games as well as the last MY9 game which was last Friday, the 17th. This is at my #1 location. But whereas April's reception was an essentially solid 85% to 86%, Friday's reception was an essentially solid 84%. Later in the game it increased to an essentially solid 84% with fairly solid spells up at 85%, but it was indeed an essentially solid 84% throughout and I watched the entire game with very few glitches.
A reasonably solid 85% or above gives me issue-free reception. An essentially solid 84% gives me essentially issue-free reception. But if I'm only getting a max of 84%, it's usually not essentially solid enough to give me suitable reception. Last Friday's reception was unusually solid, in my experience, when that's the max I'm getting. So last Friday's reception was rather unusual.
Which brings me to today. I tried reception at the #1 position and it max'd out at 81%, with the occasional drops to zero. I then moved to the #2 position and it's basically the same.
So at this point, I have no MY9 reception.
All this leads me to suspect that it was not 1WTC that caused last year's problem. I now suspect that it's the trees in the distance that are the problem. Or, more specifically, the leaves on those trees.
Or it could be the combination of those trees coupled with the height of 1WTC (?).
I'll go back up and move the antenna around to see if I can find another sweet spot, but as of now, no Yankee game for me tonight (or the rest of the summer?)
My other NYC stations are all okay, except for 5.1 and 5.2, which I NEVER get.
I truly hope that the MY9 antenna moves to the tippy top of 1WTC, and that it happens tomorrow, if not sooner.