Originally Posted by AvidHiker
. . . Presumably, your issues relate more to the presence of the Watchung ridge...
Yes, the Watchung ridge is most definitely a more serious problem than 1WTC. Add to that the fact that I'm in a bit of a bowl relative to a smaller ridge at my particular location, and close up to the foot of that ridge.
Kinda like being in a fairway bunker near the greenside lip. If yer further back in the bunker you have a better LOS to the pin and more likely to clear the lip and get up onto the green.
And while I agree that 1WTC is not strictly "in line" with my LOS to the ESB, it seems that it's close enough to have had an effect last year, if that's what was indeed causing my problem. While I'm in a better position vis-a-vis 1WTC than someone in East Brunswick, I'm still more likely to see an effect than LenL, who's up in Randolph.
That's all I'm sayin'
And there definitely seemed to be a problem last year that came up rather suddenly and seemed to match the construction progress of 1WTC, which had just "peaked" to a new height. I had Yankee games in April and got all of them just fine (last one on 4-23). Then when my first May game came along (5-15), I had nothing. And I continued to have nothing until it was suggested by retiredengineer that 1WTC might be a problem and I might try moving my antenna to correct for the multipath effect, which I did.
At first I thought it was tree leaves (which weren't fully present in April) and cut away the offending branches from a tree about 50 to 75 feet away from the antenna and directly in my NYC LOS. But that had no effect and it wasn't until I moved the antenna around that I got MY9 reception back.
And I've been saying for a LONG time (too long and too often) that MY9 and ch 5 are particular problems since many of the other NYC broadcasters' antennas are also located on the ESB and the supposed power of MY9 and 5-1 appears to be up to par with everybody else. So I'm wondering why I get everyone else basically okay, but not MY9 and 5-1 (which I can't even get to lock in). You seem to also have problems with MY9 that you don't see with the other NYC stations, so I guess it's not just me. But because I'm iffy for all of the NYC stations, my MY9 problem is worse than yours. I'm also a bit farther out than you, which doesn't help.
But I'm 50 miles away from the Philly antennas at the Roxborough antenna "farm" and I get all of them very strong because I have excellent LOS. I also get Bethlehem / Allentown stations great.
SIR-TS360 receiver (also VOOM OTA box (retired VOOM Satellite box))
RS Model VU-190 XR antenna
Getting 53 strong channels/subchannels out of the Roxborough farm /
Trenton / Allentown (farm is ~50 miles away @ 233°)