Originally Posted by AvidHiker
+1. The tone of his post(s) is quite irritating. That's nice he wants to offer some insight, but let's all relax and have a friendly discussion.
I am very glad that cjvnyc has elected to utilize an antenna and become an OTA-only household. But the list of channels he provided, considering his geographic location, was, in my opinion, anemic. I did not want him to think that he was limited to that selection. Therefore, considering all of the parameters of his particular location, I provided my suggestions for how to improve his reception. In my opinion, the way to achieve this is to go aggressive with a stronger antenna and allow it to fully breathe in all directions. I'm glad he is receiving what he is, but I think he could do even better.
The problem with OTA broadcasting in 2013 is that the content can wear with viewers easily and quickly. Infomercials, 24/7 religious stations, lack of most significant sporting events, endless reruns of typical syndicated fare, and multiple ownership rules have all depleted the uniqueness of the TV dial. The only way to mitigate that is to maximize your reception to be inclusive of as many channels as possible. That way, you at least have more variety potential. And New York City, unlike Los Angeles, Chicago, and other major markets, has virtually no independent commercial stations. This makes powerful reception all the more critical in this market.
George Molnar and nyctveng offered some excellent technical insight to this specific discussion. Len, I wasn't specifically criticizing you, though I understand how you could have construed that because I quoted your post. I was pointing out that, considering the refraction potential of his situation, a preamp could have the opposite effect of that which I know you hoped he would have. It may or it may not. My signals suffer from refraction also, and that solution did not work for me. But with reception issues, it is obvious - and digital television has definitely proved this over the past four years - that Your Mileage May Vary is more than a saying, it is a science.