I finally got jacked into the world of HDTV this week, and I was hoping someone help me with my somewhat lackluster reception. I live on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, approximately 4 miles from the Empire State Building.
I live on the top floor of a six story building, but I do NOT have a clear sight line to the ESB, as all my windows face west. I'm using a Samsung SIR-T151 Tuner and a Zenith Silver Sensor antenna. I have been able to receive CBS and FOX, but it has been spotty. The antenna is extremely picky. Even though Fox and CBS are both being broadcast from the ESB, I still need to adjust the position of the antenna when I switch between the two channels. If the antenna is moved even an inch in any direction, I lose the signal. The tuner says I'm only getting 50% signal, and there is no fluctuation. It's only 50% or 0%. I know that my reception is hurt by being in a somewhat low-rise, brick building, but I figured that my very-close proximity to the ESB would counterbalance that problem. I'm not able to pull in any other channels like PBS in New Jersey.
What would you all recommend? I would like to be able to get both CBS and FOX without fiddling every time. Does anyone recommend a different antenna? Rooftop isn't really an option for me unfortunately. And what about these firmware upgrades I've been hearing about, could that help anything?
Thanks so much,