Originally Posted by sonicdoommario
64 will usually come in for me without a problem, as long as I don't put the antenna in a super awkward spot (like on top of my cuckoo clock, which is the highest point in my room
). Of the big 4 networks for Providence, 12 is the most difficult one to pull in.
What would you mean by a bad multipath issue? Educate me on this one, thanks.
One thing about my room is that I have no northward-facing window to stick my antenna near. So out of desperation, I've stuck my antenna in the northermost and highest part of my room to no avail. I tried out my antenna in my parents' room, which does have a north-facing window, and I was able to get a pretty good signal from WFXT and WLVI. Otherwise, that's pretty much it.
EDIT: To clarify, I'm 2.4 miles from the WPRI/WNAC tower, and 3.1ish miles from the other 2 towers in the area. Don't know if that makes a significant difference...
I am going to answer this is in mixed order. The distance you are from the transmitter makes a huge difference. We transmit 30kW on WPRI/WNAC, so your signal strength from us should be , oh , "blow the doors off" level.
Same with WJAR/WLNE and WSBE. WJAR/WLNE/WSBE are putting out 1000kW (WJAR), 350kW (WLNE), and 50kW (WSBE). Again, "blow the doors off" level.
You said you are facing north? Which direction is it from your window/room to the towers? (The towers are on Pine Street & Homestead Ave)
Do you have to "look through" your building towards the towers in Rehoboth?
Because the signal is so strong there, if you have a very close nearby building, the signal could be easily reflecting off of it into your antenna (multi-path, an abbreviated term for multiple signal paths into one antenna location). Any object can cause it. Trees, water towers, etc.
As far as Boston reception, you should get everything there with a passive antenna as well. I highly doubt you'd need a pre-amp to receive the "big guys" from Boston (2,4,5,7,25,44,56). I can get most (2,4,5,25) here in Riverside, several miles south and several feet lower than you, without a pre-amp. In fact with Rehoboth being so close to you, a pre-amp of any kind is just going to kill any decent reception for you.