Originally posted by AFIS
It seems you have been doing some reading and good work so far. A couple of thoughts. First, a highly directional antenna often is needed as our transmitters are in many directions, and/or there are multipath issues, and/or distance issues.
AFIS, thank you very much for your ideas.
I have been reading as much as I can, on this board and others. Unfortunatelly with HDTV OTA, there is no one single perfect solution for everybody. Thats why I finally decided to ask for opinion of others.
This holds true for Cheshire as WCTX and WTNH are on Gaylord Mtn in northern Hamden and WTXX and WFSB are on Rattlesnake Mtn near New Britain. This is just too much for most antennas to handle if seeking HDTV signal.
I can get WTXX with almost 100% and WFSB is not a blip on the radar. Would that suggest that no amount of tweaking will bring WFSB in until they go full power? Also, is Rattlesnake Mtn the future place of NBC and FOX (wvit and wtic) transmitters? If not, where are they located?
Second, cant you get the antenna on the roof, perhaps with a basic tripod mount even? This would be the best next step. Third, dont add pre-amps until you have tried without, for they can add their own set of problems, especially as you are very close to WTNH and close to others. The CM 7777 is very good.
Overall conclusion: Wait a few weeks until temps above zero and put up rooftop ant with rotator, then wait for Directv or Comcast to end this mess with our locals.
I do not want antenna on the roof, but I will try for the experiment sake. Just to see if it makes any difference. As you know, the warmer weather is a must for this adventure. I also want to try the rotator, maybe I can get a PBS station. Cheshire has COX cable, so none of the good HDTV news in this thread applies to them.
I would be interested in knowing what other Cheshire, or nearby towns residents can pull in, and with what kind of setup.