Okay, here is the skinny, any help would be greatly, greatly appreciated. I have a Samsung T451 OTA Receiver. A little background, I live in Elkhart,Goshen border, actually it could be considered Dunlap by the Concord Mall area. According to Antennaweb.org I am roughly 15 miles from all the South Bend Towers.
I am having a terrible time with the antenna situation. I live in an apartment so outdoor antenna just isn't going to work. So I went and purchased the Zenith Silver Sensor since it got such good reviews. I hooked it all up, then nothing. I had it pointing in the right direction according to antennaweb, nothing, zilch, no signal on every channel. Thinking something wasn't right I used the antenna on my TV, worked out pretty good, some snow on channels but I got every one I cared about 16, 22, 28, 34. 28 Fox was probably the most messed up but it still got it in. So I thought maybe the signal wasn't strong enough so I went to radio shack to buy an amplified antenna. I bought their UHF VHF entry level amplieied, I think it was 15db and cost 30.00, hooked it up and as soon as I powered it up I received 22 and 34 with pretty good quality. I watched some on it and thought it was great, but I wanted 16 and 28, so I went back to get the 50.00 highly rated 15-1880 amplfied antenna (26db). I hooked it up and before turning it on I instantly got channel 22 with as good of reception as the antenna before being turned on. So I turned on the amplification to see what I would get and instantly I lost the signal. I don't know if I had too much signal or what but I lost it. With it powered on I could not get any signals. Later in the night with lots of cloud cover I couldn't get 22 either unpowered or powered. So now I am on my third antenna option, I went and bought a 10 signal amplifier for the Silver Sensor. Still nothing. I guess i just do not totally understand everything going on with antenna technology and HDTV. All the antennas will pull in the channels pretty good on my regular TV, but for some reason the ATSC tuner says I do not have a signal.
Question to all, what type of an antenna do I need to get to pull in the 4 channels I want from South bend? It seems like too much power is overpowering 22, but the others I can't even pull in. Has anyone in my general area had good experience with an indoor antenna? I live in the second floor, but facing the towers is directly into a wall with no windows that goes through about 4 other small apartments. There are lots of windows everywhere else except the wall due west where the towers are. Any help and I would be estatic or a point in the right direction to help me answer why this is happening to me. Thanks everyone