Originally Posted by clint357
The antenna is an RCA ANT751R and the amp is a Winegard AP-8700 Preamplifier High Gain Low Noise 19 dB UHF 17 dB VHF for HDTV Antenna. I live in a relatively flat residential area 4 miles south of downtown Grand Rapids 49507. After looking at antennapoint.com to see that the cbs signal comes from the southeast, I am going to move my antenna to a better location. It just seemed strange that I got a great signal one day and absolutely nothing the next. It is currently about 18' off the ground on the NW corner of my house pointing to the NorthWest with the end extending past the corner of the house. I think I may put it on the NorthEast corner of the house and aim it South Southeast. It is hanging under the eve. I know it would be better on the roof hooked on the chimney, but it's really hard to get up there and I'm very affraid of heights. My intention was to put it on the chimney, but I almost wet myself trying to get up there so I quickly retreated. I just hope this move will work because this is the third antenna I have tried and I have spent hours moving them around. The other two were indoor amplified antennas. Thanks for the help.
Are there a lot of tall buildings around your area. With you living in Grand Rapids, you're probably getting multipath from your signals. The pre-amp might be a problem too for the stations that are south of Grand Rapids, because it could be overloading the strong signals of those strong stations. It doesn't help that WZZM & WGVU are coming from different directions. WGVU & WGVK are simulcasts, & you won't need to worry about getting an antenna for WGVK (WGVK's antenna is around Kalamazoo). WZZM & WOTV however are not simulcasted outside of network programming, due to the stations having different owners, but at the same time, both are ABC affiliates. So unless you plan to rely solely on WOTV (RF 20) for ABC, you will need a VHF-Hi only antenna pointed NW of Grand Rapids. That one would be ok to pre-amplify, because it's nearly 30 miles NW of Grand Rapids. Also, unless you can pickup WGVU off the side of your main antenna, you will need another VHF-Hi antenna pointed west of Grand Rapids. I don't know if you're interested in religious programming from WTLJ, because that will call for a VHF-Hi/UHF west of Grand Rapids. If not, & you can't get a steady (or no signal at all), then you need a VHF-Hi antenna just for WGVU. Just for WZZM & WGVU, I would recommend an Antennacraft Y5-7-13 antenna
As much as I like some of the stations from Grand Rapids that I picked up NE of me on the Indiana side, I would be spending a lot of money on antennas to get all the stations I need, if I lived around Grand Rapids. I need 2 antennas for my setup, due to all stations, but 1, transmitting NW of me, while 1 station transmitting south of me.
After looking back on my post, I noticed that you mentioned that you used antennapoint.com for your search. It's a useful tool. TV Fool gives signal strengths for each station that's receivable in your area. You can also have it show lines from your location to where the transmitter locations are. Most people on this board recommend TV Fool over any other website. Since you're new, this site might make you wait a bit longer before you can post links. I did include an estimated TV Fool
chart for your area (don't have an exact location & we don't want you posting your actual address here for security reasons), but the TV Fool plot chart that's being shown would have hidden your actual address. The plot chart is for us to help out what you get, & which directions your stations come from.