This is from the Southside of Chicago.
Good day all, I have been running an HD antenna since I moved in my house (six years).
At first I used an indoor antenna I used when I lived downtown. It worked okay, but was very directional, so it didn't work with recording shows.
Then I discovered a rooftop antenna in my attic, and connected that. It was pretty darn good, and could actually tune in every station at once, but anytime the weather shifted (storm/pressure/seasons...) we would lose a station at random. It was extremely picky regarding the exact direction. I had full signals on nearly all stations even after a splitter, so I wondered if the signals were too strong.
I decided to downsize the antenna and bought the Antennas Direct DB2 (not DB2e). I mounted it in the attic on a rod that pokes through my ceiling so I can manually rotate it. I found the right direction and finally reached antenna nirvana.
Then my wife wanted a north facing bay window and as part of that we replaced some siding and soffits. The window had a metallic coating, the siding has foil covered insulation underneath, and of course the soffits replaced wood with aluminum.
Since then we have never been able to get all of the stations at once using any of the antennas. When I point to the direction shown on TV Fool, I get almost everything but CBS and WCIU. CBS works best with the antenna pointed straight east, WCIU is random. However, even when we angle in the right direction, sometimes we lose stations after a day or sometimes we even lose our signal when the computer starts recording. Regardless it always seems way too finicky, a night and day change since they did the work on the house.
If anyone has any advice, it would be appreciated. I just bought a second tuner so I could connect two separate antennas, but even then I have very low confidence. Maybe it would be okay if the computer was smart enough to choose between the two signals and select the best one, but as far as I am aware, that is not possible.