I would very much appreciate feedback and suggestions for improving my OTA reception. Here's my TVFool snapshot and link.http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3d46aeac8e3951cd
I am currently using an RCA ANT751R antenna attached to the side of my house near the peak of the roof, pointed at about 3 degrees. I think I have it high enough to avoid trees, but at 30 feet high I seem to be on the cusp of getting LOS vs 1EDGE on the closer towers, presumably because I am south of the river and so have the river bluffs several miles to my north.
I am able to pick up most of the nearby local channels, but a couple are a bit spotty in that I sometimes get them, and other times I don't. The one channel I do not get at all that I would really like to pull in is ION 41, the UHF channel located about 48 miles away at about 326 degrees. I see my antenna is rated for up to 40 miles, which was more than enough at my old house, but having relocated further away from the towers I am thinking I need to upgrade my antenna to get the results I would like in this house.
I have tinkered with adjusting the aiming of the antenna a bit, and rescanned several times. When I aim at about 3 degrees, I get decent but inconsistent reception on the signals from the nearby towers, but nothing for ION 41. When I aim at 326 degrees I have no luck pulling in ION 41, AND I lose the signals from the closer towers. Obviously I have settled for getting what I can by re-aiming at 3 degrees.
I was concerned that my long run of RG6 (about 80 feet) might be at fault so I tried adding a preamp (RCA TVPRAMP1R) that others with my antenna report success with, but it did not seem to impact the reception, so I am left thinking I need to get another antenna with better long range reception, in the hopes I could not only solidify the reception of the nearby channels and also (hopefully) pull in ION 41. I need both Hi VHF and UHF capability, but am not sure if I should try to combine my current combination antenna with a long range UHF antenna, or if that will introduce new problems so perhaps I would be best served by one new long range antenna with UHF and High VHF combination.
I can easily set up a large antenna in my large attic, or alternatively a slightly smaller one on the roof somewhere if need be. I have been avoiding the very top of the roof for appearances sake, and would prefer to avoid that or at least minimize the visual impact of any external antenna.
Any feedback or suggestions from those with more experience than me would be greatly appreciated.