Originally posted by PhilJSmith67
What is the terrain like in your area? The 177w station will be tough *anywhere*, but the 29k-watter should be possible. Maybe you're getting more multipath than the receiver can tolerate? Hmmm...
Well, that's the weird thing. I get a MUCH better signal from the 177w station with the Silver Sensor using VERY little effort on my part than I do with the "29k-watter" which I have to move the antenna around like crazy trying to find a spot where the signal is strongest... and it should be the other way around as the 177w station is VHF. Also, I have learned that height doesn't matter much, but that could be due to the fact that I live on a high spot for the area (at least that's what I've been told). The terrain is mostly farmland for miles, though there are radio station towers in the area and cell phone towers (I believe) too! It's mostly rural areas (farmland, trees, etc, etc) between the towers and my location.
Originally posted by PhilJSmith67 I just travelled through the Atlanta metro recently, and as I expected, WTBS was alive and well on 17. Without checking the FCC DB, I gather from your post that one of your digital signals is also on 17? Out of curiousity, do you know if WTBS was receivable at your location prior to the digital signal? If so, you might be struggling with co-channel interference.
Years ago (before all the trouble with lightning) I had a large multi-directional antenna on a rotor, and I was able to pick up WTBS one night very well, but I was only able to pick it up that one night. It was kind of exciting as we didn't have satellite then, and CableTV is not available at our location. However, I live in South Georgia, so I assume that I'm pretty good distance from WTBS.
Originally posted by PhilJSmith67 With UHF, you might be able to find a "hot spot" for WALB-DT that is also a cold spot for WTBS. Have you tried simply probing around the house with a $4 bowtie on the end of some coax?
I've tried my Omni-Directional antenna, which as I said before picked up a (analog) station 73 miles away from me better than some of my closer stations. I think that the antenna was probably a really good one, but considering the "reception" problems in my area, it just couldn't cut the digital channels. I then tried rabbit ears, both the "fancier" type rabbit ears, and the simple rabbit ears on the end of some coax, and I didn't get ANY signal whatsoever trying them... well, the "fancy rabbit ears" got a tad bit of a signal on the 177w station.