Originally Posted by spikeit
So the Terk HDTVs amplified outdoor antenna would be too much? From the specs it says that this antenna is great to catch reflections so one would think this would work well.... confused... I've tried an indoor bowtie antenna and get nothing. Thanks again for your replies!
The folks who were talking to you about signal nulls weren't too far off the mark. If it is just one tower and you are about a mile away, typically there is not much signal there. If there is any, it tends to be clustered in rings around the tower as you move outward from the base. You good be in a ring that has too much signal, as one poster said, and could easily overdrive an amplified antenna. On the other hand, you could be in an area with no signal (a null) and really be fighting for any signal what so ever. One of my guys lives four miles from our tower and is in the null of a couple of the local stations.
Unless your TV stations' tower was built right in a city, broadcasters don't tend to put much signal downward. For instance, most of the Houston towers sere put up in the early 80's out in an area that used to be rice fields. No one lived anywhere near the towers, so most stations ignored the null fill option (downward signal) so that they could put more power out at the horizon. Twenty years later developments surround the tower farm on two sides, with a third growing in towards us daily. Many home owners here are exactly in your situation.
When folks on this forum talk about an indoor bowtie, they tent to mean something like the attached picture. For this to work, you may need to get it near a window and play around a little, like pointing it upwards besides back & forth. Drag the TV over for antenna playtime if you have too because you need to figure out how to get a signal before you can figure out where to place an antenna permanently (and then run the antenna cable over to where you want the Tv to live).
A better antenna would be a 4-bay like a CM4221 and play with it the same way (but hopefully outside). If you do have too much signal with the 4221, you can always use the attic for an attenuator. Use the analog signals while you still can. Too much signal strength tends to put diagonal bars running through the picture and/or a buzz in the sound. Too little signal and you get a snowy picture or no picture at all.