Originally Posted by slykens
I don't know about the Sharpshooter. You need to take a look at the gain and 3 dB beam width for the antenna to make a comparison to an 8-bay bowtie. An 8-bay bowtie will typically have about 12 dB of gain in the channel range we want to be in. Off the top of my head I forget what the pattern looks like so I can't speak to beam width. Keep in mind that beam width is typically tightly related to gain. A higher gain/tigher beam width equals a more directional antenna.
At short ranges ( <40 miles or so) the bowtie will work fine for high-VHF channels.
If the problem is multipath a higher gain/tighter pattern antenna will help to a certain extent as it will be less sensitive to off-axis reflections.
I have to admit that I don't think there's much you can do downtown at the moment. I could certainly be very wrong. At my location I am shooting over downtown and all but WWCP-DT come in fine 99% of the time.
What model receiver are you trying to use? Do you know what generation chipset it is?
Unless you're going to be able to get the antenna up on the roof you won't get WJAC-DT from Johnstown... Have you tried a simple set of rabbit ears?
Do you mean the HDTV receiver? If so, I am using the tuner in the Sony KD-30XS955. I will do some reading to determine the chipset.
I have not tried rabbit ears (I don't have a set).
Now for the update...the TV was delivered on Saturday morning. I hooked up the cable and ran the Auto Program feature. As mentioned before, I have D&E Communications analog (no STB). The TV detected well over 100 digital stations but I only got the music stations. All of my TV stations were the same except that I now get WPSU (channels 3.1 and 3.2). I guess the signal is so strong that I can receive it without an antenna?
I then connected the Sharpshooter 3000. With it on top of the TV I was able to get WPSU only (channels 3.1 and 3.2). I ran an 8 or 10 foot length of coax out to the balcony of my apartment and put the antenna on a small table and pointed it south. I rescanned for digitals and then got WATM-DT and WTAJ-DT in addition to WPSU-DT. Not surprisingly, I did not get WJAC-DT.
After reading this thread and others about OTA reception I was surprised I got the channels from Altoona in downtown State College. However, I think it helped that I have a pretty clear view towards the south from my balcony.
As an aside, I sent an email to D&E Communications and asked them if they have any plans to add HD content to their digital packages. They responded and said they do not plan to offer HD programming in the near future.