I still havn't put up an outdoor antenna, however using a Silver Sensor on top of my TV (not looking out an ESE window) I get 66 - 70 on the E* scale. What is strange is at that level I never could get a lock on any other station, but luckily I do on WKBN.
What is stranger is that the time of day matters. I cannot get a lock at noon but do get a lock in the early evening before sunset.
I believe a big part of my problem is the signal has to go through my aluminum-sided walls. For example I can't get a lock on WVIZ-DT unless I run a longer coax to the north-facing window - and I'm only 3 miles from the transmiter (granted they are only using one hamster to power their generator at the moment
). To get a stronger signal on WKBN (an impressive 103) requires me to run a coax from the family room through the kitchen and into the living room. The analog Youngstown stations do not come in hardly at all even with this living room set-up (33 not at all, 21 barely watchable and 27 not as good as 21). I use a compass to aim the Silver Sensor and take the magnetic correction factor into play.
I bet once I get on my roof I should be able to get a lock 100% of the time with a solid signal and maybe add WFMJ-DT as well.
A note on picture quality: The other evening CBS ran the movie "Something Has to Give". There was a strobing effect just during that film. If you ever saw a PAL or SECAM video converted to NTSC it sort of looked like that - a jitter every now and then like frames were being dropped. I compaired WKBN to WOIO and I did not see the same thing on WOIO (however I did see the obnoxious color pulsations on OIO
). I have not seen it again since that evening, so maybe it was an anomoly.