Originally posted by No Clue
I've been having issues with Voom and WVBT. I thought it was a multipath issue but I installed an antenna that is supposed to help with that with no success. I basically get a great picture with signal strength in the mid 90's but every few minutes it will drop into the 60's, 70's or low 80's and freeze up. I'm wondering if it is a voom receiver issue.
I haven't watched WAVY in a couple of days so I can't comment on the lastest issue.
I don't have any problem with WVBT except the 'intermittent' sound issue I reported. I hope that Les Garrington will comment on that eventually.
I am using the "standard issue" Winegard Amplified VHF/UHF antenna (figure 8 broad pattern) that Voom installs above their satellite dish. So far, I get all the local OTA (digital and analog), and UNC-TV in Columbia NC (when conditions are good, maybe 20% of time). The Voom antennas are mounted off the wooden porch of my apartment on the third floor. There is an unobstructed view to the SSW (to Driver). All locals come in at 98-99, except WHRO, which sometimes drops down into the 80's. But I don't have any observed drop outs from WHRO or any local. Of course, the satellite dish, pointing SE, has some dropouts in heavy rain -- and when a large jet takes off at Langley AFB (the end of runway is only a few miles away, and exactly in the SE path of my dish). I'm quite happy with this antenna, since it greatly outperfoms an old R.S. yagi with corner reflector, than has been retired. I could not get 33 with it, even though it was mounted in the same place.
Are you using the same antenna Voom antenna, or a replacement? I would suggest you just turn it a little each time, and try again. I originally had some drop outs with WHRO (which I thought was a multi-path issue, since their analog signal (on 15) was also ghosty, but that went away when I moved the antenna only a tiny bit.
I am thinking about how I could mix a Channel 20 "cut" yagi into the low gain Voom antenna's VHF/UHF line, so I could get UNC-TV all the time. Does anyone out there have any recommendations on this. I know I have to use a splitter/combiner with DC pass, and that I must add a DC-block to the yagi to avoid shorting the DC to the Voom antenna.