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It sounds like you are in a spot where their transmitter signal path has a blind spot. This makes me think that the transmitter signal is focused more toward the South East perhaps favoring the direction of Chico. If it were possible for you to take a second VHF antenna (small size), where you can hold it while it is connected to your receiver so to walk around to different spots on your land to see if you can find a sweet spot. But then, if you did, you may not be able to mount that antenna at that location for obvious reasons. Maybe even changing the current height of your existing antenna from higher to lower might make a big difference.
I am located in the Enterprise area South of Hwy 44. Like you the VHF07 signal actually does shoot over my property and my elevation is a little over 600 ft. I should have a 100% signal but only get around 80 on the best of days. KIXE VHF09 signal is 100% all the time.
The UHF34 transmitter must have some pretty severe problem or maybe it is being upgraded. Maybe they have acquired MY TV and are going to make it HD for that channel. It would be nice to see the bay area games in HD!
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Discovered this, this week, as well. The scum sucking grin of their talking head's little pre-recorded message about it (the only channel that comes up after re-scan) is just salt and lemon juice in the wound. Truly loathe everything about comcast.
I am up in Paradise and am working on researching whether I will be able to set up an attic mounted antenna to get the main channels (abc/cbs/nbc/fox) or if I will have to go roof mounted/free standing.
If attic or garage mounted I will just need to figure out how to get the cable from my attic/garage to the crawlspace under my house so that I can connect it into the existing cable wiring.
If I rotate it to the south, depending on the weather conditions I can pick up some of the Sacramento area transmissions-- a 120 mile haul- not bad for a 40 mile range antenna.
I would suspect if your antenna is up over the ridgeline in Paradise, aimed to the NW, your experience will be about the same
The house I'm in was pre-wired for coax, with a comcast cable feed. I added an a/b switch to the feed, and mounted the antenna on a mast that had been previously used for a directTV mini-dish. If comcast is encrypting everything now, it looks like I can remove the a/b switch.
Take two 16 inch pieces of wire (bailing wire or thicker, the thicker the better) and bridge them with a coax to 300 ohm transformer. ( you can get these at electronic or home improvement stores).
Hang this vertically. Plastic pipe or wood 2x2 could work just fine
(coax to TV)
Place this outside if you can. If you have reflection issues, try placing a separate three to four foot piece of metal a foot/16 inches or so also vertically behind. Assume the dots to indicate no physical connection between the director and the receive antenna.
This works because there Is both vertical and horizontal signals being broadcast from the channel 7 antenna.
As for channel 7, On the classic vertical plane, (where the recieve antenna has the elements parallel to the ground) you can experience less than optimal signal level when you are close in to Redding. With the power beam pointed more outwards towards Chico and Weed directions from Shasta Bally.
However as the antenna is circular/elliptical there is significant horizontal plane energy that is less directional. It covers Redding pretty good. However you will need to add a simple antenna like I mentioned earlier, or mount a standard antenna "side ways" so that the elements are pointed up and down.
One example is the Dish receive site, which is close in to Shasta Bally. Careful inspection of that site will reveal a sideways mounted antenna for channel 7 reception.
As building or modifying a special antenna is beyond most consumers, channel 34 does serve as fill in translator instead.