This is my first post in this forum. I would appreciate others' experience and opinions.
My location is Lincolnton, NC (zip 28092) about 30-35 miles northwest of downtown Charlotte.
I have just purchased a Panasonic PT-50LC13 LCD projection HDTV. I also purchased a Samsung SIR-TS360 HD receiver. I hooked the HD receiver to my existing rooftop antenna. With no adjustments, I can pick up the following digital channels:
WJZY (channel 46.1 or 47)
WWWB (channel 55.1 or 39)
WCNC (channel 36.1 or 22)
WBTV (channel 3.1 or 23)
Signal strength on these 4 stations varies from 0% to 69%, but I get no audio or video dropouts or pixelation. According to www.antennaweb.org,
I'm only 8-10 miles from these transmitters.
For WCCB (channel 18.1 or 27), signal strength varies from 0% to 54%. However, I do occasionally get audio/video dropouts and pixelation. www.antennaweb.org
says I'm 33.3 miles from this transmitter.
For WSOC (channel 9.1 or 34), I can't get a watchable picture. Audio/video dropouts are common if I can get a picture at all. www.antennaweb.org
says I'm 33.9 miles from this transmitter.
I haven't gotten a signal at all from WTVI , WUNG, or WAXN, but I'm not really concerned about them since I rarely watch them.
I don't have any hills or buildings (only trees) between my antenna and the transmitters.
I don't know what model # antenna I have. It has been on the roof since the house was built in 1977. It has 4 "bow-ties" in front and a rectangular wire mesh in back. It's somewhat similar to this one. http://www.antennasdirect.com/db4_bow.htm
The cable from the antenna to the receiver is about 40-50 feet long and is not a RG-6. It is a flat cable with twisted copper on each end.
I have lost/misplaced/chunked the rotor that I used up until about 10 years ago. The antenna is currently pointing generally toward the 4 closest transmitters and should be moved about 10-15 degrees counterclockwise to point directly to WCCB and WSOC.
I have considered the following options for improvements on WCCB and WSOC.
1. Go on the roof and manually turn the antenna 10-15 degrees counterclockwise. I'm not sure how much that will help.
2. Replace the "twin-lead" cable from the antenna to the receiver with a RG-6 coax. I'm not particularly thrilled with this option since I would have to take the antenna down to do this, and it's pretty dangerous to work on my roof.
3. Add a pre-amp or amp to the existing "twin-lead" cable or to the new RG-6 coax.
4. Forget the exsting antenna and install a new antenna/amp in the attic and feed the receiver with RG-6. It would probably be about 15-20 feet lower than the existing antenna.
5. Install a new rooftop antenna/amp and RG-6.
I would appreciate opinions/experiences on how likely these options are to help, or any other options that I haven't considered.