Originally Posted by jspENC
.....I have quite the complicated set-up. A tvfool report would not give you much for me, because it is just wrong. It shows just the opposite of what is reality for my location... Weak stations are shown as the strongest, and vice versa.
Yes, there are errors in the database used by TVFool to generate reports and they don't have sufficient staff to make corrections, especially with so many Repack changes.
This is a generic report centered on the intersection of Marine Blvd and Court St, near the Fort Sill National Bank, which might not be near your actual location:
This is a report from rabbitears.info with a list of channels that is more accurate:
My antenna is grounded properly, if not, the strike would have fried the antennas and my TV's (which has happened before!)
Good. I lost a computer from a close strike. The computer was off, it was plugged into a surge suppressor strip that was off, but the strip was plugged in. The 20" Sony TV with a CRT in the living room survived, but the colors were weird. I turned it off and then on again, heard the normal "THUNK" sound of the degausser around the picture tube, and the colors were OK. The EMP from the close strike had magnetized the shadow mask.
My stations available are WWAY 46, WECT 44, WITN 32 WNCT 10 WCTI 12 WYDO 47 WUNM 19 WTMH 21 WSFX 30 WPXU 34 without an amp, but with an eagle aspen amplified splitter going to 3 TV's - Without this, I could not get WTMH at all, and WITN would be non watchable. All the others are fine.
With a preamp, I get WTMH perfect all the time, and add WUNK 23, WEPX 26 and WTMQ 35 (duplicates) with much higher signals on the first list of channels.
My antenna setup is a pointing north, the VHF whisker just above, and a Winegard HD 8800 UHF pointing toward the southwest at the top 30 ft high. The two UHF's are joined with a splitter and go to a Radio shack gold combiner UHF/VHF
Combining two UHF antennas aimed in different directions with a splitter in reverse doesn't always work. You might think it is a signal problem, but it could be a combining problem. The same signals from two antennas will interfere with each other if they are not in phase when they arrive at the combining point. If you don't have all the signals when combined, that you had when the antennas were separate, that method of combining doesn't work for you.