I wanted to know whether I would see increases in the signal strength as I am still getting occasional pixelation and the strength bar on my TV is not anywhere near full. What would need to be done to get it consistently close to 100%? Sorry I'm very new to this stuff.
You do not need a "full" signal bar, you only need one that is "full enough" to provide error-free reception. More quantity (amplification) does not automatically equate to more quality unless you have a specific situation where the signal power isn't adequate to overcome all the accumulated insertion losses in the distribution system.
This looks like it's going to morph into a reception issue. You're going to need to provide specifics about what is actually wrong and, with TVFool, being sporadic this morning, attempt to get a TVFool plot (with an attached image, just in case) posted.
Most commonly, these issues boil down to two or three common diagnoses:
1) Attempting to receive VHF with a UHF antenna. It's unpredictable. If you have the C4 (sans dipole) and the problem is channel 7 &/or 9, add the VHF dipole kit. It's far more effective than the C4 is without it and it's completely predicable about how it is expected to operate.
2) Antenna location problem. It is an oversimplification to assume that all signals emanating from a single tower cluster, tower, or even the same antenna will arrive in a random point in space where you happened to plant an antenna because the location was convenient and then to expect everything to work perfectly. Sometimes it does, usually there's more work to it. There is a very specific reason that all our antenna installation sheets include, in LARGE RED LETTERS at the beginning of the instructions, the advice that the new owner should follow. It states "Before attaching the antenna to antenna to any surface, TEST RECEPTION in that area
." I can't begin to estimate how many times a week we have to tell customers to do that critical step when they're missing one or two channels. They tend to get upset because they expected it to work without doing any testing first. My advice, when requested, always includes the advice to " Do not drill any holes until you've proven that reception is adequate in that spot".
3) There's always the possibility that you ave some localized electrical or electronic interference. ATM, there is insufficient information to pursue that avenue.