WOWZA! You guys ROCK:
Thank you for the rapid, comprehensive reply; I am clearly in good hands here! Rat, I use the 622 for both sat and OTA. OTA is really only used for KING5 and KIRO7.
So, my RabbitEars report is (removed by order of site
) and this install is circa 2006.
It has been effing up in this manner since day one. I more or less gave up on OTA back then, paying for locals via Dish Network, ever since. These days, I only watch an hour and a half of local + national news, and am really tired of paying $70.00 month for 900 channels of BS that I NEVER watch! The 4228 is mounted outside, on a mast that is bolted to standoffs which are themselves bolted to the fascia board at the roof level of my two story house. The bow-ties on the antenna are all rusted (does rust significantly attenuate the signal?) but the rg6 is in great condition. I tried bypassing the grounding block, which made virtually NO difference. The two obvious concerns are; 1) there is some slop in the gears of my Eagle Aspen rotator, allowing me to easily wiggle the antenna's aim, if only by perhaps two degrees of rotation, and 2) a stand of five Evergreen trees, perhaps 70 to 100 feet tall, at a distance ranging from 300 to 400 feet from the antenna bearing, 295 to 300 degrees magnetic (no correction for mag variation). The thing is, the signal strength drops at random
. I will be watching our NBC affiliate KING5 for an hour or more without interruption, then, here we go again
. Rain, shine, windy, calm, cold, hot, whatever...the signal strength meter will suddenly just drop all the way down to zero for a few seconds, or a minute, or longer. WTF????? I realize that when signal strength drops below a certain threshold, the image freezes/pixelizes/switches over to captain obvious graphics saying "re-acquiring signal", but from 70% all the way down to 0% in one or two seconds? Really?
To me, that does not sound like foliage of a tree momentarily blocking the signal, nor a slight movement of the antenna, nor airplanes causing multipath. To me, that sounds like an intermittent open or short at a coax connection, or even the preamp intermittently cutting out!. Cal, I will PM Don.