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During the summer I went up onto my roof and installed a R Shack UHF onl Ant with a 8ft mount and I still could only get cbs from the ESB at around 55. Problem was , my sig would be 55...then 40...21...0...55....32....and so on. I live in SI, NY and from my house in the direction of the ESB there is a HUGE tree. I gave up during the summer and decided to wait for TWC to offer their HD package which I had installed last Sat. I watched ABC and NBC's HD programming for the first time tonight and I loved it. Since TWC has yet to turn on CBS ....I tried again with a Radio shack B Tie ANt. Andsince that big tree has no leaves now, I get a sig of around 60-65 without dropouts. Long live hd!!!! Getting Ready for the Super Bowl!!!
 

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I had the same experience with leaves. I got better reception at ground level, where I could aim around the leaves, than from my rooftop antenna. Now that the leaves have dropped, the rooftop reception is perfect.


I also got the huge swings in signal strength that you described. There didn't need to be a strong breeze to cause this.
 

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Same with my reception for CBS, Fox, and UPN from ESB. Have a 13' mast height currently. Will try extending the telescopic mast to 40' when it gets warmer. 20' didn't work well during last summer with the leaves.
 

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Remember, guys, when the leaves return so will the drop in signal strength. Remember, if at all possible, the antenna head must 'see' the transmitter..even branches can make a little difference. I realize each situation is unique but try to solve that 'clean line of sight'..summer and winter. Each obstruction in the way of the signal will subtract a little from end result arriving at antenna and, finally, at your tv set
 
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