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Ok pros. Here's another question for you? Now that I have my antenna in place, and rotated to what I think will pick up everything, here's a frustrating happening.


I am in Baltimore. I am, in miles, this far from each station (in driving miles, I'm betting I'm closer going line-of-sight)


WJZ 13 (Digital Channel 52) - 7.2 Miles


WMAR 2 (Digital Channel 38) - 3.5 miles


WBFF Fox 45 (Digital Channel 46) - 6.8 miles


WBAL 11 (Digital Channel 59 - 10 miles


Now these are pretty damn close to me. I have a Recoton TV 3000 OmniDirectional amplified antenna (about 26db gain). It is mounted on a pole 20 feet in the air, next to my house, but on the side facing the TV stations according to AntennaWeb. The line of sight to the stations is currently blocked by a large semi-foliage-populated oak tree.


On the FOX and WJZ stations, even at the optimum rotation of the antenna, I get about 75%-80% signal strength, which works for me. But constantly, the signal will drop to 0% for a couple seconds. Why does this happen?


A) The antenna sucks, and I should try something else. Or, it needs a pre-amp (and can a Recoton antenna take a pre-amp?)


B) The tree is in the way, and I should try to get the antenna in front of the tree, or in another spot.


C) Baltimore stations aren't supplying enough power on their end (keep in mind analog signals aren't great where I am at either, but I'm less than 10 miles away from all of them).


D)The signal is affected by weather, and on a night like this with rainclouds and such, I'm luck to have what I have.


E) There's another solution I am not thinking of.


Thanks guys, all thoughts are certainly welcome!!!


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Michael Mullis

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Next Level Gaming http://www.nlgaming.com


[This message has been edited by Michael Mullis (edited 06-17-2001).]
 

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That's what I was afraid of. I'm beginning to believe I need an elemental directional antenna. Being so close to the stations themselves, I couldn't believe that the signals weren't getting to me.


Thanks for the link as well, I am going to get someone professional to do this the right way for me. Until then I might play around with positioning the Terk until all the stations come in consistant, but replace it with a real antenna.


Frustrating work for 4 stations. http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif In defense of the Recoton antenna, it did a great job of picking up Washington stations.


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