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Old 11-29-2007, 12:04 PM   #1
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I have an external antenna mounted on the roof of my single story home on an approx. 8' pole. My local TV stations are in average of 15 - 18 miles from my house according to the antenna web site.

On a nice clear evening my local HD channels come in great. No complaints at all. However, whenever it is raining / snowing, or even too cloudy, the signal breaks up so badly that I have to resort to watching the SD channel (which really sucks when I'm trying to watch football!). Is this common? If so, I'm going to end up breaking my boycott of Comcast and I do not want to do that! Even during the inclimate weather, the SD channels come in fine, but I did not buy a 51" HD TV to watch SD!

Admittedly, I have a lot of trees in my yard - enought that I cannot get either DishNetwork or DirectTV because they block the signal. However, my antenna seems to work fine as long as its a nice day! And there's nothing I can do about the trees - they ain't coming down! And if it *is* the trees, why only during bad weather?
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Old 11-29-2007, 01:12 PM   #2
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Admittedly, I have a lot of trees in my yard . . . However, my antenna seems to work fine as long as its a nice day! And there's nothing I can do about the trees - they ain't coming down! And if it *is* the trees, why only during bad weather?
I would guess that it's the trees, at least when it's windy, either causing multipath or diminishing signal; wind through the trees gives me the most trouble. If you mention what kind of antenna you have forum members may have suggestions. The general advice seems to be that for UHF reception yagis such as Antennas Direct 91xg or 43xg are better at dealing with multipath than are bowties such as the db4 or db8. In my case a Radio Shack U75R yagi seems to have done better on windy days than some homemade bowtie antennas I used. The comparison isn't completely fair because the U75 is in a somewhat different place. Antenna placement might also be a factor. Can you place the antenna at a point from which you can see through the trees? In my case placement is everything, and I wound up putting the antenna in the last place I had imagined. Another but secondary solution might be a preamp, which could help if the problem is a diminished signal. In good weather, though, it is possible that at that distance the amp would actually create a signal overload. onetheless, I have used a Channel Master Spartan amp for stations about 50 miles distant, and it has not overpowered the station that is 15 miles away.

Finally, there have been a fair number of posts on tree and wind problems in this forum and in the avsforum. I would look in particular for posts by Rick0725, who has addressed wind and tree issues in several posts.

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