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    Trees and OTA Reception

    Do trees interfere with the reception of OTA today? How about weather? I haven't switched over; would like to, if reception is good quality. Growing up, antenna was affected by both.

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    Trees will cause dynamic multi-path if your antenna is aimed into them. Weather will cause problems also. My experience is the biggest problem with weather is with low VHF (RF channels 2-6). Most channels are UHF now, with some high VHF, and very few low VHF stations. I've had good experience picking up both high VHF and UHF.

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    Buzzer,

    Some OTA antenna systems are bothered by tree leaves especially during the warm months and our variable weather can also be a problem, in some situations/locations. However, my antennas/reception is not bothered by trees that are less than 4 feet away from one of my antennas.

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    Did you just put in your zip code, or is that an exact address? At your distance, putting in just a zip code can lead to wildly different results than what you may actually see since terrain factors will matter a lot in your reception.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trip View Post
    Did you just put in your zip code, or is that an exact address? At your distance, putting in just a zip code can lead to wildly different results than what you may actually see since terrain factors will matter a lot in your reception.

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    Yip my summer channel reception drops by a couple of channels due to the "leafed up" oak tree forest my town turns into. Add in some wind and multi-path pixulation kicks in.

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    All I know is that my converter box/antenna reception tends to be weather dependent. Of course, I have antenna issues, too.

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