A little background here. I put this antenna up over the winter to replace my Metrostar omni antenna, in hopes to pick up one specific channel (KRBK). It worked fine over the winter. Once all the trees bloomed out, I again had difficulty picking up that channel, I did without for a while, but finally decided to pick up an Antennacraft 10G201 pre-amp in effort to pick it back up (I could still see a faint signal, but not enough to watch).
Now then, since Ive added the amp, everything works great....except from about noon-6pm or so. Im hoping you all can provide me with some insight. I know its been a while since the trees bloomed out, but the last few months I havent been watching much TV at all, so Im just now noticing it.
Ill try to describe my setup as best I can:
My antenna: I have no idea what brand it is, its probably 40 yrs old, and it was free, so I cant complain about it much. The best I can do is provide a picture.
Yes, that is duct tape in a place or two, some of the prongs were broken, and I did my best to keep their original shape. The antenna is mounted maybe 15 feet in the air?
Im using a Digitalstream converter box, and less than 100 feet for sure of RG6 cabling. Not sure of exact length.
Now then, TV Fool is acting up for me as I type this, so Ill include a report that I had saved from an earlier time.
The channel Im after is KRBK, despite being the closest to me, its also seemingly the hardest to get. Their transmitter is located roughly 20-25 miles away from me. I point my antenna toward the southeast and I also receive KMOS, KYTV, KOZL, KSPR and KOLR with the sides of the antenna. The meter on my box reads from the mid 60s to low 80s on most channels. With KMOs and KOLR occasionally dropping into the 40s. When KRBK works, its usually mid 50s/60s but stable.
Sorry for the long post, Im just trying to give as much info as possible.
As I type this, Im receiving everything except KRBK with my antenna pointed in the usual spot. The weather has been hot, sunny, and humid lately. Im also pointing into several large trees. BUT this apparently isnt a problem at night, I came home last night and watched Cops on KRBK from 11pm to midnight.
Any theories? Im sure my antenna isnt the greatest, but it does work quite well when it works. I would just like to know why it doesnt work.
I should add that therre is signal present from another KRBK transmitter if I turn the antenna more straight south, but its not enough to watch, talking low 20s at best. I do know that my meter measures signal quality, not strength, but its the only way I have to express what Im getting.
Im considering doing some tree trimming if it would help. But I would think if trees were the problem they would still be a problem at night. But ill bet if I check it out tonight itll be just fine.
I think it has something to do with my location or my antenna, my parents live about 100 yards away, and they have a different kind of antenna, and a much more open view in that direction and they pick up KRBK with high 40s/low 50s signal without a pre-amp. Even in the middle of the day.