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Old 28-Sep-2012, 1:07 AM   #1
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Can't get an obvious RF Channel

Not sure what I'm doing but just installed an outside antenna at about 25 feet. The stations that I do get are wonderful (Channels 9 and 36 in my area). These channels are listed as the 1st and 3rd best channels for reception on tvfool.com

http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...2df99ff40b03c8

But the 2nd channel, which I'd really like gets nothing. It appears to be the same tower as the 3rd channel so I'm baffled as to why my TV can't find a signal. I don't know what/how to test as I have no equipment. But it surely seems like I should be getting about 8 channels.

I'm in Florida...very flat. Admittedly I do have trees around me which are much taller than my antenna. But even if the trees are a problem. I still don't understand why I get nothing for the 2nd channel (Channel 28).

I've tried aiming the antenna many different directions. Surprisingly, the channels I do get seem to be fine even with wide variation in my antenna orientation.

Thanks for any advice!
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Old 28-Sep-2012, 2:25 AM   #2
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What is the make and model number of the antenna??

Yes it looks like WGFL is transmitting.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WGFL.

However might be doing some maintain of the transmitter , so might be down temporary.

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Old 28-Sep-2012, 1:08 PM   #3
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Boy, that would be nice if it were something VERY temporary. I have a call into them to see if they are up and running.

Antenna is Winegard HD7694P.
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Old 28-Sep-2012, 1:53 PM   #4
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Have you tried raising/lowering the antenna a few inches? The antenna may be sitting in a dead spot for that channel.

Also the directional antenna pattern of channel 28 does not favor your area, so you are only receiving a fraction of the actual transmitted power. Transmitter power is 168,000 watts, but only 15,000 watts are aimed towards your location.
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Old 28-Sep-2012, 2:22 PM   #5
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Here is a chart showing the signal pattern of WGFL. The majority of the signal is aimed towards the northeast.
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Old 29-Sep-2012, 4:16 PM   #6
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Interesting signal pattern! I just assumed the tvfool chart I looked at took this stuff into consideration...guess not. Hadn't thought of actually lowering the antenna. Will try. Raising is not an option...have gone as high as possible.

Not looking to spend more money on this, but I see pre-amp devices. If I had confidence in this I'd consider it. Is this an appropriate application?
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Old 29-Sep-2012, 4:21 PM   #7
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You don't need a pre-amp. If 2 or more sets are connected a distribution amp may help. The antenna just likely needs some moving around vertically or horizontally to find a hot spot for channel 28.
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