Most of the time when we get this issue we discover that it can be one of a few things:


  • VHF broadcast:  Believe it or not some broadcasters still haven't upgraded to digital and the signal you may be attempting to pull in could be a VHF transmission.  The vast majority of stations are transmitted in UHF signals but some are still VHF.  Our antennas work really well with digital (UHF) signals but VHF signals can be elusive in some cases.  Below is the range for UHF and VHF signals for our antennas.

  • Translator Towers:  If the tower that is transmitting your signals is a translator tower (one that receives signals from one tower then sends the signal along) it tends to transmit at a low signal strength.  Some towers will also transmit at a lower power level as a cost saving method.  Unfortunately there is little that can be done to improve reception if this is the issue.


  • Transmitter Blockage:  Transmitters can actually "line up" one in front of the other geographically and the signal that the further transmitter is sending can be blocked or the signals reflected by the closer tower.  You can try re-positioning the antenna however it may be  difficult to improve reception when this occurs.