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Old 03-18-2018, 05:02 PM
 
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I'm next to Furman I have no problems getting WLOS. I have an antenna in my attic
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Old 03-19-2018, 05:19 AM
 
Location: Mauldin/Greenville
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I'm next to Furman I have no problems getting WLOS. I have an antenna in my attic
What brand antenna? Is it one of those larger old style antennas, or a newer version? Those large all band antennas with the wide elements are very well designed for both VHF and UHF. And do you use an amplifier?

And to receive WLOS, you must have the proper balance of signal strength and antenna gain, and the amplifier must be precisely balanced or it will overboost a strong signal and wipe out a weaker signal such as 13. And you may need an FM trap or LTE filter to prevent interference. Just adding an amp may help boost most signals, but for a few problematic signals it can do harm. I use a low gain distribution amp from Channel Master, as well as an FM trap to pull in WLOS. Otherwise, I cannot receive it.

And since your antenna is in the attic, it most likely will not get WBTV from Charlotte unless pointed the opposite direction. Attics can reduce antenna gain. But you could add a smaller UHF antenna and amplifier if you choose to. Such as Clearstream 4MAX from Best Buy, or even the Clearstream 2MAX sold at Walmart. Then you may pull in more NC channels from the Charlotte area. A good amplifier is the Channel Master Amplify sold for $69. Or the Winegard LNA200 sold locally at Home Depot for $39.
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Old 03-19-2018, 05:26 AM
 
Location: Mauldin/Greenville
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WBTV now appears to have returned to full power following a transmitter replacement. The signal now seems stronger than before with the new transmitter installed. I get a full 10 bars on the Samsung signal meter, and the SNR has increased to 34 to 36db, usually around 35. Previously it was around 31 to 33db. So reception should now be good in many areas of Upstate SC with a good UHF antenna pointed northeast and an amplifier.
I get WBTV-3 from Charlotte stronger than some local channels, especially WLOS. Their new transmitter replacement has resulted in an even stronger, full power signal. I have one attic antenna for Charlotte, and another for GSP and Asheville. I use a Channel Plus reverse splitter as an antenna combiner. But sometimes combining antennas can be problematic, so in some cases you may have to use an A/B switch. But no problems here. And WBTV will not be changing channels or power levels after the FCC repack in September 2019. But most other local channels will be changing, except WLOS. But your current antenna should still work, except possibly for WGGS-16, but that remains to be seen.
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