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I_UndergroundPanther

(12,462 posts)
Sat Feb 15, 2020, 01:46 PM Feb 2020

I am a cord cutter

And I have a mohu leaf antenna I bought 4-5 years ago.

As of around December I lost some channels and it pixilates often,sometimes less.

Certain times of day tv is unwatchable because of pixilization.

Do antennas get old and stop working? Do antennas ever need updating?

What antennas work better?

Do I need the anti interference thing?

I live in a second floor apartment.
My antenna is on a slight northern mostly east direction.

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I am a cord cutter (Original Post) I_UndergroundPanther Feb 2020 OP
Try rescanning your TV. subterranean Feb 2020 #1
This. You should do this every couple of months Lochloosa Feb 2020 #4
Yep. GoCubsGo Feb 2020 #5
if no improvement after doing subterranean's suggestion ... Hermit-The-Prog Feb 2020 #2
I have an antenna and have installed about 20 of them, BlueJac Feb 2020 #3
Make yourself a bowtie! LunaSea Feb 2020 #6
What type I_UndergroundPanther Feb 2020 #7
One of these will do it LunaSea Feb 2020 #8
other things to check.. LunaSea Feb 2020 #9
It's possible the stations changed location or switched from VHF to UHF or vice versa. NutmegYankee Feb 2020 #10

subterranean

(3,427 posts)
1. Try rescanning your TV.
Sat Feb 15, 2020, 02:07 PM
Feb 2020

Many stations have been changing their broadcast frequencies since last year to accommodate wireless services. I had the same issue, and after I did a re-scan, most of the lost channels came back.

GoCubsGo

(32,069 posts)
5. Yep.
Sat Feb 15, 2020, 02:26 PM
Feb 2020

Might even find some new channels that were added. If it's been 4 or 5 years since the last scan, there's an excellent chance that at least a couple more available.

BlueJac

(7,838 posts)
3. I have an antenna and have installed about 20 of them,
Sat Feb 15, 2020, 02:14 PM
Feb 2020

All have a signal booster that goes between antenna and tv. You can get ones on Amazon, for about $25. Good luck, Yes rescan can solve the problem .

LunaSea

(2,892 posts)
6. Make yourself a bowtie!
Sat Feb 15, 2020, 02:28 PM
Feb 2020

Easy to build, cheap, works great. Lots of plans available.
Add as many bows as you need for better reception.


https://www.azega.com/diy-hdtv-tv-antenna-bowtie/
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/190277152980238182/
https://www.instructables.com/id/Powerful-Modern-Homemade-HDTV-Antenna/

Or just buy one-
https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=24172

Also, you can have more than one hooked together if you can't get all the signals from a particular direction.

I_UndergroundPanther

(12,462 posts)
7. What type
Sat Feb 15, 2020, 02:58 PM
Feb 2020

Of connector do I get to have multiple bows? Do I need to Chuck the leaf or get a new one? And can the leaf be used with bowties?
I'm stuck using indoor antennas.
No balcony.😿

LunaSea

(2,892 posts)
9. other things to check..
Sat Feb 15, 2020, 03:52 PM
Feb 2020

Antennas don't get old, only outdated, make sure your connections are tight and clean, a little corrosion can deteriorate the signal. Check the wires for cracks or breaks, see if flexing the wiring changes the reception, if it does, get new wire.

See if you can locate the transmitters of the stations you want to view, that way you'll have an idea of where to point the antenna. All stations post the location of their transmitters.

You say you lose signal at certain time of day, that suggests interference from some source when it is powered up.
Could be anything. Analog transmitters would add more power at sunrise to compensate for the suns interference and switch back at sunset. I don't know if digital signals have similar requirements. Industrial equipment can generate all sorts of interference, got any factories nearby?

Can you access the outside of your window? Perhaps you could mount an antenna, of simply trail a short wire outside.

And yes, rescanning regularly is a very good suggestion.

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