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Cannot receive HD signal

My antenna is a standard rabbit-ear model capable of HD reception. I live in Scottsdale, Az, on the second floor of an apartment complex that only has 2 story apartments. All of the broadcasting antennas are located approximately 18.3 miles directly south of my apartment on South Mountain, with nothing in the way except for urban structures. The only urban structures imbetween me and the receivers are apartments and businesses that are approximately the same height. I get 0% reception when using the HD box diagnostic tool. When switched to analog mode, almost every channel is fuzzy except for 1 which is fairly clear and uninhibited. I tried even moving my antenna outside; the analog channel for fox 10 was clear but I still couldn't receive any digital broadcasts with a channel scan. I also tried manually inputting the digital equivelant for this station, which said it was up and running with no problems. Still can't receive anything. I realize an outdoor channel master would be best, but because I live in an apartment I cannot post one. Would an outdoor directional antenna work even if I can't see over the buildings across the courtyard? If not, what antenna model would be best? I've tried reading reviews but cannot seem to find a helpful one.

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TERK HDTVa is a good amplified indoor antenna.

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http://www.sanyotv.com/HT27547%20(E)%200255A-.pdf

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Unfortunately, I'm in Australia and not familiar with New York TV transmissions, however, the reception principals are the same.

Your signals are most likely bouncing off walls etc in your apartment with several 'reflections' being picked up by your indoor antenna.

This 'multipath' reception causes errors in the digital signals.

Your receiver can correct a certain amount of errors, but if there are too many, your picture will pixelate and the sound will make loud noises and then you will lose reception altogether.

The fix for this problem is connecting to a roof-mounted antenna and signal distribution system. Most apartment buildings have one, however some only distribute cable channels.

There is a possibility of a fault with your TV, but from what you describe, it sounds like a signal issue.

Have a chat to your building manager and ask what system they use for FTA reception in your building.. perhaps there's a fault that they are not aware of.

Sorry I can't be of more help.

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