W3BUX- Bucks County, PA
- Feb 22, 2007
Well now we know how far away you are from what you're trying to pick up I think your problem has been clearly identified. As I said a regular VHF High frequency when you're too far away will be scratchy and broken but a digital VHF High when you are too far away will be digitally. Or you just won't get it at all whereas conventional VHF you'll get noise even though you can't make out what it is you'll still hear noise with digital you'll hear nothing.Hey there, thanks for the info. I am quite a distance from Conway. As the crow flies, I'm just under 30 miles, but I don't know exactly where their transmitter site is. The analog VHF stuff (FD/EMS) in that area, dispatched by the Conway Police is very scratchy and almost not readable. So it's not surprising that the digital PD transmissions are coming in broken and "digital" sounding. It's just so confusing why sometimes they come in perfectly clear, like they're the same town. You're right on assuming the Wolfeboro digital PD transmissions come in clear as day here. And plenty of other digital transmissions from around the state come in clear as well.
It's almost like Conway was broadcasting from a different tower on those days when it was coming in clear. I also noticed that the weather was overcast at least a couple of those days, but I can't be sure about all of them.
The folded dipole I'm using is tuned for high VHF, but not 155 specifically.
Why does it work better sometimes than others, I think you answered that. Atmospheric changes perhaps. Whether or not your next antenna idea works, time will tell. If you can get the antenna higher then you will get better reception.
I feel confident that this answers your original question however it hasn't been solved yet but I'm sure this is what we are looking at.