As soon as i started driving towards Lake county yesterday everything started working. I'd forgotten that between me and Tavares in Lake county are several huge tracts of pine trees. Pine trees are notorious for blocking or reducing any type of radio signal. The huge amount of sap in the trunks is the signal killer. So If I want to listen to Lake county I'm going to have to put up a 40'+ tower. One problem solved another created.
I don't mean to disagree but having lived 50+ years among pine trees in NW Orange County I can say that they do block signals. I own and live in the middle of 40 acres of potential pulpwood, these trees are full of sap right now. Yes a proper antenna would be correct but you also need height. Line of sight reception at 10' runs straight through the trees.
I thought I would start here with this thread. I have the BCD396T and had the unit programmed for Lake and Sumter County. As we know,Sumter is analog and Lake has gone over to digital. The digital side is the probleam that I have right now. I can take the scanner and park under one of the towers and the reception is just unreal. NOTHING...it will just come and go.
Sometimes you get the other towns that are 15 miles away come in loud and clear. So last month I installed one small tower at my home. Did not want to go nuts here with large antennas at the house. I found one at Radio Shack that fit the budget.This did absolutely nothing to pick up the digital side for me.