I am wondering if something came loose internally on my two day old FA 26" 1090 antenna from Amazon.
I mounted it temporarily to the top of my bedroom metal TV mount bracket with the U-bolt clamp (hand tightened). Coverage went up over 50% in distance and messages. For two days, I had excellent performance with no other changes.
Today, I decided to move it higher on the bedroom wall with Velcro attached to the mounting bracket it comes with.
If I keep my hand on the metal portion of the U bolt clamp holder, coverage and messages go back to what I had two days ago. As soon as I remove my hand, messages go to 10-20/s. It’s behaving like old analog TV rabbit ears. Moving it back to top of the TV didn’t fix the problem.
I experimented with gain only after this problem occurred today. 40, 45, 50 gains do nothing to make it work. I also tried a jumper clip between the base of the antenna and the TV metal bracket frame, only my body capacitance seems to work.
I’m guessing I should return this for an exchange to Amazon?