d4g4m wrote: I was going to suggest plugging the antenna wire directly to TV 'ant in' to see what you get but you've already done it with satisfactory results.
I no longer have 'locals'. I use the antenna when I want to watch local primes/subs. I have two cables, one from antenna and one from sat dish. I use the TV remote 'input' to switch between TV and HDMI1 [dish receiver]
This is the way to go if the DISH dongle becomes really annoying.