We frequently tried to find that "magic place" to aim the remote so it would work -- be it at the corner of the dresser mirror, at the headboard, at the window and so on. Making the remote work was like voodoo, and all the newest batteries didn't seem to help.
Then I found a way to get much better reception between the remote control and the DishDVR receiver. Hurray!
Step 1: Identify and gather your equipment
You'll want to get the following:
- a 6ft length of coaxial cable with connectors
- a barrel connector
Step 2: Locate and disconnect the antenna
Step 3: Make the connections
Step 4: Test the antenna
Now go to that problem area (for me, it's the back bedroom) and try out the remote. It works much, much better in my house! I'll probably move the antenna to the back of the entertainment center to get it out of sight.
Experiment with your situation. Try an even longer cable for the antenna. Maybe use really long cable to run the antenna halfway to the other end of the home. Maybe use a diplexer for the antenna AND the signal for tuner #2 to your own back bedroom, basement or den.