Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: east central wisconsin
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I live in hilly east central Wisconsin, between the Green Bay and Wausau markets. My reception setup contains an Antennacraft MXU59 UHF antenna in my attic and an outdoor tower. The tower has an FM whip dipole at the top. Under the dipole, 43' above ground level, is an Antennas Direct 91XG UHF antenna pointed East at Green Bay towers 38 miles away. I need the height because I am on the back side of a tall hill. At 40' AGL and pointed north, I have a Blonder tongue channel 16 UHF antenna pointed north to Rhinelander, 92 miles away. I receive NBC 12 reliably. This antenna is mounted in such a way that it is physically about 6' from the nearest point of any other antenna. I am considering stacking a second BT antenna for better reliability in bad weather. Bad weather is a killer at long distance, although with the single antenna and this distance, I still get about 98% reliability.
Under the BT, back on the main tower, is a Funke psp.1922 VHF highbander mounted 37' AGL and pointed at Green Bay to receive Fox 11 over the hill. I then have a side mount mast 4' off the tower where I have a second Funke VHF highbander pointed NW towards Wausau where I receive channels 7 and 9 from 62 miles away.
The attic antenna is pointed NNW and recieves Fox 55 out of Wittenberg/Wausau 63 miles away.
The TV antennas are all connected via Channel Master Jointennas and fed into mast or attic mounted CM 7777 amplifiers. The cables are all RG6 quad shield. All lines and the tower are correctly grounded then run into a 4 way splitter that feeds each of the 4 TVs. Reliability is 100% at all times for all channels other than Rhinelander.
It can be done with a bit of luck and a decent signal area. Just for reference, If I turn the Funke or the 91XG WNW, I can get Eau Claire stations 115 miles away about 65-70% of the time, including a reliable lock most nights. If I turn the Funke WSW, I can capture channel 8 LaCrosse from 120 miles away perhaps 25% of the time (nights and mornings mostly). If I turn SW, I can get most Madison stations at about 100 miles away 75% of the time.
I do not even attempt these areas anymore. I do not want the hassle of a rotor. I want to simply turn to a channel and have it work all the time. Therefore, my antennas are fixed as stated above.
TVfool.com can tell you if you you have a shot at Milwaukee stations. If you live on the north side of the city, I will bet that you have a decent shot. It would cost you the cash for a 91XG, a 7777 amp, some good cable and an A/B antenna switch to find out.
There are enough channels in Milwaukee that I would not consider seperate antennas and Jointennas in Chicago. In my location, with 7 stations in Green Bay, 3 in Wausau and 1 in Rhinelander, it makes sense.