Relating to my previous post, I sent the following email to Mark Schubin, author of Mark's Monday Memo
Residents of humble Wichita Kansas are now able receive SIX networks OTA in digital: ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, UPN, WB.
What's more, we can do this with a simple antenna, with no towers, rotors, or other "trickery". Install a $50 Radio Shack antenna in the attic or other easily accessible place, point it for maximum signal, and fugettaboutit. How common is this? I mean, I read all the time about the problems you yourself have with reception, and anecdotal evidence from all around the country, from New York to San Francisco, so might Wichita even be "unique" in this regard?
Here is Mark's reply. Note, the bold-face text is mine.
Not at all unique. I just got a message from someone 25 miles outside of Chicago who gets 13 stations, which is three more than Linx even attempted (and five more than they reliably received).
I would say a majority of people have little or no trouble receiving DTT. The problem is no one knows whether that majority is 51% or 99%. If 51%, then about 140 million people have problems. If 99%, it's only 3 million.
FYI, I live in Manhattan, in a 16-story building surrounded by other tall buildings. But I'm only two miles from the Empire State Building and get very good analog off-air reception.
I believe DTT stands for Digital Terrestrial Transmission, but that's just an educated guess.
Linx must be some kind of test that was conducted, maybe by, or on behalf of, the FCC? Again, this is just a guess. I'm too lazy at the moment to do a search. If I did I'd be reading for the rest of the afternoon.