Originally Posted by JB81
Hi, my name is James and I live in the city of Byron IL. I got an RCA SDTV from Walmart for $224 in December and bought an indoor amplified Antenna, which works better than the cheap one I had before. I have a few questions I would like to ask.
1. The Digital Signal gets choppy on windy days, I was wondering if an outdoor antenna would help stop the choppiness?
2. What outdoor antenna would you suggest to get Rockford and Madison and if all possible I would like to get Chicago
3. Does anybody know whats going to happen to the low power stations in the area after feb '09? Like WCFC-CA TV51 or WBKM-LP 46 Chana IL.
4. Is FOX 39 Getting a subchannel anytime soon?
Welcome to the forum!
1. The problem is trees/branches swaying in the wind near or on your property.
An outside directional antenna would help, to be sure...but it isn't foolproof if you have a lot of them.
2. Chicago is impossible unless it is via "tropo ducting", or "skip", because it is below the radio horizon of 65 miles. In other words, when the air is cool near the ground and warmer aloft, signals are reflected by that warm layer and can travel up to 700 miles if conditions are just right (usually its about 200 miles or so). That said, I enthusiastically recommend a ChannelMaster 4228 antenna from Warren Electronics (www.warrenelectronics.com
). You can order online, but they also have a store in the Quad Cities and maybe Sterling/Rock Falls. Call their number and ask. Put that antenna on this rotor:http://www.solidsignal.com/prod_disp...?prod=MTRTR200
And you should Madison frequently with that antenna on the roof, with a signal preamplifier. Head to Farm and Fleet and get their $25 Magnavox 22 db UHF/29 dB VHF preamplifier, and your system should do what you want it to do.
(Yes, it's not cheap, but your reception will rock. And, you should get the Quad Cities from time to time as well).
3. and 4. : No idea on 4, WBKM is moving to Dixon, will broadcast digitally on channel 21; you might get them with that 4228 antenna when they move their analog and their eventual digital station there. WCFC-CA is heading to channel 28 perhaps...with 2.5 kw of power. I don't know if or when they will sign on.