OK, sounds like a good thing I made the attempt to watch Jacksonville last night because it really was my only opportunity. I tried 2 set-top antennas; the RadioShack $29.95 amplified antenna and the $49.95 RadioShack with remote directional control. Suprisingly, the $29.95 was the better of the two - significantly. It pulled in 28 stations analog and digital.
Here's what we got in S Windsor from Rabbit Ears
3 - WFSB Analog, 3.1 - WFSB Digital, 3.2 - CBS Springfield (!),
8 - Weak analog, 8.1 - Weak digital, 8.2 - WTNH weather,
18 & 18.1, 19 WCDC ABC Weak, 20,
22 WWLP, 22.1 (strong), 22.1 Weather radar, 24,
30, 30.1, and 30.2 Continuous weather ,
40 (strong) and 40.1 (steady signal all game long),
57, 57-1, -2, -3, -4, -5
59, 61, and 61-1.
Surprisingly, 40-1 had a beautiful signal (I was used to watching ABC analog, OK). They are carrying a different schedule than 40 analog this morning. 40 is showing a Lasik infomercial while 40.1 is carrying the GMA HiDef network feed; PSA's only with NO local commercials. Very nice! Also it was surprising that 3.2 comes through with a different channel than WFSB.
I was correct that 40.1 OTA has a much stronger signal than Channel 8.1. Sorry, LIN, I'm not a hostage to your agreement any more.