Hi Everybody, great thread,
My name is Bob and I am writing from Salina, KS, which is about 70 miles North of the Wichita TV towers (KAKE 10-1, FOX 24-1, KSNW 3-1 and WB KSCV 33-1). The UPN tower (KSCC 36-1) is about 60 miles away, and I am nearly 50 miles away from the Hutchinson towers (KWCH 19-1 and KPTS 29-1).
I am using a ChannelMaster 4248 long range 'UHF-only' yagi antenna, with a ChannelMaster 7775 pre-amplifier. I am getting good, constant reception on KWCH, WB, and UPN 99 plus % of the time, with a signal strength of 80-90.
I get FOX about 60-70% of the time, but I get pixelization and dropouts too much of the time to make it watchable. Since I am picking up WB consistently, and the two towers are near each other, I presume (FOX is not too good about answering e-mails) that FOX is running lower transmit power and/or lower antenna height. Some of their transmissions are in Hi Def Widescreen, however, such as "24", "Fast Lane", and "John Doe".
I have only seen KAKE & KSNW briefly, on a few occasions. Return e-mail from KAKE says "current transmit antenna is already near the top of the tower at 930 feet, but the current effective radiated power is only 87,000 watts." KSNW says that it is operating its DTV transmitter at only 1,000-watts, but expects to have a high power transmitter up and running by the end of this year.
As far as I know, KPTS has not yet began to broadcast a DTV signal yet.
All the stations that have replied via e-mail have been a little surprised that I can receive their stations at all from this distance. I just hope that my reception of KAKE & KSNW will improve shortly, if/when they raise their transmit power.
Just thought I'd add a little to the thread,