Originally Posted by Gerty
Has anyone in the Indy area ever picked up the ABC station around Danville, IL?
I live in the Plainfield/Mooresville area and right now I have my DB-8 facing the Indy antenna farm mounted on the top of chimney @ 25 feet .
I know I'm out on the fringe, but would love to know if anybody picks it up, because I would gladly mount another antenna up there for 1 month
just to receive the Indy 500 live for once
Yes, as a DTV DXer near Carmel, I have received W31BX-D, Danville, IL (a translator for WAND, Decatur, IL) @ 80 miles, but only a few times when tropospheric conditions were very favorable from that direction. As mentioned by Nat and kc9hzn, you would have a much better chance of receiving WAWV 38 (RF ch. 39), Terre Haute. It appears you are approximately 60 miles from WAWV's transmitter/tower in Farmersburg, IN, south of Terre Haute. WAWV's power of 850 kW vs. W31BX-D's power of 3.08 kW, and WAWV transmits from a taller tower, too. At that distance, virtually anything and everything can help your reception or hurt it. Try to get your antenna as high as possible over houses, trees, etc. A good UHF preamp would definitely help with your reception @ 60 miles. Good luck with it.
I'm fairly certain WAWV will once again carry the 500 this year, but as mentioned by Nat, you might want to contact WAWV just to confirm.
DUH...............Update: My brain just kicked in. W31BX-D would not help you watch the 500 even if you could receive it. WAND/W31BX-D is now an NBC affiliate, not an ABC affiliate. WAND and WICD, Champaign, switched affiliations a few years ago. A quick check on the distance between you and the WICD tower near Homer, IL, between Danville and Champaign, indicates that would be over 85 miles. Go with WAWV.