Originally Posted by nathill
I have read that the lo-VHF does indeed have some real problems with digital, but as for me and my house, we still like VHF-hi!
Good luck on your channel 12. When I check it out on the FCC website, I became a little confused.
Call Channel Service Status City State Country File Number Docket FacilityID ERP HAAT Licensee/Permittee
WBBM-TV 12 DT LIC CHICAGO IL US BLCDT-20090612ADR - 9617 8. kW 497. m CBS BROADCASTING INC.
WBBM-TV 26 LD CP CHICAGO IL US BDRTCDT-20090818AAP - 9617 15. kW 0. m CBS BROADCASTING INC.
channel 12 has a much greater range of service than channel 26 will have according to the maps. What is the purpose of channel 26?
Will it replace or supplement channel 12?
WBBM-TV wanted to get a translator for those in the city of Chicago, who can't get them on RF 12. There are currently no openings for a full market UHF channel, that a translator is their only choice to reach those in the city of Chicago. Those out in the suburbs aren't complaining as much, but it'll serve select suburban communities as well (mainly those in the near south suburbs). The original plan was to have it up on the Sears Tower, but was denied on the grounds that it interfered with translator, W25DW-D Arbury Hills, IL (only Arbury Hills is Arbury Hills High School in Tinley Park, IL), who transmits off the AON Center. So WBBM-TV changed it to transmit off the same tower that houses CBS Radio's FM backup stations, WXRT, WBBM-FM, WUSN, WJMK, & WCFS-FM, & AM 820 WCPT (daytime site). The only reason WLS-TV didn't build out their translator, was because when Pappas Broadcasting decided to change WWAZ (now WIWN) Fond Du Lac, WI from RF 44 to RF 5, RF 44 opened up in the Chicago market as a full market UHF signal. WLS-TV jumped on it before Pappas Broadcasting changed their mind, & they did, too late. The FCC was also stupid to allow a station that's licensed to the Green Bay market to transmit out of Milwaukee, & serve the Milwaukee market, instead of the Green Bay market (even if their original tower site only covered the southern part of the Green Bay market, & the far northern part of the Milwaukee market). Otherwise, WLS-TV would have a translator on RF 32, & have the same coverage as WMEU-CD, which requested RF 32, after RF 46 became an issue for them (WHME-TV South Bend has a CP to return to RF 46, & WDJT-TV is also on RF 46 in Milwaukee).