Originally Posted by angrydad
Hey Im coming back to rockford/machesney park in 1 month and wondered what antenna to get to pick up chicago locals, if I can get them at all...?
Will the 91xg from antennasdirect do it? It actually seems too big for me so any info before I come home is greatly appreciated.
Well, you have a *shot* at it. A guy who has a Winegard HD8200P can get WTTW-DT (PBS) from State Street just east of downtown, IIRC. You are correct in that you'd need that antenna or a ChannelMaster 4228 for any chance of getting it. As always, line of sight with Chicago is about 60 miles; after that, no promises. You would also need a ChannelMaster 7777 preamp or similar to beef up the signal to lock it.
P.S. If you put that on a rotor, you'll easily get Madison, WI stations.
P.P.S. You won't get WPWR-DT (MNTV), which broadcasts on 51; there's a low-power analog WCFC-CA 51 on the north side of Rockford. Also, WYCC-DT gets interference from WHA-TV analog 20 in Madison; WCIU-DT gets interference from WKOW-TV analog 27 in Madison, and WTTW-DT can get interference from the FOX affiliate in Madison. But with the highly directional Yagi, you *may* be able to null them out, as others have, to get the Chicago stations. Be advised, however, that in 2009, WLS-DT goes to channel 7, and WBBM-DT goes to channel 12. The monster Winegard HD8200P may be the long-term antenna you need.