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post #811 of 1188
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Originally Posted by angrydad View Post

sebenste,

Excellent info. Thank you. Im stuck in Beijing for a bit longer and cannot test anything out here.

Im now wondering if I should just forget Chicago channels, and focus on Madison with a smaller Antenna (wife freaked when I showed her the xg91, and HD8200P). Would the antennasdirect 42xg be worthwhile to me? If I had a sure thing in capturing Chicago channels I could prolly persuade her in a bigger unit.



I belive the 42xg is the same antenna as the xg91 where as the xg 91 is 3 pieces and the xg42 is 2 pieces so in another words if you dont put the 3rd sections on and it will be a xg42 order a 91 xg then put it together as a xg42 and wait a few months and add the 3rd section and your wife won't know it

Also with WMTV 15 out of Madison will have conflict with WGN 9 in Chicago as both are on channel 19 for the digtial and will stay there after analog shutdown.

-Willie
post #812 of 1188
Willie---HAHAHAHAHA...........I love that advice. I didnt know I could do that. I think I will take your sneaky advice. Thanks bro.
post #813 of 1188
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Originally Posted by angrydad View Post

Willie---HAHAHAHAHA...........I love that advice. I didnt know I could do that. I think I will take your sneaky advice. Thanks bro.

Just make sure you tell her they ship the small antenna in the same box as xg91 model

But go to the Antenna Direct website and look under the 91 installation manaul and see how the unit is put together. 42,43 & 91 series are good UHF antenna but no good on the VHF side. I use to live in Walworth, WI which is about 30 miles northeast of Machesney Park and I had CM 4228 with CM preamp 7777 and a rotor and I was able to get all the Chicago expect WBBM 2 (DT-3) at 70 miles away, this setup was indoor on 2nd floor apt. But currently I am using a homebuilt DB-2 antenna indoor w/CM 7777, which I get Rockford, Madison & Milwaukee station between 43-60 miles away but I lost the Chicago station as I am on the wrong side of the building. Gilbert is correct about the CM 7777 it good unit because you could use a sperate UHF and VHF antenna because it does have a seprate input for UHF/VHF and VHF and it will combine on the output to the TV. With the CM 4228 and the homebuilt DB-2 I use the combine UHF/VHF input and I was able to get my PBS DT-10 on channel 8 and get FOX DT-47 on channel 11.

I do go by a new subdivison everyday and I did see one house out of 50+ new homes and it had a CM 4228 on a rotor on a small tripod and it really did not stick out like a sore thumb, I see more dishes on the other houses before I saw the CM 4228 (40" X 40"). Yes WG 8200 is a monster at 16 feet long but very good UHF/VHF antenna. XG91 is a good long range UHF only antenna and is only just under 8 feet and it will not be wide as WG 8200. With XG91 you may have a shot at Milwaukee stations.

-Willie

You may want to go to www.tvfool.com for result of siginals from the station where you will live.
post #814 of 1188
Ok I have a question about installers fees. I called a guy to install my purchases since Im out of town. The estimated charges would be $125 for the service call (includes trip charge) and $80 per hour (the first hour is included in the service call) plus any parts needed.

Does anyone have a tip on a better price, or is this one about average?

Almost forgot, I need a XG91, rotor, and CM 4228 preamp installed.
post #815 of 1188
Where are you? I will tell you most places charge more to people who dont buy the equipment from them. Who did you call?
post #816 of 1188
I emailed primetime tv. Im in Machesney Park.

http://www.primetime-av.com/
post #817 of 1188
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Originally Posted by angrydad View Post

Ok I have a question about installers fees. I called a guy to install my purchases since Im out of town. The estimated charges would be $125 for the service call (includes trip charge) and $80 per hour (the first hour is included in the service call) plus any parts needed.

Does anyone have a tip on a better price, or is this one about average?

Almost forgot, I need a XG91, rotor, and CM 4228 preamp installed.

I do not know of any installers in Rockford area but as Jeff Whitford said " I will tell you most places charge more to people who dont buy the equipment from them." would be true. Just check with where you got the quote from with the antenna system you want and see if it will come close in price. I hope you meant CM 7777 pre amp as CM 4228 is a 8-bay antenna.

-Willie
post #818 of 1188
Try Bock Antenna & Satellite. They are in Loves Park.
post #819 of 1188
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Originally Posted by Jeff Whitford View Post

Try Bock Antenna & Satellite. They are in Loves Park.

sorry double post
post #820 of 1188
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Originally Posted by Jeff Whitford View Post

Try Bock Antenna & Satellite. They are in Loves Park.

I did email them, but they havnt responded at all.
post #821 of 1188
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Originally Posted by WillieAntenna View Post

I do not know of any installers in Rockford area but as Jeff Whitford said " I will tell you most places charge more to people who dont buy the equipment from them." would be true. Just check with where you got the quote from with the antenna system you want and see if it will come close in price. I hope you meant CM 7777 pre amp as CM 4228 is a 8-bay antenna.

-Willie

Bah....I made a typo. Heres what I ordered
Channel Master CM 7777 Titan2 VHF/UHF Preamplifier with Power Supply (CM7777) | Qty: 1
Antennas Direct 91XG UHF Antenna (91XG) | Qty: 1
Channel Master CM 9521A Complete Antenna Rotator Kit with Infra-Red Remote Control and 250 FT Rotator Wire (CM9521A) | Qty: 1
post #822 of 1188
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Originally Posted by angrydad View Post

I did email them, but they havnt responded at all.

Most business will respond better to a phone call than an email. For obivious reasons.
post #823 of 1188
Yea I would but since Im in China, I cannot.
post #824 of 1188
Good reason.
post #825 of 1188
Well I finally made it back to Rockford. I got everything hooked up ok. When I Sync my Rotor should I have it pointed north or south? Does it have to be exact? I dont have a compass.
post #826 of 1188
I am able to point mine west NW and get both Rockford and Madison
post #827 of 1188
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Originally Posted by angrydad View Post

Well I finally made it back to Rockford. I got everything hooked up ok. When I Sync my Rotor should I have it pointed north or south? Does it have to be exact? I dont have a compass.

Due north. The more exact it is, the better it will be for you. If you have a good eyeball, you can get it within 10 degrees and you'd be OK. Either way, your directions would be off on your display, and you could just remember which ones offer the best reception.
post #828 of 1188
Yea I had mine pointed south during the scan....oops. But for some reason it stopped NW and I too am able to get Rockford/Madison with no problems at all.
post #829 of 1188
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Originally Posted by angrydad View Post

Yea I had mine pointed south during the scan....oops. But for some reason it stopped NW and I too am able to get Rockford/Madison with no problems at all.

Welcome back to the Midwest. Were you able to get Chicago stations? The arrow on the caseing of the rotor should line up with the front of the antenna to the arrow on the rotor.

-Willie
post #830 of 1188
Good old Wisconsin. At least we can count on Illinois' largest state park to keep the lands flat so that we can grab good HD signals.

Too many hills and obstructions keep me from getting a decent Chicago feed (with a long range antenna). Oh well. Less Cubs games in HD I guess.
post #831 of 1188
Hello all,

Whenever WTVO-DT shows high-def sports from ABC, the audio sounds like it is coming from a tin can. It's a nationwide problem, according to the AVS programming forum, that is corrected by an equipment purchase from the station (or as a workaround, to drop down to DD 2.0). Just curious how WTVO-DT plans to address the problem? WLS-DT in Chicago now sounds fine,
but I don't know what they did to solve it. Since I don't have 5.1, I don't know if they dropped to 2.0 or bought the equipment. I am *guessing* the latter.
post #832 of 1188
Hi all:

Does anyone know the qam channels for foxhd and cbshd on insight cable? I switched to dish network earlier in the year so the qam channel numbers I used to use previously seem to have changed. I'm currently helping my parents set up their new tv with insight basic and haven't been able to find foxhd and cbshd (important for football today!).

Here's what we've found:
PBSHD - 74.26
NBCHD - 86.2
ABCHD - 86.1

Missing:
CBSHD - ?
CBSWeather - ?
FoxHD - ?

If anyone knows where the missing channels are, I'd appreciate it.

Thanks

-Carter
post #833 of 1188
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Originally Posted by sebenste View Post

Hello all,

Whenever WTVO-DT shows high-def sports from ABC, the audio sounds like it is coming from a tin can. It's a nationwide problem, according to the AVS programming forum, that is corrected by an equipment purchase from the station (or as a workaround, to drop down to DD 2.0). Just curious how WTVO-DT plans to address the problem? WLS-DT in Chicago now sounds fine,
but I don't know what they did to solve it. Since I don't have 5.1, I don't know if they dropped to 2.0 or bought the equipment. I am *guessing* the latter.

Upgrade your speakers.
post #834 of 1188
Anybody know if there's something funny with the WREX digital signal? I'm using an inside antenna (amplified) and can get the signals from WTVO and WIFR just fine, but I can't seem to pick up WREX.

Thanks
post #835 of 1188
From my experience, an indoor antenna just doesn't always give acceptable results with DTV. I had one I bought a "nice" one from walmart, plugged it into the wall and I had decent results on analog but every time I think I'm doing fine with digital it would start to cut in and out. I would suggest getting an outdoor antenna, even if it is placed indoors. I have a Channel Master 4228 outside but many people put them in an attic. I had it about 5 feet off the ground in my porch for a few days before getting it on a pole and had success getting rockford and wha-dt from madison. DTV is so much more enjoyable than analog, but only if you have a good lock on it.

Tip: Make sure you have RG6 not RG59 cable from your antenna to your turner.

Tip: Make sure your antenna isn't too close to electronics - like your TV or DVD player or . . .
post #836 of 1188
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Originally Posted by Zoomer69Zoom View Post

Anybody know if there's something funny with the WREX digital signal? I'm using an inside antenna (amplified) and can get the signals from WTVO and WIFR just fine, but I can't seem to pick up WREX.

Thanks

In DeKalb, comes in good as usual. As was stated above, indoor antennas can be flaky when you have multipath issues (on analog TV, you'd see it as "ghosts", and tuners don't like that).
post #837 of 1188
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Originally Posted by Zoomer69Zoom View Post

Anybody know if there's something funny with the WREX digital signal? I'm using an inside antenna (amplified) and can get the signals from WTVO and WIFR just fine, but I can't seem to pick up WREX.

Thanks

You know, I have the exact same problem. I have had no problems with WREX's digital signal until about two weeks ago. All the other Rockford channels, and even three Madison channels, come in with a full digital signal. WREX I can't even pick up. It is so strange.

I did email on two different occasions to the station (different contacts) and they said everything is okay on their end and operating normally. I find it so odd that it just stopped working like that. I know my antenna works great, as like I said, I can receive three Madison channels beautifully.

I have an outdoor Philips antenna mounted in my garage. I hope this gets resolved soon! I miss the NBC shows! ( I could always watch it in Analog. Ick.) aha.
post #838 of 1188
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Originally Posted by Zoomer69Zoom View Post

Anybody know if there's something funny with the WREX digital signal? I'm using an inside antenna (amplified) and can get the signals from WTVO and WIFR just fine, but I can't seem to pick up WREX.

Thanks

You sure you don't mean you can't get WIFR?

All of a sudden starting yesterday, I only get WIFR in 480i. I can get all the other local channels in all their HD glory, but something seems to have gone awry with WIFR (23-1)

Anyone else having this problem. I have an amplified indoor phillips antenna.
post #839 of 1188
Well, here is their response.

I had asked if they were having issues.

Their reply is as follows:
Yes. Our upconverter went out. Should be fixed tomorrow.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
post #840 of 1188
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Originally Posted by captclueless View Post

You sure you don't mean you can't get WIFR?

I'm 45 miles E/SE of Rockford, and I've always had the most trouble with WREX, also.
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