Originally Posted by feinstei
This may have been asked before and I apologize if it has....
I would like to try receiving some of the Indianapolis, Lima, and South Bend stations. Any possibility of doing this within the actual city of Fort Wayne?
Are there any professional companies in the Fort Wayne area who can install a rooftop OTA antenna (or tower) and cabling?
Indianapolis a very longshot at receiving, as they're more than 100 miles from Fort Wayne. Even if it's possible, you'd be lucky if you get the stations that transmit from the tower farm north of Indianapolis. You wouldn't get the stations that transmit south of Indianapolis, due to those stations being licensed to Bloomington, & Grade A coverage over Bloomington couldn't be achieved by transmitting out of Indianapolis. The only Indianapolis market station that might be possible to receive is WNDY, as they're licensed to Marion, & their tower is near Cicero. South Bend might be possible, but the signal would definitely be weak. If lucky, you'd only get WNDU (NBC), WSBT (CBS), WSJV (Fox), WNIT (PBS), & WHME (Ind). You wouldn't get WCWW-LD (CW), WMYS-LD (MNT), or WBND-LD (ABC) at all. You would definitely need a tower of at least 50 ft in the air, & the biggest UHF antenna you can get (preferably yagi like the Winegard HD9032 or Antennacraft MXU59), along with a pre-amp. In a situation like that, it would be best if the antenna you want to use to be separate from the antenna that would be used for Fort Wayne stations, as you probably don't need amplification for Fort Wayne stations.
I'm looking at a similar situation myself, as I get Chicago stations, but South Bend's 5 full power stations have stray coverage over Gary. With my current VHF/UHF antenna pointed at Chicago, I get WSBT almost every night. If WNDU had returned to 16, then I would get them nearly every night as well. They're the most difficult to get now, as they're on 42, & my antenna isn't pointed at South Bend. Once certain issues get worked out outside ofTV reception, then I plan to get a Winegard HD9032 for South Bend stations (possibly looking at getting one for Chicago as well to see if I can get WPVN-LD with it).