Originally Posted by sebenste
OK, I think you know what a "70 mile" antenna is. A ChannelMaster 4228 with a 15 dB or better gain preamp with "flat" ground between you and the tranny...THAT'S a 70 mile antenna. A VU-90 or VU-120 isn't a 70 mile antenna. The largest Winegard PR or HD series...those are 70 mile antennas (With any Radio Shack antenna, take the number following the VU and divide by 3 for a much more accurate representative mileage figure). What antenna do you have?
Oh crap, I didn't expect the VU-90 to be 90, i.e., somewhere around 70, but 1/3rd? Ouch.
No local Channel Master dealer. No local Winegard dealer either. The HD-8200P (no such thing as an HDTV antenna, they should know better), is the farthest reach antenna they make and the UHF is only listed as 60 miles. Hell, that won't even reach Milwaukee (70+ miles) and I have a better shot in that direction.
At $185 for the HD-8200P, I definately don't want to just try it. Shipping that thing will also cost the other arm.
Having said that, because WREX is so high up on the UHF dial (channel 54), it's not an easy catch. You would need a 4228 and a preamp to get it. Got any stores locally to try that out? Two things would help you there: directionality would reduce major overload from the nearby stations. Of course, if that hill IS blocking your signal at all, you know as well as I do that it is the kiss of death for you to get it. Got a local seller to give it a try?
Unfortunately 19 and 32 (digital) are directly north of me, about a mile, with the other stations northwest of me, just a few miles more. That and the small hill between me and Rockford, I don't think I stand a chance.
Hey, maybe I should put an antenna high on the 15/57 tower, then translate it down to a lower frequency and beam it at my house. Tom shouldn't care, it isn't his tower
I might be better off trying to get digital channel 28 (WTMJ-DT) out of Milwaukee, since it is a flatter shot for me and they are doing 1 MW ERP.
Oh good grief. I just looked up the FCC listing for WREX-DT and they are only doing 55.2 kW ERP. There ain't a snowball's chance in Hell of my picking up that station here in Madison, even if I did sneak an antenna on the 15/57 tower, right below the T-Bar.
Does anyone know if the Milwaukee NBC affiliate brands their HD video?
EDIT: I didn't look far enough down in the FCC data. Another record for WREX-DT has the power at 163.9 kW ERP. For a UHF channel at that frequency, that really isn't that much in the way of power. ALso look at the antenna plot. Not exactly a lot of power toward Madison. WTMJ, OTOH, does beam away from the lake and that direction is toward Madison.