Originally Posted by jmdomini
As for WREX the contour I'm looking at says 163 kw. Also still showing a "construction permit". Looked like it makes it to about central Kane county.
It will show "CP" for a long time because the FCC doesn't update those front records quickly, in many cases...especially with "license to cover" for full power construction permits. Look at WWTO...same thing. Speaking of which, with blown power supplies, they're still down. Hope to be back up by Monday. Anyway, WREX is lso tough because they are on channel 54...above the optimal reception range for most UHF antennas, which drop off around channel 50.
Originally Posted by meany
We have come full circle. Back in the mid to late 70's when cable was being introduced it was advertised to have a better picture quality with no interference compared to analog OTA, which it did. Now 30 years later OTA offers the best picture quality, and its free. Makes you wonder why people still subscribe to cable and sat.
ESPN, etc, has been mentioned. BUT, convenience, putting an antenna on your roof, inconsistent reception, WBBM's weak and sporadic signal due to impulse noise and low power...the top one has to be the channels not offered OTA,
followed by the antenna and reception issue.
BTW, if you had a proper outdoor antenna in the 1970's and 1980s, you could easily beat cable reception. I did, and per a story I told a few months ago, I got free cable from it for 3 years as a result. :-)