Originally Posted by NextGenerationGa
Hey guys, just moved down to Milwaukee from up way up north Wisconsin to an apartment The East Side (near UWM) and for the most part all is well.
I picked up a cheapie
$20ish antenna from Target to pull in locals for free since we're more of a Netflix couple and U-Verse satisfies that need. Just want the antenna for football and baseball, and she likes it for Glee and House.
Most of the channels come in great in HD- Fox6, CW18, NBC4 including a few others that we really don't even watch. CBS is missing entirely however- I tried a different
(more expensive) antenna and it still didn't even pick it up in the channel scan to try and play with the positioning to get it to come in. I returned it and got my cheapie connected again.
..Am I missing something why CBS wouldn't show up at all? Are my cheap-ass antennas not going to cut it? Is my positioning of the antenna that terrible- that it'd need to be moved drastically compared to where Fox/NBC/CW..etc come in?
Any help here is much appreciated.
Milwaukee is a bit more complex at getting a reliable signal, due to several tower locations. Milwaukee is not like Chicago, where Chicago only has their stations on 2 skycrapers (3 if you count 2 LP stations on the AON Building). Was the second antenna used outdoors? If not, then that might be part of the problem. If you can have your antenna outdoors, then that's the preferred method, since digital signals don't penetrate buildings as well (especially on the VHF). Next question is, do yo watch WMVS (one of 2 PBS stations in Milwaukee)? If so, then you need an antenna with VHF-Hi, & neither of those antennas will cut it for VHF. They broadcast on RF 8 (only full power on the VHF with WMLW-LD being on RF 13), while everyone else is on the UHF. With you living in the Milwaukee city limits, I would recommend spending a bit more money for the Winegard HD-1080
, & if possible, place it outdoors. I have this antenna, & I got all my UHF stations with little trouble (also get WLS-TV on RF 7 from Chicago). While I live in the Chicago market, it gets all UHF stations. It's hard to say if you can get WMVS as they get interference from WWMT Kalamazoo, MI on the same channel. But if that station isn't of importance to you, then this will be good for the UHF stations. WMVS does have a CP for a translator to broadcast on RF 36 (their former channel for WMVT, which is now on RF 35), whenever they get it on the air. I don't know of any stores local to you that sell Winegard antennas, but most stores don't carry Winegard antennas. The Winegard HD-1080 is no bigger than the size of a large pizza box.