Originally Posted by bierboy
Gilbert - Thanks for that info. Would outdoor VHF antennas help for those outside the metro? Since I'm just across the river (no more than 5 miles from their DT tower), I was pretty sure I wouldn't have a problem with my CM4221. That really sucks about them being allowed to severely reduce their power
Absolutely, and it will be THE only way to get it reliably. The problem is this---IMO (and that of many engineers), the FCC didn't properly take into account man-made noise (static, electrical, and other interference from power lines, fluorescent bulbs, blenders, microwave ovens, dimmer switches on lights, etc) when determining power levels on those channels. As a result, the power, IMO, should be allowed to run at what analog channels 2-6 are running right now (10 times more). As a "for instance", a friend of mine 40 miles west of Chicago locks WBBM-DT with a monster Radio Shack VU-190 TV antenna with a ChannelMaster 7777 preamplifier. But when he plugs in his cordless tool charger, or turns on his microwave, bye bye WBBM. And oh yeah, he's using quad-shielded RG-6 for EVERYTHING, including all jumper cables. And he gets fantastic analog and digital reception on everything, except WBBM analog 2 and digital 3. Oh, did I mention that he has confirmed when his neighbor turns on his blender, he loses WBBM-DT as well?
Throw in E-skip and tropo ducting (distant signals coming in and trashing the locals), and it makes a bad situation worse. A large directional VHF antenna
will minimize, but probably not completely eliminate these problems, when you are 30 miles + from the tower. Comcast cable in Chicago has a VHF antenna
to pick up WBBM-DT on the west side of Chicago. During storms, it would always break up. They had to go to fiber instead to get a reliable picture. The Grand Rapids, MI WWMT channel 2 DT engineer said he can't get a good signal near the tower when storms are close to or in the area. When I mean near the tower, I mean like a quarter mile from it!!!!!
If anyone hasn't already, peruse the Chicago OTA board. 75% of the posts are
about WBBM, and none of them positive...even though their video and audio quality is phenomenal.
That's what you guys are heading to in 3 years with WHBF.
Have a nice weekend!