Like a lot of people, WBBM presents the biggest reception problem for me, but am I correct that they will be moving to rf 26 at some point in the not-too-distant future?
This is in reference to multiple posts in this thread, as well as this (this information looks to be over a year old...):http://www.angelfire.com/wi/jrosin5765/tv/niltv.html
I'm out on the Aurora/Naperville edge, currently have a Clearstream 2 (I think I paid $30 off of eBay) in my east facing 2nd floor bedroom closet, pointed at roughly 78-80 degrees, and get great signal strength on all the channels I care about, except WBBM. For WBBM, I use a set of rabbit ears, but they work very poorly, I have to move them around quite a bit before I can get reception, and they don't work at all in the closet. Since my main interest is Bears games, and there's only a few on WBBM this year, I'm at the point where I'm probably going to just say screw it for a while, but it'd be nice if they move to rf 26...it might save me having to get a big, bulky VHF antenna at some point in the future.
Also, for reference, in case anyone is interested, these are the signal strength readouts I get from my Sharp LE810UN TV with the Clearstream 2, no amplifier, clear and sunny day, and roughly 60-80 feet of cable:
The scale is 0-100, with 100 being the best. I don't see any drops on anything over 50, 40's might see a few drops, and 30's is pretty much useless. Having used the Clearstream 2 for over a year, I don't anticipate ANY drops at all, regardless of the weather, except maaaaaaaaaayybe 38.1 in a bad snow storm...maybe.
Edit: Also, I'm about 38-40 miles from Sears Tower and Hancock buildings, no buildings over 2 stories within 4 blocks, and my division is about 9 years old, so no trees over 2 stories tall yet.