Originally Posted by hvs10trk
I used to work at that facility in Rolling Meadows. It was a receive site back the MediaOne/ATT days. I believe it's still a backup site. There are OTA receive antennas at the top but those are a back up as well. There was typically 1 tuned antenna per channel they were picking up. That was a nicely setup facility back in the day.
Heh. Going off topic for a second, Comcast disconnected all the cables from the antennas at the DeKalb/Sycamore head end...the tower is only used for cell phones now. They got rid of all their receivers on top of that, and even worse, we're one of only two Comcast headends in the country that doesn't have redundancy.
This spring, Comcast will put in fiber from Rockford to DeKalb to complete the ring from Chicago to Rockford to DeKalb (right now we just get 1 fiber link from near Downer's Grove to St. Charles to us, and when that got sliced by a construction worker last year, we had nothing, nada, no phone, Internet or cable out here for 23 hours). Then we'll also be able to get the Rockford stations in HD, instead of a standard def, low bandwidth feed we have now.
To me, it's just silly they wouldn't use one antenna and keep their receivers as a backup. Heck, D* and E* still use OTA as primary or backup, right?