Originally Posted by snoopy1954
It would seem to me, that WBBM channel 2 has always had issues with a good signal. Even when it was analog, it was tough to get. You would think the brain surgeons over there would have been the first in line to get a UHF channel. Are you telling me that a PBS channel or channel 50 has more pull than a major network like CBS. They just don't have a clue, and power they are using is far less than the other channels. I am surprised they do not have a ratings issue due to this is signal. The only savior to them is cable and satellite. Once those guys get to expensive, more people will want to use the antenna. They should do whatever they can to get to UHF, whether it is buying another channel out. They are in a major market. The U on channel 26 should not be kicking their butts with signal. Just saying.
I forgot where I read it at, but they had tried to acquire WYCC's channel (we know it's non-commercial, but that wouldn't have stopped it from being reallocated to commercial & WBBM-TV's pre-transitional channel of RF 3 to non-commercial), but WYCC supposedly wanted too much money from WBBM-TV. So they backed out of that deal. Had they gone with their original plan to go to RF 11, their coverage would be worse than when they were on RF 3, since RF 11 in Chicago would have to protect WGVU Grand Rapids & WLFI Lafayette, IN, & to a lesser extent, WWTO Lasalle, IL (RF 3 was at 2.8kw while RF 11 would have only been at 1.8kw). I don't know how many people can't get WBBM-TV with an outdoor antenna (one that's actually optimized for VHF, & not solely trying to rely on a 4 or 8 bay antenna), but I believe most of the complaints are from people using indoor antennas. When they were on RF 3, it was a legitimate concern, as 2-6 don't work at all with rabbit ears, or antennas with shorter elements. For 7-13, reception varies with rabbit ears, & outdoor antennas that have elements optimized for 7-13, it usually isn't a problem. Distance from the downtown area also plays a role in how well you can get a station too. I don't know how far you are from Chicago, but I'm about 30 miles SE of Chicago in Gary, IN, & I have no problems with full power stations. My problems are certain low power stations:WWME-LD on RF 39 (nulled toward Indiana, & the only one that matters to me), W25DW-D on RF 25 (not that it matters, though my mom likes it, but it has an even sharper null toward Indiana), WPVN-CD on RF 20 (somewhat important, but the null is that sharp in my direction, & future interference may pop up if WUVI-LD on RF 20 signs on from Merrillville on a Lafayette area license), & WCHU-LD on RF 33 (not important, but TV Fool shows coverage being strong, but it doesn't come in, due to interference from WEDE-CA, since that station still broadcasts an analog signal).