Originally Posted by re_nelson
I think we all were guilty of having "irrational exuberance" about how DTV would perform on VHF in general and high VHF in particular. Gilbert, don't hate me for this.
But go back to post #5193 in this thread (as proof that I really did read the whole thing, every one of 'em a few months back). Both you and WBBMTOM were anticipating great things concerning what WBBM-TV's performance would be on RF-12. At that time, pre-transition, 8 kw at ~1660' was thought to be one of the more potent facilities in Chicagoland.
And then...as it has a tendency to do, reality struck on that fateful day of June 12, 2009. The great thing (or maybe the bad thing) about AVS is that all of the posts live forever and we all end up eating crow when our prophecies don't come to pass. I just funnin' with you, Gilbert, in a good natured way on this subject. The poor soul whose sky-high expectations came crashing down on the big day was Hank Volpe of ABC's WPVI in Philadelphia:
...all of which proves that there's the mystery of voodoo, which is trumped only by the black magic of RF!
Holy cow, I missed this one..LOL! True, Bob! Well, how do I say this: VHF does have great potential, as long as it is given enough power. I still get channel 2 decently from my attic antenna out in DeKalb, but...a friend who put up a new antenna in his new home attic in Elburn is getting signal-pegging levels on everything but WBBM...but that is due to multipath from the attic (signal bounces from 0 to nearly pegged, a telltale sign).
But make no mistake about it, VHF-LO is dead unless it gets even a lot more power than it's analog power it used to have. VHF-HI does work better in mountainous/hilly terrain. But we need more power, Scotty!