Originally Posted by alnielsen
Is there any idea what will be offered by Venture on RF44? Will it be more spanish language programming ?
They started out on RF 44 back in early 2009, but got bumped off when WLS-TV learned that then WWAZ changed their station from RF 44 to RF 5. That made RF 44 available as a full power channel in Chicago. Since WCHU-LD did not have Class A status, they were forced off that channel. They had to settle for RF 33, which gets interference, & not receivable in most of the market. I got it one time in Gary, IN, & that was only because WEDE-CA was off the air, & WCHU-LD came in. What I saw for that only time was Azteca America on the main channel, 61.1, & 61.2 & 61.3 being Chinese programming from CCTV.
Originally Posted by sebenste
By the way, one other thing about WLS: By design of most antennas, channels between 41 and 48 (or so) seem to have more difficulty with multipath. I wonder if that is the issue you are experiencing? One thing I do is get oversized antennas, even for close-in signals. Why? Because the FCC and great sites like Tvfool only (and correctly) show what your signals levels are likely to be under ideal weather conditions. The FCC doesn't take those, or buildings, or trees when determining signal strength. Those charts assume there isn't but grass between you and the transmitter when they make those, because they assume your antenna is 30 up', away from all obstructions. Of course, in the real world... :-|
I'm currently using an Antennas Direct DB8 (original DB8), & while I still have problems here & there with RF 43 & RF 44, it's not as bad as when I used a Winegard HD9032 antenna, & WLS-TV pixelated & dropped out constantly, & RF 43 only pixelated & dropped out after local sunset (even more so after midnight). That same antenna was not as good at getting RF 39, since it's too directional, & not aligned just right, & it goes out. I could not get my mom's favorite translator on RF 25 with that antenna, but can most of the time with the DB8. The only obstructions between my home & the Sears Tower/John Hancock/AON Center/Trump Tower transmitters are trees. There are no tall buildings in my path on the Indiana side. Regardless of UHF only antenna, RF 43 & RF 44 have been the channels that give me the most problems, with RF 44 being the worst. I will admit that since the DB8 isn't as directional, it has helped at getting some LPTV stations better, including WPVN-CD, which my mom watches Retro TV occasionally & TNN (when there's no pixilation, since I'm outside of their protected contour), WWME-LD on RF 39 (care about this LPTV the most), W25DW-D on RF 25, whatever the call letters are for RF 24 (VC 22), & WESV-LD on RF 40.
There's also a difference between you & me for distance & antennas. You live in DeKalb, & need large antennas. I live in Gary, IN, & large antennas aren't needed for most stations. Most can get away with DB4's & medium yagis for full power UHF stations & medium size antennas for VHF. For LPTV stations in Gary, IN, most need deep fringe antennas with pre-amps in order to get them. Out of all LPTV stations that I get from Chicago, only WDCI-LD on RF 30 & WMEU-CD on RF 32 have strong signals aimed in my direction to not need a pre-amp.