Originally Posted by dmaster
I'm not sure it's that clear cut. My Mother, out by LaSalle, IL, has her antenna pointed a little West of Peoria, primarily in the hopes of also picking up the Quad Cities. Before the analog cutoff, she received 8.1 some of the time, no sign of 4.1 or 6.1. (If I turned the antenna towards the Quad Cities, then she could lock all three.) Post transition, she reports that she can lock all three solidly, without turning the antenna. I don't remember the exact distance, but she must be about 60 miles away.www.tvfool.com
confirms that all three Quad Cities networks should be stronger post-transition. If folks aren't getting a signal "two counties away", my first guess is that they need to use a VHF capable antenna.
Well, the VHF-LO maps I question. But here's the 4 *general* rules I use, in terms of receiving TV antennas:
1. Bigger is better (more receiving elements/rods)
2. Higher is better (3 db, or 50% signal gain every 10' you go up)
3. Outdoors is much better than indoors
4. Band-specific antennas are better than "combination" antennas, but are more cumbersome to deal with.
Having said that, channel 4 is at much high power than WBBM was on channel 3, and also on a taller stick.
People are having trouble getting it, but mainly because they don't have VHF-LO antennas. WHBF (channel 4 CBS Quad Cities) is at 24.1 kw on channel 4, which is somewhat better than channel 3 in terms of interference.
And THAT is the power WBBM should have gotten. If WBBM was at 24 kw, we'd have only complained during nearby thunderstorms when they were back on channel 3...or if they were at that power right now. Ditto for WLS.
Here in the Chicago area, we only have one LP station that I know of above 51, on analog, still on the air...that's a low power translator of TBN in Elgin on channel 57. Since TBN retuned 40 on Sears, it's kind of redundant, and I don't see it on the air much. So really, I say it isn't worh it, locally.
Milwaukee has a 63 analog doing Telemundo, but it's simulcast on digital.