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WEDE-CD Channel 34.2

I live in Park Ridge with a large Winegard antenna up 30 feet with a rotor plus a pre-amplifier and I have serious difficulty receiving channel 34. Does any one have any information about this station regarding their broadcast pattern from Willis Tower going straight south? They are licensed to Arlington Heights.
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I live in Park Ridge with a large Winegard antenna up 30 feet with a rotor plus a pre-amplifier and I have serious difficulty receiving channel 34. Does any one have any information about this station regarding their broadcast pattern from Willis Tower going straight south? They are licensed to Arlington Heights.
WEDE-CD coverage map (RF 34)

WEDE-CD pattern (RF 34)

Very odd pattern here. Not even a full kW being sent in your direction. Make sure you have your antenna aimed precisely at their transmitter. Also make sure all your coaxial cable is RG6 and not the cheap RG59, double check all your connections and if possible, remove any splitters between your TV and antenna as all of these may weaken the signal.

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WEDE-CD Channel 34.2

Thanks for the suggestions. I appreciate your quick response.
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This is a sorta related OTA post..but DirecTV pulled down WYIN's .2 subchannel from their sat delivered locals...but upgraded WYIN's main ch from SD to HD
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Hello. Below is my TVFool link.

http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...903843cc02b96e

I ditched cable and DirecTV almost 2 years ago. This Bears season I need to get serious about an antenna. Going out for every game last year did not go well.

Can anyone recommend a first outdoor antenna for me to try at my location about 25 feet above the ground? I guess CBS will be the hardest for me to get in my location.

I was thinking GE 29884 maybe?

I really appreciate the tips and recommendations.

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Hello. Below is my TVFool link.

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I ditched cable and DirecTV almost 2 years ago. This Bears season I need to get serious about an antenna. Going out for every game last year did not go well.

Can anyone recommend a first outdoor antenna for me to try at my location about 25 feet above the ground? I guess CBS will be the hardest for me to get in my location.

I was thinking GE 29884 maybe?

I really appreciate the tips and recommendations.
Hello Malapane.

I would very highly recommend the ChannelMaster 4228 or the Xtreme Signal HDB8X. Both are 8-bay "bowtie" antennas that will do well from Chesterton, and will let you pick up channels 7-51.
If you want to pick up channel 6, and thus Me-TV radio, get the CM 3020. https://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?p=cm-3020 Any of these three should serve you well.

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Hello Malapane.

I would very highly recommend the ChannelMaster 4228 or the Xtreme Signal HDB8X. Both are 8-bay "bowtie" antennas that will do well from Chesterton, and will let you pick up channels 7-51.
If you want to pick up channel 6, and thus Me-TV radio, get the CM 3020. https://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?p=cm-3020 Any of these three should serve you well.

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Thank you Gilbert!

Placing an order today. Are there any tips to wiring to my TV, or just RG6 straight from the combiner on the antenna to the back of my television?

I really appreciate the help!
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Thank you Gilbert!

Placing an order today. Are there any tips to wiring to my TV, or just RG6 straight from the combiner on the antenna to the back of my television?

I really appreciate the help!
For now, I would say RG-6 from the combiner to TV. If reception is not as strong as you want it, a preamp can be added later. But with that antenna and one TV, that should be good.

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Has a date been announced for when we will need to rescan our TV's to get the OTA channels that are changing frequencies in Phase 6? If not, do we know when that date will be announced?
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Has a date been announced for when we will need to rescan our TV's to get the OTA channels that are changing frequencies in Phase 6? If not, do we know when that date will be announced?
No, and no...but since it will be fairly soon, I would expect engineers are coordinating a date.

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These are the dates AFAIK.....

September 7, 2019 - October 18, 2019

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Interface between antenna and TV

I just hooked up a CM Omni+ and although I was a little skeptical at first it does a great job. My question is what are the best options for plugging the antenna into that have a channel guide with DVR? I'm using a HDHomerun Connect Quatro but it's a little bit clunky and if there is a better option I'd like to know while I can still return the HD to BB. Thanks
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WLS AV Sync issues?

I don't have an antenna. I get my feed via Comcast. I have noticed that during WLS's local news, and ABC News, that the AV sync seems to be way off. When WLS goes to a remote report, the AV sync is even worse. But, watching "Good Morning America" seems fine. If it was a Comcast issue, I'd think it would happen all the time.
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WCIU reception issues

I am in New Lenox, was getting good reception using antenna in the attic until last week.
Now can’t get any of the WCIU stations 26.1 -26.6 . Added an amplifier but still no go.
Anyone else having any issues ?
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Hello. Below is my TVFool link.

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I ditched cable and DirecTV almost 2 years ago. This Bears season I need to get serious about an antenna. Going out for every game last year did not go well.

Can anyone recommend a first outdoor antenna for me to try at my location about 25 feet above the ground? I guess CBS will be the hardest for me to get in my location.

I was thinking GE 29884 maybe?

I really appreciate the tips and recommendations.
Sebenste has given you a couple good choices for UHF. From my own experience, any 8 bay antenna, as well as my old Winegard HD-1080 2 bay antenna, doesn't work as well with VHF. If you want a guarantee that you can get CBS out of Chicago, here's a VHF only antenna that can help. https://www.amazon.com/30-2476-Fring...%2C298&sr=8-31

When I went with separate VHF & UHF antennas, and this was 2010, I got the Antennacraft CS600 antenna for channels 2-13. I partially got it, because I wanted to get WOCK-CD on RF 4, which at the time had America One (now called Yu Too, not sure about spelling). WOCK-CD dropped that network. For UHF, I originally got the Winegard HD9032. It worked for the full market stations, but it had too narrow of a beam, that it didn't pick up the LPTV stations from Chicago. I then got a refurbished Americas Direct DB8, and it picked up the LPTV stations I wanted, including MeTV on 23.1 (even though it's simulcasted on WCIU 26.3) and the HD version of The U Too (will be just the U soon) on 48.1. As for the Winegard HD-1080 antenna I have, it's used solely for 56.1.

Since you live in an area that can also get South Bend stations, if you line up your UHF antenna properly, you might be able to pick up the South Bend stations from the back side, and can get CBS/Fox from WSBT-TV. I don't know what sports WSBT-TV carries, but you'll have additional choices from that station too. Lastly, this is a long shot from Chesterton, but if you can get WMEU-CD on RF 32 (soon to be RF 18), CBS Chicago is carried on 48.3.
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Sebenste has given you a couple good choices for UHF. From my own experience, any 8 bay antenna, as well as my old Winegard HD-1080 2 bay antenna, doesn't work as well with VHF. If you want a guarantee that you can get CBS out of Chicago, here's a VHF only antenna that can help. https://www.amazon.com/30-2476-Fring...%2C298&sr=8-31

When I went with separate VHF & UHF antennas, and this was 2010, I got the Antennacraft CS600 antenna for channels 2-13. I partially got it, because I wanted to get WOCK-CD on RF 4, which at the time had America One (now called Yu Too, not sure about spelling). WOCK-CD dropped that network. For UHF, I originally got the Winegard HD9032. It worked for the full market stations, but it had too narrow of a beam, that it didn't pick up the LPTV stations from Chicago. I then got a refurbished Americas Direct DB8, and it picked up the LPTV stations I wanted, including MeTV on 23.1 (even though it's simulcasted on WCIU 26.3) and the HD version of The U Too (will be just the U soon) on 48.1. As for the Winegard HD-1080 antenna I have, it's used solely for 56.1.

Since you live in an area that can also get South Bend stations, if you line up your UHF antenna properly, you might be able to pick up the South Bend stations from the back side, and can get CBS/Fox from WSBT-TV. I don't know what sports WSBT-TV carries, but you'll have additional choices from that station too. Lastly, this is a long shot from Chesterton, but if you can get WMEU-CD on RF 32 (soon to be RF 18), CBS Chicago is carried on 48.3.
Thank you so much for the feedback. I installed the 8 bowtie antenna last week and get all channels with solid reception except CBS. I don't get anything at all for CBS.

I have a compass now and am going to try one last time to plumb and aim it more accurately. If that doesn't work, I may very well try what you have recommended. For only $50 it might be worth a shot for the one channel. I have another dish set up at my other corner that I can easily repurpose to give it a try. I will also check CBS South Bend to see if they will carry those 2 Bears games this season. Right now I have 13 of the 16 games covered. 2 are on CBS and the last one is ESPN.

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What's going on with WTTW's OTA signal?

It has been out for over 24 hours here in the northern suburbs.

Just wondering if anyone here had any idea what is happening with WTTW's lack of OTA signal.



Edit: Nevermind, all of WTTW's channels came back on OTA sometime this afternoon.

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Thank you so much for the feedback. I installed the 8 bowtie antenna last week and get all channels with solid reception except CBS. I don't get anything at all for CBS.

I have a compass now and am going to try one last time to plumb and aim it more accurately. If that doesn't work, I may very well try what you have recommended. For only $50 it might be worth a shot for the one channel. I have another dish set up at my other corner that I can easily repurpose to give it a try. I will also check CBS South Bend to see if they will carry those 2 Bears games this season. Right now I have 13 of the 16 games covered. 2 are on CBS and the last one is ESPN.

Thanks
I'm in Chesterton, too, and have the same experience with CBS. I have an Antennas Direct ClearStream 4 from about 10 years ago that has served me well; it's advertised as getting VHF frequencies, but now CBS has no picture (I don't watch much TV, so I don't know when the switch/issue happened). And this is all with an in-line amplifier!


I'll be curious to hear how you go about resolving the matter.
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Right now I have 13 of the 16 games covered. 2 are on CBS and the last one is ESPN.

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The ESPN game should be carried on a local OTA Chicago station (not sure which one, though I assume WLS for its ABC ownership?).

I would guess that South Bend would carry Indianapolis Colts games, though I'm not sure.
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Really random, but on CBS 2, I am now getting a channel 2-3 that says DABL as the on screen ID, but when I try and view the channel, my TV freezes and nothing is actually coming through. Just a black screen. Is there something else coming?
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Really random, but on CBS 2, I am now getting a channel 2-3 that says DABL as the on screen ID, but when I try and view the channel, my TV freezes and nothing is actually coming through. Just a black screen. Is there something else coming?
TV make? I wouldn't expect it to freeze up on you.

Anyway, it sounds like they have the channel activated but there is no TS stream (encoding) on it yet. Most devices will simply say no signal or display a blank screen. Others like Samsung usually display a "mode not supported" message. I never heard of a channel freezing up the set unless its really misconfigured to the point that the TV doesn't agree with it.

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Really random, but on CBS 2, I am now getting a channel 2-3 that says DABL as the on screen ID, but when I try and view the channel, my TV freezes and nothing is actually coming through. Just a black screen. Is there something else coming?
It's a new diginet being launched by CBS on Sept 9th: https://tvnewscheck.com/article/2360...style-network/
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TV make? I wouldn't expect it to freeze up on you.

Anyway, it sounds like they have the channel activated but there is no TS stream (encoding) on it yet. Most devices will simply say no signal or display a blank screen. Others like Samsung usually display a "mode not supported" message. I never heard of a channel freezing up the set unless its really misconfigured to the point that the TV doesn't agree with it.
Sorry - I should have been more clear. The TV is actually fine. I have a Samsung. It's actually the Dish Network receiver.
I re-scanned my Dish Network receiver for the OTA channels, and it picked up 2-3, but when I try and watch it, it causes the Dish Network receiver to lag and freeze until I move off of it. When I am watching through the Samsung OTA, it won't show it in my list of channels.
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Sorry - I should have been more clear. The TV is actually fine. I have a Samsung. It's actually the Dish Network receiver.
I re-scanned my Dish Network receiver for the OTA channels, and it picked up 2-3, but when I try and watch it, it causes the Dish Network receiver to lag and freeze until I move off of it. When I am watching through the Samsung OTA, it won't show it in my list of channels.
Probably not agreeing with what I previously mentioned. Wait until they're broadcasting video and see if the receiver's symptoms clear up.

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September 7, 2019 - October 18, 2019

This mentions the same dates. Since they give a range I presume not all stations are doing it at once, and it would be nice to know when each station is doing it.

https://www.fcc.gov/media/engineering/dtvmaps
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https://www.dabl.com/ is up and running on WBBM-DT 2.3. I had to rescan both my old TV to get it to show up.
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WCIU CW audio

I never really watched WCIU all that much before they switched to the CW. Watching "Pen & Teller Fool Us" and other shows, it seems as if there are some audio issues. The audio is 5.1, but the sound itself appears to only be front L-R. Nothing out of the surrounds or center channel. My receiver is set to just play 5.1 as-is with no extra processing.
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https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/re...ox-32-and-my50 Fox32 put out their rescan date and time, October 18th at 2am. Getting excited here!
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