Thanks for the update. So looks like it won't be until late summer (optimistic) or fall until WMAQ and WFLD are upgraded on the west mast of Willis. I guess I didn't appreciate how complicated it is to do these antenna upgrades but, in retrospect, it makes sense when you are installing a custom antenna 1500+ feet in the air that shares space with other antennas.
Your posts have been great, KyL416. Much appreciated, thanks!
This is great stuff! Thank you for this info. I now know why WMAQ reception has been so spotty since the repack.And Chicago's called the Windy City for a reason, the wind 1500+ up is much worse than the wind on ground level, which only gives them a limited window for safe helicopter lifts.
As of this morning, 3/31/2021, it is no longer scrambled, rather the colored bars pattern with boxes rolling around and it says WLS-TV Chicago 7.3 on the top. Guide data area still says THIS-TV.WLS 7-3 is showing on my TV as a scramble channel. “THIS-TV”. Sounds to me like This Tv is going to reach a wider audience
And, now I am getting 66-6, which says Twist will be broadcasting on it starting on April 5. I have never heard of Twist before.
It is definitely a better picture quality than 66.2 - at least right now with America's Funniest Home Videos on. I will be interested to see if it is noticeably different when I have Home Improvement on later in the evening. I will check both channels. One thing I do notice is that with 38.anything, if it gets really windy out middle of summer when the leaves are on the trees, the signal goes in and out, whereas 66 doesn't. When LAFF moves to only 38 I will miss the stability during the windy weather.How does Laff on 38-4 compare to it? If it's better, you might want to watch it there from now on since eventually it will be the only place to get Laff once Univision's contract expires.
Sounds like multipath (ghosting/signal fading in the analog days). The signal is being reflected by the leaves/branches when the wind blows, which may also reflect off of buildings and structures with metal surfaces as well, causing your antenna to see two or more of the same signal which in turn degrades your reception. Adjusting or re-orienting your antenna usually helps. In worse case situations, you may need to move the antenna to a new location, which could be on the other side of your house.One thing I do notice is that with 38.anything, if it gets really windy out middle of summer when the leaves are on the trees, the signal goes in and out, whereas 66 doesn't. When LAFF moves to only 38 I will miss the stability during the windy weather.
Evidently it got added to 7 other ABC O&O's:Sounds to me like This Tv is going to reach a wider audience
The eight ABC-owned television markets which now carry This TV via a new agreement are: New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; Philadelphia; San Francisco; Houston; Fresno, California, and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, with about 27 million households.