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Issues getting CBS-2 and NBC-5 in Chicago suburb

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Old 01-23-2012, 03:22 PM   #1
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Default Issues getting CBS-2 and NBC-5 in Chicago suburb

A few months ago, after some research, I finally cut the cord, and switched entirely to OTA TV. I live about 50 miles NW of Chicago, so I knew I might need a little extra oomph to get the signals.

I used AntennaWeb to figure out what channels I could get, and which antenna(s) would work for me.

I ended up getting an Antennas Direct DB4 bundle, which came with the antenna, cable, and preamp. Once that was hooked up, I got a decent number of channels, except for channel 2 (CBS), which is VHF, so I didn't get it at all, and channel 5, which supposedly is UHF, but it was extremely poor reception.

So, I looked into VHF antennas and bought the AntennaCraft Y5-2-6 Lowband-Broadband VHF Yagi TV Antenna. Now, I can get channels 2 and 5, but 5 is still a little iffy sometimes, and 2 is almost always breaking up or getting pixellated.

Both antennas are mounted in the attic of my two-story townhome, and run into my HTPC via a HVR-2250 tuner card (the problem still exists if I run it straight into my TV, too). No matter how I aim it, I still can't get good reception for channel 2 or 5.

Any suggestions for me?
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Old 01-23-2012, 07:00 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum!

Can you go to www.tvfool.com, enter your actual address plus antenna mount height, and post the results back here? You'll need to make 4 test reply posts to your thread before adding the link in the fifth repoly. Tvfool gives us a better understanding of your reception challenges and opportunities.
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Old 01-24-2012, 04:18 AM   #3
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You bought the wrong VHF antenna.

WBBM, virtual channel 2, operates on VHF channel 12, not channel 2. You should have bought the high-band VHF antenna (Y5-713 or Y10-713) , not the low-band Y5-26. Combine the Y5/10-713 to the DB4 using a UVSJ, not a common splitter.

WMAQ, virtual channel 5, operates on UHF 29, not channel 5. It should come in fine with a DB4. If it doesn't, you need to relocate the DB4 to alleviate a multi-path condition, a common problem in attics. Try different locations, be prepared to put the antenna on the roof if needed.

At 50 miles out, an attic install is usually not recommended due to signal attenuation over that much distance. You'll need to do some experimentation to see if your locale is viable.

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Old 01-24-2012, 05:08 AM   #4
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As far back into the last century as I can remember, WBBM was always the low rent station of the whole bunch. Well, not exactly a bunch. We had maybe 5 channels when I lived in Waukegan. That channel though, always had ghosting and all kinds of other problems.

I am about 12 miles farther north, now. Even in the worst weather, at 46.7 miles, it comes in crystal clear in ALL weather.
I think my LOS cuts right over the edge of Lake Michigan.

I wonder if you're getting multipath from O'Hare.

Anyway, even my temporary antennas are performing quite well.
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Old 01-24-2012, 05:53 AM   #5
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He has the wrong VHF antenna. Until that's resolved, WBBM isn't going to have a chance to come in very well.
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Old 01-24-2012, 10:01 AM   #6
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He has the wrong VHF antenna. Until that's resolved, WBBM isn't going to have a chance to come in very well.
Yeah, I guess I should just count my blessings that my UHF antennas perform as well as they do.
If I was trying to pick it up, I probably couldn't
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Old 01-25-2012, 11:43 AM   #7
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Well crap... that's what I get for not researching enough...

I don't want to spam test posts just to put a link, so here's my tvfool link:
www tvfool com / ?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3d67d92d8b1f628 e

[edit] Nevermind, I see that you answered this...
If WMAQ is UHF 29, though, shouldn't the DB4 be picking that up better? It's supposed to be good for UHF channels 14-69.

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Old 01-25-2012, 07:01 PM   #8
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See post #3. I also covered that one.
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