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Old 07-29-2006, 12:07 AM   #1
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Hello, I currently have a Radio Shack VU-120 antenna in my attic with a Channelmaster 7777 Pre Amp.(Zip 60423) I want to get an antenna on my roof, as I get too many dropouts with the antenna in the attic.(low signal strength) Anyone have any suggestions for what kind of antenna to put on my roof? Is the VU-120 overkill? Keep in mind, that I will need to pick up a vhf station(cbs 2.1)

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* yellow - uhf WPWR-DT 50.1 UPN GARY IN 27 27.8 51
* yellow - uhf WSNS-DT 44.1 TEL CHICAGO IL 27 27.8 45
* yellow - uhf WYCC-DT 20.1 PBS CHICAGO IL 27 29.4 21
* yellow - uhf WTTW-DT 11.1 PBS CHICAGO IL 27 27.8 47
* yellow - uhf WLS-DT 7.1 ABC CHICAGO IL 27 27.8 52
* yellow - uhf WJYS-DT 36.1 REL HAMMOND IN 27 27.8 36
* yellow - uhf WGN-DT 9.1 WB CHICAGO IL 27 27.8 19
* yellow - uhf WFLD-DT 32.1 FOX CHICAGO IL 27 27.8 31
* yellow - uhf WXFT-DT 60.1 TFA AURORA IL 27 27.8 59
* yellow - uhf WMAQ-DT 5.1 NBC CHICAGO IL 27 27.8 29
* yellow - uhf WCPX-DT 38.1 i CHICAGO IL 27 27.8 43
* green - uhf WGBO-DT 66.1 UNI JOLIET IL 27 29.4 53
* red - vhf WBBM-DT 2.1 CBS CHICAGO IL 27 29.4 3
* red - uhf WCIU-DT 26.1 IND CHICAGO IL 27 27.8 27
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Old 07-29-2006, 01:19 AM   #2
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Install the antenna that you currently own on the roof .

Your antenna is not overkill.

I own a winegard hd8200p (much bigger than yours and split 6 times) at my place 12-19 miles from towers. The pictures through out the home are studio quality, no drop outs, no weather garbage, no multipath and out of sight out of mind PERFECT.

The only issue that may cause problems at your home may be the preamp. May cause overload. The cm7777 is suggested 35+ miles from towers.

Did you ever notice if the signal level goes up as you point away from the towers...co-channel, adjacent channel interference on analog? That is the sign of overload.

The dropouts at your distance concerns me. It can be multipath, low signal caused by indoor attenuation, but it can also be overload...many of your channels are yellow (with a high gain amp).

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Old 07-29-2006, 10:11 PM   #3
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Thanks Rick, I orginally had the VU-120 antenna only in the attic and I was only able to get in the 65-75 signal range. After I bought the the 7777, I was able to get higher signal ranges(75-85) but I still experience dropouts. For some reason though, I'm able to get channel 9.1 WGN in pretty well (90-98). Once I get this sucker on the roof I hope to get good solid rececption.

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Old 07-30-2006, 06:31 PM   #4
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let us know how you make out.
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Old 08-28-2006, 09:24 AM   #5
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I have a 42 in panasonic plasma that i bought in Jan 06.
I istalled it and hooked up roof antenna ( i am located 10 miles from downtown chicago, so reception isnt an issue).
I got all channels:

2.1 cbs

5.1 nbc
5.2 nbc
5.3 nbc

7.1 abc
7.2 abc
7.3 abc

etc etc

However, all of a sudden I no longer receive the nbc stations (5.1, 5.2 and 5.3)

When I select the channel, it says poor quality.
I checked the signal meter for thos estations and its like 90% so I dont think it has anything to do with the quality.

My question is: did anyone ever experience this ? or have any suggestions as to what it might be.

I thought id try this forum before calling in for service as the only other thing i think it could be is the digital tuner inside my tv
I really dont want to call for service as my tv is hung on a wall and i know they will require me to remove it and it will be a pain.

so hopefully 1 of you fine people on here can help me.

thanks

p.s. can someone confirm that they get the 5.1, 5.2 and the 5.3 ota channels.

maybe the network is having trouble and its not my tv
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Old 08-28-2006, 09:45 AM   #6
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I live about 20 WSW of the Sears Tower. I receive all NBC stations just fine. NBC has always been very stable for me (the only 1 that has not is CBS 2.1). You probably already tried this, but if not, try and do a rediscover or scan of all digital stations again. This may bring it back. I had a simular issue with CBS and that cleared it up.
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Old 02-21-2010, 12:12 PM   #7
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I have good antenna reception with NBC - except on the weekends. 28 miles west of Chicago - Anyone else experience this -
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Old 02-21-2010, 12:41 PM   #8
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during the week fine reception-- on the weekends NBC does not come in 28 miles west of chicago ??
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Old 02-21-2010, 01:28 PM   #9
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I will issue a warning to anyone that believes that Chicago is not a hard place for decent reception. Channel Master had a antenna that they thought would work and when it didn't, they stopped making it.

The Channel Master CM 3020 was a decent antenna for reception.
But, you need to realize that when you put your stick way up high in the air, the people closest to the transmitter might have little to no reception.So they use the ground plane to try to pull the signal back down towards the ground, which causes the signal to not reach out as far. So they cut back the power, because it is easier to control the signal if you use less power. So as you can see, the television stations have a struggle that is never ending.

I advised people 9 months ago that when you get snow on your roof and you put your antenna in the attic and you point it in the wrong direction - you are going to get poor reception - but people only reads what they want to read and they only believe what they want to believe.

Your radio shack antenna is a poor performer in the UHF and a fair performer in the VHF. I would tend to believe that the use of the amplifier is over loading the front end of the tuner.

American's - like Tim the Tool Man Taylor always thinks that if something stock is ok, that all you have to do to make it better is add more power. It is better to use a large -0utdoors antenna and no amplification, then to try to use a small antenna and then try to amplify the signal to try to make it appear larger.

GET RID OF THE AMPLIFIER, YOU DO NOT NEED IT!

I would suggest that you put the antenna where you get the best reception and then use a antenna rotor to turn the antenna to orientate it to the strongest part of the signal for the weak stations and away from the strongest part of the signals for ones that are especially strong.

The Winegard 7698P would be a good antenna for your location as would the 8200U.
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Old 02-21-2010, 01:36 PM   #10
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JB,

FWIW, the original post was made in 2006 by wheelman. Today, we have two new posts by Big Earl who is not the same person as wheelman nor does he likely have a Radio Shack antenna.

Big Earl,

We do not have any regulars that are from the Chicago area. If you search with google, you will find an AVS forum for Chicago area OTA reception.

HTH,

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