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Outdoor antenna or UHF to get local HD channels???

pawel84
11-30-2005, 02:50 PM
I can't believe dish network does not have my local channels in high definition. I did a bit of my research on the antenna's and I came to a conclusion that the UHF would be my best bet. I live near downtown Chicago only a 10 minute ride. But I am unaware of where the stations are located from my house. What are your experiences with the two different antenna's???

Thanks a million.

jergenf
11-30-2005, 03:22 PM
Chicago
WLS ABC 7.n 52
WFLD FOX 32.n 31
WBBM CBS 2.n 3
WJYS IND 62.n 36
WSNS Tele 44.n 45
WWTO IND 35.n 10
WCIU IND 26.n 27
WGBO Univ 66.n 53
WMAQ NBC 5.n 29
WTTW PBS 11.n 47
WYIN PBS 56.n 17
WYCC PBS 20.n 21
WCPX PAX 38.n 43
WGN WB 9.n 19
WPWR UPN 50.n 51
WXFT TFT 60.n 59

The problem channels may be WBBM (CBS) which is in the VHF low band and also WLS (ABC) which might revert back to 7 after analogs end. Also the listing in orange will need a channel reassignment to some other UHF (hopefully) frequency. For all others the UHF antenna should be OK.

RSawdey
12-01-2005, 12:27 AM
You need a combo UHF/VHF antenna to receive all your locals... and some UHF stations may move down to VHF when analog switchoff happens for cheaper power bills.

Go to www.antennaweb.org to get a list of local stations, direction to transmitters, and recommendation of antenna type needed.

e-lcos
12-02-2005, 10:11 AM
Regarding a combo antenna...I thought all HD and digital content was UHF? I guess if there is an analog channel that does not transmit digitally, you would need the VHF, but that is not the case in my area.

jergenf
12-08-2005, 08:50 AM
Regarding a combo antenna...I thought all HD and digital content was UHF? I guess if there is an analog channel that does not transmit digitally, you would need the VHF, but that is not the case in my area.
Presently each station (excluding low power stations) are sending broadcast on two frequencies. One is the normal analog that anyone can get and the other is the digital broadcast that only those with digital (ATSC) tuners can receive. Although the digital channels is on another channel (usually UHF) it will identify itself as the same channel number as the normal analog channels is. This is just to avoid public confusion.

At some point in the future analog broadcast will end and every station must give up one of their channels. Any digital channel that's using channels 52 to 69 must change to a channel lower than 52. Usually this means reverting back to their original channel.

On the chart I supplied notice channel 7 analog has digital counterpart on 52. It must give up 52 and most likely revert back to 7. Also channel 2 analog has channel 3 digital that will remain at 3. Channel 66 and 60 have their digital counterpart on 53 and 59 they will need totally new channel numbers because they can't keep either. The bottom line is because of channel 2 (or 3 digital) you most likely need an VHF/UHF antenna. If the antenna you using is getting good reception on VHF (analog for example) then you're probably ok for digital.

PS: I mentioned low power stations if you have any then they probably are not on my chart. They will use the same channel that they're using now (provided it's not 52-69). This means they will go off air for a construction period and reappear as digital. They are not required to meet the same deadline date as normal stations.

Attention e-lcos: You're in California the chart I supplied was for Chicago but use that as a guide for deciding you're situation. For most of America UHF antenna should be all that's needed.