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Old 03-03-2013, 07:59 PM   #1
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OTA in Chicago Area

I'm a recent convert to OTA. I live in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago, and have a question about ABC. There are two 7-1 channels: WLSDT and WLSSTA. I assume these are two transmitters, but the weird thing is only one works at any given time. Example: the week before the Academy Awards WLSDT came in scrambled, and WLSSTA came in fine. However, the day of the Academy Awards WLSDT was suddenly clear and WLSSTA was scrambled. Since then it's switched back and forth two more times.

Does anyone know or have a theory as to why this is happening and, if so, how can it be fixed?

I have the antenna (a Mohu Leaf) connected to a Tivo. Since I'm in a condo complex I can't have an exterior antenna, and this one actually works very well minus this one issue. So if there is no way of resolving the signal strength issue of these two channels, and if I have a season pass with Tivo for a show on ABC, will it record both channels, or will it pick the one with the strongest signal?
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:03 PM   #2
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Sounds like they are working on their transmitter. Probably the best bet would be to call WLS and ask them whats going on.
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:30 PM   #3
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Sounds like they are working on their transmitter. Probably the best bet would be to call WLS and ask them whats going on.
If that's the case, will Tivo figure out which antenna is strongest and record the show off that one, or will it record both?
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:56 PM   #4
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If that's the case, will Tivo figure out which antenna is strongest and record the show off that one, or will it record both?
I dont think it will record them both. It would only record on the one with the season pass set up...assuming they both come in at once.

The one ending in STA is a temporary license. Once it is completed, one would assume they will drop the WLSDT, moving that license to the transmitter they are installing.
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:26 AM   #5
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Looks like they originally were broadcasting on Physical Channel 7 and are in the process of moving to physical channel 44. The Display channel will remain 7-X so at some point one of the channels will go away permanently.
http://www.rabbitears.info/search.ph...pe=dBm&height=
I would think that once they are broadcasting on physical channel 44 they will not be broadcasting on physical channel 7 anymore and you can remove it from your channel list.
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:07 AM   #6
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ABC has a website with further details (that I can't link due to low post count). On March 18 their RF7 antenna will be turned off leaving only RF44.

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Old 03-04-2013, 10:47 AM   #7
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ABC has a website with further details (that I can't link due to low post count). On March 18 their RF7 antenna will be turned off leaving only RF44.
Thanks. I guess I'll just wait the two weeks and see if the problem resolves itself.
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