Best HDTV, DTV Antenna For Chicago Area

July 21, 2009  |  Antennas

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Best HDTV, DTV Antenna For Chicago Area

Home Entertainment has analyzed the top 25 largest TV markets in the U.S. and provided a summary of which Digital HDTV Antennas work best for your Chicago city.

Here’s your cities new line-up. Please take note of some new channel assignments.

 

call letters Network previous analog channel current digital channel

 

 

 

WBBM-DT CBS 2 12
WMAQ-DT NBC 5 29
WLS-DT ABC 7 7
WGN-DT CW 9 19
WTTW-DT PBS 11 47
WFLD-DT FOX 32 31
WPWR-DT MyTV 50 51
WGBO-DT UNI 66 38
WXFT-DT TEL 60 50
WCPX-DT ION 38 43

 

 

 

 

HDTV Reception In Chicago With Right Antenna

The Chicago TV market is the third largest in the US: it covers roughly 30,000 square miles of territory in Eastern Illinois, Northern Indiana and Southeastern Wisconsin.  Some viewers in Western Michigan can also see the Chicago signals with a deep-fringe antenna system. The Chicago transmitters are located on the Sears Tower and the John Hancock buildings downtown.



Although Chicago DTV antenna reception can be a challenge amidst the skyscrapers of downtown, reception in the suburbs, with it’s gently rolling hills, is usually quite good. The June 12, 2009 conversion to digital broadcasting has yielded a mixture of VHF and UHF stations: WLS, remains on channel 7, and WBBM, previously on channel 2, has moved to channel 12. The other digital stations are now on UHF. The various Spanish stations have traditionally been on UHF channels, and most have changed channels.

HDTV Channels For Chicago

Previously, the Chicago area was a mix of VHF and UHF analog stations, so many viewers have already installed DTV antennas in Chicago to receive both TV bands, but many people have found that the changes in channels among the local TV stations have confused them. Everyone who is having problems with the new digital channels is suggested to rescan their digital tuners and converter boxes to find the new channels.

 

Best HDTV Antennas For Chicago

Those viewers who live within 35 miles of Downtown Chicago, and have no major obstructions between their location and the transmitters, should consider a high quality VHF-high-band plus UHF antenna like a Winegard HD-7694P or an AntennaCraft HBU-33. If you have an existing VHF antenna and need to add UHF capability to it, consider a Channel Master 4221HD , 4228HD or a Winegard HD-9032 plus an antenna coupler. For those who need to add VHF capability to their UHF antenna, consider a Winegard YA-1713 VHF high band yagi, or the smaller AntennaCraft Y-5-7-13 and an antenna coupler.

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