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Old 2-Mar-2019, 9:29 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by ChicagoNW View Post
Currently I am using a ClearStream 2MAX antenna with its optional reflector. Since it’s a brutal winter, I am currently using my new antenna INDOORS on the ground floor near my primary receiver. With this setup, I amazingly found a “sweet spot” where I can receive all “green” stations down through RF20, with the exception of RF12 (high-VHF) and RF24 (low-power). This suits me fine, as WBBM has a repeater on RF32 (virtual 48.3), which gives me CBS.
Hello, ChicagoNW; welcome to the forum. Thank you for the signal report. You are doing very well with your indoor antenna; your signals in green are very strong.

When the weather is nicer, I would like to install a higher-gain antenna that might give me the chance of picking up Rockford and Milwaukee. Ideally, I would prefer a single UHF/VHF antenna.
Your goal will be difficult to achieve. Your local signals are much stronger than the signals from Rockford and Milwaukee. You will need a preamp for Rockford and Milwaukee, but it would be overloaded by your local channels.
Also, your antenna should be aimed at the transmitters, so you would need a rotator or separate antennas.

My advice is to keep your system simple and stick with the locals with your CS2MAX in the attic or outside.

You can, at a later date, add a second antenna and preamp to experiment with Rockford and Milwaukee.

There will be many channel changes because of Repack by the FCC:
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