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Old 05-17-2018, 09:43 AM
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i was given an outdoor antenna when i was around 12 years old.hooked it up and could receive pretty clear video from almost 200 miles away.in columbus,ohio but got cincinnati,cleveland,dayton stations that were very watchable.when cable tv came through here in the very early 70s,it had the same stations i was getting.
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Because of time of day variation of refraction, I wonder if UHF would be reliably better than VHF during evening hours?

If we could get an idea of what stations people were watching on their monochrome sets in the evening, that would give an indication of the probable color availability. A local newspaper listing of stations would help.
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Ch 65 Milwaukee used to rebroadcast Ch 26 Chicago on the cheap by merely picking up Chicago signal (82 miles) with a yagi on old radio tower atop Marc Plaza Bldg (now Hilton Hotel)(where CH 65 transmitter was located.)

They avoided paying for a link or satellite transponder.

Picture quality ranged from acceptable to a bit noisy on some days.

So this is an example of "reliable" UHF reception over 80 miles, albeit from high-building-to-high-building.
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Old 05-21-2018, 09:43 PM
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WBOC Salisbury, MD used to get signals from the Baltimore stations via relay towers in between. I remember well into the 80's catching a glimpse of the WBAL station ID on WBOC-someone wasn't quick enough on the switch. I'm not sure how far that is as the crow flies (112 miles to drive it).
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