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Higgins--Hougton Lake

Covers all of Northern Lower Michigan (from Ludington to Tawas northward), as well as the Straits Area and Soo Region.
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Re: Higgins--Hougton Lake

Post by organman95 » Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:11 am

KC8YQQ wrote:
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:59 am
From the family cottage in Houghton Lake Heights, antenna 40+ feet up:

WWTV 9 (9), 100%
WBKB 11 (11), skip only
WJRT 12 (12), 5%
WMNN 14 (26), 100% (off air often)
WDCQ 15 (19), 100%
WCMV 17 (27), 100%
WURO 18 (18), 100% (off air often)
WUWB 20 (20), 100% (off air often)
WNEW 22 (5), about 50%
W23EB 23 (23), 100%
WCML 24 (6), 100%
WGTU 29 (29), 100%
WFQX 32 (32), 100%
WTOM 35 (4), skip only
CKCO-3 42, (analog) most nights...picture is snowy
WFUP 45 (45), 100%
WPBN 47 (7), 100%
I'm surprised you picked up WTOM and WBKB at all. Quite impressive actually. And very impressive that WCML came in 100%. Back when I played with OTA rabbit ears in 2009 in that area, I remember WPBN, WGTU, WCMV, WFQX. Couldn't pickup WWTV, but got a faint signal from WNEM. Of course a few towers moved after June 12, 2009, and I sucked it up and got basic cable...

KC8YQQ
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Re: Higgins--Hougton Lake

Post by KC8YQQ » Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:35 am

WTOM and WBKB were picked up a few times during early morning skip last summer and haven't been received since. I also have an omni-direction antenna from Radio Shack on a dish mount on the roof that we used before getting the tower worked on. WCML came in on that also most of the time, but not very well. Other stations were WWTV (not well), WCMV, WURO, WGTU, and WPBN.

When we moved in, the old flat twin-lead antenna wire was dangling from the antenna. After going through a few semi-local businesses to work on the tower, the last guy on my list came out (I don't remember the business name, but he is located on the west side of West Branch). I had an antenna I bought at a thrift store...a lazy 8 with a square mesh backing. When the guy saw it, his comment was "You know why it was in a thrift store, right?" He mounted it on the tower along with the existing one and also put a signal amplifier that combined both antennas. When channel scanning he was surprised when the LP out of West Branch (WUWB) came in and thought it just afternoon skip.

KC8YQQ
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Re: Higgins--Hougton Lake

Post by KC8YQQ » Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:06 am

Went up to the cottage over the weekend. Channels 20 and 26 were both off the air. 20 was off the air also over the March 10-11 weekend.

One of 18's sub-channels was frozen in the middle of a commercial and had a triangle with "No signal detected" message.

With the bad weather going on, some of the other channels couldn't be received.

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Re: Higgins--Hougton Lake

Post by audiophile » Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:29 pm

The high wattage cottage?
Ask not what your country can do FOR you; ask what they are about to do TO YOU!!

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Re: Higgins--Hougton Lake

Post by KC8YQQ » Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:21 pm

Yep...especially when I'm dxing. :D

Adding to the wattage, I have a few transmitters going 24/7: FM 106.3, AM 1610 (squashed at night by CHHA from Toronto), and for wireless headphones (frequency unknown). I'm thinking about adding a TV analog transmitter to the mix. All of these are flea powered. The FM was getting out well last weekend, actually making a few blocks. Normally, I have trouble receiving it in the driveway.

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