Originally Posted by afiggatt
This is a rather complicated way to get the actual digital channel #s for all the stations. I think the receivers should display this information somewhere on the menu options, but there are much easier ways to get the info. Start with antennaweb.org, enter your zip code, enter a height - say 1000', 1500' - for the antenna under the options link and display digital stations only. Cut and paste the list into a document and print it.
For a complete list of all digital TV stations - although it will take a little work to figure out the corresponding analog channel #s, go to the FCC TV database at http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/tvq.html
. Select Digital TV under Service, enter your long and latitude and show ALL digital stations within a radius, say 120 km. You will get a summary list dump of the station call letters, DT channel, status, broadcast power and antenna height. Click on the link for the details on the station.
1. Because www.antennaweb.org
predictions tend to be overly "conservative",
the higher antenna trick is usually needed to find most of the stations you can actually receive.
However, a lower antenna height (100-300 feet) may be a closer approximation to what you actually receive.
Note that antennaweb tends to overlook nearby low power stations--which could prevent the use of a Preamp.
2. The www.2150.com/broadcast
query provides a wealth of useful infomation,
but if you click on the four option boxes to include low power, analog and other stations,
you may have to limit the range severely in order to avoid the "excessive time for search" limitation.....
and then do an extended search without the option boxes checked.
PS: It's also a hassle to remember/determine/enter your position in DECIMAL LAT/LONG....
3. The various FCC TVQ "range" queries result in results that are TOO WIDE to print.
Note that you can also use Google (fcc tvq knbc) to quickly access the FCC database.
is a much more flexible way to search FCC TVQ database and reports actually fit a page width
and should find those missing low power stations....it's my current favorite....
5. And if all you want is a list of TV/DTV stations in your area, including transmit power
and actual/virtual channel numbers, try the "quick list" feature:http://radiostationworld.com/north_america.asp
Most (all?) of the low power stations are included in the list.
If you click on "F" for a given (analog) station, it will query the FCC TVQ database.
Since FCC database does not recognize "-DT" suffixes, clicking on digital station's "F" will not yield results.