Thanks much, Newsman.
I'm a little disappointed to hear of your issues with 29.1, given how close you are to it. I'm thinking that a big part of my problem with WHYY (and I did see some of those comments by others who are north and east about losing WHYY after the channel switch) is very simply that; namely, the channel switch (from 55 to 50). Whatever else they did besides switch to that frequency -- like lowering their signal strength maybe -- is most probably the problem. I just wish I'd gotten into this earlier -- before the switch. I'd like to know if I would have gotten it THEN.
BTW, KYW-DT is on UHF channel 26.
Don't know if you're familiar with the Voom, and maybe all STB's work basically the same way, but when you scan for OTA stations with the Voom, it goes thru each "RF number" one at a time. I don't know what the heck an "RF number" is, but the Voom site says it's the number that ya get at antennaweb, and I'm supposed to put that in the little box at the "aim the OTA antenna" step of the Voom setup.
But I don't see no stinking "RF number" when I go to antennaweb and enter my zip, etc. So I don't know what the Voom site is talking about.
But I think it matters not, because when ya do the scan for OTA stations, it seems to scan ALL the "RF numbers" anyway. Apparently, they are numbers from 2 to 36, and 38 to (I forget, but maybe like 69?).
Point being, when it does lock into a station, it does so at the particular "RF number" it's scanning at that moment -- which can be seen on the screen.
All the NJN stations were locked in at RF # 8.
And indeed, I do think that KYW-DT locked in at RF # 26. I re-scanned again earlier this afternoon (last scan was last night) and it did NOT pick up KYW this time. I'm going to rescan again tonight, and I'll watch to confirm it's # 26.
But last time I did see it, it was either 26 or 36. I just can't remember which.
When I said it was ch. 35 (or whatever I said), that is apparently the designation the box gave it, based on it's already-programmed "map" of stations, which in turn is based on its location when it was activated, which in my case is near Miami, Fla. So that's the channel designation the box gave it (don't ask me why).
I think KYW broadcasts at a higher signal strength at night. The picture is different at night. During the day, it's scrunched w/ gray bars at each side of my analog TV. At night, it's normal.
If I can't get more than these stations I'm getting now, I'm gonna have to give up on this OTA digital thing.
But one thing is for sure: The picture is most certainly impressive. And the nightime NJN HD broadcast picture is unbelieveably awesome. Even with my old (and I mean OLD) analog TV.
So I think I'm gonna like this digital TV thing once they get it all worked out.