Originally Posted by denyart
One thing to check with your setup is your antenna. Is it UHF only, or UHF-VHF? If you try to tune 13.1 and can't get a picture, then it may be that you don't have enough reception. It could also be that something else is wrong, but 13 is the only station down in the VHF band right now. 5, 8, and 11 will follow in due time, but for now the 13 signal is the only one broken away from UHF "digitally-speaking".
...and for most people using the best indoor (small with preamp) antenna they can get their hands on, Channel 13.1 has dropped dramatically. (in this area, Boone and westward) People who were receiving 13.1 perfectly before 17 Feb, have now lost it (many, not all).
A small external antenna solves those problems, but the days of indoor antennas in this area are numbered. Even people with attic antennas are having problems, but not as severe.
This 13.1 transition is a warning shot for those of us in this area. Channel 8 will be worse, and Ch 5 will be a disaster. The "lead" poster (Trip in Va) who commented on tvfool's numbers not taking into account local noise issues as one goes down in frequency is being proven correct.
I don't have the problem, as I have two outside antennas. Testing I have done with 13.1 using a flat panel preamped antenna in the upstairs bedroom tell the same story as other indoor antennas. Before transition 13.1 was very easy to get (RF 19). Now, it is very marginal (RF 13), and the slightest change (walking around room, etc.) causes major break up. It took me 15 mins of playing around to receive it at all.
I looked at the local Wal-Mart in Boone and what used to be a perfect signal on 13.1 with a preamped plate, is now un-receivable, period, no matter what antenna is used. Wal-Mart is a rotten RF environment, but 13.1 used to overcome it easily...since the change...not at all.