Originally Posted by BVfan
I was looking at this site today - http://www.rabbitears.info/dtr.php
Sioux Falls is DMA#114 - Sioux City is #143
After the transition on 2/17/09, KELO and KSFY which are on UHF 29 & 32 now are reverting to 11 and 13 and FOX will still be on 7 (hopefully at full power by then). Looks like my UHF antenna won't be any good to receive those OTA after that date. Thinking I may want to plan ahead and not be on my roof in February.
Looks like in SC just KCAU which is on UHF -30 is going back to VHF - 9.
Does anyone have an idea of how high of a VHF channel a person might expect to receive with a UHF antenna?
Found this antenna, but sure don't want to buy another if I don't have to... http://www.solidsignal.com/prod_disp...D=HD-1080#MORE
With just a UHF antenna, you could expect to receive "no" VHF channels at all. Channel 13 stops at 216Mhz and Channel 14 starts at 470Mhz, so there is quite a spread. In reality though, it will depend on distance/signal strength and channel. The antenna may be somewhat resonant at certain VHF frequencies, but the bandwidth will be very narrow, and it will have dramatically less gain. If you are close enough to the towers however, you might receive them anyway with no problem at all.
A good experiment would be to see how well you can pick up the current analog signals on 9, 11, and 13. If they aren't at least watchable, then I would say you have no chance without a new antenna.
It's interesting that the antenna you referenced only covers down to channel 7, There are not many stations that will remain on channels 2-6 (none in SC & SF), but they are still valid channels. I wouldn't want to remain on 2-6 post-transition, if I was a TV station. The fact that antennas covering only 7-51/69 are being marketed only adds to that position, although this will vary by market.