Originally Posted by jtrippe
I'm able to get some of the Birmingham locals from my house in Wetumpka with a Winegard HD8200. (only at night and early morning) My strongest signals are Fox 6, 68-1 and 13-1. However, last night I got Fox 6 on 6-1 and 50-1. I know the frequency is 50 and the virtual is 6-1 but it showed up on both channels. Did something change to Fox 6? Are they now airing on two channels?
Also, the Winegard has a 100 mile range and is rated for channels 2-69 but I can't get ABC 33/40, ION or WUOA. Are those lower power or harder to get signals?
The VHF low channels are notoriously hard to get, which may explain your lack of WUOA on RF channel 6. They're broadcasting from Red Mountain, though, like some of the other major TV stations.
ABC 33/40's two transmitter sites are well out of the immediate area. The Tuscaloosa site switched from RF 5 to RF 33 to get off VHF low due to reception issues. But being so far out of the area I doubt you'll ever see anything from it (I live in central Mississippi and have gotten it on skip, though, so anything is possible.) The east Alabama transmitter site is in St Clair County on RF 9.
The ION affiliate, WPXH, broadcasts on RF channel 45 from a site near Oneonta, up around Highland Lake. Their coverage area barely reaches Columbiana, so it's definitely a long shot from Wetumpka.
As for Fox 6 showing up on two channels, my TV (a Sony) is bad about doing that on weak stations. Sometimes it will fail to map it to the correct virtual channel at all.