Originally Posted by scooper;
It may depend if you actually have enough signal for the 260 to work with.
sure enough i had to get on the roof and put my junky antenna as high as it would go (top of my chimney) to get two bars (avg 2, range 0-3) on my missing local digital VHF-post-transition channel.
and yes, after i made the change, i simply pressed "7" and saw a picture. i did not *have* to rescan to get a signal on this previously unrecognized frequency (although later i did rescan of course).
[EDIT] update of the update:
note that in my area the channel under discussion above was transmitting its virtual channel on the same frequency as its physical channel.
adding other channels (where the physical channels and virtual channels are *not* the same, which is the case for a vast majority of stations) seems to require *knowing* the physical channel in advance.
(when scooper was saying you just enter the "OTA channel" in his post above
, he was referring to what i call the "physical channel")
for instance, in my area, "channel 9" is actually transmitting on physical channel 30. after a scan, if for some reason the signal was too weak at the time of the scan but becomes stronger later, i can manually tune in channel 9 by pressing "3" "0" on the remote. then the tuner displays "9-1" and i get a picture. it automatically adds this channel and any sub-channels to the program manager. then later when i want to go back to this channel i can press "9" on the remote and it will take me back to this station. hopefully this is clear.
[EDIT] update of the update of the update
adding channels by physical number is nice and everything *unless* you already have added a channel with the same virtual channel number. in my example above, i was able to get virtual 9 by pressing "3" "0" on the remote. this only worked because i did not already have a virtual channel 30 in my channel manager. if i had, then pressing "3" "0" would just take me to *that* channel.
i can see potential for a lot of complex scenarios if you intend to add a lot of channels "by hand" - you would have to do some stations before others and i could easily see a situation (let's say two adjacent channels whose virtual numbers and physical numbers are themselves adjacent) where you simply cannot add all the channels you want manually.
i realize i'm not the first guy to ponder this (for instance i ran across this post from a few months ago http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...6#post15675206
) but for anyone following the saga of tuning in post-transition channels, it might be nice to have a recap.
one last peculiar observation- turning the unit upside down appears to affect (adversely) the usable signal strength on weak channels like the one under discussion. (i was doing this for reasons related to cables coming from opposite sides of the unit reaching as far as they would go - long story, but trust me it wasn't as insane an experiment as it sounds.)