Originally Posted by 6volt
First, I had not watched OTA since last year and was only getting 2.1. I then learned that broadcast channels are always being reassigned due to FCC band auctions. I did a rescan and got
2 cbs, 4 abc, 11 nbc, 16 ion, 22 mytv, 40 wpcb, and 53 fox
The problem is the channel database is evidently not up to date for my location:
Fool does NOT SHOW some channels I get: 22, 40, 53
Fool shows 8.1 as FOX as the strongest signal but from Johnstown (123* mag) , not Pittsburgh (302* mag)
It is the real channel number (also called physical channel or RF channel) that determines what antenna is needed.
VHF-Low, real channels 2-6
VHF-High, real channels 7-13
UHF, real channels 14-51, soon to be 14 to 36
The virtual channel number (like 5.1 or 5-1) is a holdover from the analog TV days to maintain the identity of the station, and is what the TV displays. By convention, the virtual channel number is given in the decimal form to keep it from being confused with the real channel number.
2 cbs, is KDKA real channel 25, virtual channel 2.1
4 abc, is WTAE real 27, virtual 4.1 at 249 deg true,
there is also a weaker WTAE real 22 at 293 deg true
11 nbc, WPXI real 23, virtual 11.1; there other weaker WPXI transmitters
16 ion, WINP real 16, virtual 16.1, running at reduced coverage note "R"
22 mytv, WPNT real 42, virtual 22.1, moving to real 21 during Repack Phase 7
40 wpcb, real 28, virtual 40.1
and 53 fox, WPGH real 43, virtual 53.1, moving to real 20 during Repack Phase 7
There is also WWCP Fox on real channel 8, virtual channel 8.1 at 113 deg true, which would require an antenna for VHF-High.
I would like to get 19.1 CW, which is between 2.1 and 11.1 by signal and the same bearing. According to Fool, I should be getting it. I checked and 19.1 is broadcasting on channel 11 as shown in Fool. So why don't I get it???
That is WPCW real channel 11, which is a VHF-High channel. Your antenna is designed for UHF channels. You can add a VHF antenna to your 4228 or replace the 4228 with an antenna for UHF and VHF.
WQED is on real channel 4, which is a VHF-Low channel. Antennas that are designed to receive VHF-Low channels (real channels 2-6) have very long elements. An antenna that is designed for UHF channels can pick up VHF channels if they are very strong. If your UHF antenna is able to receive the VHF channels you want, it doesn't mean you are using the correct antenna, it means you are lucky.
13‑1 (_4) WQED-TV PBS PITTSBURGH PA 19.8 292.8° 302.4° 63.02 Fair 35.02 L
19‑1 (11) WPCW-TV CW_ JEANNETTE_ PA 23.8 297.4° 307.0° 62.02 Fair 26.02