Q: What is your digital channel?

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 16 at 11:16 AM

Q: What is your digital channel? I live in the country about 45 miles from the Dallas towers and about an equal distance to the Waco towers. I'm in the process of buying two HD antennas, mounting them above my roof top with one each pointing to the two sets of towers. All of the many digital stations available to me are broadcasting in the UHF (Channel 14 and higher) except for WFAA. The Winegard antenna selector software designates digital channel 9 for WFAA. Further, it states your broadcasting signal is 52.2 dBu and that in my location the required antenna gain is only -15.7 dB. Is this channel information correct? I'd prefer to avoid purchasing two bulky, expensive longrange VHF/UHF antennas for only one VHF station. So, I may attempt a high gain UHF antenna and hope there is sufficient sensitivity to pick up Channel 9 because of WFAA's high power, even though at low frequency and out of range of many UHF antennas. Another problem I may encounter with trying to pick up WFAA is that KCEN (channel 6) in Temple is supposedly broadcasting at a digital channel 9. It is 55 miles from me broadcasting at 44.4 dBu and Winegard estimates I can receive it with an antenna gain of -7.9. Since my two antennas will be coupled into one line I may have a problem with channel 9. I would greatly appreciate your answer regarding your digital channel. WFAA is one of our favorite local stations on Dish Net. After we install our antennas we plan to cancel the DISH Direct local stations. As discussed above we think you are using digital channel 9, however another source says your digital channel is10? Charles

A: Our director of technology Dave Johnson read your email and said, "WFAA's current DTV Channel is VHF 9. When the transition from analog to digital happens on June 12, we will move back to VHF Channel 8 with our DTV signal."

You are correct about the Temple station being on the same channel as WFAA, Charles. You may have a difficult time picking up WFAA-DT's signal being so close to the Waco television market. After the transition we will also be increasing our power.

As far as antenna selection you should also know there will be three VHF digital stations in D-FW after the transition. KTVT (CBS) will return to VHF Channel 11 and KFWD will move to VHF Channel 9.

Thanks for the provocative questions - posting this kind of material helps educate all viewers on DTV issues.

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