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Monday, April 24, 2017

Some Broadcast Channels Changing over the next 39 months, What You Need to Do.

Over the next 3+ years, probably longer, some stations will change their broadcast Radio Frequency (RF) channel, and their broadcast tower location may change. The (virtual) channel displayed on your TV will stay the same, but most viewers will only have to rescan their TV's for the new RF channel. 

In some cases the antenna angle may have to be adjusted if the broadcast tower changes locations. In a few instances a new antenna will be required if the antenna does not receive the new channel frequency band

Stations that are moving, changing signals or ceasing to broadcast must notify consumers with daily on-air announcements for at least 30 days prior to any change. During that time, stations will continue to operate on their current channels. Consumer Guide, FAQs: TV Spectrum Auction, 4/13/2017)

When a TV Station Changes Broadcast (RF) Channel; 
  • A station must notify consumers with daily on-air announcements for at least 30 days prior to any change.
  • The displayed TV channel will not change, but you must re-scan all TV's for the new RF broadcast channel.
  • You may have to adjust your antenna pointing angle if the broadcast tower changes locations.
  • You will need a new antenna if a station changes to a frequency band (usually to VHF) your current antenna does receive. 
A Broadcast (RF) channel may or may not be the same as the TV (displayed) channel.

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