This antenna advice “cheat sheet” was provided to an Eastside customers who lost Channel 9 after the DTV switch on June 12. This sort of tweaking could help if you’re having trouble with other channels such as KCPQ and KSTW that are also broadcasting VHF signals:
Here’s what viewers should know in order to make changes to receive our signal at KCTS 9 on VHF channel 9.
– Indoor VHF?UHF antenna (within 5 miles of Capitol Hill viewers should NOT use an amplified antenna first)
– Indoor amplified VHF/UHF antenna (further than 5 miles or, if non-amplified antenna didn’t work)
– Outdoor VHF/UHF antenna (over 15 miles from Capitol Hill viewers will likely need an outdoor antenna)
– Outdoor VHF/UHF antenna with antenna amplifier (over 40 miles from Capitol Hill you may need an antenna pre-amp.)
When using indoor antennas it sometimes helps to set the rabbit ears to approximately 20″ long. (Not fully extended). Try adjusting the antenna or moving its location while watching the signal strength meter on the DTV converter box or Digital TV.
If viewers have an existing outdoor VHF/UHF antenna and cannot receive KCTS 9, try adjusting the antenna while watching the signal strength meter. If needed viewers can try installing an antenna pre-amplifier or buy a bigger, farther range, outdoor VHF/UHF antenna.
There is no guarantee and these are only general guidelines.
The update I provided on Comcast’s digital switch – it’s coming to Seattle in October – caught a few people by surprise. A refresher: Comcast is converting channels 30-70 from analog to digital and potentially scrambling them, so “expanded basic” customers will have to have some sort of converter box on their TV even if the set has a digital tuner.