Antennas and digital tv | WNTZ

Posted: 07/08/2019 / 2:22 PM CDT
Updated: 07/08/2019 / 2:26 PM CDT

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – With the transition to digital television, consumers have had more choices in free over-the-air (OTT) channels. Depending on your location, you might be right now Receive OTT over 70 free channels.

Get the right antenna

In order to be able to receive digital TV signals from all transmitters in the area, your antenna must be able to receive both VHF channels (channels 2-13) and UHF channels (channels 14-51).

Some antennas only offer good reception of VHF or UHF channels, but not both. For example, “rabbit ears” indoors usually have to be extended with an additional “wire loop” or “fly” antenna in order to receive signals on UHF channels. Many of the antennas sold as “HDTV antennas” perform best at receiving UHF signals, but less well at receiving VHF channels.

In general, outdoor antennas get better reception than indoor antennas and are highly recommended for the most reliable reception. Check with retail advisors and consumer websites to ensure that any antenna you choose has good reception on both VHF and UHF channels and can pick up signals from the distance you need.

Where to aim your antenna

Use the DTV reception card to search for DTV signals available in your location. Enter your address in the field and hit go! The DTV coverage map lists all channels in your area.

For example, with the postal code 87104, up to 78 channels from 22 radio transmitters can be received at this location.

This card also contains information about station channel changes associated with the results of the broadcast to TV transition.


Improve reception

Antennas usually need to be aligned, or “aligned”, to get the best signal from the desired station. DTV reception can often be improved by changing the location of your current antenna, even by a few inches. For example, moving it away from other objects or placing it higher or lower can often improve reception. Be sure to move the antenna slowly so that the signal received by the digital TV tuner can be viewed.

Signal strength meter

When adjusting your antenna, it may be helpful to access the “Signal Strength Meter” on your DAC or DTV, if you have one, to see if your adjustments are improving the signal strength. The signal strength meter is usually accessed through the menu function on your remote control; For detailed instructions on how to access it, see your device’s user guide.

Scan again

Remember to do another channel search after you have tuned your antenna. For outdoor antennas, a rotor that reorientates the antenna can improve performance, especially when trying to receive stations broadcast from different locations.


If you are in the vicinity of a transmitter’s transmission tower, reception of this transmitter and other transmitters can be hindered by severe signal overload. If you suspect this is the case, consider removing any signal boosters you may have or trying to install a “attenuator” to reduce the amount of signal coming to your converter box or DTV.

No sound

If you don’t hear any sound, you may have accidentally pressed a button on the remote control that changes from main audio to secondary (SAP) audio. It can usually be fixed by simply pressing the same button again. Sometimes it’s a setting in the audio or sound menu.


If you cannot receive certain DTV channels, it does not necessarily mean that there is a problem with your antenna or receiver. Contact us to find out if we are planning any changes to improve reception.

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