FAQ: How you can obtain WFAA on an antenna

The WFAA recently added Channel 8.8. To receive this new channel you will need to scan your TV again.

DALLAS – With the right equipment, the vast majority of viewers in the Class A and B signal range should be able to receive WFAA through an antenna.

There are now two channel options available with the same WFAA content: 8.1 and recently added 8.8.

The WFAA was the first digital VHF television signal on the Dallas-Fort Worth market, registered in 1998, and one of several in service today.

After transitioning from analog to digital on June 12, 2009, WFAA reverted from our digital position on Channel 9 to Channel 8 (we started digital broadcasting in February 1998 and were America’s first broadcaster to broadcast HDTV on an FM signal ) and increased power from 19 kW (kilowatts) to 45 kW, later to 55 kW.

We also use a circularly polarized transmitting antenna to improve rabbit ear reception.

We have added a UHF 8.8 channel that mirrors VHF 8.1 programming. To get 8.8 specifically, it will require a rescan on your TV.

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The WFAA is currently broadcasting a fully licensed power broadcast on Channel 8.

So, Viewers must have an antenna that can receive both VHF and UHF in order to receive all DTV channels.

DTV can be a delicate technology and little things can sometimes create significant problems on the lower DTV channels in the FM band.

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Antenna types

There are several variables that can affect signal quality: The type of antenna makes a big difference.

An old-fashioned, large mast antenna usually works best outdoors. They can also be mounted in the attic, but the reception is not that strong.

The smaller square antennas – often advertised as “digital” – are not necessarily designed for VHF HD signals and are known to cause occasional viewing problems.

Unfortunately, “rabbit ears” antennas are probably the most ineffective way of receiving a digital signal. However, in some situations, they may be the viewer’s only option.

If a rabbit ear antenna were the only option, those with a built-in RF amplifier to amplify the DTV signal would be preferable.

In which direction is your antenna pointing?

Direction is another critical element in receiving a quality signal. Where antenna points can make a significant difference.

When receiving WFAA, the antennas should be pointed at our transmitter in the Cedar Hill area south of Dallas.

Condition of your equipment

If the coax is in poor condition, moisture may have created a weak point in the cable from the antenna into the house, reducing the signal strength. The connections at the end of the coaxial cable can also be problematic.

If you have an outdoor antenna, you should check that the coaxial cable from the antenna is in good condition and protected from the elements (extreme sun, rain, etc.).

Is your wiring “split”?

This is important because the number of times the signal is split before it reaches the TV / receiver can also result in poor signal strength.

Multiple splinters or more than a two-way split can cause problems. We recommend installing a signal booster splitter from the antenna before branching out to other splitters, receivers or a television.

This should amplify the signal evenly to the devices.

Seasonal effects

Every spring and autumn we experience a phenomenon called tropospheric expansion, also known as “skipping”. This is when television signals are hundreds of kilometers away and signals are interfering with other markets.

More resources

If none of these suggestions help, there are always experts on hand to perform home visits to troubleshoot and fine-tune reception problems.

While we don’t advertise specific products, most major electronics stores offer assistance. Channel Master also has a website that allows viewers to select the correct antenna for their location.

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