Friday, with the Analog Shutdown has come and gone along with some viewers!
By Kent Hatfield ~ Posted Tue, 06/16/2009 - 5:09pm
Friday, June 12 has come and gone… Leaving some viewers with no broadcast television reception. First, WXXI-DT did NOT change channels, increase power or decrease power on Friday… I have had many reports that WXXI-DT is off the air or that WXXI has not transitioned yet to digital yet… All false!!!
WXXI analog is operating in “NightLight Service” providing DTV educational information to the region as well as emergency alerts, should there be a national emergency. This service is scheduled to end on July 10th.
WXXI digital is operating at the licensed power, as we have since 2003, with no change… What has happened, apparently, is that the indoor antennas have been moved around to receive the other new channels (WHEC on 10 and WHAM on 13). So, tune to channel 16 (our real DTV channel), select the antenna strength meter function on the receiver or set-top-box and then move the antenna to maximize the signal for WXXI. This can be used for the other channels also… It may take a little effort to find a ‘happy medium’ of the antenna placement.
See the chart below:
Current Rochester NY over the Air DTV channels
WXXI-DT - PBS - channel 16 UHF
WUHF-DT - FOX - channel 28 UHF
WROC-DT - CBS - channel 45 UHF
WPXJ-DT - PAX - channel 23 UHF - (Batavia)
WHEC-DT - NBC - channel 10VHF
WHAM-DT - ABC - channel 13 VHF