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Mid Illinois Broadcast Television Stations (listed in order of virtual channel number)
Station Calls/City
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Virtual Channel
Network
Affiliation
Additional Info
Cable*
Dish
Sat
Direct
Sat
On
Air
HD
SD
 
WTWO, Terre Haute
2.1
NBC

X
X
X
X
HD

2.2
Laff
for program listings go to:
Laff TV

X

X
SD

2.3
Escape
for program listings go to:
Escape TV



X
SD

ownership: Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.
address: Terre Haute, IN
transmitter site/coverage area
actual broadcast channel: UHF 36
ERP: 1,000,000 watts
HAAT: 810-feet





 
WCIA, Champaign, IL
3.1
CBS
5.1 audio when available
X
X
X
X
HD

3.2
MyTV
rebroadcasts WCIX-TV, Springfield
*not available in HD on DirectTV
X
X
X*
X
HD

3.3
Bounce TV
for program listings go to:
bouncetv.com



X
SD

3.4
Grit-TV
for program listings go to:
www.grittv.com

X

X
SD

ownership: Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.
address: 509 South Neil, Champaign, IL
transmitter site/coverage area
actual broadcast channel: UHF 48
ERP: 1,000,000 watts
HAAT: 245 meters











 
KHQA, Hannibal, MO
7.1
CBS

X
X
X
X
HD

7.2
ABC

X
X
X
X
HD

7.3
Comet
for program listings to to:
www.comettv.com



X
SD

ownership: Sinclair Broadcast Group
address: Quincy, IL
transmitter site/coverage area
actual broadcast channel: VHF 7
ERP: 13,600 watts
HAAT: 889-feet









 
WTHI-TV, Terre Haute
10.1
CBS

X
X
X
X
HD

10.2
FOX

X
X
X
X
HD

10.3
ION


X

X
SD

ownership: Heartland Media                                              
address: Terre Haute, IN
transmitter site/coverage area
actual broadcast channel: VHF 10
ERP: 27,000 watts
HAAT: 905feet










 
WGEM, Quincy, IL
10.1
NBC

X
X
X
X
HD

10.2
CW

X
X
X
X
SD

10.3
FOX

X
X
X
X
HD


ownership: Quincy Newspapers                                              
address: Quincy, IL
transmitter site/coverage area
actual broadcast channel: UHF 25
ERP: 26,000 watts
HAAT: 645-feet






 
WILL-TV
12.1
PBS
5.1 audio when available X
X
X
X
HD

12.2
World Channel
5.1 audio when available X


X
HD

12.3
Create

X


X
SD

ownership: University of Illinois, Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
address: Campbell Hall, U of I, Urbana, IL
transmitter site/coverage area
actual broadcast channel: VHF 9
ERP: 30,000 watts
HAAT: 302 meters

Subchannel(s)





 
WSEC, Jacksonville, IL
14.1
PBS

X X X
X
HD

14.2
World
Channel

X
 

X
SD

14.3
Create

X


X
SD


ownership: West Central Illinois Educational Telecommunications Corporation
address: 1475 E. Plummer Blvd, Chatham, IL
transmitter site/coverage area
actual broadcast channel: UHF 15
ERP: 75,000 watts
HAAT: 295 meters

also operates
WMEC, Channel 22, Macomb, IL
WQEC, Channel 27, Quincy, IL
and translator, W08DP, Channel 8 Springfield (may be off-air presently)





 
WICD, Champaign, IL
15.1
ABC
co-owned/programmed with WICS, Springfield, 5.1 audio when available X


X
HD

15.2
Comet
for program listings to to:
www.comettv.com
X


X
SD

15.3
TBD
for program listings go to:
www.tbd.com
X


X
SD

15.4
Charge!
for program listing go to:
www.watchcharge.com



X
SD

ownership: Sinclair Broadcast Group
address: 250 South Country Fair Drive, Champaign, IL
transmitter site/coverage area
actual broadcast channel: UHF 41
ERP: 950,000 watts
HAAT: 375 meters





 
WAND, Decatur, IL
17.1
NBC
5.1 audio when available X
X
X
X
HD

17.2
Cozi/LWN
switches to local wx during severe
weather events
for listings go to:
http://www.cozitv.com/
X


X
HD

17.3
Ion TV
switches to local wx during severe weather events
for listings go to:
http://iontelevision.com/

X

X
SD

ownership: Block Communications, WAND(TV) Partnership
address: 904 Southside Drive, Decatur, IL
transmitter site/coverage area:
actual broadcast channel: UHF 17
ERP: 1,000,000 watts
HAAT: 390.5 meters





 
WHOI, Peoria, IL
19.1
Comet
for program listings to to:
www.comettv.com



X
HD

19.2
TBD
for program listings go to:
www.tbd.com



X
SD

19.3
Charge!
for program listings go to:
www.watchcharge.com



X
SD
WHOI-HD
owned by: Sinclair Broadcast Group
address: East Peoria, IL
transmitter site/coverage area
actual broadcast channel: UHF 19
ERP: 195,000 watts
HAAT: 586-feet




WICS, Springfield, IL
20.1
ABC
5.1 audio when available X
X
X
X
HD

20.2
Comet
for program listings to to:
www.comettv.com
X


X
SD

20.3
TBD
for program listings go to:
www.tbd.com
X

X
SD

20.4
Charge!
for program listings go to:
www.watchcharge.com



X
SD

ownership: Sinclair Broadcast Group
address: East Cook Street, Springfield, IL
transmitter site/coverage area
actual broadcast channel: UHF 42
ERP: 950,000 watts
HAAT: 402.2 meters





 
WBUI, Decatur
23.1
CW

X
X
X
X
HD

23.2
ThisTV

X


X
SD
23.3Stadiumfor program listings go to:
https://watchstadium.com/
 X SD

ownership: GOCOM Media, operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group
address: East Cook Street, Springfield/250 South Country Fair Drive, Champaign, IL
transmitter site/coverage area
actual broadcast channel: UHF 22
ERP: 325,000 watts
HAAT: 401 meters

Subchannel(s)




 
WEEK, Peoria, IL
25.1
NBC

X
X
X
X
HD

25.2
ABC
HOI-19
X
X
X
X
HD

25.3
CW

X
X
X
X
HD
ownership: Quincy Newspapers
address: 2907 E. Peoria Road, East Peoria, IL 61611
transmitter site/coverage area
actual broadcast channel: UHF 25
ERP: 240,000
HAAT: 694-feet






 
WCCU, Urbana, IL
27.1
FOX
co-owned/operated with WRSP, Springfield
X
X

X
HD

27.1
MeTV
for program listings go to:
www.metvnetwork.com
X


X
SD

 27.2
Antenna TV
for program listings go to:
www.antennatv.tv
X


 X
SD

ownership: GOCOM Media, operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group
address: East Cook Street, Springfield, IL/250 South Country Fair Drive, Champaign, IL
transmitter site/coverage area
actual broadcast channel: UHF 26
ERP: 507,000 watts
HAAT: 114 meters





 
W31BX-D, Danville, IL
31.1
NBC
translator of WAND, Decatur, 5.1 audio when available


X
HD

31.2
Cozi/LWN
switches to local wx during severe
weather events
for listings go to:
http://www.cozitv.com/



X
HD

31.3
Ion TV
switches to local wx during severe weather events
for listings go to:
http://iontelevision.com/

X

X
SD


ownership: Block Communications, WAND(TV) Partnership
address: 1 North Vermilion, Danville
transmitter site/coverage area
actual broadcast channel: UHF 31
ERP: 3,080 watts
HAAT: 59 meters




 
WMBD-TV, Peoria,IL
31.1
CBS
5.1 audio when available X
X
X
X
HD

31.2
Bounce
for program listings go to:
bouncetv.com



X
SD

31.3
Laff
for program listings go to:
Laff TV

X

X
SD

31.4
Escape
for program listings go to:
Escape TV



X
SD

ownership: Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.
address: Peoria, IL
transmitter site/coverage area
actual broadcast channel: UHF 30
ERP: 800,000 watts
HAAT: 521-feet











  
WAWV, Terre Haute
38.1
ABC

X
X
X
X
HD

38.2
Grit
for program listings go to:
www.grittv.com
 


X
SD

38.3
Bounce
for program listings go to bouncetv.com


X
SD

ownership: Nexstar Broadcasting
address:Terre Haute, IN
transmitter site/coverage area
actual broadcast channel: UHF 39
ERP: 850,000
HAAT: 810-feet

|








W40CV-D,
Jacksonville, IL

40.1
NBC
translator of WAND, Decatur, 5.1 audio when available


X
HD

40.2
Cozi/LWN
switches to local wx during severe
weather events
for listings go to:
http://www.cozitv.com/



X
HD

40.3
Ion TV
switches to local wx during severe weather events
for listings go to:
http://iontelevision.com/

X

X
SD
ownership: Block Communications, WAND(TV) Partnership
address: Jacksonville, IL
transmitter site/coverage area
actual broadcast channel: 40
ERP: 15,000 watts
HAAT: 264 meters






WYZZ, Bloomington
43.1
FOX

X
X
X
X
HD

43.2
Get TV
for program listings to to:
http://www.get.tv/

X

X
SD

ownership: Cunningham Broadcasting(Sinclair Broadcast Group)
operated by: Nexstar Broadcasting by LMA(WMBD-TV)
address: Bloomington, IL
transmitter site/coverage area
actual broadcast channel: UHF 28
ERP: 1,000,000 watts
HAAT: 975-feet




 
WTVP, Peoria, IL
47.1
PBS

X
X
X
X
HD

47.2
PBS Kids




X
SD

47.3
Create
(6am-6pm)



X
SD

47.4
World
(6pm-6am)



X
SD

ownership: Illinois Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation
address: Peoria, IL
transmitter site/coverage area
actual broadcast channel: UHF 46
ERP: 190,000 watts
HAAT: 708-feet






 
WCIX, Springfield, IL
49.1
MyTV
*not available in HD on DirectTV X
X
X* X
HD

49.1
CBS
rebroadcasts WCIA, Springfield,
5.1 audio when available
X


X
HD

49.2
Escape TV
for program listings go to:
Escape TV



X
SD

49.3
Laff TV
for program listings go to:
Laff TV

X

X
SD

ownership: Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.
address: 509 South Neil, Champaign, IL

transmitter site/coverage area
actual broadcast channel: UHF 48
ERP:  5,000 watts
HAAT: 175.5 meters







 
WEIU-TV,
Charleston, IL

51.1
PBS
not available in HD on DISH or DirectTV X
X
X
X
HD

51.2
World
Channel




X
SD

51.6
Hit Mx
audio service of campus radio 88.9FM



X


ownership: Eastern Illinois University
address: Charleston, IL
transmitter site/coverage area
actual broadcast channel: UHF 50
ERP: 255,000 watts
HAAT: 146 meters





 
WRSP, Springfield, IL
55.1
Fox
5.1 audio when available X
X
X
X
HD

55.2
MeTV
for program listings go to:
www.metvnetwork.com
X


X
SD

55.3
Antenna TV
for program listings go to:
www.antennatv.tv

X


X
SD
ownership: GOCOM Media, operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group
address: East Cook Street, Springfield, IL
transmitter site/coverage area
actual broadcast channel: UHF 44
ERP: 335,000 watts
HAAT: 415 meters





 
WAOE, Peoria, IL
59.1
MyNet

X
X
X
X
HD

59.2
Ant TV




X
SD

ownership: Four Seasons Peoria, LLC
Operated by: Venture Technologies Group
address: Peoria, IL
transmitter site/coverage area
actual broadcast channel: UHF 39
ERP: 26,000 watts
HAAT: 695-feet



















 
Mid Illinois Low Power Television Stations






W07DD-D, Champaign, IL
7.1
7.3
7.4
7.5
ownership: Three Angels Broadcasting Network, Inc.
transmitter site/coverage area
actual broadcast channel: VHF 7
ERP: 280 watts
HAAT: 152 meters
Format: Religion




X
SD
W33AY-D,
Springfield, IL
33.1
ownership: Ventana Television
transmitter site/coverage area
actual broadcast channel: UHF 33
ERP: 4,000 watts

HAAT: 116 meters
Format: Shopping




X
SD
WLCF-LD,
Decatur, IL
45.1
ownership: Christian Television Network, Inc.
transmitter site/coverage area
actual broadcast channel: UHF 45
ERP: 15,000 watts

HAAT: 307 meters
Format: Religion



X
SD
    *cable carriage my vary from system to system

 

Laff is also available on DISH® satellite TV Channel 237.






Get TV is also available on DISH
® Satellite TV Channel 373.





   
Grit TV is also available on
DISH® Satellite TV Channel 217.





Ion TV is also available on DISH® Satellite TV at Channel 250. 
 and on DirectTV® on Channel 305 in HD.





If you do not receive any of the sub-channels in your area,
check the sought after channel's website as several also
offer a live stream of the channel.


Some Local Television Stations Are Changing Transmitting Channels

by Doug Quick

Some major changes will be coming soon to your local television lineup. The FCC just announced details on the results of the broadcast incentive auction. Those details included the news that nearly 1,000 television stations will be moving to new channels. Before you ask, if you recognize your local stations as being Channel 20, 3, 12, 17, 55, 27, don’t worry. Those channel numbers associated with the stations we’ve watched for years won’t change. Those former analog channel numbers will continue to be part of the brand of each of the stations. What will change will be the ACTUAL broadcast channel which each station transmits its digital signal with all of its sub-channels.

The reason is the result of the auction of existing channels being used by broadcasters and sold to wireless carriers for use by mobile phones. As the frequency spectrum has become crowded, the UHF band of broadcasting used for years by television stations had many channels which were never used. It was determined that by bunching the existing channels to a portion of the UHF spectrum, it would free up enough space to accommodate the needed spectrum for mobile carriers.

In order to achieve that, the FCC offered the opportunity for broadcasters to sell their allocated frequency space to the highest bidders, go off the air and pocket the proceeds. Many of the stations were low powered or financially challenged operations. Many would be merged as sub-channels of co-owned stations. Some of those stations would earn millions of dollars for essentially going off the air, while others would re-apply for VHF frequencies.

In central Illinois there were no sales of any of the current frequencies. Most were in major markets where the demand for frequencies would bring a larger payoff. Still, because of all of that, several local stations will be shifting their actual broadcast channel to new frequencies. Keep in mind, you’ll still be watching the same stations branded as 20, 3, 12, 17, etc.

You might be surprised to know that Channel 3 actually broadcasts on channel 48. Channel 20, WICS transmits on channel 42, while WICD is on channel 41, Channel 55 on channel 44, etc.. Since the digital conversion took place several years ago, each station includes a data stream which allows them to identify itself as its original “branded” channel, even though it may be on a completely different channel. When you scan your television to receive local channels, it automatically picks up the data stream and you see it listed as the original channel number from its analog days.

The change in channels will cost local television stations millions of dollars to accomplish. Transmitters will need to be converted or replaced along with antennas which are “tuned” for specific frequencies. Some stations in anticipation of this action installed “temporary” antennas during the digital conversion. For example, WICD has an antenna mounted on the side of its tower just below the original no longer used channel 15 mast antenna. WCCU, WICS, WRSP and WCIA have temporary antennas as well. Meanwhile WAND, WBUI have installed permanent antennas on their towers and only WBUI will not be making a frequency change.

This process will take several years to complete, and will proceed in stages. Television stations have now 90-days to apply for a construction permit to allow for their change in frequency if it was required by the FCC. Those stations are called “repacked television stations.” Each repacked television station will be then assigned to one of ten transition phases with each having a different completion date. Prior to the frequency change completion target, stations will have to broadcast a number of announcements which could be in the form of 60-second “educational” announcements and/or text “crawls” each day for 30-days to announce its end of broadcasting on the current digital channel and its beginning to broadcast from its new frequency.

So far, according to the National Association of Broadcasters website, the first phase of the frequency moves will begin in November of 2018. The deadline for all of the stations to end broadcasting on their current frequencies is July of 2020.

Here's what's been reported by the NAB so far with our local stations in mid-Illinois:






Station
Ownership

Virtual
Channel
Current
Digital
Channel
Proposed
New
Digital
Channel
Notes or Transition Phase assignment and
completion date
Champaign-Urbana, Springfield, Decatur and Danville, Illinois
WCIA
Nexstar
3
48
34
Trans Phase: 7(fall of 2019)
WILL-TV
U of I
12
9
9
Will not change frequency

WCIX
Nexstar
491311Trans Phase: 7(fall of 2019)
WAND
WAND Partnership
17
17
20
Trans Phase: 7 (fall of 2019)
WICS
Sinclair
20
42
15
Trans Phase: 7 (fall of 2019)
WICD
Sinclair
20
41
32
Trans Phase: 7 (fall of 2019)
WBUI
GoCom
23
22
22
Will not change frequency
WCCU
Go Com
27
26
36
Trans Phase: 7 (fall of 2019)
WRSP
Go Com
55
44
16
Trans Phase: 7 (fall of 2019)
Peoria-Bloomington, Illinois
WHOI
Sinclair
19
19
24
Trans Phase: 7 (fall of 2019)
WEEK
Quincy Newspapers
25
25

No information listed
WMBD-TV
Nexstar
31
30

No information listed
WYZZ
Cunningham
43
28
28
Will not change frequency
WAOE
Four Seasons
59
39
33
Trans Phase: 7 (fall of 2019)
Quincy, Illinois-Hannibal, Missouri
KHQA-TV
Sinclair
7
7
7
Will not change frequency
WGEM-TV
Quincy Newspapers
10
25

No information listed
Terre-Haute, Indiana
WWTO
Nexstar
2
36

No information listed
WTHI-TV
Heartland
10
10

No information listed*
WAWV
Nexstar
38
39

No information listed




*It's assumed that VHF channels will not change


There will be more information as it is released in the coming months leading up to the final deadline at Mid-Illinois Television Today at http://www.dougquick.com.


You Need an Antenna!

It may come as a surprise to many, but there are a number of alternative TV networks on the market today which stations can add to their lower tier sub-channels.  Central Illinois has a varied selection of sub-channels, in fact, better than most markets. 

There are three nostalgia TV networks, as of January of 2017, central Illinois will have 2 of the 3, namely MeTV and Antenna TV both offered by WRSP/WCCU.  "Get TV" is still absent from the central Illinois list of stations but it is seen in Peoria/Bloomington where they don't receive MeTV.  There are other networks dedicated to minority groups, game shows, comedy, music and movies.

In this day and age, there are so many options of television content other than than cable, satellite and even internet options like Hulu, Netflex and those hosted by the television networks and other sources.  But the old fashioned television with an antenna is still a source for television programming....and its FREE!

Which Application Should You Use to Add Local Channels?
Antenna Reception Only -----  -------------------------------
------------------- go to Section 1




Satellite-DISH®-------------- receiver model----------------- Hopper------------- go to Section 2
                         With a built in TV Tuners------ ------------------- go to Section 3A

Without a TV Tuner----------- ------------------- go to Section 3B




Satellite-DIRECT®----------- all receivers-------------------- ------------------- go to Section 4

Section 1- Using an antenna connected directly to the antenna input on your TV




(Above): Here a RG-6 cable(white cable-although most are black)
 is connected to the rear of a TV monitor



This is the method to receive local channels either with a satellite programming service OR with an antenna alone.  There are a variety of antenna models ranging to a table top antenna, either powered (plugged-in) or un-powered all the way to tower mounted antennas with full rotor controlled systems to aim the antenna to the TV station's tower/antenna to achieve maximum signal strength.


1 Locate an antenna source.  You might be able to use a small inexpensive set top antenna or you may need a roof top or tower mounted antenna.  In central Illinois, the relatively flat terrain benefits television reception by providing easy access to most signals.  If you have questions on signal availability in your area consult www.antennaweb.org.

2
Attach your antenna via the RG-6 cable to that antenna input connection on the rear of your television. 

3. Have your TV do a scan of local TV channels via the ANTENNA setting (not CABLE). 

4. Switch your TV input to ANTENNA to receive local channels, and change the input to digital input to receive your satellite dish receiver. 

Your local channels will not be inserted in your schedule grid from your satellite receiver.  Program listings can be found by clicking on the links above for local television listings.
Section 2- Accessing LOCAL channels through a  DISH® Hopper® Satellite System




(above): Here is a picture of the OTA Digital Dongle unit used with
the Hopper
®

NOTE: REPORTS ON MESSAGE BOARD ARE SAYING THAT THE "OTA DIGITAL DONGLE" IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE THROUGH DISH.
MANY USED UNITS ARE BEING SOLD ON OTHER WEBSITES AT UNREASONABLE PRICES (SUPPLY AND DEMAND).  CALL DISH AND DEMAND A REPLACEMENT MODULE!! 
FOR NOW, UTILIZE THE METHOD DESCRIBED ABOVE IN SECTION ONE, UNTIL DISH DESIGNS A REPLACEMENT UNIT.



(below-4 pictures): Here is what the programing grid looks like with local channels are added by using the OTA Digital Dongle unit used with
the Hopper
®.  The local channels are shown in "yellow" on the grid and identified as being "off air" channels.  You can record from those local channels, plus it gives your DISH receiver another tuner to record from expanding your ability to record multiple channels at the same time!


1 Purchase the OTA Digital Dongle unit either from DISH
® or another electronic supply house like SOLID SIGNAL.   see note to the left for the latest news on the OTA Digital Dongle availability!

(Tip: If you're ordering a Hopper® and you're a DISH® customer in long and good standing you may be able to negotiate the unit at no extra charge.)  The cost through DISH is around $25.

2. Install the Dongle between the Hopper
®, attaching the USB cable to a USB input on the rear of the main Hopper receiver.  Attach your antenna 75 ohm coax connector to the rear of the Dongle unit.  That's it!

3. Go to your main Hopper
® "Menu" → SETTINGS → DIAGNOSTICS → OVER THE AIR LOCALS.

4. Select SCAN LOCALS.  (be patient, it may take a few minutes)  When it is completed it will indicate how many signals it has found.  The type of antenna, its placement can and will determine how many signals it retrieves.

5. The list of local channels will be displayed, select SAVE.

6. Return to your custom lists of stations you select as "favorites."  Wait a few minutes for the newly found local stations to show up in the complete list of stations you can add in your "favorite" stations.

7. One again, the type of antenna, its placement can and will determine the reliability of reception of your local stations.  They will be shown in the color yellow where the station logos are indicated in the far left margin of your station grid.   The main Hopper
® will also indicate the signal strength of each of the stations.  That may help you position your antenna for maximum signal strength.

8. Even though all of your local stations will be shown in your grid (if you select them to be a part of your "favorites") some program listings are not part of the data base provided by DISH® and will not be shown.   If you use your DVR to record programs from those channels you will have to manually set the begin and end times of your selected programs.  Complete listings of those networks can be found on their respective websites.  Generally, those unlisted networks are GRIT, METV.  Just click on their logos above to access their program schedules.


Section 3A- Accessing LOCAL channels through a  DISH®  Satellite System with built in TV Tuner



Figure 3-A-1

These are instructions for DISH
® receivers with a built in over the air TV tuner.  Just look for the "antenna"symbol at the 75 ohm screw on input like that shown above with the white RG-6 cable connected to it.   If your receiver does NOT have an antenna input go to Section 3-B below


1
.  (Fig 3-A-1) Determine if your satellite receiver is capable of receiving local television channels "as is."   Look on the rear panel of your receiver for a 75 ohm ANTENNA INPUT connector like the one show at left that is connected to the white cable.  It may be identified by the label of "over the air antenna IN."    If one is not on your receiver, go the separate chapter below.

2. Locate an antenna source.  You might be able to use a small inexpensive set top antenna or you may need a roof top or tower mounted antenna.  In central Illinois, the relatively flat terrain benefits television reception by providing easy access to most signals.  If you have questions on signal availability in your area consult www.antennaweb.org.

3. Attach your antenna via the RG-6 cable to that antenna input connection on the rear of your receiver. 

4. Go to SYSTEM SET UP → LOCAL CHANNELS → SCAN LOCALS.  The scan may take a few minutes. The scan will show you what is available.  Press DONE and exit out of the SYSTEM SET UP mode.   For more details use your manual for other options.


Section 3B- Accessing LOCAL channels through a  DISH®  Satellite System WITHOUT a built in TV Tuner
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(top): Figure 3-A-1
(near bottom): Figure 3-B-2
(below 3 pictures): Here's the way the local channels are displayed in the program grids of equipped DISH tuners with the built in tuner and with the installation of the over-the-air module shown above


These are instructions for DISH
® receivers WITHOUT a built in over the Air TV Tuner.


1 Purchase the MT2 Over the Air Module (WX162303) (see Fig 3-A-1) MT2 in order to integrate the over the air signals of the local channels into your DISH® receiver.  The module is designed to slide into the rear of your receiver (see Fig 3-B-2) where it will make its own connections to the electronics of your satellite receiver.  This module allows you to utilize all of the features of your receiver including the DVR by connecting your antenna input to the "over the air Antenna IN" connection (see Fig 6).  The price of this module is between $30 and $40.  If you have to purchase a module (as opposed to getting one at no charge from DISH®) here's the best source:  SOLID SIGNAL

2. Attach your antenna via the RG-6 cable to that antenna input connection on the rear of the Over the Air Module shown in Figure 3-A-1. 

3. Go to SYSTEM SET UP → LOCAL CHANNELS → SCAN LOCALS.  The scan may take a few minutes. The scan will show you what is available.  Press DONE and exit out of the SYSTEM SET UP mode.   For more details use your manual for other options.


Hint:  One major benefit of having the Over the Air module is that it allows you an additional channel to record from on your DVR.  In other words you can record up to 3 different signals (or programs) at the same time!
Section 4- Accessing LOCAL channels through a DIRECTV® Satellite Recevier

(Above): Figure 4-1



(Above): Here is what the program grid will probably look like showing the local channels in the darker blue with the "-1,-2 or 03" designation for main and subchannels.




Most DIRECT® satellite receivers will need the additional USB Off-Air Tuner which is a separate unit which will sit on top of your satellite receiver.   They are available through SOLID SIGNAL as well as through your DIRECTV® installer. 
It is pictured here to the left, Fig 4-1.

Here is a link to the manual of the unit.  AM21 Off-Air Tuner
Here is a link to the manuels of all of the DIRECTV® receivers:  DIRECTV® Receivers

Hint:  When you talk with your DIRECTV® operator INSIST on the installation (at no charge) the off-air receiver because the company advertises the distribution of ALL local TV channels....when in fact they omit the signals of WICD and WCCU.   INSIST on it....or swtch to DISH®!

Here are the instructions:

1 Disconnect the power cable from the back of the satellite receiver.  Connect the USB cable from the back of the USB Off Air Tuner to the USB connection on the back of the satellite receiver. 

2 Connect your antenna via the RG-6 cable to that antenna input connection on the USB Off-Air tuner. 

3 Connect the power cable that comes with the USB Off-Air tuner to the satellite receiver. 

4 Connect the power cable that was removed from the satellite receiver to the USB Off-Air Tuner.

5 :Power up the receivers and your TV.  An on screen message will promt you to go to the initial setup screen for the antenna.   Start with MENU → PARENTAL, FAV'S & SETUP → SYSTEM SETUP → SAT & ANTENNA → ANTENNA SETUP → INITIAL SETUP

Note: The following DIRECTV® Receiver models are compatable with the USB Off-Air Tuner:  DIRECTV Plus®, HD DVR (models HR21 and above, DIRECTV Plus® DVR (R22 model only), DIRECTV® HD (models H21 and above) or DIRECTV® Home Media Center

My installation: Over the Air Rooftop Antenna

Off Air Rooftop (or tower mounted) Antennas

At left is the outdoor elevated antenna I use.  It's a Winegard HD 7698 VHF/UHF HD 769 TV antenna.  It's available for around $125 at SOLID SIGNAL.  

I highly recommend it.  From my location in the far northeastern section of the market, I receive all but the Springfield stations.  I also use a Channel Master amp which delivers about 30db of gain. I also use a distibution amplifier which splits the signal after the Channel Master Amp and sends the main signal to the Hopper over the air module and to a couple of other TV's not connected to the satellite system.
 
The antenna is mounted on my roof and I also use a Phillips antenna rotor(available at Menards for about $80).

thanks to rabbitears.com

I refer viewers to Solid Signal.  I receive no compensation from Solid Signal or necessarily endorse them.




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