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Q&A on TV Antennas for Low VHF Stations

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This week we have is a Q&A on antennas for VHF-low broadcast stations, hot deals, short cuts, must-see TV, and more!

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Q&A > Why Is This One Channel So Difficult to Get with a TV Antenna?

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This week's question comes from Adam who says, "I live about 25 miles from our local broadcast towers. I've tried 5 different antennas, both indoor and outdoor, to try to get a local religious station with subchannels I want to see. What am I doing wrong?"

A very small number of Over-the-Air stations in the US still broadcast on the low-end of the VHF spectrum. The majority are smaller PBS and religious stations, however a handful of major commercial stations also still broadcast on VHF channels 2-6.

(Don't confuse the channel number the station advertises with — which is the 'virtual' channel — with the real broadcast transmission channel. In most instances, they're different.)

In Adam's case, his local religious channel WGGS also hosts a number of cool subchannels like This TV, Get TV, and Newsy. It's broadcast on VHF-low channel 2 (despite a 'virtual' channel of 16).

As most modern Over-the-Air TV antennas are designed primarily to capture more popular UHF frequencies, with some offering VHF high (7-13) support, it is possible that Adam could have tried dozens or more antennas without much success. He'll need to look specifically for an outdoor model with VERY long VHF elements designed to pull in these VHF-low stations.                       

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As always, there's lots of great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
CMT Awards
  • Comedic game show Would I Lie to You? premieres - April 9th @ 8:30 p.m. ET on CW
  • Followed by the season 8 premiere of Masters of Illusion - April 9th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CW
  • Jake Gyllenhaal hosts and Camilla Cabello performs on Saturday Night Live - April 9th @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
  • Tune in to the 2022 CMT Music Awards - April 11th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS
  • Catch the season 2 premiere of Rise of the Nazis: Dictators at War - April 12th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
  • Canadians can check out the premiere of the new sci-fi show SurrealEstate - April 12th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on CTV
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING tab on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record.  


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