How To Watch: Antenna Over-The-Air

Notice for Viewers with Antennas

(If you are a cable TV or satellite viewer, you will NOT be affected)

Viewers using an antenna may need to rescan their televisions to receive our broadcast channel.

How to Rescan Your Antenna TV Select Scan or Autotune from your TV menu to start the scanning process. Your TV will do the rest. This process usually takes a few minutes to complete.

You may need to reposition or upgrade your antenna if your reception is marginal. Also, check below for helpful information on antennas and how to improve your reception.

Why do I need to rescan my TV?

In 2017 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held an auction of broadcast airwaves to provide more channels for wireless internet broadband services. Now the FCC is requiring these stations and nearly 1,000 others nationwide to move to new frequencies to make room for wireless internet services.

Due to the spectrum re-allocation, WFMZ-TV Virtual Channel 69 has moved to RF Channel 9 in the High VHF band.

A TV Station's channel number does not indicate if the station is Low VHF, High VHF, or UHF.

Each TV station has two channel numbers. One for the actual radio frequency used to transmit the signal and one that is used to identify the channel.

We are now only be transmitting on RF Channel 9 in the High VHF band. Your television will automatically convert RF Channel 9 to display as Channel 69 on your television.

Helpful antenna information

If you plan to purchase an antenna, you should note the markings on the box for what the antenna is designed to receive. Some antennas simply say " HDTV " antenna, but that fails to provide useful information.

Some antennas list that they cover VHF, when in fact they only cover High VHF. This means you will have poor reception of WDPN Ch 2 MeTV and WPVI Ch 6 ABC , which are Low VHF stations.

An antenna that covers all bands will either list that they are built for Low VHF, High VHF, and UHF, or list the frequencies covered, 54Mhz to 216Mhz and 470Mhz to 700 Mhz .

High VHF/ UHF antennas can look similar to the antennas below, but these antennas typically work better to receive UHF stations and generally perform poorly for High VHF stations and very poorly if at all for Low VHF stations.

An all-band antenna that covers Low VHF, High VHF, and UHF typically appears as shown below. However, an antenna that does not work well for Low VHF can appear very similar.

To receive WFMZ-TV's new RF channel 9, most antennas specified to work for VHF should work, given you select the proper gain antenna for how far you are from our station.

To receive WDPN 2 MeTV or WPVI 6 ABC , you will need an antenna that specifies it will work on Low VHF and typically needs to be mounted outdoors.

Examples of Low VHF, High VHF, and UHF combination antennas include the following models:

Channel Master: Advantage 45 , Advantage 60 , Advantage 100 , STEALTHtenna 50

You can see more information on these antennas at channelmaster.com.

NOTE: Channel Master's " DIGITAL Advantage " antenna line is made for High VHF only and will not work well for receiving WDPN-2 MeTV or WPVI-6 ABC

Stations that require Low VHF antennas include:

WDPN-TV

Channel 2

MeTV in Philadelphia

WPVI-TV

Channel 6

ABC in Philadelphia

Stations that work with most VHF antennas include:

WHYY-TV

Channel 12

PBS in Philadelphia

WYBE-TV

Channel 35

PBS in Philadelphia

WLVT-TV

Channel 39

PBS in Bethlehem

WBPH-TV

Channel 60

Christian in Bethlehem

WFMZ-TV

Channel 69

Independent in Allentown

Our sister station WDPN-TV Channel 2 has increased its power from 9.3KW to 34KW . If reception of WDPN-TV Channel 2 was previously intermittent, the power increase may help your reception.

Other options for viewing WFMZ-TV

Your local cable operators provide a basic cable service with limited channels. Combined with a broadband connection, some operators sell basic cable for a very small upcharge to your broadband internet connection.

The WFMZ-TV Live app can be downloaded on your Apple or Android smartphone and tablet for viewing.

We are also part of the SBTV streaming service app. SBTV can be downloaded on Apple, Android, Apple TV devices and also on Roku.

If you are receiving our station in Philadelphia

WFMZ-TV currently operates a booster station in Philadelphia. That booster station went off the air on July 23 rd . We will be filing an application to to the FCC for a replacement booster. It may be a few months until we have the replacement in place. Viewers in Philadelphia should periodically rescan their TV to see receive the replacement channel when it is available.

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