Since American TV stations made the conversion to digital back in 2009, most of the stations abandoned their VHF signals for new UHF signals. In fact, in Oklahoma City, only two stations remain on the VHF band, KOCO 7 (virtual 5) and KETA 13 (virtual 13). The rest of them, while claiming to be channels in the former VHF are actually now on UHF but using the virtual channels they use to be on. KFOR use to be channel 4 but now on channel 27 and KWTV use to be on channel 9 but now on channel 39. Recently I bought this eight bay UHF antenna to see what I could tune in. I was surprised by how many channels there were over the air these days right here in Oklahoma City.
I turned the antenna to a direction that I thought most stations were located and managed to pick up 52 channels right off the antenna.
Another thing that surprised me was the number of channels that were in Spanish. More than 20 of them were in Spanish. With the last year of furloughs and other financial hardships, we have been considering dropping our satellite simply because it is more than $90.00 a month. We don’t watch that much anyway and since we have Netflix, and a Roku, many things are already available online. I like to watch the “This Week in Tech (TWiT)” podcasts that is also free.
There are some negatives to the digital conversion and that is the loss of sporadic “E” DX propagation that we use to enjoy during the summer months. I really use to enjoy the occasional channel two signals that would come in from great distances, up to 1,500 miles away. Those were some fun times. I only wish that we had digital cameras, both still and video back then so we could have captured those memories. Also, we use to be able to receive many stations in Tulsa, 115 miles away and now we need a tropospheric ducting situation to receive any of them. On occasion, we will have an inversion where the air is warmer above ground than it is on the ground and we can have some good tropospheric propagation. Those are fun times when we get them.