Broadcast Channel Numbers

Main Channel

  • Burlington 33.1
  • St. Johnsbury 20.1
  • Rutland 28.1
  • Windsor 41.1
  • Manchester 30.1
  • Pownal 46.1

Plus

  • Burlington 33.2
  • St. Johnsbury 20.2
  • Rutland 28.2
  • Windsor 41.2
  • Manchester 30.2
  • Pownal 46.2

Create

  • Burlington 33.3
  • St. Johnsbury 20.3
  • Rutland 28.3
  • Windsor 41.3
  • Manchester 30.3
  • Pownal 46.3

World

  • Burlington 33.4
  • St. Johnsbury 20.4
  • Rutland 28.4
  • Windsor 41.4
  • Manchester 30.4
  • Pownal 46.4


Reception tips for viewers using an antenna

USING A CONVERTER BOX WITH AN ANALOG TV SET TO GET DIGITAL CHANNELS Viewers with Digital TV sets may also find the antenna tips helpful.

Some viewers connect a converter box and immediately have great digital reception. Others find it tricky to receive digital channels. Here are some suggestions from the FCC and our engineers for viewers who need help tuning in digital channels with a converter box.

Are you able to pull in any local digital channels? If no digital channels come through at all and your converter box doesn't display information, it's possible the box was not installed correctly. Check your owner's manual.

SCAN -- AND RE-SCAN. Before most converter boxes will work, they must scan all available digital channels and load that information into the box's memory. Most will do this automatically. If you change the location of your TV or antenna, RE-SCAN (your TV or converter box may call it an "UPDATE" or other term). If you don't get all the local stations at first, try it again. Re-scanning can also help when you lose a station you were receiving or when you lose the video or audio from a station.

If you don't know how to do a re-scan, you can unplug your converter box, wait a minute, plug it back in and see if it scans for channels.

If you want to check what TV stations you are likely to receive at your address, enter it into this FCC website. It works for addresses in Canada, too: http://transition.fcc.gov/mb/engineering/maps/

IF RE-SCANNING DOESN'T WORK, TRY MANUALLY ENTERING OUR "REAL" DIGITAL CHANNEL NUMBER into your converter box remote control or TV remote. TV stations' digital channel numbers are different from their analog channel numbers, but stations are required to display their digital channels using the same number as their former analog channels.


Real Digital Channels

33 Burlington Digital from Mt. Mansfield is UHF 32 20 St. Johnsbury Digital from Burke Mt. UHF 18 41 Windsor Digital from Mt. Ascutney is UHF 24 28 Rutland Digital from Grandpa Knob is VHF 9


Other Local Digital Channels

3 WCAX Digital from Mount Mansfield is UHF 22 5 WPTZ Digital from Mt. Mansfield is UHF 14 22 WVNY Digital from Mt. Mansfield is VHF 13 31 WNNE Digital from Mt. Ascutney is UHF 25 44 WFFF Digital from Mt. Mansfield is UHF 43 57 Mountain Lake PBS WCFE Digital from Lyon Mt. is UHF 38 IF THE CONVERTER BOX DISPLAYS "NO SIGNAL" OR "WEAK SIGNAL" when you've set it up and scanned for channels, or if there is a signal only at certain times or in certain weather, this probably does not mean that the TV station is off the air or at low power. It usually means you are outside the station's coverage area or need to adjust your antenna or need a better antenna.

USING A SUITABLE ANTENNA is essential to good digital reception. Try tuning in with your existing antenna first. If your television had very good reception on analog channels with your antenna, you should be able to receive digital TV signals with the same antenna. If you have any interference, static, snow or distortion with analog, you may not get quality reception of digital channels with your previous antenna. Digital has what's called the "cliff effect," meaning that if the digital signal falls below a certain strength, it can disappear entirely. You may have to adjust or upgrade your antenna to get a reliably good signal for digital broadcasts.

Since TV reception can be affected by such factors as hills, trees, buildings, weather and damaged or deteriorated equipment, digital reception can sometimes be improved by changing the location of your current antenna. Moving it away from other objects and structures, or placing it higher can often improve reception. Try tuning in with the signal strength display on your converter box turned on. Allow up to 10 seconds at each location for the box to respond to the signal. Try leaving the room temporarily.

Many antennas need to be aimed to get the best signal from the desired station. For indoor antennas, you may need to do this manually by trial and error. For outdoor antennas,a rotor that re-orients the antenna can improve performance. If you use a typical arrow-shaped outdoor antenna, be sure that you have the front of the antenna pointed toward the site. The front is the single straight end, and the pointed or curved cluster part is the back.

On indoor "rabbit ears" antennas, the "ears" are for receiving VHF channels (2-13) and the loop or "bow tie" part is for receiving UHF channels (14 and higher). Make sure you're using an antenna that covers both UHF and VHF channels and that it's connected properly.

Your current rabbit ears or other indoor antenna may not be effective at pulling in digital signals, but there are newer indoor models designed for viewers more than 30 miles from a transmitter that include an amplifier to boost the received signal. VPT's engineers have had good results with the Terk HDTVA model, available online and in stores.

If your indoor antenna doesn't pull in digital channels, you may need to try an OUTDOOR ANTENNA. There are smaller outdoor antennas that do a good job of picking up digital signals; however, some viewers will need a full- sized, higher gain, directional rooftop antenna. If you use an outdoor antenna and do not receive digital signals, we suggest that you add a high gain signal amplifier. For an outdoor antenna, the amplifier should be mounted on the mast near the antenna.

If you already use an outdoor antenna, you may get better digital reception if you relocate the antenna mast to another location on the roof. It can be helpful to check what kinds of antennas your neighbors are using to pull in TV over the air.

The performance of an outdoor antenna can degrade over time due to exposure. If you are having problems with reception while using an outdoor antenna that is aimed correctly, check for loose or corroded wiring and broken antenna elements.

For best reception, with indoor or outdoor antennas, try to keep the length of wire between your antenna and TV set as short as possible.

Splitters that are used to connect a single antenna to multiple TVs reduce the amount of signal available to each TV set. If you use a splitter and are having problems, check to see whether reception is improved without the splitter. If you want to continue using a splitter, an active splitter that includes an amplifier may solve reception problems.

Note that if you are near a station's broadcast tower, you can actually get too much signal. Consider using an attenuator or removing amplifiers to improve your reception.

Another quirk: Sometimes we find people can get good results if they point the antenna away from the mountain and use a signal that has been reflected off a hill or building behind your location. So, don't be afraid to move the antenna around and point it in directions that are not directly toward the mountain.

Your best resource for digital reception may be a LOCAL ANTENNA INSTALLER. These people know the area and the antennas that work best. We will be happy to give you a list of companies that do antenna work in your area.


Problems with your audio?

Vermont PBS broadcasts two audio channels that can be monitored on a viewer’s digital TV. One channel is designated "ENGLISH” and the other "SPANISH". The audio channel labeled "Spanish" is currently being utilized for what the FCC calls “Descriptive Audio”, where a narrator’s voice will describe what is happening on the screen, along with the original program audio. This is intended to enhance the experience for television viewers who are visually impaired.
 
On selected Vermont PBS programming, the Secondary Audio Program (SAP) may contain "Descriptive Audio", however, some Vermont PBS programming may not contain any audio on this second channel. This could be confusing to a viewer who’s TV or convertor box may have been accidentally set to monitor this alternate Secondary Audio Program (SAP) channel. These viewers may hear audio during some programs, but not during others. They may hear "descriptive audio" and not know why. It is simple to correct by locating the SAP button (may be labeled SAP, MTS, Audio or Spanish) on the TV remote if they are an "over the air" viewer, or navigating through the audio settings menu of their TV, cable or convertor box. This settings change must be performed by the viewer and cannot be changed by the TV station.
 

Other Questions? Call us at 1-800-639-7811 or email engineering@vermontpbs.org.


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