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WDAM increases reach of over-the-air signal Today

By Kevin Wheeler - bio | email

EASTABUCHIE, MS (WDAM) - Today at 9 a.m., WDAM-TV increased the reach of the station's over-the-air signal.

The station installed a new transmitter in late January which can send its signal to the outlying parts of the WDAM viewing area.

"The main problem was that our main signal just couldn't reach them," said WDAM engineer Ricky Dozier.

This upgrade will not affect cable viewers. WDAM will still be available to antenna users on channels 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3. 

The signal will be available through VHF antennas, so if you only have a UHF antenna, you will need to get a VHF version or a combo antenna to pick up higher-end channels.

"In most cases they already had a UHF/VHF antenna if they already had the converter box," said Dozier. "They won't need to change anything physically; they will just need to rescan."

There can be obstacles which block the path of an over-the-air signal depending on your location. Here are two Web sites to help you determine if you need to adjust your antenna:

http://www.fcc.gov/mb/engineering/maps

http://www.tvfool.com

Most over-the-air viewers are set up correctly already.

Remember to rescan any time after 9 a.m. on Thursday. Engineers will have a phone bank set up at the station on Thursday and Friday.

Contact info: Contact WDAM

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