Can't pick up WDAM? Use this checklist - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Can't pick up WDAM? Use this checklist

WDAM's analog signal has been shut off, and we are broadcasting on Digital Channel 7.

If you don't have cable service or a satellite service converting the signal for you, please use the following information to receive us...

1. Make sure you have a combination UHF/VHF antenna.   

2. Make sure you have converted all TV sets you plan to use to digital-ready televisions.   

3. Locate you owners manuals, so you know how to reset each digital receiver, digital TV or digital convertor box.  

4. Rescan or reset all digital receivers, digital TVs, or convertor boxes. You may need to UNPLUG the box to let it re-set its memory. See Double re-scanning, below...

5. If you have a problem, don't panic. Use your owners manual for troubleshooting.

6. There is a chart below if you need help rescanning.


You need to "re-channel" your TV only if you receive your signal using an antenna. If you are a cable or satellite subscriber, you don't have to do anything!

Every TV is different, this is a list of resources to help you with your particular model.We've collected quite a few popular ones here for you... but it's not a definitive list! Check some of the other links we've included below if you don't see your particular manufacturer here.


Hitachi  JVC  
Magnavox Memorex Mitsubishi
Panasonic Phillips RCA 
Samsung Sanyo Sharp 





TV Manuals Online

102 TV Manuals

Trouble Shooting Guide for Digital-to-Analog Converter Boxes & Digital Televisions

How to scan channels with common DTV converter boxes 

Digital TV Converter Quick Start Guide



Here are tips from the FCC-

Consumers having difficulty receiving certain television channels following the June 12 transition to digital TV should try these two tips for better reception: "double rescanning", and double-checking and relocating their antennas.

Meanwhile, local broadcasters are working to resolve those issues that originate with their signal.

Double Rescanning
Many consumers already know about the need to run the "scan" function on their digital
converter boxes or digital TV sets periodically following the June 12 digital TV transition.
Scanning searches for and "remembers" the available digital broadcast channels.
But in some cases where stations moved their digital frequencies on June 12, simple
scanning may not be enough. There is a procedure - sometimes called "double re-scanning" -
that can clear your box's memory of saved channels. These earlier scans may have saved channel information that is now incorrect.

There are five simple steps to a double re-scan for a converter box or digital TV, which
are as follows:

1. Disconnect the antenna from the box or digital TV
2. Re-scan the box or digital TV without the antenna connected. As with any scan
follow the on-screen instructions or owner's manual for your device
3. Unplug the box or digital TV from the electrical outlet for at least one minute
4. Reconnect the antenna to the box or digital TV and plug the unit into the electrical
5. Rescan the box or digital TV one more time.

Try "double rescanning"
Double-check and relocate your antenna
Double Check & Relocate Your Antenna

You must have a "VHF/UHF antenna. "Rabbit ears," rods, or other elements are needed
to pick up channels 2-13 (VHF), and a circle, bow-tie, or other element is needed to pick up
channels 14-51 (UHF). Some antennas marketed as HDTV ante nnas don't perform well on VHF
channels; some antennas are VHF or UHF-only.

For the best reception of channels 2-6, extend the rods all the way out. For the best
reception of channels 7-13, reduce the length of the rods to12-18 inches.
Location, Location, Location

The location of an indoor antenna is key. And one of the most popular spots for indoor
antennas - on top of the TV - may not be the best. Consumers having trouble with digital TV
reception should try moving their antennas to one of these locations:

  • Near a window
  • As high as possible
  • Away from other electronic equipment, including computers, VCRs, DVD players, converter boxes, and the television itself
  • Change the direction the antenna is facing
  • Rooftop antennas may be needed in some instances

Consumers may need to run the "scan" function again on their converter boxes after
moving the antenna.

For more information about antennas and rescanning, visit See the
"Install a Converter Box" link for scanning tips." See the pages on Fixing Reception Problems
and Troubleshooting Guide for antenna questions. Instructions posted on the DTV Reception
Maps page show how to use the maps to choose an antenna. Also, see the DTV Made Easy


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