How to Receive our new improved signal
KFLA television recently changed to a new transmit frequency and installed a more powerful transmitter and higher antenna. These changes will significantly increase our coverage and improves reception to those with indoor antennas. Here is a coverage map showing our new coverage area. If you live within our new coverage area and use a properly working antenna you should receive our broadcasts.
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How to Perform a Scan on your TV
The exact procedure varies but the general process is:
I re-scanned but I still don't receive KFLA! There are three possibilities to consider.
What is the best antenna?TV is transmitted in two bands - the VHF band and the UHF band. You need a dual band antenna in Los Angeles. Stations that transmit in the VHF band are: KABC ch 7 (ABC network television), KFLA ch 8, KCAL ch 9, KIIO ch 10, KTTV ch 11 (FOX network television) and KCOP, ch 13. Other LA area stations transmit in the UHF band.
When you buy an antenna check the label and make sure it is a VHF/UHF antenna. In some cases some this isn't enough - some antennas may say they are VHF/UHF when in fact they are not. This is a particular problem with indoor antennas. There is an easy way to tell if an antenna is really VHF - in order to receive VHF an antenna must have at least one element that is at least 36 inches or more in length. A perfect example is the old fashion "Rabbit Ears" antennas that has two rods that pull out - one goes right and the other goes left and the end of each rod is often lifted up to form a V. Each rod is about 20 inches or more in length. These types of antennas work well on VHF.
Any antenna (indoor or outdoor) that does not have elements at least 36 inches long will not work well for VHF TV and there are no exceptions!
Where do I mount my antenna? Remember TV signals are line of sight. Obstructions between your antenna and Mt. Wilson will degrade performance. A little planning before hand will save you time and money. Here is a simple guide step by step guide to properly installing an outdoor antenna
I use an indoor antenna. Is this a good choice? Unfortunately no. In the real world, nearly all indoor antennas are UHF only antennas even if they say other wise. Even old style rabbit ears, that were designed for VHF channels, do not work well in Southern California. Most homes here use "stucco" construction. Before the "stucco" is applied a wire mesh is wrapped around the house to give the "stucco" something to cling to. This creates a very effective "shield" that blocks radio and TV signals. In a building like this, the only way a signal can get in is through a door or window. Not a problem for UHF TV channels (or cell phones). These channels have a short wave lengths - 12" or less and easily pass through most doors and windows. But the wave length for VHF channels is longer - as long as 20 feet in the case of channel 2. Most windows and doors are not large enough to allow the entire wave length to enter the house so very little signal gets through. So even if an "indoor" antenna is designed to work well at VHF channels, like rabbit ears, once you place it in a shielded structure most of the signal has been blocked and it fails.
I get my TV from a Cable TV system or a Broadband provider like Verizon FiOS or AT&T U-Verse Cable TV and Broadband systems carry only some of the more than 100 free over the air broadcast program streams available in the Southland. We are working with these providers to get KFLA's programs added to their lineups. If you would like to watch KFLA's programs on your system please contact your provider and ask them to add KFLA to their channel lineup. To receive KFLA's programs now you can connect an antenna. It's simple and costs only a few dollars. Please review the off air section for instructions.
Direct TV or Dish Customers. Direct TV and Dish offer two ways for you to receive Los Angeles Broadcast channels. You must first determine which method your system uses.
Emergency Information For All - Every household should have a good outdoor antenna connected to at least one TV set as a backup source for news and information. It's simple and costs only a few dollars. This is particularly important in an emergency, when Cable TV, Broadband and satellite systems are most vulnerable - don't be left un-informed in an emergency. And off-air TV is always free.
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