Real HDTV  Washington D.C.
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Getting the most from America's New High-Definition Television System is simple and inexpensive. You just need an antenna for sets made after 2007, and a Converter Box if you have an older TV. No need to get cable, satellite or a new TV to enjoy America's DTV Channels.

"Multicasting" allows stations to broadcast up to six new channels in the space of their old one. Channel 9, for instance, is now DTV channel 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, etc. Cable and satellite would have you believe they carry most of these new channels, but they don't...

Cable and satellite strip and leave out most broadcast channels to save space for other $ervice$. To get genuine HDTV just add an antenna and converter to your existing setup. You'll be amazed how many HDTV channels you can tune, and how much better everything looks over-the-air!

Find the keys to complete your HDTV System!

HDTV in the Baltimore - D.C. Area

43 Washington D.C. HDTV Channels
Station  Chan. RF Channel Network
WRCDT 4.1 48 NBC
WRCDT2 4.2 48 NBC
WTTGDT 5.1 36 Fox
WJLADT 7.1 7 ABC
WJLADT2 7.2 7 Ind
WUSADT 9.1 34 CBS
WUSADT2 9.2 34 Ind
WFDCDT 14.1 15 USI
WDCADT 20.1 35 MyN
WETADT 26.1 27 PBS
WETADT2 26.2 27 PBS
WETADT3 26.3 27 PBS
WETADT4 26.4 27 PBS
WNVTDT 30.1 24 Ind
WNVTDT2 30.2 24 Ind
WNVTDT3 30.3 24 Ind
WNVTDT4 30.4 24 Ind
WNVTDT5 30.5 24 Ind
WWPBDT 31.1 44 PBS
WWPBDT2 31.2 44 PBS
WWPBDT3 31.3 44 PBS
WWPBDT4 31.4 44 PBS
WWPBDT5 31.5 44 PBS
WDCWDT 50.1 50 CW
WDCWDT2 50.2 50 Ind
WVPTDT 51.1 11 EDU
MHzNet 53.1 30 Ind
WNVCDT 57.1 24 Ind
WNVCDT 57.1 57 Ind
WNVCDT2 57.2 24 Ind
WNVCDT3 57.3 24 Ind
WNVCDT4 57.4 24 Ind
WWPXDT 60.1 12 i
WWPXDT2 60.2 12 Ind
WWPXDT3 60.3 12 Ind
WWPXDT4 60.4 12 Ind
WFPTDT 62.1 28 PBS
WFPTDT2 62.2 28 PBS
WFPTDT3 62.3 28 PBS
WPXWDT 66.1 43 i
WPXWDT2 66.2 43 Ind
WPXWDT3 66.3 43 Ind
WPXWDT4 66.4 43 Pax
WPXWDT6 66.6 43 Ind
25 Baltimore Area HDTV Channels
WMARDT 2.1 38 ABC
WMARDT2 2.2 38 ABC
WMARDT3 2.3 38 Ind
WBALDT 11.1 11 NBC
WBALDT2 11.2 11 Ind
WJZDT 13.1 13 CBS
WMPTDT 22.1 42 PBS
WMPTDT2 22.2 42 PBS
WMPTDT3 22.3 42 PBS
WMPTDT4 22.4 42 PBS
WMPTDT5 22.5 42 PBS
WUTBDT 24.1 41 MyN
WBFFDT 45.1 46 Fox
WBFFDT2 45.2 46 Ind
WNUVDT 54.1 40 CW
WMPBDT 67.1 29 PBS
WMPBDT2 67.2 29 PBS
WMPBDT3 67.3 29 PBS
WMPBDT4 67.4 29 PBS
WMPBDT5 67.5 29 PBS
All 69 of these new channels, and many more, are Free! No cable or satellite is needed for any of them. Just select an Antenna, using the information below, to receive crystal clear HDTV signals Free in the Baltimore / D.C. Area.

Antenna Selection Guide

The CEA, Consumer Electronics Association, and NAB, National Association of Broadcasters, created the AntennaWeb to help you with the rest. Free! An example of how it works is presented below.

NOTE that all TV stations are transmitting on different channels now. To avoid confusion, however, the new tuners and converter boxes allow a station to keep its old channel number while automatically switching you to its new RF Channel. Some of the new RF Channels are VHF but most are UHF.

RF Channels on your list numbered less than 14 are VHF. They need a broader antenna than UHF channels; the ones numbered 14 and up. Since HDTV is 91% UHF, you probably won't need to use a broad antenna.

Most need an Indoor Antenna. They work just fine with older TVs using a converter box, and with all new TVs. You'll need to use an Outdoor Antenna if you're more than 15 miles from stations' towers, but most towers are clustered near town and are very powerful.


EXAMPLE...
PRESS HERE to use AntennaWebs Guide We'll use a site near Tampa, Florida
Press AntennaWeb.org,  then Press
"Click Here to Start," then Enter the
ZIP Code 33772 and Press "Submit"


A Station Tower Map will appear beside a list, as shown below. The strongest stations are at the top. Record the RF channels, and Antenna Color Codes, of the stations you want to watch. You'll need that information to select the proper Antenna.  
    To verify this Map and List, select TVFool.com using the same Zip Code, to get the following.
Tampa's HDTV Channel List from TVFool.com
What's important is to get-a-feel for the distances and directions to desirable stations' towers (under "Dist" and "Azimuth" above). Let's select CBS, ABC, FOX, NBC and PBS Networks, all of which are farther than 15 miles away. We'll need to use an Outdoor Antenna to receive them. Fortunately, station towers are clustered in most cities - East of us in our example.

Antenna Color Codes

Color Codes represent an antenna's reception strength. Within 15 miles of stations an Indoor Antenna can be used (in the Yellow, Green and Light Green Zones). Farther away you'll need to use an Outdoor Antenna. Our Example calls for color codes blue and violet. The stronger violet type will work for both. Since four of our desirable stations' RF channels are VHF (all but ABC are less than 14), we'll need a broad UHF/VHF antenna.

HDTV Antenna Color Codes
 Small Multi-Directional Antennas
Small Multi-Directional HDTV Antennas
DESCRIPTION   The smallest of TV antennas receive UHF and VHF RF Channels from all directions.
APPEARANCE   Good looking home interior designs.
USE   For use where signal strength is high and with No pre-amplifier.
 Medium Multi-Directional Antennas
Medium Multi-Directional HDTV Antennas
DESCRIPTION Larger and slightly more powerful, may be placed in interior attic.
APPEARANCE These antennas include novel stick, wing shaped or disk antennas.
USE An amplifier is recommended for 20 feet long, or more, cables from the antenna, or when more than one TV or VCR is used by a single antenna located AWAY from reflecting structures or in valleys.
 Large Multi-Directional Antennas
Large Multi-Directional HDTV Antennas
DESCRIPTION Bigger in size, these antennas receive more signal power. Better for greater distances from signal source and areas with low signal strength. May work well in interior attic.
APPEARANCE Styles include element antennas. These antennas can be used to reject simple ghosting.
USE When mounted at rooftop heights (30 feet) outdoors, amplified antennas can be used in light green color code areas away from reflecting structures or low areas.

ALL OUTDOOR ANTENNAS ARE DANGEROUS AND CAN SERIOUSLY HURT YOU.
WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU HIRE A PROFESSIONAL
FOR ALL ANTENNA WORK OUTSIDE YOUR HOME.
THIS DATA IS PROVIDED TO KEEP THEM HONEST!

 Small Directional Antennas
Small Directional HDTV Antennas
DESCRIPTION Picture quality is excellent when no signal reflecting structures are around.
APPEARANCE Multi-element rooftop antennas.
USE Suitable for far edge of light green color code areas. Amplified antennas with rooftop mounting can be used in these areas if the area is free of signal reflecting structures and is not in a low area.
 Medium Directional Antennas
Medium Directional HDTV Antennas
DESCRIPTION Most popular rooftop antenna because of its modest size.
APPEARANCE Multi-element rooftop antennas.
USE If there are ghost producing reflective structures near TV receiver antenna location, this kind of antenna is best for yellow, green, light green and red color code areas. Amplified antennas with rooftop mounting can be used with the blue color code.
 Large Directional Antennas
Large Directional HDTV Antennas
DESCRIPTION Large antennas used in weak signal areas for maximum possible TV reception.
APPEARANCE Multi-element rooftop antennas.
USE Can be used in any color code area, but requires an amplifier and roof mounting for blue and violet color codes.

ANTENNA WHICH WILL WORK IN OUR EXAMPLE:
One Large Directional UHF/VHF Antenna pointed about 92°


Having gone thru this Example - ENTER YOUR  DC/Baltimore Address or ZIP Code

Note on the Washington/Baltimore Area: The RF Channel Lists show three RF Channels, 7, 11 and 12 as VHF. They need broader VHF antennas, the rest only slender UHF antennas. Note, too, that most homes in town are within 15 miles of stations where indoor antennas work just fine!
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