Reception Tips & Suggestions

    1. Test your equipment before permanently installing any antennas or equipment to verify you will get the desired results and all your equipment is working properly.

    2. Remember you must search for WLMB's signal on channel 5-1, not 40-1 if your DTV or converter box has not located WLMB on its initial channel scan.

    3. Old antennas, if not damaged, should work well to receive DTV signals and you may not need a new antenna or anything special. An antenna is an antenna.

    4. It is important that you use a low band VHF antenna (channels 2-6) in order to receive WLMB’s channel 5 DTV signal. Many antennas sold today as "DTV Antennas" are UHF only antennas (channels 14-52) or UHF and High Band VHF (channels 7-13). To get all the Toledo broadcast stations, you will need to buy an antenna that is capable of receiving all three frequency types.

    5. The higher your antenna can be, the better your chances of getting WLMB. An outdoor antenna with a rotor mounted on top a 30 foot TV tower is your best option. Rooftop antennas or attic antennas would be your next best option. Smaller indoor antennas by your TV is the least likely to work well unless you live close to WLMB’s transmitter. This is why it may also be necessary to purchase and install an outdoor tower with an antenna on top.

    6. Keep your antenna as far away from electronic devices as possible including fluorescent lights, power cords or lines, and even TV’s. Putting an antenna on top of some models of TVs or converter boxes have actually caused enough interference with WLMB’s signal to cause a loss of the picture.

    7. Put your antenna near an outside wall or window if you are using an indoor antenna.

    8. You will need to point your antenna towards our transmitter in order to receive WLMB. WLMB’s transmitter is located northwest of Toledo in Jasper, MI which is just south of Adrian, MI. The other Toledo stations’ transmitters are located northeast of Toledo in Oregon, OH. If you have an outdoor or attic antenna, it may be important to have a rotor on the antenna so you can point it in different directions.

    9. Move your antenna slowly when moving it around to find WLMB’s signal. Subtle movements can be the difference between getting a picture and not getting a picture at all. Fast movements or a shaking antenna will likely lead to no picture.

    10. Check for damage to your antenna wire. It is possible for the antenna wire to become damaged, especially if you have been using the same wire for decades. If you’re using an outdoor antenna, make sure your cable is still sealed properly to protect against weather elements. These factors can significantly diminish the signal strength passing through in your wires.

    11. Line amplifiers may be helpful to boost signal levels. It is best to put those in your line closest to your antenna so that you are boosting the least amount of “noise” that may be in your line.

    12. We recommend purchasing a TV or converter box with a signal strength meter. One of the major advantages of DTV is greatly improved picture quality. However, one of the disadvantages is that you either get a crystal clear picture or you don’t get a picture at all.A signal strength meter will act as a guide to let you know if you are getting closer to receiving a high enough signal to make the picture pop on in perfect digital quality. If you are without a signal strength meter, you will have to guess where to move and place your antenna to get a picture. This can be very frustrating if not impossible.

    13. Set up your converter box or TV to receive all channels. Once you have an antenna hooked up and pointed in the right direction, it is time to set up your converter box or TV. Converter boxes and TV’s usually have an initial setup process called “channel scanning.” The converter box will try to find all stations available. It is important to remember that if the converter box doesn’t find a certain station, it doesn’t mean that you can’t receive that station. Your antenna may not be pointed in the correct direction. At this time you have a couple options, you can adjust your antenna then try another channel scan, or you can manually tune to the channels that your box did not locate. However, not all converter boxes and TV’s have a manual channel tuning option. Check the manual to see if your model has this feature. This process may vary from TV to TV but the general idea is the same. This is where the process gets confusing, but I will try to keep it as simple as possible. We are broadcasting our digital signal on channel 5-1. There is data in the digital signal that tells your converter box or TV to display the channel as another number, so when you receive WLMB in digital, it will appear as 40-1. Although this may be confusing, all this information is important because if your converter box doesn’t find WLMB, you will need to tune to 5-1 not 40-1 and adjust your antenna to receive WLMB. Once you find WLMB, it should show up as 40-1, and some converter boxes will automatically add it to your channel memory. You may need to contact your converter box manufacturer for questions about your particular converter box.

    For further assistance to receive WLMB by antenna, you may contact ejingst@wlmb.com or call WLMB's engineering department at (419) 720-9562.