Wednesday, January 07, 2009

What to do about Digital TV conversion?

Update: Reuters says a shortage of discount coupons is likely. Get yours now! Sorry, converter coupons are not available. Folks who ask now are waitlisted with no promise they'll get coupons, says the NY Times.


Thanks to The Consumerist blog for this diagram.

If your set is NOT digital-ready, then you will need to buy a converter IF and only if you don't have satellite or cable. Call 888-DTV-2009 or go to and provide your name and address to get $40-off coupons. Move fast, as coupons could run out.

Many Portland-area channels will change their channel numbers. Click on the chart below to see it enlarged and sharper.

Since the list above shows every VHF station in Metro Portland will also have a UHF channel, you can go UHF-only, and therefore a VHF antenna isn't needed.

Below, please find a model antenna made for less than $10 in materials. Specifics on antenna design will follow over the next few days.

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