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Local ABC and PBS stations do not come in. All others local stat

We have a Samsung TV that is digital and it is connected to a digital antenna. The reception is great on the stations that we do get, but the message we get when we try to tune into the ABC and PBS stations just says weak signal.

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Check to make sure your DTV antenna is an "all band" antenna with reception in both the UHF and VHF bands. It sounds like you may be in Philadelphia area. In Philadelphia, all the DTV stations are in the UHF band except Ch 6 and Ch12, which are in the VHF band. Some of the DTV antennas are UHF only. You can tell if yours can receive VHF if it has the "rabbit ears" long wip antennas. If so make sure the whips are extended fully and turn the antenna to try to get a good signal.

Visit the 6ABC and WHYY websites for up to the minute information about the issues with reception issues.

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