CBS4, the CBS affiliate in the Quad Cities is broadcasting a beautiful, full-power, high-definition signal from a tall tower in Bettendorf, Iowa using as much power as the FCC will allow.
In addition to our local newscasts at 5am, 6am, 5pm, 6pm and 10pm, we broadcast CBS 1080i HD programming offered by the network as well as the vast majority of our syndicated product - Entertainment Tonight, Jeff Probst, and Dr. Oz to name a few. Those programs in high definition are produced in the 16:9 ratio; all other standard definition programming is displayed in its native 4:3 picture ratio. On our digital signal, we are also providing 5.1 Dolby SurroundSound when it is available.
On June 12, 2009, our digital signals moved to their permanent position on channels 4.1 and 4.2, in the VHF portion of the broadcast spectrum. Our high definition signal is can also be found on most are cable systems including Mediacom, and on both DirecTV and DISH Network satellite systems.
It is important to note that, while all of the other digital signals in the Quad City area originate from Orion, IL, WHBF-TV's broadcast tower is located in Bettendorf, IA near the corner of Middle Road and Devil's Glen. In addition, because WHBF-TV's digital signal has moved back to the VHF spectrum, in order to get ALL Quad City stations, you will need an antenna that is capable of receiving both VHF and UHF signals, and it must be oriented properly toward the signals' source for best reception.
If you live in a location where it you cannot point a single antenna to both tower sites, you may look into a "yagi" type antenna or, in some cases, two antennas. Each antenna points to a specific tower site and the two are joined using a "combiner". Most people will do well with a configuration of UHF "yagi" antennas. Your local TV repair shop of electronic supply store can recommend an antenna that is right for your situation.
It is important to note that, because of the unique characteristics of a digital VHF signal, an indoor antenna may not be sufficient for the reception of WHBF-TV, especially if you live outside the immediate Quad City metro area.
Another great source of helpful information about outdoor antennas and the necessary adjustments can be found online at www.antennaweb.org
Remember that an improper or poorly adjusted antenna can cause intermittent loss of picture and sound. Unlike regular analog TV, you will not get a snowy picture with a weak digital signal, it is all or nothing. You either see it or you don't so if the signal from your antenna is weak or borderline, you may sometimes see a picture and other times, nothing at all.
If you have exhausted your other options, please feel free to email our chief engineer Ron Schmidt with your questions and we will do our best to help you solve your digital reception problems. Contact him at email@example.com
Thank you for watching CBS4 in HDTV.