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Channel 16 is a broadcast television channel that is not found on any cable system serving the Twin Cities Metropolitan area, rather it is in the same UHF frequency range as Channels that are broadcasting "digial TV" and should be as easy to receive as any of these other stations received with an UHF antenna for digital TV reception. In some cases "rabbit ears" types of antennas or other similar antennas may work.

When setting up your TV set, the following advice may be helpful. Most new TVs are shipped with the set in 'Cable Mode'. Be sure to change it to the "Normal" or "Broadcast" mode. Accessing the menu does this. Consult the instruction manual for procedures. Once this is done, you should be able to get Channel 16. Cable subscribers should be able to switch between cable and UHF by using the appropriate button on the remote control and the proper setting on the TV set.

Consult the instruction manual for procedures. Several factors will affect reception:       

1. Geographical location (keep in mind, Channel 16 transmits from the IDS tower in Minneapolis) ... 

2. Location of your TV (apartment building, 1st floor, 2nd floor, basement, etc.)

3. Side of apartment building (north, east, south, or west)

4. Type and age of TV

5. Stucco home (This type of home has wire mesh surrounding the woodwork and its "metal cage" blocks the signal. A roof antenna will improve reception.)

Newer TV sets usually have just one 'screw-on jack' or 'coaxial connection'. If you have more than one, attach to the one that says: UHF/VHF connection, or antenna. Older TV sets might have two screws, one for VHF and one for UHF. Also the set might have one screw-on (coaxial connection) and two screws for UHF. The screw-on connection would be for VHS and the two screws for UHF. The type of antenna used is very important. A "bowtie" antenna is recommended and can be purchased at any electronics dealer. Depending on your type of TV, an adapter for connection such as a "reverse balun" or "matching transformer" might be needed. You may also need a "combiner." Ask the clerk at the electronics store.

If poor reception persists, an outside antenna will usually solve the problem, depending on your location.

For questions regarding exterior antenna installation, contact Robin TV: 763-533-1566.


Click here for: Reception Tips for Receiving the Ch. 16 Broadcast TV signal


  • Analog conversion to digital broadcast information

Some stations now are broadcasting in digital and all the full power stations must convert to digital by June 12, 2009. However, this does not apply to community TV stations such as Ch. 19 which do not have to change immediately, but we will be switching to DTV some time early in 2009. --
Note: This switch to Digital TV has taken place in April 2010 so Ch. "19" is now Ch. "16".

Right now and for the next few years there will be both analog and digital TV signals. How does one get both signals?

The answer is with an “Analog Pass-Through DTV Converter Box” which is available from Radio Shack for $59.95 (model #15-150) and a digital antenna (prices start at $16.95 and go up, depending on the model). The converter box and digital antenna are only for TV sets that ARE NOT ON CABLE. If you are on cable, you do not need the converter box since your cable company does the conversion for you.

With an analog TV set, the converter box does it all for you. It will receive either signal and give you a picture and sound in either analog or digital format.

The government is offering a $40 voucher to help pay for the boxes. They allow two for each family. You can register for your voucher by calling 1-888-388-2009. You can also get it on the Internet by going to: WWW.DTV2009.GOV.

Helpful Hints about Digital UHF TV Reception

  • When buying a new television set, select a set that receives "digital UHF broadcast signals.  Ch. 16 (Our local Minneapolis and St.Paul Catholic TV station that retransmits the EWTN programs) transmits with "digital TV" UHF broadcast signals.

  • Having trouble with your TV reception?  If you have an interior antenna (one connected to your TV set), check that the antenna is properly connected to the TV set first.

  • Cable subscribers can access Ch. 16 by having a switch installed in order to switch back and forth between cable and digital UHF TV signals.

  • There are two types of TV antennae:  exterior and interior. For exterior sales, installation and service, contact the Robin TV,  763-533-1566.


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