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Clearly Digital: What You Need To Know Before Feb. 17th

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(WQOW) -- On February 17th, WQOW will turn off its analog signal and broadcast only in digital.   This will not impact those of you with cable or satellite, but for the rest of you it will.   In our last installment of Clearly Digital, we give you the final preparations you'll need to take, whether you think you're ready, or not.

After checking inventories in the Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls area, we found there are over 1300 converter boxes available.  All Radio Shack's and Wal-Mart's in the area have a good supply of converter boxes, as well as: Best Buy, Sears, and Target in Eau Claire.  All of these stores also expect to receive more inventory before February 17th. 

People ask me, "What's the most important thing I should know/do before the switch on Feb. 17th?".  I can't over emphasize the importance to re-scan after the switch.  Two stations in our viewing area (WKBT and WEAU) will change channels on February 17th.  If you don't re-scan or search for channels with your converter box, you will lose them. 

For those of you who might still have questions on the DTV transition, the FCC has an 800# set up to help.  That number is 1 (888) CALL-FCC.  We have a new email address to answer specific local dtv@wqow.com.  Or you can call (715)835-1881 if you have specific questions.  The week of the 17th, we're extending the hours of our switchboard to 8:30am to 9pm all week long. 

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