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Can't get WESH NBC 2.1 with antenna

The likely reason you can't get WESH channel 2.1 the NBC affiliate in Orlando is likely the fault of your TV antenna not the TV station.


It's not the transmitting signal strength of the station. Everyday someone ask me, why can I get all of the channels from Orlando except WESH 2.1 NBC? The answer is simple, you're using the wrong antenna. Most people contacting me assume WESH transmits a weak signal compared to all of the other channels in Orlando and this isn't true. The coverage area of the WESH signal is pretty much the same as all other Orlando channels. This issue isn't isolated to Orlando. There are over 300 VHF TV stations across the U.S. and this issues exist wherever there are VHF TV stations >.

Here are the facts


WESH transmits a VHF TV signal while all other Orlando stations transmit UHF signals.

(Channels 6 WKMG and channel 9 WFTV both were analog VHF stations but moved their transmitting signal to the UHF signal band at the time of the digital transition. They will still display as channel 6.1 and 9.1 on your TV but that is the virtual channel number not the real broadcast channel frequency. This can be confirmed at the FCC website >

Most antennas are designed primarily for UHF signal reception (even though they may claim VHF and UHF reception).

Most areas of the U.S. have VHF TV stations why would anyone designed a TV antenna that performs poorly on VHF signals? The answer is physics and aesthetics.

The physics are pretty simple. The VHF signal wave length of WESH is much larger and farther apart than the UHF signal waves of the other Orlando TV stations. The size of the antenna must be proportionate to the size of the signal wave length being received or it will perform poorly. This is called "tuning the antenna". To properly receive the VHF signal of WESH the antenna must be larger both in length and width to match the wave length of the transmitted signal. If the antenna in use is designed and tuned for UHF reception the majority of the VHF signal is not captured and it goes right past the antenna.

The aesthetics are probably clear by now. If the antenna must be longer and wider to receive the VHF signal of WESH it will be less appealing to the eye. In fact most people refer to antennas that will perform equally well for both VHF and UHF signal as "ugly" or "old fashion". It's no secret that people prefer smaller out of sight antennas so antenna designers are disregarding performance in favor of aesthetics. It's all about sales and not so much performance.

Just because I say it, doesn't make it true.

If you're in doubt about the information on this page I suggest you contact the station engineer at WESH TV station email address below to verify the information on this page as true.

Contact WESH TV:  mailto&   or (407) 645-2222

There are still a few antennas on the market today that perform well for both VHF and UHF signal reception but the majority are designed primarily for the reception of UHF TV signals.

Both of the antennas below are designed properly and perform equally well for VHF and UHF signals.

EZ HD antenna >

EZ HD antenna

Up to 40 mile range > from the WESH transmitting tower.

HD Stacker antenna >

HD Stacker TV Antenna
Up to 70 mile range > from the Wesh transmitting tower.



I received my antenna yesterday. It took me about 30 minutes to read through all the instructions and get everything together. (Very hot in a Central Florida Attic, and I wanted to limit my time up there) Took less than 20 minutes to install, mostly because the placement made it awkward to tighten the nuts on the clamp, otherwise it would have been less. Rescanned for channels and went from between 48-52 to over 90. Most importantly, NBC, CBS, and ABC all worked at the same time!!

It’s taken almost 3 years of fiddling, stops and starts, with 3 different antennas until I bought yours. After a brief install and rescan, I had all the channels working.

If you ever need a testimonial, just ask. It is so nice these days to have a product deliver on its promise and exceed expectations.

If you use my note, I forget the most important point. That your antenna receives both VHF and UHF, which was necessary in my area to get all major networks, even though the other antennas said they did they didn't get VHF.

Thank you!


Paul DePalma, CEO

ADEPT Leadership®

Training and Team Building

407-660-5757 ext. 1077 

Author of the AMAZON Bestseller: Becoming Adept: Applying Leadership Strategies for Lasting Change

Dear Denny,

I purchased your EZ HD antenna about 2 months ago. We were about ready to give up on getting NBC when I found your web page. I installed the antenna in my window facing the towers and did a channel scan. To my surprise there it was channel 2 coming in good. I can't thank you enough. I have a co-worker that can't get 2 so I'll pass the word.

Watching NBC in Kisimmee,

Carol B.

Attention customer service,

I have tried 3 antennas trying to get WESH channel 2 NBC with no luck. I didn't understand that if the antenna doesn't have those arms sticking out it won't get VHF signals. Why can those companies get away with saying their antennas are good for vhf when they're not?

Thank you for setting me straight.


Just had to tell you we now have NBC. Some of my favorite shows are on NBC and we haven't been able to watch for a long time.


When I read your page about channel 2 and you said I didn't have the right antenna I thought it was BS. My friend who knows a little about it told me you were right. I pulled the trigger bought the antenna. I now have NBC again.


If you would like to share your Wesh Channel 2 NBC story please do so. The easiest way is to submit a Customer Service > form.