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23 WIFR Rescan Day

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) Rockford, Ill. (WIFR) If you currently watch the channels of 23 WIFR in Rockford, Illinois with an antenna, you may need to rescan your receiver after 9:30 a.m. on Monday, November 18 to keep receiving us. Channels included are 23.1 CBS, 23.2 Antenna TV, 23.3 COZI-TV and 23.4 ION.

Why?

In 2017, the Federal Communications Commission ordered TV stations to move from the 600mhz range and 23 WIFR’s frequency is in that range. The FCC then auctioned the spectrum space to cell phone and other wireless companies to give them more capacity.

Rescanning is very easy and doesn’t require any new equipment. Here are the steps to follow:

1. Find the remote that changes your channels.

2. Press Menu then select “Channel Setup” or Broadcast Setup” on the menu. If you can’t find these options check your owner’s manual or search online for your television’s specific instructions.

3. Select “Scan,” “Auto Scan,” “Channel Search” or “Auto Program.” Then click to start the search.

The TV should then search for available signals and lock in 23 WIFR’s new frequency along with other local stations.

As always, the 23 WIFR staff will be available to assist viewers with questions about rescanning. Viewers may call 815-987-5300 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on November 18 and throughout the week from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Viewers may also email questions to engineeringquestions@wifr.com. An informational page has been created on the station’s website at www.wifr.com . Viewers can also visit www.TVAnswers.org if they need instructions on how to rescan a TV.

Cable and Satellite subscribers do not need to do anything. They will continue to receive the 23 WIFR channels without making any changes.