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The San Francisco-Bay Area market is the sixth largest in the US: it covers roughly 30,000 square miles of territory in the San-Francisco-Bay area of coastal central California. The Bay area transmitters are located primarily on the Mt. Sutro antenna tower in central San Francisco, while KNTV, the NBC station moved in some years back from San Jose, has it's transmitter on Mt. St. Bruno, also in San Francisco.
There are some television transmitters also located in the city of San Jose, although they are primarily Spanish or other special-interest channels. The Bay Area is hilly and sprawling, and television reception in San Francisco proper was always a problem until the Mt. Sutro tower was built back in the 1970's. San Francisco HDTV antenna reception can still be a problem in certain areas even today because of the city's steep hills, especially in the congested downtown areas.
The June 12, 2009 conversion to digital broadcasting has yielded a mixture of VHF and UHF stations: KGO, remains on channel 7, and KNTV moved to channel 12. The other digital stations are now on UHF. The various Spanish stations have traditionally been on UHF channels, and most have changed channels. Many Bay Area residents have complained of San Francisco antenna reception issues with KGO and KNTV since the transition to digital, but a properly designed VHF high-band antenna will easily solve those problems.
Previously, the Bay Area area was mix of VHF and UHF analog stations, so many viewers have already installed antennas capable of receiving both TV bands, but many people have found that the changes in channels among the local TV stations have confused them. Everyone who is having problems with the new digital channels is suggested to rescan their digital tuners and converter boxes to find the new channels.
Those viewers who live within 35 miles of The Mt. Sutro tower, and have no major obstructions between their location and the transmitters, should consider a high quality all channel antenna like a Winegard HD-7694P or a 7696P antenna .