On Friday, June 12, 2009, my son and I witnessed one of the most interesting events of my forty-plus years of DXing. E-skip gave us the opportunity to see the sign-off of WPVI-6 analog TV in Philadelphia and the sign-on of WPVI-DT-6 (at a distance of 1,157 miles). Much of WPVI's noon newscast was devoted to the DTV transition. WPVI went off at 12:15 Eastern Time. At that time, a DTV information slide from WJAC-6 Johnstown, PA appeared briefly. In a matter of seconds, WPVI-DT's digital snow covered WJAC on the analog TV, while the Zenith DTT-901 digital converter's signal bar began to move. Soon afterwards, a few spurts of video were decoded from WPVI-DT-6.
This page was modified and expanded in 2012 using photographs taken from DX video recorded June 12, 2009. Several new photographs were added, and another photograph was replaced with a better quality one.