Ch.7 w/Reduced Power (In DTV Transition?)

Garrett Wollman
Thu May 29 00:27:31 EDT 2008

<<On Thu, 29 May 2008 00:22:54 -0400, "A. Joseph Ross" <> said:

> I kinda thought that channels 2-6 weren't going to be allowed for DTV 
> broadcasting and would be reassigned to something else after analog 
> television is turned off.

Nope.  Although it's really not a favorable place to be in the DTV
world, so very few stations will be using that spectrum.  (On the
other hand, it's really not a favorable place to be for anyone else,
thanks to sporadic E-layer propagation and lots of QRM, so there will
be little incentive for it to be reassigned to other services.)

> It will certainly make for an advertizing advantage if WHDH-TV can 
> keep calling itself Channel 7, while WBZ, WCVB, and WGBH can't use 
> the channel numbers with which they've been identified for so long.

That would be a problem if the RF channel were relevant.  Consumers
will, with most tuners, have no knowledge of what RF channel the
stations they watch are on.


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