End of Analog

Garrett Wollman wollman@bimajority.org
Mon Jun 15 17:11:44 EDT 2009

<<On Mon, 15 Jun 2009 13:07:36 -0400, Ron Bello <rbello@belloassoc.com> said:

> Over the past few years virtually every TV station has purchased a 
> new transmitter or
> 2 for those returning to their original RF home.  What happens to all 
> those extra transmitters
> not to mention the retired units ?

The retired ones will either get scrapped or sold to someone who needs
one.  If they are analog-only, they are more likely to get scrapped or
sold to someone in Central America; most digital-capable transmitters
will become backups, either in the original station group or sold to
another station with an appropriate channel assignment.

All of the VHF-low-band DTV transmitters that will ever need to be
built probably have been.  (Most LPTVs and translators will have such
low TPO, on the order of 1-10 watts, that they don't need a separate


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