UHF in Southern New England (was WHNB/WVIT Channel 30 (was Re:WTAG-TV?))

A. Joseph Ross joe@attorneyross.com
Sun Nov 22 00:16:04 EST 2009

On 21 Nov 2009 at 23:02, Dan.Strassberg wrote:

> Interesting contrast with New York's Capital district, only about 100
> miles away. No doubt, however, that would have turned out much
> different if WRGB hadn't been a legacy VHF signal and if ways hadn't
> been found to drop two short-spaced VHF channels (10 and 13) into the
> market. What I never undestood and still don't understand, though, is
> why10 and 13 didn't swap transmitter sites (or channels). I believe
> that both 10 and 13 used directional antennas to protect the stations
> to which they were short spaced. Thirteen's Bald Mtn site (originally
> built for 35) is east of most of the population in the market (ideal
> for 10, which was short-spaced to Providence), Ten's Helderberg site
> is south of most of the market population and is short spaced to WNET.
> Had the two stations swapped channels or sites, most of the market
> population would have gotten, in effect, full-power signals from both
> 10 and 13.
The UHF stations in Albany caught on much better than in other 
markets, almost as well as the Springfield stations.  As I've just 
described in another post, there was an FCC proposal to move WRGB to 
a UHF channel, but it never went anywhere.  Changing the UHF stations 
to VHF channels happened instead.

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