Channel "5" during Boston's great OTA TV outage of 2012

Scott Fybush
Tue Apr 10 11:01:26 EDT 2012

On 4/10/2012 7:33 AM, Dan.Strassberg wrote:

> So does this mean that "5" (and maybe also "2") have an auxiliary site
> either on FM 128 or the Candelabra? As far as I can tell, the only
> OTA signals that are affected are "4," "38," and "44" (including all
> of ""44's" sub-channels). Can somebody explain why some of the Needham
> signals appear unaffected?

There are two identical antennas stacked atop the rebuilt Needham tower.

The top antenna carries WCVB (RF 20), WBZ (RF 30), WSBK (RF 39) and WGBX 
(RF 43). The bottom antenna carries WGBH (RF 19). 19 and 20, being 
adjacent channels, can't be combined into a single antenna; the 
filtering would be too difficult to do.

WCVB has an auxiliary antenna side-mounted on the Needham tower, and 
it's operating from there at low power.


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