WGBH-TV coverage after August 2

A Joseph Ross joe@attorneyross.com
Mon Aug 5 00:00:20 EDT 2019

Back in the day, I thought that VHF low had better reception, in 
general, than VHF high.  When we lived in the Albany area, the only VHF 
station, high or low, was 6 in Schenectady, and when we moved from there 
to Bedford in May 1957, we only got Channel 4, with sound on 2.  Channel 
2 had a low power signal at that time, and 5 wasn't on the air yet.  For 
some reason our TV didn't get channels 7 or 9. At some point, after we 
got a new TV, I wanted to fix up the old one, and my father let me test 
one tube at a time at the local drug store tube tester.  When I finally 
figured out that I should be checking the tuner tubes, I found one that 
was weak, bought a replacement, and the VHF high stations finally came 
in.  And I could get a picture on 2.

On 8/4/2019 11:14 PM, Bob DeMattia wrote:
> In Bangor,  WLBZ - 2 stayed on its VHF-Lo channel when it transitioned, as
> did VHF-HI WVII (7).  WABI moved from 5 to VHF-HI 13.
> WMUR (9) and WENH (11) also stayed on  VHF-HI.
> WPRI (12) in Providence moved to 13, and WNAC (64) in Providence moved to
> 12.
> So there were plenty of VHF transmitters running after the switchover, just
> not in Boston.
> As Scott mention, WHDH originally planned to stay on 7, but there were so
> many reception problems on VHF 7 that they asked
> and were granted permission to stay on their transitional channel 42
> assignment.
> -Bob
> On Sun, Aug 4, 2019 at 10:59 PM Scott Fybush <scott@fybush.com> wrote:
>> Also, NBC Boston signed on using existing licenses - full power WNEU in NH,
>> which Comcast already owned through Telemundo, and two existing LPTV
>> stations NBC bought, which became WBTS and WYCN.
>> On Sun, Aug 4, 2019, 10:34 PM Scott Fybush <scott@fybush.com> wrote:
>>> Not sure where you got that impression, but it's... less than accurate.
>>> Some low-band VHF stations (6 in Philadelphia, 6 in Schenectady) stayed
>> on
>>> low V. There were four new low Vs created by a very specific FCC action
>> in
>>> NJ and DE. But otherwise, there was no provision for any new licenses on
>>> low V or elsewhere, and the repack is now filling low V with more
>> existing
>>> stations again. It's not just WGBH... WSBE in RI and WQED in Pittsburgh
>>> took auction dollars to go to low V as well, among others.
>>> On Sun, Aug 4, 2019, 9:51 PM Ben Levy <LostCluster@lostcluster.me>
>> wrote:
>>>> VHF 2-6 was removed from TV during the analog shutdown. All of the
>>>> classic analog numbers were released then… leaving plenty of room for
>> new
>>>> players, but none other than NBC Boston showed up, so they could now
>>>> compact the bandwidth/
>>>> Sent from Mail for Windows 10
>>>> From: Rob Landry
>>>> Sent: Sunday, August 4, 2019 4:29 PM
>>>> To: A Joseph Ross
>>>> Cc: boston-radio-interest@lists.BostonRadio.org
>>>> Subject: Re: WGBH-TV coverage after August 2
>>>> On Sat, 3 Aug 2019, A Joseph Ross wrote:
>>>>> I don't understand why the FCC didn't simply delete the VHF band
>>>> entirely and
>>>>> put all off-air TV on UHF with the conversion to digital TV.
>>>> VHF isn't useful for mobile broadband, but UHF is. So it's UHF spectrum
>>>> being removed from broadcast use, not VHF.
>>>> Rob

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