[opendtv] Re: Digital radios outstrip analogue

Craig Birkmaier wrote:

> At 1:26 PM -0500 3/2/05, Bob Miller wrote:
> 
>>What is the history of the 30 ft mast test? I have thought it was a
>>standard FCC test during analog years.
> 
> 
> Correct. And thus, since this services was to replicate NTSC service, 
> this was assumed by all to be the proper test.
> 
And I personally consider the ongoing refusal to question this criteria 
as the single biggest hindrance to a digital transition.  Requiring this 
sort of antenna is simply not a competitive choice for a very large 
percentage of the possible consumer audience.  Whatever the historical 
reasons, it was a DUMB decision and more attention should be directed to 
  it.

- Tom


> 
>>Was it part of the design of 8-VSB? Did the FCC incorporate words to the
>>effect that a 30 ft mast test was integral to whether a modulation was
>>acceptable?
> 
> 
> Not exactly.
> 
> The ATTC assumed this during the testing process, although there were 
> a few indoor tests as well.
> 
> The FCC got into it when they did their own reception tests in the DC 
> area after Sinclair raised the stink about COFDM. The FCC test regime 
> was to send out trucks with 30 foot mast antennas.
> 
> Regards
> Craig
>  
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