[opendtv] Re: Broadband DTV interferers

  • From: "Dale Kelly" <dalekelly@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2008 16:50:06 -0800

Bert wrote:
> If you want to serve those areas with a USEFUL OTA service, then you are
> far better off deploying translators from the nearest large market. As
> broadcasters do, at least sometimes. Yes, maybe even on-channel repeaters,
in some cases.
> NO, these would certainly not qualify as SFNs, and that's hardly just
> semantics, Craig.

Current FCC rules, including those for DTV, do not allow for the use of on
channel repeaters to extend a stations licensed coverage area. As Craig
knows, or should know, the licensed area is not defined by the markets
actual size. As you say, translators are the only solution.

The entire western U.S. consists of Markets *much* larger than the coverage
capabilities of individual stations and the thousands of translators
deployed only partially fill in the coverage gaps. Salt Lake City is the
extreme example but Denver is close in size and many other markets share
such problems.

Major markets in the east would certainly be more suitable for SFN
operations but the technical issues, as well as defining an ROI, are major
impediments. However, zealots seldom, if ever, consider such minor issues.

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