[opendtv] Re: Transition Begins?

  • From: Bob Miller <bob@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 18 May 2005 23:48:24 -0400

Dale Kelly wrote:

>John wrote:
>>Something else: the interference rules were changed (loosened) when the
>>FCC adopted the DTV r&o and the LPTV Class A upgrade window.
>John is correct and this is why one can occasionally find available
>channels today where none existed only a few years ago.
>A good example is to consider the current channel population on
>LA's Mt. Wilson. A few years ago such conjestion was not
>possible due to the inforcement of the FCC's UHF "taboo" spacing.
>The Santa Barbara Market, being sandwiched in between LA and the
>two Central Valley Markets, simply could not accommodate additional
>channels assignments prior to the FCC's DTV 5/6 th R&O, which did
>indeed loosen certain spacing requirements.
So they received their construction permit March of this year. They 
found 55 available pretty recently and according to John it is that only 
possible place for them to move. If that is true I still ask the 
question why did they bother. Since 55 was not really available either. 
It was pretty apparent that Qualcomm was going to use it after all they 
paid for it.

This LPTV station had four choices, move to another core channel if one 
was available, move to a station above the core that had not been 
auctioned yet if one was available, move to 55 even though it had been 
sold to Qualcomm or just go off the air. Since no other channel was 
available according to John above or below the core except 55 then there 
were only two choices, 55 or off the air whenever the full power station 
taking 46 showed up.

Why did they bother with 55? And I wonder if they will now find a 
station to move to in the core since it is that or bye bye.

John says nothing is available now, are you suggest there may be?

Bob Miller
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