View Full Version : A Few Questions Regarding the DTV Changeover

06-07-2009, 04:19 AM
Hi..I have a few questions,perhaps someone would be kind enough to clear up.

1. The ATSC pilot carrier I think is 300 or 310KHz above the lowest part of the channel allocation so for ch 2 that makes it 54.310 MHz,is this correct?

2.High power DTV stations on 2,3 or 4.Think the best one in Europe to aim for will be WLBZ in Maine? Is there a list anywhere of others?

3 LPTV stations in analog.Any ideas if anything will be on 2,3 or 4,powers locations etc?

4 Presumably some stations will do Nightlight Service and others go straight over like WLBZ.Switchover is during Friday June 12th I assume....

Hopefully a last glimpse of US analog this week here in Portugal but I won't hold my breath!!

Many thanks !!


06-07-2009, 01:25 PM
Hi Hugh,
This might help, some....


73, Ed NN2E
Owner / Operator - Murphy's Law Test Site & Thunderstorm Proving Grounds

06-07-2009, 06:24 PM

Many thanks


06-07-2009, 06:39 PM
Hugh, I wouldn't break my neck to try for WLBZ On DTV. The picture has to be super fine. I've never seen a DTV beyond 120 miles.....and those who got it on Es of 1000 miles, it's a real rarity.

Any TV station that actually WANTS their DTV on low band V needs therapy!


06-08-2009, 02:53 AM
Hi Chris.
Want to monitor the pilot carrier frequency initially to see what appears.

The way the signals distort going across the Atlantic suspect there's more chance of winning the lottery than receiving TA DTV but who knows !!


06-09-2009, 11:51 PM
54.309 USB, Hugh. that's what I use. I monitor it with my R75 and a dipole.

We know DTV will go over 1300 miles via Es because of my reception of KHAS A4 a few days ago. You need a strong, stable signal for a few seconds for a DTV to decode. We assume a 2 hop signal won't be strong enough or stable enough to decode, but this is all new, so who knows??

WNBC-4 is supposed to be on for nightlight service. Boston 4 and 5 (and possibly WGBH-2) will also be on. We will find out for sure on Friday.

06-09-2009, 11:57 PM
Thanks for the info, Mike, but now I am worried.....I always thought that only ONE TV station per market will be the nightlighter....and you mention both 4 & 5 in Boston. All I need, if 2, 4 and 6 decide to stay on here in Miami.....*****sighhh******

I really wanted to stop travelling, to try my hand @ foreign TV DX!

(I know that my 6 will be nightlight)


06-10-2009, 12:26 AM
And some of the nightlight stations are only going doing it for two weeks, not a full month. So that should be a little easier to take.