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    I don't see another repack in there. The NAB does believe the schedule of the current repack is unrealistic. That's not really news. (IMHO the NAB is right)

    The previous FCC wouldn't have listened -- they'd have gone ahead with the current schedule.

    The new chair hasn't made much noise about it but I haven't heard anything that would cause me to suspect a change in policy.
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    Even Chairman Pai cannot change the timeline Congress gave the FCC to work with. And do you really think he's going to disadvantage the wireless guys who just paid ~$20 billion for the spectrum by lengthening the schedule up-front? Would that not be changing the value of the spectrum underneath them?

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    Slightly off topic, but after the current repack gets finished will OTA TV be between channels 2 and 36 or will it be in a smaller or larger range(I know the current range is 2-51 with the exception of 37 which is used for radio astronomy)? Also, do you think the FCC will have(or already has) any competing applications to deal with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rrrrzzzz419 View Post
    Slightly off topic, but after the current repack gets finished will OTA TV be between channels 2 and 36 or will it be in a smaller or larger range(I know the current range is 2-51 with the exception of 37 which is used for radio astronomy)? Also, do you think the FCC will have(or already has) any competing applications to deal with?
    2 through 36 it will be.

    There will be more VHF-high stations than before, but not that many, since these channels have been well occupied already, even in rural areas, where some broadcasters even favored them, to go through trees, over small hills, to the outdoor antennas rural viewers have actually been using. It also saves money on transmitter power, important, since the market is smaller.

    There will be more VHF-low stations than before, though, again, not that many. Switching to low-V may be appealing to an independent or religious station, the kind that viewers will not install an antenna to watch, and selling down to low-V keeps the station on cable and satellite, while the owners of the station may pocket some cash.

    What will be more difficult is UHF DTV DX by tropo - most DXers won't have any "holes" to point their antennas at for long DX.
    Comparing Sporadic-E skip to skip on the AM and shortwave bands is like comparing apples and oranges.

    Comparing tropo to skip is like comparing apples and bacon cheeseburgers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Grant View Post
    2 through 36 it will be.

    There will be more VHF-high stations than before, but not that many, since these channels have been well occupied already, even in rural areas, where some broadcasters even favored them, to go through trees, over small hills, to the outdoor antennas rural viewers have actually been using. It also saves money on transmitter power, important, since the market is smaller.

    There will be more VHF-low stations than before, though, again, not that many. Switching to low-V may be appealing to an independent or religious station, the kind that viewers will not install an antenna to watch, and selling down to low-V keeps the station on cable and satellite, while the owners of the station may pocket some cash.

    What will be more difficult is UHF DTV DX by tropo - most DXers won't have any "holes" to point their antennas at for long DX.
    I see a majority of the lowband VHF stations being PBS's, especially based on what I saw in this article; the "one fell swoop" comment made me think this way.

    http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/tv-ra...s/201702100128

    As long as cable TV AND "must-carry" are still around, those that move to low-V seem safe. Now....for us cord-cutters, it's a matter of convincing the public that their fancy 2009 "HDTV" ray-gun-style antenna will need to be replaced. Like the catchphrase in the comic strip "The Small Society" (is that still around?)......"Hoo boy...."

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    I think it's too early to judge what's going to happen with band changes. I only have information on four stations moving to low-VHF, two of which are PBS.
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    Robert Grant, you said most DXers won't have any "holes" to point their antennas at for long DX, did you mean there wont be any open channels to DX on?
    with the transmitter power coming up on ATSC 3.0 and its more resistance to multipath problems we may be able to watch long distance TV stations with more reliability now. something we have not been able to do since the Analog TV days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amfmtvdtvbrla View Post
    Robert Grant, you said most DXers won't have any "holes" to point their antennas at for long DX, did you mean there wont be any open channels to DX on?
    with the transmitter power coming up on ATSC 3.0 and its more resistance to multipath problems we may be able to watch long distance TV stations with more reliability now. something we have not been able to do since the Analog TV days.
    ATSC 3.0 may be better for DXing, but what good is it if there's fewer (if any) DXable channels left after the repacking? I live in the Great Lakes region, and I'm surrounded by several other markets that are around 100 miles away. So between my locals and regional tropo, there's not going to be much left for long-haul tropo. It's all going to be plugged up. It's already crowded, and it's only going to get worse. From what has been revealed so far, it doesn't appear that many stations are going off the air. So the stations are all going to be crammed in like sardines.
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    We'll know the details in about a week when the Commission releases the official results.

    I don't see a power increase happening with ATSC 3.0. What I read in the FCC NPRM was ATSC 3 operations would be authorized at existing ATSC 1 power levels, on the assumption the interference potential of 3 is the same as that of 1.

    True, channel 37 remains off limits due to radio astronomy.
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