Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Pleasant View, TN
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Speaking strictly for myself (as I doubt the company has any official opinion on the matter!) the channel 10 assignment was indeed a financial bonus. We were honestly surprised by the assignment; it wasn't anything we asked for. The assignments were made automatically by computer. After the table came out, stations were allowed to ask for changes.
I don't recall why they did it, but the FCC ran the entire assignment table twice. As I remember it, we drew channel 42 the first time around; then, they reran it and we got channel 10. There were a LOT of other changes, nationwide.
Quite a few stations have successfully petitioned the FCC to change their digital assignments. These changes have all happened after the original table was released. If I recall properly there have been no changes in Middle Tennessee; everyone has built on the channel they were originally assigned.
Actually the channel 10 slot is *not* twice channel 5 -- channel 5 is 76-82MHz, while channel 10 is 192-198MHz.
Right now it looks like WTVF will end up moving back from channel 56 to channel 5 at the end of transition; channels 52-69 are going away at the end of analog. However, there may end up being an "out" for that, and they may be able to pick up one of the UHF channels abandoned by one of the other stations.
Doug Smith W9WI
Pleasant View, TN EM66
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