For all of you analog television aficionados, this past September 1st marked the one-year countdown to the final death of commercial analog television broadcasting in these here United States. Low-power (LPTV) analog stations are facing the dropping of the second shoe on September 1, 2015, when all commercial analog television transmissions must cease. The first shoe, of course, dropped June 12, 2009, with the termination of full power analog television broadcast stations on Channels 2 through 69. Here is the announcement for the termination of analog LPTV stations:
"The FCC has established September 1, 2015, the date for the termination of all analog low power television service. After that date, analog television will no longer be broadcast in the United States. Until that time, low power television stations may continue to operate their analog facilities.
"Low power television stations have the opportunity to seek either an on-channel digital conversion of their existing analog facilities (“flash cut”) or may construct and operate a second digital companion channel during the remainder of the digital transition. However, all low power television stations will be required to decide a single digital channel to continue to operate after the September 1, 2015 transition date."
Locally, in the Washington, DC area, to my knowledge, only two remaining LPTV analog stations will be affected by the September 1, 2015 deadline. They are WDCN-LP, analog Channel 6, Fairfax, VA, and WMDO-CA, analog Channel 47, Washington, DC. WDCN has a CP on file with the FCC for WDCN-LD, digital RF Channel 43, probably with the intent to map to digital virtual Channel 6. WMDO-LD is also currently actively broadcasting on digital RF Channel 8, while mapping to digital virtual Channel 47. It is my understanding that WMDO-LD has a CP on file with the FCC to vacate digital RF Channel 8 for digital RF Channel 22, and to continue to map to digital virtual Channel 47. One immediate benefit for residents in the southern and central portions of Montgomery County, MD, is that by WMDO-LD's vacating digital RF Channel 8, that it will eliminate WMDO's interference with WGAL-DT, RF Channel 8 in Lancaster, PA, in parts of Montgomery County, MD, which can receive both stations on digital Channel 8. WGAL-DT sends out a huge 59 kW ERP non-directional digital signal, which almost reaches the Capital Beltway just north of DC.
Last edited by StevenJB; 09-12-2014 at 12:58 AM.