Originally Posted by aa72dallas
A long time ago, I read that WSFA was going to give APT / WAIQ big bucks to trade channels with them because WSFA wanted to remain the lowest numbered channel in town (obviously this was before the idea of virtual channels had been conceived). How did this ever turn out?
Well, in the old days, given the same transmitter power allowance, the lower the transmit frequency the farther the signal would travel...Channel 2 would reach more viewers than channel 13, given each had the same transmit power and from the same tower.
That is still true today, but as you noted, there's no relationship between the transmit frequency and a stations ID (PSIP)...
The Montgomery stations all transmit on the same frequency as their station ID number except:
WAKA-8 transmits on UHF-42
WAIQ-26 transmits on UHF-27
WNCF-32 transmits on UHF-31
So WSFA-12, transmitting on VHF-12 has the lowest transmit frequency and in theory can reach farther than any of the stations transmitting on UHF frequencies..That shows up in my signal strength meter here...even when we're having severe weather conditions, WSFA will boom in here better than any of the other stations..
New subject: I just noticed that WIYC-48, transmitting on UHF-48, carries national weather conditions but is Alabama and southeast when they switch to local weather conditions...I'd never stored that channel before, but just for fun I scanned it and stored it....information looks similar to The Weather Channel (TWC) carried on most cable and satellite providers except the crawler and local weather conditions are all Alabama towns/cities.....
Does anyone know where this transmitter (48) is located and who "owns" this station??