Originally posted by JunkyardDogg
Has anyone heard about WBQC-DT? Summer is around the corner, but I haven't even heard what channel they are planning on using. If WBQC switched to digital, I would watch it much more often, instead I will continue to watch the stations that are digital.
I had heard they are planning on seeking a 2nd companion channel(during the transistion) for their digital station -- something the LP DTV rules issued last fall by FCC allows.
However, FCC has not yet opened the filing window for stations like WBQC-CA to seek a 2nd companion channel for digital. In the rules it says FCC will open the filing window when the channel election/repacking process for full service stations has "signficantly progressed" to the point where they will have a good idea what the post-transistion open channels in any given area will be.
Who knows what "significantly progressed" means -- after the first round+FCC's interference analysis of first round election choices is complete? After the 2nd or 3rd rounds? By the language about this in the LP DTV report and order, it doesn't seem like they are planning on waiting until the entire channel election/repacking process is over before opening the filing window to allow Class A/LP stations to seek a 2nd digital companion channel -- A open channel has to be available in the area of course for them to be able to get one and things are awfully crowded these days ....
The first round of channel elections has already taken place and the commission should currently be doing interference analysis concerning the full service stations 1st round channel election choices. I think I'd read any interference conflicts that arose were supposed to be addressed around Mid-april or so, with the 2nd round of elections starting in July. For the most part, once everything involving 1st round of elections is complete, we'll probably know where most of the stations in our area will end up,with a couple of exceptions such as what WDKY-DT 4 Lexington will do in later rounds. The entire process is supposed to be completely wrapped up by the end of 2006 ....
Most LP/Class A stations will probably end up doing a flash cut to digital on their analog channel which probably wouldn't make sense for WBQC at this time since they just built a new analog plant for 38, and also since they probably have a good number of analog only OTA viewers.
By the way, the callsign won't be WBQC-DT(That's the suffix for full service digital stations), it will be WBQC-LD (suffix is for Low Power Digital) during the transistion, and WBQC-CD (for Class A digital) after WBQC shuts their analog off and the digital station gets Class A status ....
FCC's Low Power DTV Report and Order(Issued Oct 2004, it became "law" in Jan 05) is available in its entirity here in PDF format:http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_publi...C-04-220A1.pdf
Here in Word Doc format:http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_publi...C-04-220A1.doc