Originally Posted by Deezul
I've been curious about this since I've decided to get an antenna. Because of where I live I've been leaning towards a CM4228 or CM4221. My local channels all have their HD channel above 14 now so UHF will be fine. But what happens once the digital deadline comes? Will the local channels, currently with VHF numbers for SD, start broadcasting their HD back on their old SD frequency, thus rendering my UHF only antenna useless? Or will they continue to broadcast on two frequencies? I know I'll probably get better reception right now with a UHF only, but I'd rather be proactive and get something that will work in the future.
The second channel for digital is only temporary. When the transition is over, each station will have to give one of the two channels it has back to the government.
In early February of this year, each station was required to send the FCC a form indicating which channel they would like to settle on. It's called a "DTV First Round Election" form. In most cases, a station may pick either their analog or their DT channel for post-analog operation, as long as it's within the "core" -- that is, channels 2 through 51.
Stations stuck with two "out-of-core" channels, or a "low-VHF" channel between 2 and 6, can either try to negotiate an arrangement with another station or move to a second round of elections, in which they can pick from the leftovers.
If you wish to see what your stations have filed, go here:http://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/prod/cdbs...d/app_sear.htm
This should take you to the FCC's "search for application" page. Plug in the station's callsign (you may have to use the "-TV" suffix) or city of license and, where it says "form number", select form 382. It should show you a list containing one or several applications. Then, where it says "Info/Application," click on "Application."