Originally Posted by hjriver
They didn't jump anywhere. They were assigned those UHF channels for the changeover from analog. Come on give me some data to back up the superior statement.
Er, yes, they did jump. Not all of these are VHF to UHF moves, but here's a complete list of every channel change requested since the beginning of 2008. http://www.rabbitears.info/petitions.php?active=A
- WLS-7 Chicago, pre-transition digital 52, went back to 7 for the transition, ultimately moved to 44 citing reception problems.
- KTVT-11 Dallas, pre-transition digital 19, went back to 11 for the transition, but by July filed to move back to 19 and in doing so had to relocate co-owned KTXA to 29, a move now approved and implemented. In their petition, they cited a drop in the ratings due to viewer reception problems.
- WHDH-7 Boston, pre-transition digital 42, went back to 7 for the transition, but took only three days to light 42 back up citing reception problems and ultimately moved back there permanently.
- WJW-8 Cleveland, pre-transition digital 31, went back to 8 for the transition, filed a few months ago to move back to 31, citing reception problems. It remains pending with the FCC.
- KMBC-9 Kansas City, pre-transition digital 7, was assigned 9 for the transition, but filed before the transition to move instead to channel 29, because even at 85 kW (!) on channel 7, they received hundreds or thousands of reception complaints. They're now happily putting out 1000 kW on channel 29 without issue.
The story repeats itself with WSYX, WCPO, WTVF, WBIQ, WGHP (foxeng did actual side-by-side testing that showed the VHF signal to be inferior to the UHF signal), WVUE, KWTV, WINK, WMSN, KVIA, KTSM, WBTW, KKTV, WKYT, WDKY, WJHL, KWCH, WLBT, WJTV, WNCT, WRDW, and WLOX.
Plus there's the list of "VHF Nightmares" that I've been maintaining since the transition, which includes power increases and other mitigating factors VHF stations have tried, other than channel changes. http://www.rabbitears.info/vhf.php