Originally Posted by Digital Rules
I was just looking at the post transition digital channels in my area. It looks like there will be a channel 38(WDCN-LD) only 0.3 miles from me. There is a channel 38 less than 40 miles from here that I now watch.
It almost seems like this is a huge FCC oversight. I'm thinking that the more distant WMAR-38 will be nearly impossible from here. Anyone have some insight??????
You have to be careful with the low power digital station listings at tvfool.com. He is showing filed applications still in the FCC database, many of which were filed years ago, were never granted, and are no longer valid. The WDCN-LD application was filed in 2006 and has not been granted. Not sure when WMAR-DT ABC 2 in Baltimore selected to take over WJZ-DT CBS 13's UHF 38 antenna and transmitter for the post-transition digital assignment. WJZ-DT 13 will be flash cutting back to VHF 13, so they are selling the UHF 38 hardware to WMAR 2.
WDCN-LP has a license to broadcast analog on VHF 6 at 3 kW,but the station has been off the air for some time, since 2007 or even 2006, because of interference problems to WTTG Fox 5. In fact, looking at the CDBS applications, WDCN-LP 6 was granted another extension to stay silent on August 18, 2008. Their latest Request for Silent STA application is at http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws....&fac_num=20450
. I suspect their plan is stay off the air until next February 18 and then fire up a VHF 6 analog signal once WTTG 5 is off the air. That is, if they are still financially afloat.
Anyway, sorting through the digital applications for LP stations can be messy as stations may have filed a series of applications looking for a viable post-transition channel slot. However, I have periodically checked LD and digital TX filings with the FCC and I have noticed a steady stream of granted Construction Permit filings, so we may see a fair number of low power stations and translators go all digital not long after February 17, 2009.