Originally Posted by TotallyPreWired
I would be interesting to see what would happen(pure fiction) if the FCC said that it's disgusted with the behavior of the Denver stations. The FCC gives them the ultimatum: In 6 months we're going to pull your NTSC licenses. You've dinked around long enough. Your digital CP's will also expire and not be renewable after 6 months.
How long do ya think it would take to get the new tower built and operational?
Yea, that's what I thought. 12 to 15 months my a$$.
Well, all things aside, the tower consortium does want it up and the manufacturer wants to make money. The FCC wants it up and the TV stations are tired of all of this. They WANT this thing up ASAP. And maybe even moreso motivated so that they tick off the very residents that wanted it moved elsewhere in the first place.
What you MIGHT see happen is stations not going to their original full power levels, but still at full power. Here's an example: WREX-DT in Rockford, IL originally had an app in for 1 million watts on channel 54. Seeing others at 80% less power going out and covering the DMA, they decided, just before the July 1 cutoff,
to go to under 200 kw. With a good antenna, a 15 kw low power signal gets out 40 miles plus. A Chicago station on Sears Tower with an STA of 15 kw easily got out 60 miles. Granted, it's 1,600' up, but how high above average terrain is yours going to be? If you can get away with 100 kw to cover your DMA, as one Chicago PBS station does, why not do it? 60 miles away, that station nearly pegs my signal meter.
If anything, I wish that all of the broadcasters who filed low-power STAs did so with enough signal to at least cover the market with an outfoor antenna. Many just threw up 100 watt lightbulbs on their analog transmitter towers to get 2 kw-ish of power. Our local TBN affiliate did 50 watts ERP on channel 10 to start out.
If stations would have been at high power two years ago, more people would have discovered DTV OTA and wanted it. To that end, broadcasters who did this are to blame, in part, for the slow acceptance of DTV. You have to take the loss first. Many didn't, and it hurt everybody. The FCC should never have allowed these low-power STA's, or at least have a market coverage signal over them if they did.
But that's neither here nor there now. Just build the thing, throw the barbecue,
lightning the fire using their promotional pieces, either leaflets handed out or printed off the Internet, and crank the juice.