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WNMU to move to RF8...will this create more problems?

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WNMU to move to RF8...will this create more problems?

Post by mtburb » Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:47 pm

According to rabbitears.info, WNMU will be relocating to RF8 during the spectrum auction. This confirms that they will stay in the high-VHF band, but will they lose any fringe viewers at all with this change, as RF13 is at least in close proximity to the UHF band, while RF8 isn't? If you're using an antenna, will this affect you at all?
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Re: WNMU to move to RF8...will this create more problems?

Post by RingtailedFox » Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:06 pm

ehh.... the UHF band starts at 470 MHz (channel 14; 470-476 MHz) while channel 13 is the end of the line for VHF broadcasts, at 210-216 MHz. Channel 8 is 180-186 MHz, so... aside from the possibility of adjacent-channel interference from stations on 7 or 9, as long as they keep their power levels similar, I can't see them losing too many fringe viewers.
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Re: WNMU to move to RF8...will this create more problems?

Post by WC8KCY » Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:51 am

Unless they're also changing transmitter sites, this should be close to a non-event.

All other things being equal, the channel 8 signal might reach a few more viewers than the 13 signal currently does. Antenna designs sometimes have trouble with the lowest and/or highest channels in a given band: 7 and 13 are on the edges of the VHF-Hi band. A channel 8 signal would propagate a little more efficiently and hit a few more antennas in their signal-gathering sweet spot versus the channel 13 signal.

It'd sure be nice if WLUC would take the 13 allocation...
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Re: WNMU to move to RF8...will this create more problems?

Post by MetalUpYourAss1973 » Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:17 pm

WLUC has the dumbest antenna setup since the transition over to digital. They used to run full-power on RF6, which curved around the land a lot better as it seemed. Now they are nowhere near full-power on RF35, and UHF doesn't curve around or go through things nearly as well. Republic really isn't the best place for them to be if they aren't going to upgrade their power and move their RF back to VHF.

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Re: WNMU to move to RF8...will this create more problems?

Post by ftballfan » Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:47 pm

WLUC should have worked out a deal with Withers at the digital transition for 'LUC to move to RF8, but Barrington wasn't very smart at transition time

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Re: WNMU to move to RF8...will this create more problems?

Post by audiophile » Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:51 am

The Republic site has great coverage for pine trees.

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Re: WNMU to move to RF8...will this create more problems?

Post by organman95 » Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:46 am

Barrington went as cheap as possible.

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Re: WNMU to move to RF8...will this create more problems?

Post by Splouge » Thu Mar 30, 2017 5:20 pm

WC8KCY wrote:
Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:51 am
Antenna designs sometimes have trouble with the lowest and/or highest channels in a given band: 7 and 13 are on the edges of the VHF-Hi band.
I can receive WTVG RF13 indoors 43 miles away!
One time, I got WYZZ Peoria 330 miles away indoors clearly for 10 minutes on Dec 5, 2015

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