With the digital conversion of broadcast television, many stations in the NCE reserved band below 92 MHz may upgrade their facilities.
Most NCE stations that transmit vertical-only, or with reduced horizontal power, may now increase their horizontal power to match their vertical power. Many NCE stations may increase both vertical and horizontal power.
Vertical polarization is optimum for reception in vehicles, and horizontal polarization is optimum for reception in buildings such as dormitories, office buildings, and apartments. If you have reduced or zero horizontal power, you may be able to improve your signal significantly.
Before the conversion to entirely digital television transmission and the demise of analog full-power TV broadcasting, NCE stations were required to protect full-power channel 6 television stations from interference. This often resulted in very limited power, or in the use of antenna systems that produced mostly - or only - vertical transmission.
While digital full-power TV stations still must be protected, nearly all the analog TV 6 stations moved to UHF channels, and are no longer subject to interference from NCE interference. For this reason, you may be transmitting with reduced power to protect a channel 6 signal that no longer exists!
One of the more confusing aspects of the digital transition is that in order to protect their trademarks and historic market positioning, many of these stations are still being identified as "Channel 6" even though they actually transmit on different channels.
Please contact Skywaves for an individual analysis of your station.
Skywaves Consulting LLC
PO Box 4
Millbury, MA 01527-0004