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  •  Third adjacent channel? (0+ / 0-)

    If the law left in the requirement to protect the third adjacent channel, then it's seriously crippled.

    Third adjacent channels (600 kHz away) should not be a problem for any kind of decent receiver.  Sure, there are dirt-cheap Chinese tuners, using a single chip, that have trouble with it, but a $1 radio is not the target that should be protected.  In the metro areas, this makes licensing almost impossible.  The FCC's engineers determined that an LPFM station would not be a major problem to third adjacent stations, but the NAB and NPR made a big stink about it and got it into the law a decade ago.  So if that wasn't repealed, the effect of the new law is going to be much weaker than it should be.

    BTW can anyone put up a cite to the actual law?

    •  Amended the diary - the new law gets rid... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...of the old "third adjacent channel" problem.

      May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house.

      by dasheight on Sun Dec 19, 2010 at 04:46:06 PM PST

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      •  WONDERFUL! (5+ / 0-)

        In that case, they're pretty much where the FCC was a decade ago, and that will open up a lot more channels.

        I filed Comments in the original docket and the FCC's decision was very good.  I was not happy to see Congress mess things up.

        Of course a lot of people have taken things into their own hands... unlicensed (pirate) radio is going strong in many places. I'm amazed at how powerful "Hot 97" at 87.7 is in Boston, with wide metro coverage.  In spite of a recent FCC issuance of a $10,000 fine to its apparent owners.  It's a good station, very professional sound ("urban" format). Maybe had LPFM been available, they could have set it up legally, though they're now apparently  pumping a lot more than 100 watts.

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