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KatyaR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-21-08 07:15 PM
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29. I'm amazed at how many people don't even know about the 2009 deadline.
Edited on Mon Jan-21-08 07:21 PM by fifthgendem
I've talked to several people about it, and none of them were aware that they would lose their analog signals in 2009. No one seems to care that Congress decided this for us.

As a ham radio operator, I think that this is very bad for areas that have severe weather on a regular basis (Oklahoma, for one). We rely on those signals to get weather and disaster information along with our radio operations, and I just don't think digital signals are as dependable. Also, many people have small battery-operated handheld televisions that they use during these times (me, for one). They are relatively inexpensive and come in very handy when needed. So now they're going to produce digital televisions at, what, several hundred dollars apiece? Can you even run a digital set with batteries? Small and portable they're not. We also have television audio that is broadcast over AM and FM frequencies during emergencies--I don't even know if that's possible with a digital signal. My guess is not, unless it's converted to analog.

I guess the government is depending on this digital change to help patch up the economy. If everyone has to buy a converter box or a new set, that's a lot of money. And I can guarantee you that these frequencies will probably be sold to corporations at the highest dollar.
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