The FCC grants Cox’s ABC affiliate in Atlanta permission to put two “analog loss” facilities on the air to serve Athens and Gainesville and the agency is now considering a third that would serve Rome.
WSB, Cox Television’s ABC affiliate in Atlanta, is trying to compensate for the loss of coverage from its June 12 move to digital with a series of well-placed “analog loss” translators.
The FCC today gave WSB permission to operate two translators — one to serve Gainesville, Ga., northeast of Atlanta, and one to serve Athens, Ga., to the east. Athens is the home of the University of Georgia.
The Gainesville translator will broadcast on ch. 46 with 5 kW of effective radiated power; the Athens station, on ch. 31 with 9 kW of ERP.
And last Thursday, WSB applied to put a third translator on the air to serve Rome, Ga., northwest of the city. It would operate on ch. 14 with 1 kW of ERP.
In each case, WSB said that the new facilities would not interfere with any other stations.
On June 12, WSB made the leap from analog ch. 2 to digital ch. 39.
Despite 1,000 kW of digital power, WSB told the FCC, the move to digital left it with a significantly smaller service area. The “fill-in” translators would compensate for some of the loss, it said.
Du Treil, Lundin & Rackley, of Sarasota, Fla., handled the RF engineering on each of the applications.