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Discussion in 'General Electronics' started by JenLin798208982, Nov 13, 2004.

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  1. Just curious ... why isn't there a channel 0 or 1?
     
  2. Karl Uppiano

    Karl Uppiano Guest

    Just a guess:

    When television was first being developed, most numbering systems weren't
    zero-based. Numbering started with 1 until computer addressing and array
    indexing became common. Most non-programmers still start numbering things
    with 1.

    As for not starting with channel 1, my mother always told me that it was
    because every station would want to be number 1, and it wouldn't be fair to
    the rest, so they started with 2, and went up to 13. Twelve channels, either
    way. Evidently it wasn't unlucky to be channel 12.
     
  3. MG

    MG Guest


    Channel 1 was there at the beginning but the FCC reassigned to other
    service.

    MG
     
  4. Robert Baer

    Robert Baer Guest

    I understand that there *was* a channel 1 for a while, but it got
    dropped to make room for radio services.
     
  5. Karl Uppiano

    Karl Uppiano Guest

    Just goes to show, you should never believe your mother. :)
     
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