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Where did Channel 1 go?

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Andrea, Oct 22, 2004.

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  1. Andrea

    Andrea Guest

    Does anyone know why there isn't a channel 1 on American TV dials?
    I've seen many different answers, but which is right?
  2. Don Pearce

    Don Pearce Guest

    When they decided that it ought to go up to 11, the easiest way was to
    drop the 1.

    Pearce Consulting
  3. Guy Macon

    Guy Macon Guest

    Whenever you see different answers, goto the Straight Dope website.
    Cecil Adams is always right,

    Here is your answer:
  4. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

  5. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    That's the same answer I had, so he must be right. ;-)

  6. Tam/WB2TT

    Tam/WB2TT Guest

    I think the answer is mostly right. Notice they moved all the channels up,
    with ch2 now staring at 54 MHz I suspect what happened was that when the sun
    spots came around, they found that there was too much interference from
    stations 1000s of miles away. They gave 50 - 54 MHz to the hams. BTW, my
    best distance on 50 MHz is around 10,000 miles.

  7. Dave Holford

    Dave Holford Guest

    Before political correctness there was superstition.

    A senior FCC official did not like the idea of 13 channels and ordered
    that one was to be deleted - in accordance with his directive ONE was

  8. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    I guess the cutoff freq. for skip isn't as sharp as they imply. :)

  9. Guy Macon

    Guy Macon Guest

  10. Guy Macon

    Guy Macon Guest

    Urban Myth. See
  11. James Meyer

    James Meyer Guest

    And then there's always moon bounce. Does the milage count for the
    round trip?

  12. Tam/WB2TT

    Tam/WB2TT Guest

    Yeah, you still get skip on the lower channels. When I lived in Toledo, I
    once watched a whole movie on ch2 Chicago, even though there was a ch2 in
    Detroit less than 50 miles away. Also picked up channel 3 from Cuba, and
    another from someplace in Colorado, plus ch2 NYC.

    The F layer skip on 50 MHz is very strong. Transcontinental signal will be
    as loud as somebody 5 miles away. This happens during about two fall seasons
    every 11 years. Last peak was around 1999.


  13. Tam/WB2TT

    Tam/WB2TT Guest

    I think there is actually a rule covering that. The answer is no. Very hard
    to make a 12000 mile contact, because the moon would be on the horizon at
    both ends of the path.

  14. Dave Holford

    Dave Holford Guest

  15. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    In buildings with no 13th floor, have you ever noticed if it takes
    the same amount of time to go from 12 to 14 as, say, 11 to 12 or
    14 to 15? On the elevator, of course. It'd be a little hard to hide
    a whole floor from a stairwell. ;-)
  16. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    I think he's making a joke, in reference to the movie, "This is Spinal
    Tap". Their amps went up to 11, so they'd be 1.1 times louder than
    everybody else. ;-)

  17. Tim Shoppa

    Tim Shoppa Guest

    About Green Acres? No way! Green Acre raised self-parody to a perplexing
    and surreal level.

  18. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    No, about channel 1. Wasn't Green Acres in another thread? About the only
    thing I remember about it was the three naked girls bathing in the water
    tower. And ZszZsa, of course. I wonder if working with her was what made
    Eddie Albert go prematurely senile.

  19. Guy Macon

    Guy Macon Guest

    Not Zsa Zsa. There were three Gabor sisters, Zsa Zsa, Eva and Magda.
    Eva played on _Green Acres_.
  20. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    Speaking of ZsaZsa, Jane Fonda brought up that "pet my cat" story to
    Johnny Carson himself, right there on the show. He claimed he had no
    recollection of ever saying such a thing.

    For those of you who just arrived from Neptune, the legend goes: ZsaZsa
    was sitting on the guest couch, with a cat in her lap. She asks, "Would
    you like to pet my pussy?" and Carson replies, "Sure, but you'll have to
    move the cat first."

    I wonder if anybody _really_ knows. A tape would be perfect. ;-)

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