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Re: What Happened to Channel 1?

Robert Bonomi (
Sun, 24 Oct 2004 01:38:06 +0000

In article <>, Andrea
<> wrote:

> Does anyone know the real reason American TVs don't utilize channel 1?
> I've read many conflicting theories.

> [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: I have always heard that Channel 1 was
> occupying frequencies used in the VHF-low area (30-50 mc band) and
> that *originally* (1940's) some of that spectrum was going to be taken
> away from the users of VHF-low band radio and given to television, but
> many people protested it, so rather than re-align the television
> channels to move Channel 1 a bit further up, the FCC simply abandoned
> it for television use. PAT]

_Which_ 'channel 1' ?? In point of fact, there were several different
channel 1 allocations at various times in history.

See: <> for a good description
of that all went on.

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