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National Association of Broadcasters Engineering Handbook, 11th Edition by Garrison C. Cavell

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Chapter2.4

Frequency Allocation for Broadcasting and the Broadcast Auxiliary Services

William R. Meintel

Meintel, Sgrignoli & Wallace

Warrenton, VA

Introduction

This chapter provides an overview of terrestrial frequency allocations1 and a listing of the frequencies available for AM, FM, and TV broadcast stations, as well as for the “auxiliary” broadcast services that support broadcasting operations. Necessarily, such an overview must include a description of the decision-making process that is involved in allocating a frequency band for a specific purpose. This complex subject of allocations involves more than just the location of the service in the frequency spectrum; it includes decisions as to the number and width of channels and power and ...

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