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Coverage contours -- a convenient fiction?
- FCC coverage contours have been a convenient way to illustrate coverage since the start of TV broadcasting, but can you trust them?
- Terrain over 16.1 km from the transmitter site is ignored, allowing contours to show service where none exists if there is a mountain range over 16.1 km away!
- Shadowed areas are shown as receiving coverage
- Simplifications used to speed contour creation for DTV studies can distort antenna patterns (more on this later...)