LONG BEACH - Amidst all the publicity about the switch to digital TV transmissions, local resident Scot Calhoun has uncovered an exception that affects our area and may save people some money.

Although the change has been advertised as ending all old analog transmissions that can be received over the air by non-digital televisions, in fact analog broadcasts will continue in our area for quite some time, Calhoun learned.

For instance, Portland's KATU will continue to be available here.

"Our Channel 26 translator on Megler Mountain will remain analog for at least a year or two more," according to Alan J. Batdorf, chief engineer.

Calhoun writes, "I am a bit concerned that the general public does not realize that translators and other low-power transmitters are exempt from the digital crossover. People will undoubtedly be buying DAC boxes not realizing that they don't actually need them and will indeed be puzzled when their TVs don't work with these boxes attached unless they were lucky enough to have one with an analog pass through."

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