Re: HD Radio here to stay?
No and No.
There is a date set for all digital in the FM band, but its not until 2016 or so (and will probably be pushed back further than that). At that time all channels will become "HD", and analog receivers will become useless.
The way digital channels work, you will either hear it or you wont, so coverage is "better" to some but is not really true. You just wont get that static and "weak" signal sound when you get to the edge of the coverage area. That being said, an obstruction is an obstruction... if the mountain is in the way, its in the way of digital and analog signals. No getting around that...
BTW, I am a 2way Radio Tech by trade, and deal with radio signal and propagation everyday.
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