What pisses me off the most though is that when Digital TV was initially purposed and approved ALL DIGITAL TV BROADCAST WERE TO BE DONE IN THE UHF SPECTRUM ONLY AND THAT IS HOW DIGITAL READY ANTENNAS WERE DESIGNED.
I don't think that is true. I'm pretty sure that the intent always was to make use of VHF and UHF frequencies once the digital transition was complete.
But most VHF stations got temporary UHF frequencies to simulcast digital signals while continuing to transmit analog signals on their VHF frequencies. So before the final transistion, while analog channels continued to use the VHF frequencies, all of the digital stations were on temporary assignment on UHF.
Some antenna companies and retailers, in order to make an extra buck, started selling special "Digital Antennas" and told customers that they needed to replace their existing antennas. Those "digital antennas" were UHF-only antennas, because they were cheaper to make and ship, and because they looked very different from the typical VHF antenna that people had. The different looking antenna reinforced the perception that your old antenna was no longer sufficient.
But the intent always was for digital stations to occupy both VHF and UHF frequencies. And in some markets, where a VHF frequency was available, those VHF frequencies were assigned for digital broadcast even before the final transistion. In the New York market, for example, WNJB was assigned Channel 8 for its digital broadcast in May 2001, and they continued to broadcast analog on their original channel 58. After the final transition, they turned off their analog channel 58, and continued digital on channel 8. So they are a station that actually moved from UHF to VHF.