Thursday, September 30, 2010

Applications for new AM stations dismissed

Kotzebue, Alaska: 1230 & 1260KHz:
Application for new station dismissed.
Voice for Christ Ministries requested dismissal of their application for a new station here. The application originally specified 1230KHz but was later amended to specify 1260.

Application for new AM station amended

Star, Idaho: 1020KHz:
Application for new station amended.
Proposed daytime power reduced from 50,000 watts to 10,000;
Tower site changed to 43-43-01N/116-34-04W.

Star is just outside Boise.

Monday, September 20, 2010

FCC proposes drop-dead date for analog LPTV

The FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Memorandum Opinion and Order on the digital transition of LPTV stations.

The main points:

  • Is an analog shutdown date in 2012 reasonable for LPTV stations?
    (they don't say *when* in 2012)
    On the selected date, analog LPTV licenses would be terminated and analog construction
    permits would need to be modified to specify digital operation.

  • There is an oblique reference to a suggestion the power levels authorized to VHF LP-DTV stations might be increased...

  • More specifically, is it reasonable to expect LPTVs operating above channel 51 to move below by the end of next year?
    (They propose to require all LPTVs operating above 51 to submit an application to move below by June 30, 2011, and complete the move within the subsequent six months.)

  • Effective last Friday, a freeze has been instituted on the filing of applications for new analog LPTV and translators, and for new or modified LPTV stations (digital or analog) above channel 51. (I thought analog applications were already frozen...)

  • The Commission proposes to establish a "30-mile rule" for minor changes to LPTV stations. A transmitter site move that would end up more than 30 miles from the reference coordinates of the station's existing community would be considered a "major" change -- presumably only permissible during a filing window, and subject to auction in case of conflict with other applications.

    Under the existing rules, a change is "minor" if there is any coverage overlap whatsoever between the existing and proposed new facilities.

  • Comments on the NPRM are due in a bit over 60 days.

    Friday, September 17, 2010

    AM station granted move to new city

    Fort Smith, Arkansas: 1450KHz:
    KENA granted move from Mena, Arkansas
    Will remain 1,000 watts day & night, non-directional.
    However, KENA will move to the KFPW-1230 tower at 35-23-30N/94-19-54W.

    Wednesday, September 15, 2010

    AM station major change request amended

    University City, Missouri: 1530KHz:
    WQQW amends application to move from 1510.

    WQQW-1510 Highland, Illinois had applied to move to 1530 at Belleville, Illinois and move the towers to 38-44-43N/90-03-38W. This change would supercede a permit to increase power to 5kw at the existing site and with the city of license remaining Highland.

    This application has been amended. The city has been changed to University City, Missouri; and the north latitude to 38-42-43/90-03-38. Given that the west longitude hasn't changed, I suspect the old 38-44-43 latitude figure was a typo.

    Monday, September 13, 2010

    AM station deleted

    Hanover, New Hampshire: 1340KHz:
    WDCR deleted at request of licensee.

    The unique station had been operated as a commercial enterprise by students at Dartmouth College.

    In October 2008, Pavel Sotskov, the station's General Manager, said "An evaluation of the costs of maintaining the AM transmitter and a recognition that Dartmouth students listen to their student-DJ friends' WDCR broadcasts online led us to choose to make this change,"

    WDCR will continue as an Internet-only station. Dartmouth will also continue to operate their more traditionally-formatted commercial FM station, WFRD 99.3.

    Thursday, September 09, 2010

    Auctions to be held for new VHF TV channels in NJ and DE

    The FCC today announced that permits would be auctioned for two new commercial digital TV construction permits. One will be at Seaford, Delaware on channel 5; the other at Atlantic City, New Jersey on channel 4.

    The Commission is seeking comments on details of the methodology of the auction. This is not your typical rural farm auction, where the auctioneer shouts out a price a bit higher than the last bid & if nobody is willing to pay it, the auction ends. To be honest, I don't understand most of what they're talking about in this document

    As you may remember, this auction was triggered by PMCM's petition to move stations from Wyoming and Nevada to northern New Jersey (the station would transmit from New York City on channel 3) and to Wilmington, Delaware. (the station would transmit from Philadelphia on channel 2) PMCM argues that an Act of Congress requires the FCC to grant the moves.

    The Commission disagrees that it's required to allow the PMCM stations to move, but agrees that the Act requires VHF channels be allotted in every state. Delaware and New Jersey are the only states lacking such channels.

    Friday, September 03, 2010

    Permits issued for new AM stations

    Kihei, Hawaii: 740KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.
    5,000 watts day & night, non-directional.

    Merrill, Oregon: 1240KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.
    1,000 watts day & night, non-directional.

    Both stations are licensed to IHR Educational Broadcasting, a Catholic religious organization.

    Thursday, September 02, 2010

    New AM station applications

    Prescott, Arizona: 1240KHz:
    Application filed for new station.
    1,000 watts day & night, non-directional.
    Wireless, Inc.

    Summersville, West Virginia: 1230KHz:
    Application filed for new station.
    1,000 watts day & night, non-directional.
    Summit Media Broadcasting