The FCC allows the assignment of a construction permit to a different organization provided that at least 18 months have passed since the permit was initially granted. However, there’s an important caveat to consider: if the construction permit is assigned to a different organization, they will have only the remaining time from the original 3-year permit. Extensions are generally not permitted unless there are exceptional circumstances like a natural disaster or other events that qualify for tolling.
To ensure a renewable license in an involuntary time-share situation, it’s essential to achieve a universal settlement with all the applicants in the time-share group. This can be done even after the FCC has determined involuntary time-sharing, or there’s an option to wait and see if other applicants (s) opt-out, no longer wish to hold a non-renewable license. This highlights the significance of cooperative collaboration from the outset to avoid such complexities.
This limitation on LPFM station power to 50 watts in specific areas like San Diego, Tucson, El Paso, Brownsville, and Yuma is a result of a longstanding agreement with Mexico that predates the LPFM service. In these regions, non-directional LPFM stations are restricted to 50 watts within 125 kilometers of the Mexican border. To maximize the service area while maintaining this power limit, LPFM stations operating in this “strip zone” are advised to have an antenna height of 42 meters above average terrain (HAAT). Operating at lower antenna heights may reduce the station’s coverage area. However, exceeding 42 meters HAAT requires reducing power to meet the 5.6-kilometer service contour limitation.
Yes and maybe no. You might be able to use a mobile tower, especially as your permit is nearing expiration. Mobile towers can be a viable option for temporary broadcasting needs, and they can provide flexibility in situations like this. However, it’s essential to ensure that you comply with all relevant regulations and guidelines during the temporary tower’s usage, even if your permit is close to expiration. Always check with the appropriate regulatory authorities or consult legal counsel to confirm compliance with local and federal broadcasting regulations.
The answer to this question varies depending on the specific frequency band in which the FM station with the canceled license operates.
For full-service non-directional stations, a modification of license application can be submitted to correct geographic coordinates within a range of up to 3 seconds in latitude and/or up to 3 seconds in longitude (§73.1690(b)(2)). The actual distance allowable for adjustment varies due to the curvature of the Earth but generally falls within about 300 to 350 feet in latitude and 200 to 250 feet in longitude. However, any changes or corrections involving full-service directional antennas necessitate a construction permit.
LPFM construction permits, whether for new or existing stations, are initially valid for 36 months (as per §73.3598(a)). Extensions beyond this period are only granted under exceptional circumstances, such as natural disasters, administrative and judicial reviews, or international coordination matters, in accordance with the FCC’s tolling policies (§73.3598(b)).
The Height Above Average Terrain (HAAT) is typically calculated based on the average elevations at 50 evenly-spaced points along 8 radials in 45-degree increments (0 degrees, 45 degrees, 90 degrees, and so on). These 50 elevation points along each radial are first averaged, and then these radial averages are further averaged and compared to the antenna’s radiation center’s height above sea level to determine the HAAT.
After obtaining your construction permit and completing the construction of your broadcasting facility, you must adhere to specific regulatory procedures before going on the air. Here’s a general overview of the key steps:
Yes, the FCC has the authority to grant waivers for minimum distance spacing requirements even when a full-power station operates on the same channel or the first adjacent channel. These waivers are typically considered on a case-by-case basis and are subject to specific regulatory conditions and considerations. Stations seeking such waivers should carefully follow FCC procedures and provide sufficient justification for the requested waiver. The FCC evaluates these requests with the goal of ensuring efficient spectrum use while minimizing interference and protecting existing broadcasters’ rights.