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.
No, the absence of a specified vertical power in the construction permit does not prohibit the use of vertical or circular polarized antennas by an LPFM station. LPFM stations are generally allowed to use either horizontal or circular polarization. When constructing your LPFM station, you have some flexibility in choosing the antenna polarization that best suits your coverage needs.
LPFM stations are required to maintain a station log that includes specific information as outlined in FCC regulations. This log serves as an essential record of station activities and compliance. The information that LPFM stations must keep in their station log includes:
LPFM stations are not obligated to appoint a chief operator as per FCC regulations. Specifically, §73.801 of the rules, which outlines the requirement for a designated chief operator, does not apply to LPFM stations. This rule, §73.1870, primarily pertains to full-power AM, FM, and TV stations, and it specifies the necessity for these stations to have a designated chief operator. However, LPFM stations are exempt from this requirement.
While LPFM stations can operate unattended, it’s essential to have systems in place to ensure that the station continues to meet its obligations, particularly in the event of emergencies or technical issues. Failure to do so can lead to compliance violations and potential sanctions by the FCC.
Government shutdowns do not exempt radio stations from adhering to existing laws and regulations, including those related to obscenity and technical tolerances set by the FCC. It’s important to understand that FCC regulations are still in effect during a government shutdown, and violations of these regulations can lead to legal and regulatory consequences.