AM Stations, Learn From WGBNs FCC Letter

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Commission issues notice of violation to Pentecostal Temple Development Corp.

WASHINGTON — A Pennsylvania station licensed to Pentecostal Temple Development Corp. recently received a Notice of Violation that should serve as a reminder of what the FCC Enforcement Bureau might look for when inspecting your operation.

Enforcement Bureau Region One agents inspected WGBN(AM)’s station facilities in Lincoln Borough, Pa., on June 26, 2017, and observed three violations to Section 1.89 of the commission’s rules.

According to the notice, “At the time of inspection there were no procedures and schedules in place for monitoring the transmitter’s operating power, modulation levels, obstruction lighting and parameters of the AM directional antenna system including monitoring points, antenna currents and antenna phases.” That’s a violtation of 47 CFR § 73.1350(c)(1), which says “Monitoring procedures and schedules must enable the licensee to determine compliance with § 73.1560 regarding operating power and AM station mode of operation, § 73.1570 regarding modulation levels, and, where applicable, §73.1213 regarding antenna tower lighting, and §73.69 regarding the parameters of an AM directional antenna system.

Additionally, the FCC said “there were no calibration procedures in place to ensure the transmitter metering was operating properly and providing reliable readings.” That is problematic because it violates 47 CFR § 73.1350(c)(2), which says that “monitoring equipment must be periodically calibrated so as to provide reliable indications of transmitter operating parameters.”

Finally, the agents said “the monitoring points along the 6 degrees radial, 86 degrees radial, and 286 degrees radial were no longer accessible and no FCC Form 302-AM had been submitted to the commission.” This violated 47 CFR. § 73 158(a), which says that when licensees with a directional antenna system discover that a monitoring point “is no longer accessible or is unsuitable” due to “disturbances to the measured field,” they must apply to change the monitoring point location.

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