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An excerpt from this week’s Monday Morning Coffee and Technical Notes

The following is from the Alabama Broadcasters Association’s weekly e-newsletter, Monday Morning Coffee and Technical Notes. Thanks to ABA’s Larry Wilkins. To subscribe to the newsletter, email lwilkins@al-ba.com .

RADIO ONLINE PUBLIC FILES

March 1st is the deadline for radio stations to have their public files posted on the FCC hosted web site. I know we sound like a broken record, but checking the web site, there are not very many that have posted their files yet. Remember February only has 28 days this year….so March 1st will be here soon. If you haven’t gone to the site yet, we encourage you do it today. The URL is publicfiles.fcc.gov. For a complete tutorial on how to log in and upload your files watch the ABA video here

GOOD NEWS OUT OF WASHINGTON

With all the activities that television stations are saddled with surrounding the re-pack and ATSC 3.0 the FCC has issued some good news. Since everyone including the Commission recognized that the funds that were allocated for the repack was way short of the real world cost the House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced a bill that plugs holes in the original legislation authorizing the incentive auction and relocation of about 1,000 U.S. full-power and Class A TV stations.

It also establishes a Translator and Low Power Station Relocation Fund, sets up the FM Broadcast Station Relocation Fund and creates a Broadcast Station Relocation Consumer Education Fund.

STATIONS GETTING READY FOR ATSC 3.0

As television stations start making plans for ATSC 3.0 they need to formulate an educational plan for both consumers and retailers. While visiting a big box store the other day I mentioned ATSC 3.0. The salesperson said they were all ready for it with plenty of sets in stock. I commented “oh really”? They said see all these sets on the floor has 4k and HDR. I calmly said something about the type of tuner….to which I got the “deer in the headlight” look.

REVIEWING THE REQUIRED EQUIPMENT PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENTS

Stations are reminded that FCC rules part 73.1590 requires that licensee of each AM, FM, TV and Class A TV station, except licensees of Class D non-commercial educational FM stations authorized to operate with 10 watts or less output power, must make equipment performance measurements for each main transmitter upon initial installation of a new or replacement main transmitter; upon modification of an existing transmitter made under the provisions of 73.1690 and most importantly annually, for AM stations, with not more than 14 months between measurements.

The data required, together with a description of the equipment and procedure used in making the measurements, signed and dated by the qualified person(s) making the measurements, must be kept on file at the transmitter or remote control point for a period of 2 years, and on request must be made available during that time to duly authorized representatives of the FCC.

This is especially important for AM stations that must conduct the measurements annually and keep the last two reports on file. 

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The Democrat from Texas will be recognized Feb. 27 during the NAB State Leadership Conference

WASHINGTON — Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas) will be honored Feb. 27 for his “exemplary leadership and commitment” to strengthening the future of radio and TV and recognizing their importance to local communities by NAB with its inaugural Broadcast Champion Award during the NAB 2018 State Leadership Conference at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C., the association announced today.

“Gene Green has been a steadfast champion of hometown radio and television broadcasters since he first came to Congress in 1993,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith in a press release announcing the award. “He has a deep appreciation for the invaluable role local radio and television stations play in their communities.”

Green has been a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee since 1997 and worked on many issues of importance to broadcasters. On the House floor, Green has championed the role of broadcasters in their communities as “first informers” during emergencies.

He has been the lead Democratic co-sponsor of the Local Radio Freedom Act, which opposes a performance royalty on local broadcast radio stations for free, promotional music airplay. He also is the principal cosponsor of the Radio Consumer Protection Act, which would establish a fund to reimburse local radio stations impacted by the TV spectrum repack. Green also is an original cosponsor of the Viewer Protection Act, which would provide further funding to cover repack-related expensive so local TV stations.

“Our nation’s television and radio broadcasters are an important part of our day-to-day lives, providing Americans important news and weather coverage, entertainment and critical alerts during times of emergency, all free of charge,” Green is quoted as saying in the release.

More information is available on the NAB website .

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