Weekly Tech Reminders: Silent Stations, ETRS Form One and Antenna Registration

An excerpt from this week’s Monday Morning Coffee and Technical Notes August 15, 2017

The following is excerpted from the Alabama Broadcasters Association’s weekly e-newsletter, Monday Morning Coffee and Technical Notes. Thanks to Larry Wilkins, who puts together the content and has shared it with Radio magazine readers. To subscribe to the newsletter, send an email to lwilkins@al-ba.com, and he will add you to the database.

SILENT STATIONS

The FCC has begun to take a closer look at stations that stay silent for long periods of time. The Communications Act requires that a broadcast station license be forfeited automatically if it is silent for one year, absent rare circumstances.

Some stations will stay off the air for an entire year, only coming back of the air for one day each year. 

ETRS FORM ONE

EAS participants are required to register and fill out Form 1 with the EAS Test Reporting System by Aug. 28.

The FCC now requires users to log-in to the ETRS system using an FCC Username obtained from the Commission's CORES system. This is a change from last year, when users created an account directly in the ETRS system. Those accounts can no longer be used to file ETRS Forms.

Users who have not registered in CORES will need to create a CORES account using an e-mail address as their username. Users will then need to use CORES to associate the usernames of the individuals who will be filing ETRS reports with the applicable stations' FRNs. Once the station FRNs are associated with an individual's CORES username, that individual can log into the ETRS system. 

WEEKLY FCC RULES REVIEW: ANTENNA STRUCTURE REGISTRATION:

When was the last you have reviewed your stations Antenna Structure Registration for each tower you own?

The Antenna Registration Structure program requires owners of antenna structures that are taller than 200 feet above ground level or that may interfere with the flight path of a nearby airport to register those structures with the FCC. The antenna structure owner must obtain painting and lighting specifications from the Federal Aviation Administration and include those specifications in its registration prior to construction. The ASR program allows the FCC to fulfill its statutory responsibility to require painting and lighting of antenna structures that may pose a hazard to air navigation.

Items to check are...

  1. Is the owner and contact information listed correct
  2. Are the height and coordinates correct
  3. Structure meeting correct marking and lightning rules
  4. Correct ASR number posted at tower location 

You can register an antenna structure, search existing registrations and more at the FCC's Antenna Structure Registration system.

 

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