Weekly Tech Reminders: Translator Window, FCC Rules & ATSC 3.0

An excerpt from this week’s Monday Morning Coffee and Technical Notes November 14, 2017

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.

 

NEW TRANSLATOR WINDOW

Although winter is coming soon the FCC has announced it is opening windows. A window will open December 1st for 844 AM stations to formally file applications for new FM translator construction as well as make minor modifications. Only those applicants that participated in the Auction 99 filing window that occurred July 26 through Aug. 2 and have mutually exclusive singleton Tech Box proposals ( those that will not cause interference to any other translator applicant) will be allowed to file.

 

UNDERSTANDING THE RULES

Understanding the rules is a must for all broadcasters. "Misinterpretation of the law does not excuse its violation," the FCC wrote in its findings.

"There is no obligation on the bureau's part to issue repeated reminders of a license's impending expiration when licensees and permittees are expected to know our rules."

This was the case when a translator operator was off the air from more than 12 months. The operator didn't quite understand the rules about the need to be "on the air" at least sometime.

 

QUICK BUSINESS NOTE

Although not technical in nature it is interesting to see that the clouds are still hovering over the proposed $85.4 billion merger of AT&T and Time Warner. It appears the Justice Department is suggesting the either AT&T sell DirecTV or Time Warner sell Turner Broadcasting, which includes CNN before they will consider the merger. Doesn't look like the sun will come out for awhile.

 

ATSC 3.0 UPDATE

The voluntary roll-out of ATSC 3.0 continues to move forward with a possible vote by the FCC on Nov. 16. One of the areas still being discussed concerns ATSC 1.0 simulcasting to be a requirement as part of any planned rollout of the ATSC 3.0. Apparently the draft of the order does not require broadcasters to continue to deliver HD over ATSC 1.0.

 

LIVE SOUND MIXING TIP

“Trust your ears, when you do your soundcheck, do your vocal first. It's the most important thing. See how much level you can get and how clear you can get them, then work everything else in around it. Nobody goes home whistling the kick drum.” — Jim Warren, FOH engineer.

 

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