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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALTERNATIVE BROADCAST INSPECTION PROGRAM
Every state broadcasters association has a contract with the FCC that allows stations in their respective states to participate in the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program.
This program began in 1995 with the Missouri Broadcasters Association. The FCC adopted the idea and now it is offered throughout the country.
Under the ABIP, stations can have an FCC approved engineer conduct a full inspection using legal and technical guidelines from the Commission. Once the inspector has certified that the station is operating correctly under present FCC Rules and Regulations, they will receive a "Certificate of Compliance" which will be valid for a 3-year period. During that period the Commission agrees not to make routine unannounced visits to the station unless they receive a compliant concerning the operation of the station or reported safety violations.
In addition to acting has a good "insurance policy" from FCC inspections, the most important advantage of the inspection is the educational aspect. During the inspection station engineers and management will be giving guidance concerning proper correction of any items that need to be addressed.
Contact your State Broadcasters Association concerning how to take advantage of the ABIP in your state. Some states offer this service at no charge to current association members.
SUMMER STATE ASSOCIATION CONVENTIONS
During the summer months most State Broadcasters Associations hold their annual conventions. A good number of these conventions offer a special "Engineering Day" at which speakers from various technical companies will offer presentations covering topics of interest to engineers. Check with your State Broadcasters Association for information concerning the convention in your area.
Alabama Broadcasters Association will hold its annual convention Friday and Saturday August 10th and 11th. The Engineering day is Friday August 10th. We have some great presentations planned for both radio and television. There will also be plenty of vendors on hand in the exhibit hall.
Mark your calendar now for Friday, Aug. 10. Location and registration details will be available soon.
REGISTER YOUR C-BAND DOWNLINKS
We continue to remind stations that presently have C band satellite dishes to register them with the FCC. This is vital to help prevent the possible lost of the C-band operations for your station.
You will need the station FRN number and password to log into the site. Once logged in select and complete Form 312 Schedule B, remit the statutory application filing fee, and provide any additional information required by applicable rules. The filing fee is $435. Visit www.fcc.gov and select myibfs under licensing and databases.