Weekly Tech Reminders: Pirates, Multilingual Broadcasters & More

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


The FCC is keeping up its search and destroy mission concerning stations operating without a license.

One of the latest finds (and fined) was in Alabama. An unlicensed operator in Guntersville, Ala, could not persuade the commission to reduce his big fine after being caught operating two illegal stations from his home. The operator was first busted in May, for a pirate station at 103.9 FM, and surrendered his equipment to the FCC�s Atlanta office. He was then caught in July, operating at 107.9. The second time he refused to shut it down, which does not make the commission happy.

He did not deny he operated the illegal stations. He argued to the Commission that the station did not interfere with any other stations, that no one was harmed by the station's operation, and that he does not have the resources to pay the forfeiture. The commission said no-can-do Mr. Pirate, that's not good enough. "We find no reason to cancel, withdraw, or reduce the proposed penalty, and assess the $15,000 forfeiture the Bureau previously proposed."


As a reminder, the FCC has issued a notice to all broadcast and cable operators to notify the State Emergency Communications Committee of any present plans to make EAS alert content available in languages other than English to its non-English speaking audience.

In addition stations should include a description of any future actions planned by your operation, in consultation with state and local emergency authorities, to provide EAS alert content in languages other than English to its non-English speaking audience(s), along with an explanation for the EAS Participant's decision to plan or not plan such actions.

This information should be reported to your state�s Emergency Communications Committee no later than Nov. 6.�


As broadcast operations continue to move toward IP networking technology, engineers should stay up to date on the fast change technology. SMPTE announced that three of the main documents in the new series of IP video standards (SMPTE ST 2110) have been finalized. Once this new standard is fully released and implemented over the next few months, manufacturers will be able to supply devices that can seamlessly interconnect uncompressed video, audio and other important metadata between devices that support every conceivable video processing function.