February 27, 2018

Media Bureau Announces Auction 99 FM Translator Filing Window For Long-Form Applications.

The Media Bureau announced a window, open from March 14, 2018, to March 28, 2018, for the filing of FM translator new station construction permit applications for the 165 “Tech Box” proposals listed in Attachment A. This window is limited to timely filed Tech Box proposals that the bureau has identified as not mutually exclusive with any other Tech Box proposals from the Auction 99 Filing Window. These “singleton” applications are exempt from the Commission’s auction procedures.

February 5, 2018

Incentive Auction Task Force And Media Bureau Announce Site Visit Validation Of TV Station Baseline Equipment As Part Of Post Incentive Auction Reimbursement Program.

The Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau hereby announced a program to visit the facilities of a statistically valid sample number of broadcast television stations that are eligible for reimbursement from the TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund to validate the existence and functionality of baseline equipment. This program supports the Commission’s responsibility as a prudent steward of taxpayer money to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse associated with the disbursement of federal funds.

February 2, 2018

John Kean presents at the 2017 IEEE Broadcast Technology Symposium

John Kean of Cavell Mertz & Associates presented a paper on Antenna Radiation Pattern Measurement with a Drone at the 2017 IEEE Broadcast Technology Symposium in Washington DC on October 12,2017.

 The presentation focused on the history of RF signal strength measurements and the recent advances in technology allowing the use of Unmanned Arial Systems (UAS), commonly called drones, to perform measurements with considerable improvements in accuracy.  The close proximity to the antennas allows more horizontal and vertical antenna pattern measurements otherwise not possible with previous aircraft or ground based techniques.

A PDF of Mr. Kean's presentation slides can be viewed at the link below. 

Cavell Mertz has made a significant investment in drone technology and has several platforms for making RF  measurements of wireless transmitters, particularly FM and television antennas. Additional information can be found at www.cavellmertz.com.

December 21, 2017

Media Bureau Announces Comment Dates For Next Generation Television Further Notice. Comments Must Be Submitted No Later Than February 20, 2018.

On November 20, 2017, the FCC released the Next Gen TV Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Next Gen TV Order and Next Gen TV Further Notice ).  In the Next Gen TV Further Notice, the Commission seeks comment on additional issues related to exceptions to and waivers of the local simulcasting requirement, seeks comment on whether they should let full power broadcasters use channels in the television broadcast band that are vacant to facilitate the transition to ATSC 3.0, and tentatively concluded that local simulcasting should not change the significantly viewed status of a Next Gen TV station. The Federal Register published a summary of the Next Gen TV Further Notice on December 20, 2017. Accordingly, comments must be submitted no later than February 20, 2018, and reply comments must be submitted no later than March 20, 2018.  Commenters must follow the filing instructions provided in the Next Gen TV Further Notice, which is available on the FCC’s website.

April 20, 2017

FCC Regional Coordinators to support broadcasters in the repacking effort.

The Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau announce the assignment of Regional Coordinators to support broadcast television stations moving to new channel assignments in the post-incentive auction transition period. The Bureau is committed to ensuring a smooth and efficient post-auction transition. To enhance its ability to closely monitor the progress of the repack and to facilitate coordination among stations, each station that will transition to a new channel has been grouped into one of 10 geographically-based regions.

Each Regional Coordinator is listed in the Public Notice along with the list of stations in their region. 

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