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    LPFM Portland Metro Review: Licensed-CP’s-Applications

    The window for initial settlements ended two and a half weeks ago. Some applicants have received their Construction Permits (CP), some singleton applicants remain pending approval and several Mutually Exclusive applications in several groups remain under evaluation. This report is accurate as of the day of posting but may change daily thereafter.

    Here is the results of an LPFM search for 60 km from Stonehenge (aka The KGON tower) which includes already licensed LPFM’s, LPFM Construction Permits granted and pending applications:

    LPFM All Channel Study

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    Channel 300 107.9 MHz

    Starting at the high end of the dial, a CP @ 107.9 MHz has been granted to Recording NW.

    Proposed 60 dBu service

    Educational Statement

    (No known website)

    Co channels Class C KHPE in Albany and Class A KLSY in South Bend, WA and no first adjacent stations

    of significance.

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    Channel 292 106.3 MHz

    A CP @ 106.3 MHz has been granted to Rusted Sprocket NW.

    Proposed 60 dBu service

    Educational Statement

    Website: http://www.rustingsprocket.com/

    Co channel Class C KLOO Corvallis and first adjacent Class C1 KWCQ Condon are the only stations of significance.

    They are both proposing antenna locations from the same spot, a cell “tower” (pole) at the corner of NE 99th St and NE 126th Ave.

    Proposed site

    The tower is 34 m AGL. It is owned by Verizon.

    Tower info

    Recording NW is proposing to be @ 20 m AGL and Rusted Sprocket is proposing

    to be @ 17 m AGL. The wavelength of 106.3 is 2.82 m and 107.9 is 2.78 m, so there

    is a full wavelength separation between them. I am not sure if there are performance

    issues being that close, but at least it’s a narrow pole and not a square tower which

    is a lesser performing option.

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    Channel 288 105.5 MHz

    Moving down the dial to 105.5 MHz, we have an MX group #282, a translator whose license is in jeopardy and an LPFM which has been granted displacement relief on that frequency. There is no public record of settlement proposals for this group.

    The translator is K288FT, owned by Calvary Chapel of Twin Falls, ID. It recently has had its grant of license renewal rescinded, probably in response to a lengthy, detailed and largely accurate assessment of their operating practices falling somewhere between outside the spirit of the rules to outright violation. We’ll have to wait and see on that one. The KQSO-LP signal is the displacement relief grant of their need to move frequency due to KWLZ West Linn, a corporate move in that drove them temporarily to file for an STA and operate on Ch. 275 102.9 MHz but that has also been applied for by EMF translator K274AR.

    KQSO’s explanation:

    Exhibits

    Exhibit 1

    Description: PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT

    THIS IS NOT AN AMENDMENT. THIS EXHIBIT IS BEING FILLED IN TO AVOID AN ERROR MESSAGE IN CDBS:

    ‘SECTION 1 , QUESTION 3, IF ‘AMENDMENT TO A PENDING APPLICATION’ IS SELECTED THEN AN EXHIBIT IS REQUIRED IN ORDER TO FILE’

    Attachment 1

    Exhibit 11

    Description: TECHNICAL STATEMENT

    KQSO-LP IS LICENSED ON CHANNEL 242L1, UNDER BLL-20090209AHN. IT HAS BEEN DISPLACED BY A FACILITIES CHANGE BY A FULL POWER FM STATION, KWLZ-FM, WEST LINN, OREGON, AS FOLLOWS:

    BPH-20070119AAT KWLZ-FM 13581 FM PERMIT CANCELLED 08/25/2008

    REPLACED BY BPH-20110823ABX KWLZ-FM 13581 FM GRANTED 08/31/2012

    BECAUSE KWLZ-FM IS CO-CHANNEL TO THE LICENSED CHANNEL FOR KQSO-LP, THE INTERFERENCE CANNOT BE CURED OR RESOLVED OTHER THAN BY A CHANNEL CHANGE FOR KQSO-LP. AS THIS IS AN INVOLUNTARY CHANNEL CHANGE, IT QUALIFIES AS A MINOR CHANGE, EVEN THOUGH THE NEW CHANNEL IS NOT FIRST, SECOND, OR THIRD ADJACENT TO THE LICENSED CHANNEL. ALL FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD ADJACENT CHANNELS ARE PRECLUDED BY INTERFERENCE CONSIDERATIONS.

    KQSO-LP IS CURRENTLY OPERATING ON CHANNEL 275 PURSUANT TO SPECIAL TEMPORARY AUTHORITY:

    BSTA-20080401BGV STA P KQSO-LP 135128 FM GRANTED 01/30/2009

    BESTA-20090710APF STA E KQSO-LP 135128 FL ACCEPTED FOR FILING 07/13/2009

    THE INSTANT APPLICATION DOES NOT SEEK OPERATION ON CHANNEL 275 BECAUSE OF A CONFLICTING APPLICATION BY FM TRANSLATOR K274AR TO MOVE TO CHANNEL 275:

    BPFT-20130417AAJ 349 E K274AR 60147 FX AMENDMENT RECEIVED 10/18/2013

    KQSO-LP DOES NOT CONCEDE THAT AN FM TRANSLATOR MAY STAND IN THE WAY OF DISPLACEMENT RELIEF FOR A LOW POWER FM STATION, BUT TO AVOID CONFLICT IF POSSIBLE, KQSO-LP IS HEREIN APPLYING FOR DISPLACEMENT RELIEF TO OPERATE ON CHANNEL 288.

    THE COMMISSION’S CHANNEL FINDER PROGRAM INDICATES THAT CHANNEL 288 COMPLIES WITH INTERFERENCE STANDARDS AS PROPOSED IN THIS APPLICATION.

    THIS APPLICATION PROPOSES NO CHANGES IN PARAMETERS OTHER THAN THE CHANNEL AND THE ANTENNA HEIGHT. THE HEIGHT IS REDUCED TO REFLECT WHERE THE ANTENNA CAN ACTUALLY BE MOUNTED. THE LOCATION IS THE SAME AS IN THE STATION LICENSE AND STA, EXCEPT FOR A 0.5 SECOND CHANGE IN LATITUDE AND 1.2 SECOND CHANGE IN LONGITUDE. THE CHANGE IN COORDINATES REFLECTS A CORRECTION OF INFORMATION REPORTED BY THE TOWER OWNER, NOT A PHYSICAL MOVE OF THE TRANSMITTER.

    A WAIVER OF SECTION 73.807 IS REQUESTED IN THE ATTACHED EXHIBIT.

    Form 318 source

    Website: http://www.kqso.com/

    The MX group consists of Portland State University, Reed Institute and the Portland Russian Media Center. Both PSU and Reed College are proposing the same antenna location in downtown Portland and PRMC is proposing an east county signal. There is no public record of settlement proposals for this group.

    PSU/Reed’s proposed site statement:

    THE ANTENNA IS TO BE INSTALLED ON A MAST CANTILEVERED 4 METERS ABOVE THE ROOF OF AN UNOCCUPIED MECHANICAL PENTHOUSE SURMOUNTING A MULTISTORY DORMITORY BUILDING. THE CLOSEST OCCUPIED LEVEL OF THE BUILDING IS 13 METERS BELOW THE RADIATION CENTER OF THE ANTENNA. THERE ARE NO OTHER STRUCTURES WITHIN 4.2 METERS OF THE PROPOSED ANTENNA. THUS, THE AREA OF INTERFERENCE IS CONFINED TO THE ROOFTOP OF AN UNOCCUPIED MECHANICAL PENTHOUSE. (from PSU’s application)

    THE APPLICANT PROPOSES TO OPERATE AT 0.1 KILOWATTS, CIRCULARLYLY POLARIZED, USING A BEXT TFC2K ANTENNA MOUNTED AT THE TOP OF A MAST CANTILEVERED 4 METERS ABOVE THE ROOF OF A MECHANICAL PENTHOUSE. THE RADIATION CENTER IS 4 METERS ABOVE THE PENTHOUSE ROOF AND 9 METERS ABOVE THE ROOF OF THE MAIN BUILDING AND THE FLOOR OF THE PENTHOUSE. THIS ANTENNA CONSISTS OF A SINGLE RADIATING ELEMENT.

    ACCESS TO THE PENTHOUSE ROOF IS BY LADDER FROM THE MAIN ROOF ONLY. THE MAIN ROOF IS NOT GENERALLY ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC. THERE ARE NO OTHER SIGNIFICANT EMITTERS OF RADIOFREQUENCY ENERGY IN THE IMMEDIATE VICINITY. (from Reed’s application)

    Form 318 source

    It appears there is a coordinate discrepancy, as the FCC supplied kml link/file shows a one story building at the specified location. The listed NAD27 coordinates on the application are:

    45 30 36 N 122 40 51 W which when converted using NADCON to NAD83 and rounded are:

    45 30 35.43 N 122 40 55.35

    Here’s what you get:

    Proposed site – no multistory dormitory here!

    So apparently the FCC converted correctly but the applicants both supplied the wrong coordinates for the building they propose.

    PSU:

    Educational statement

    Websites: http://www.pdx.edu/ http://www.kpsu.org/

    Reed:

    Educational statement

    Websites: https://www.reed.edu/ http://www.krrcfm.com/

    Portland Russian Media Center propose an east county signal located here:

    Proposed site

    PRMC Educational statement:

    THE APPLICANT’S EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

    1. TO PROVIDE RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION AND MORAL TEACHING.

    2. TO TEACH PARENTS AND CHILDREN PRINCIPLES FOR STRENGTHENING THE HOME.

    3. TO HELP MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY DISCOVER SOLUTIONS TO THE PERSONAL, SOCIAL, RELATIONAL AND HEALTH PROBLEMS TYPICAL OF CONTEMPORARY TIMES.

    4. TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITY FOR AND TO PROMOTE DISCUSSION OF ALL AREAS OF FAMILY, CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL, RELIGIOUS AND PERSONAL LIFE ISSUES.

    5. TO TEACH THE IDEALS OF CITIZENSHIP, INTEGRITY, PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, MORAL RECTITUDE AND SPIRITUAL MATURITY.

    TO FURTHER THOSE EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES, THE APPLICANT PROPOSES TO PRESENT A VARIETY OF PROGRAMMING TO INFORM, ENTERTAIN, STIMULATE AND EDUCATE THE AUDIENCE IN PORTLAND AND THE SURROUNDING PROPOSED SERVICE AREA.

    SUBJECT MATTER COVERED BY PROGRAMMING WILL INCLUDE FAMILY DEVELOPMENT, CHILD REARING AND EDUCATION, HEALTH INFORMATION AND RELIGION. PROGRAMS WILL BE DEVELOPED AND SELECTED SO AS TO BE RESPONSIVE TO THE NEEDS AND INTERESTS IN THE PROPOSED SERVICE AREA.

    Form 318 source

    Website: http://www.portlandrussianmediacenter.org

    The following map shows all 105.5 MHz co channel within 50 km of Stonehenge. (There are no first adjacent signals)The two on the left are certain, but only one of the two signals on the right will survive (remember, the left one of the two on the right represents two applicants). There is a lot of presence on this channel including Class A KUKN Longview, WA and KPIK-LP has a CP in Stayton, OR. Additional co channel Class A’s include KCBG in Hood River and KDEP in Garabaldi, The only first adjacent within 100 km will be the surviving applicants of MX groups 286 and 289.

    105.5 MHz map

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    Channel 283 104.5 MHz

    At 104.5, KVPB-LP Vernonia Public Broadcasting has a CP.

    Coverage Map

    Proposed Site

    Channel 273 102.5 MHz

    Moving down the dial to 102.5, there are three area applications. The first is in Camas. Originally this was part of MX group 284 but East Portland Community Radio, after an informal objection by REC Networks, requested that its application be dismissed. The surviving applicant is The Way To Salvation Community Church but is not yet granted.

    Proposed 60 dBu service

    Proposed site

    TWSCC’s Educational statement:

    1. LOCALLY PRODUCED PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMING, SEEKING THE PARTICIPATION OF LOCAL AGENCIES OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, CITY AND COUNTY GOVERNMENTS, INCLUDING PROVIDING THE STATION AS AN EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION TOOL FOR POLICE, FIRE AND OTHER EMERGENCY SERVICE PROVIDERS. PROVIDE AN INFORMATIONAL OUTLET FOR NON-PROFIT PUBLIC SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS AND EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS.

    2. TO TRAIN PEOPLE IN RADIO AUDIO PRODUCTION, STATION MANAGEMENT, AND COMMUNITY NEEDS ASCERTAINMENT. WE WILL WELCOME INTERNS FROM LOCAL EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY.

    3. WE WILL PRODUCE PROGRAMMING TO AID IN COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE DIVERSE ETHNIC GROUPS WITHIN OUR COVERAGE AREA.

    4. WE WILL PRODUCE PROGRAMS TO ADDRESS ISSUES IN THE NEWS THAT AFFECT PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITIES WE SERVE.

    Form 318 source

    No known website.

    The second is Mt. Angel Bible Church in Mt. Angel and the third is A Life Worth Sustaining in Silverton. They are in MX group 290.

    Mt. Angel proposed 60 dBu service

    Proposed site

    Educational statement

    Website: http://mtangelbible.org/

    Silverton proposed 60 dBu servide

    Educational statement

    No known website.

    Here is a map showing 102.5 co channel and first adjacent activity within 100 km of Stonehenge. K274AR filed for more power (licensed @ 102.7 for 10 W ERP, filed for 99 W ERP on 102.9 before the June 17th cut off date for the LPFM’s but amended it’s APP back to 102.7 @ 250 W ERP Vertical only after the cut off date. KYTE also applied to move closer and higher but also after the cut off date. After the grant of the LPFM’s, they will probably rule on KYTE’s application and K274’s application and either accept it or make them amend it.

    102.5 Co channel and first adjacent goings ons.

    All three K274AR applications can be seen here.

    Cut off date notice.

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    Channel 268 101.5 MHz

    At 101.5 there is an MX group #295 consisting of Cascade Community Radio and Tool Shed Pdx. This MX group attempted to amend their applications to move further apart so that both could be granted requiring a major change which was denied because a major change is not allowed as part of settlement proposals. Cascade also further amended its application because of other broadcast holdings, promising to divest KDOA’s CP if the Portland LPFM is granted. There is no public record of settlement proposals for this group.

    CCR’s proposed 60 dBu service

    Proposed site

    Educational statement

    Website: http://www.radio23.org/ccr/

    Toolshed’s proposed 60 dBu service

    Proposed site

    Educational statement

    Website: http://toolshedpdx.org/

    The co channel interference will be there. KFLY, Corvallis is a class C0 whose 40 dBu contour completely contains the Portland metro and is met in Clark County by the 40 dBu of KPLZ, Seattle, a class C0. As if that wasn’t enough potential for interference, KDOA in The Dalles is a class C3 CP that if re-engineered so it’s not transmitting into the side of a mountain could also be troublesome. There are no first adjacent issues, but locally 101.5 is between two major Portland signals at 101.1 and 101.9. Good luck to the eventual permittee with that.

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    Channel 264 100.7 MHz

    It turned out to be the most filed on frequency in the metro. All the proposals are basically in the northeast quadrant of the metro. MX group 283 consists of six applicants including Enlighten State Academic Services Corp (ESASC), Slavic Community Center of NW (SCCNW), The Oregon Center For The Photographic Arts (OCPA), The Creative Music Guild (CMG), Metroeast Community Media (Metro) and Jehovah Jireh International Mission (JJIM). There is no public record of settlement proposals for this group.

    ESASC proposes a site in Hazel Dell on top of a building that is supposed to have a short tower already on it according to the tower registration they reference in Section VI #3, but Google street view shows no tower.

    Proposed site

    The application states “THE PROPOSED ANTENNA IS TO BE MOUNTED 14 METERS ABOVE A BUILDING

    WHICH IS 8 METERS TALL FOR A RADIATION CENTER AT 22 METERS AGL.”

    Form 318 source

    The tower registration says “NE of the intersection of NE 50th Ave and NE St. Johns Rd”

    Corner view

    The tower registration also says that there is an antenna there on a building that is 13.7 m AGL.

    Antenna Structure Registration ASRN1274139 (constructed 2010)

    Educational statement

    Website: http://www.academiccorp.org/

    SCCNW proposes an antenna on the City Of Portland tower on Kelly Butte.

    Proposed site

    Tower registration 1055245

    Relay tower at Kelly Butte

    Exhibit 2

    Description: STATION EDUCATION PROGRAM

    1. LOCALLY PRODUCED PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMING, SEEKING THE PARTICIPATION OF LOCAL AGENCIES OF THE STATE OF OREGON, CITY AND COUNTRY GOVERNMENTS, INCLUDING PROVIDING THE STATION AS AN EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION TOOL FOR POLICE, FIRE AND OTHER EMERGENCY SERVICE PROVIDERS. PROVIDE AN INFORMATIONAL OUTLET FOR NON-PROFIT PUBLIC SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS AND EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS.

    2. TO TRAIN PEOPLE IN RADIO AUDIO PRODUCTION, STATION MANAGEMENT, AND COMMUNITY NEEDS ASCERTAINMENT. WE WILL WELCOME INTERNS FROM LOCAL EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY.

    3. WE WILL PRODUCE PROGRAMMING TO AID IN COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE DIVERSE ETHIC GROUPS WITHIN OUR COVERAGE AREA.

    4. WE WILL PRODUCE PROGRAMS TO ADDRESS ISSUES IN THE NEWS THAT AFFECT PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITIES WE SERVE.

    Form 318 source

    Website: http://slavicfamily.org/blog/

    OCPA proposes

    Proposed site

    Tower registration 1225834

    Education statement

    Website http://www.blueskygallery.org/

    CMG proposes an antenna on the Rocky Butte microwave tower.

    Proposed site

    Tower registration 1036952

    Educational statement

    Website: http://www.creativemusicguild.org/

    Metro proposes:

    Proposed site

    Educational statement

    Website: http://www.metroeast.org/

    JJIM proposes:

    Proposed site

    Although the numbers and the picture of the site suggests the proposal is on a cell tower, the tower appears to be under 200′ and not registered (not required). I converted the NAD27 coordinates to NAD83 and plugged them into the ASR search tool and it returned no results..

    Exhibits

    Exhibit 2

    Description: EXHIBIT 2 – EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE

    JEHOVAH JIREH INTERNATIONAL MISSON WAS INCORPORATED JULY 7, 2004, IN OREGON. (SEE EXHIBIT 10 FOR FOUNDING DOCUMENTS.) THE CORPORATION HAS ALWAYS BEEN WITHIN 10 MILES OF ITS CURRENT LOCATION.

    JJIM’S MISSION IS TO SHARE THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. ONE WAY WE SHARE IS THROUGH OUR LOCAL MISSIONARY SCHOOL. OUR GOALS INCLUDE INSTILLING INTO OUR STUDENTS A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF THE BIBLE AND CHRISTIAN DOCTRINES, AND ENCOURAGE CHRISTIAN HABITS OF PRAYER, BIBLE READING, RESPECT, ETC. OUR VISION IS TO DEVELOP LEADERSHIP SKILLS FOR FUTURE MINISTRY.

    OUR LOCAL OUTREACH INCLUDES TWO CHRIST-BASED REHABILITATION CENTERS, ONE FOR MEN AND ANOTHER FOR WOMEN. JJIM FUNCTIONS AS A NETWORK THROUGH WHICH WE CONNECT WITH PEOPLE OVERCOME WITH DRUG AND ALCOHOL ADDICTIONS, AS WELL AS RELATED PHYSICAL OR SPIRITUAL STRUGGLES.

    JJIM PLANS TO BROADCAST EIGHT HOURS OF LOCALLY PRODUCED PROGRAMMING TO SUPPORT OUR GOALS AND MISSIONS. A LOW POWER FM STATION WILL ENABLE US TO REACH A WIDER AUDIENCE WITH EDUCATIONAL AND INSPIRATIONAL PROGRAMMING. WE WILL BE PRODUCING LOCAL PROGRAMS, WHICH INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING PROSPECTIVE PROGRAMS:

    –WITNESSES OF NEW LIFE (1 HOUR) TESTIMONIES, UPDATES, LOCAL NEWS FROM MENS AND WOMENS REHABILITATION CENTERS LOCATED IN THE COMMUNITY AND SERVING THE BORING/PORTLAND COMMUNITY. PROGRAM WILL INCLUDE PARTICIPATION OF MENTORS AS WELL AS FORMER AND CURRENT STUDENTS OF THE REHABILITATION CENTERS.

    –GOD WILL PROVIDE MISSIONARY SCHOOL HOUR (1 HOUR) SINGING, POETRY, SERMONS, AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS LED BY LOCAL MISSIONARY SCHOOL, GWP MISSIONARY SCHOOL.

    –CHILDRENS HOUR (1 HOUR) SINGING, POETRY, READING OF SHORT-STORIES AND NARRATIVES, AND CHILDRENS BIBLE LESSONS AND EDUCATION. WILL INCLUDE PARTICIPATION OF CHILDREN FROM THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

    –WORSHIP HOUR (1 HOUR) SERMONS, SINGING, POETRY, AND TESTIMONIES TO LEAD AND GUIDE COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN WORSHIPING GOD, ENCOURAGING AND UPLIFTING IN FAITH, AND CALLING TO WORK FOR GODS KINGDOM.

    PARTICIPANTS WILL INCLUDE MEMBERS OF LOCAL CHURCHES AND MISSION.

    Form 318 source

    Website: http://non-profit-organizations.findthebest.com/l/1015940/Jehovah-Jireh-International-Mission

    Proposed 60 dBu services-all applicants)

    This next image shows you why all the applications for this frequency are in this particular area as a result of the co channel interference from existing licensees. There are no first adjacent stations because of the co channels surrounding the area.

    100.7 Proposed and existing signals in the metro.

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    Channel 260 99.9 MHz

    At 99.9 Media Institute For Social Change has a CP.

    Proposed 60 dBu service

    Proposed site

    Tower registration 1237032

    Website: http://mediamakingchange.org/

    With about 50 dBu from co channel class C0 KRKT Albany and 40 dBu from co channel class C KISW in Seattle as well as another co channel LPFM application in Hood River, this station has proposed being about as close to a primary service co channel as can be (122 km required to KRKT, actual distance about 124 km). The good news is that there is plenty of topography working in favor of the new signal. Watch out for that sky wave on cloudy days, though.

    Terrain profile from KRKT to Vancouver proposed site

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    Channel 256 99.1 MHz

    Originally MX group #285 had three competing applicants. After an informal objection by REC networks, Portland Community Radio requested its application be deleted. The remaining applicants are LGBTQ Community Center Fund and We Make The Media, Inc. There is no public record of a settlement for this group.

    LBBTQ proposes to place their antenna on the Benson Tech KBPS tower.

    Proposed 60 dBu service

    Proposed site

    Tower registration 1034293

    Exhibits

    Exhibit 2

    Description: EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

    Q CENTER PROVIDES A SAFE SPACE TO SUPPORT AND CELEBRATE LGBTQ DIVERSITY, VISIBILITY AND COMMUNITY BUILDING. Q CENTER IS A 501C3 NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION WHICH OFFERS MULTI-GENERATIONAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES IN FOUR CORE AREAS: ARTS & CULTURE; EDUCATION & TRAINING; HEALTH & WELLNESS AND ADVOCACY.

    THERE ARE DOZENS OF EVENTS AND GROUPS THAT MEET HERE, SOME FOCUSED ON SPECIFIC TOPICS (LIKE COMING OUT OR GENDER IDENTITY) AND OTHERS AIMED AT FUN SOCIAL INTERACTIONS (LIKE SING-ALONG PIANO CABARETS OR CRAFT NIGHTS).Q CENTER IS TRULY COMMUNITY-DRIVEN AND ACCESSIBLE.

    A Q-CENTER RADIO STATION WILL PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER OUR

    EDUCATIONAL & INFORMATIVE CONTENT TO A BROADER AUDIENCE.

    WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF CREATING TRAINING PROGRAMS TO TEACH COMMUNITY MEMBERS THE BASICS OF RADIO, INCLUDING AUDIO PRODUCTION AND THE WRITING AND HOSTING OF THEIR OWN SHOWS.

    OUR HOSTS WILL PRESENT SHOWS ON A WIDE VARIETY OF TOPICS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO LGBTQ SOCIAL AND POLITICAL ISSUES, ADVOCACY, DIVERSITY, VISIBILITY AND COMMUNITY BUILDING.

    Form 318 source

    Website: http://www.pdxqcenter.org/

    We Make The Media proposes to place their antenna on a cell tower along the Banfield Expressway near the NE 47th overpass.

    Proposed 60 dBu service

    Proposed site

    Educational statement

    No known website.

    Both proposals sit on the edge of co channel class C KDDZ Eugene. The bigger issue is translator K273A CP and upgrade Application held by Calvary Chapel located in Elwood, OR. There is also KGLS-LP in Tillamook and KDDS, a first adjacent class C in Elma, WA. Neither of the last two should be a significant issue.

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    Channel 248 97.5 MHz

    Originally MX group #296 consisted of Yale Union and P:Ear. Yale Union had its application dismissed as part of a mutual settlement.

    Joint Request For Approval Of Settlement

    P:Ear proposes to put its antenna on Rocky Butte’s microwave relay tower.

    Proposed site

    Tower registration 1036952

    Proposed 60 dBu service

    Website: http://pearmentor.org/

    All three signals (likely P:Ear on 97.5, KXRY on 91.1 and possibly Creative Music Guild on 100.7) emanating from the broad faced Rocky Butte tower may or may not produce some spurious harmonics issues. Get out that calculator

    and start doing the A+B-C’s and we can talk about that another time. Anything from that toile is certain to have

    pockets of signal coverage problems caused by the reflections off of the tower face and other three legs. In addition

    to that, P:Ear has a lot of potential co channel interference. The list contains K248BS in Newberg now at only 3 Watts but also a CP at 65 Watts, another LPFM CP in Hood River, class C1 KNLR in Bend, class C2 KSLH in Gleneden Beach and a class C3 Vacancy in Manzanita. The first adjacent list is either too far away or too low in power to be much of a concern.

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    Channel 244 96.7 MHz

    Originally MX group #297 consisted of four applicants. The FCC dismissed the application of Voice For Oregon Innovation And Sustainability for violations of the application rules.

    Dismissed 12/13/2013 per

    DA 13-1385. Applicant has

    a common board member (Jefferson

    Smith) with another LPFM

    application filed in the

    window.

    Source: http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2013/db1218/DOC-324773A2.txt

    Remaining in the group are applicants Opal Environmental justice Oregon (OPAL), Asian Pacific American Network Of Oregon (APANO) and Community Alliance Of Tenants (CAT).

    OPAL proposes an antenna site on an unregistered cell tower on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway at SW 43rd.

    Proposed 60 dBu service

    Proposed site

    Educational statement

    Website: http://www.opalpdx.org/

    APANO and CAT propose an antenna site on a cell tower located near the corner of N Fremont ST and N Albina Ave.

    Both of their applications reference ASR1272366 which returns no matches in the database. There are two towers at that location.

    APANO

    Proposed 60 dBu service

    Proposed site

    Educational statement

    Website: http://www.apano.org/

    CAT

    Proposed 60 dBu service

    Proposed site

    Educational statement

    Website: http://oregoncat.org/

    This frequency currently has licensed stations including class C1 KCRF Lincoln City, class A KCYS Seaside and on first adjacent class C KWLZ Warm Springs. Also to be considered are CP’s including a class C1 in Madras and translators K244EV Ariel WA and K243BX Skamania WA. Even so, there probably won’t be too many issues with any of these signals.

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    Channel 236 95.1 MHz

    Western Oregon Radio Club had applied for 95.1 and proposes an antenna on the summit of Mt. Scott on one of the towers less than 200′ and not registered. They have promised to divest ownership in KQSO-LP Newberg if granted.

    Proposed 60 dBu service

    Proposed site

    Exhibits

    Exhibit 2

    Description: NONPROFIT STATUS AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

    WESTERN OREGON RADIO CLUB, INC. (‘WORC’) WAS INCORPORATED ON FEBRUARY 28, 1994, IN THE STATE OF OREGON AS A NON-PROFIT CORPORATION. THE REGISTRY NUMBER IS: 387858-87. ATTACHED ARE COPIES OF CORPORATE DOCUMENTS SHOWING THE DATE OF INCORPORATION AND WORC’S NONPROFIT STATUS.

    WORC HAS THUS BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOR MORE THAN 19 YEARS, ITS PURPOSE IS TO ENABLE MEMBERS TO EXPAND THEIR TECHNICAL SKILLS IN THE FIELD OF RADIO AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS. WORC WILL PROVIDE PROGRAMMING TARGETED TO EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY ABOUT THE TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF RADIO, COMPUTERS, AND HIGH TECHNOLOGY.

    THROUGH COMMUNITY BASED PROGRAMMING, WORC INTENDS TO HAVE LOCAL TEENAGERS PRODUCE RADIO SHOWS SEVERAL DAYS A WEEK. IN ADDITION, WORC INTENDS TO EDUCATE LOCAL CITIZENS OF ALL AGE GROUPS IN LOCAL RADIO PRODUCTION, INCLUDING HAVING THEM PRODUCE NEWS AND TECHNICAL TALK SHOWS.

    EDUCATING YOUNGSTERS IN AMATEUR RADIO IS ANOTHER PROGRAMMING GOAL OF THE WORC. THIS WILL EXPOSE MANY YOUNGSTERS TO A POTENTIAL NEW PROFESSION IN TECHNOLOGY WHERE THEY WILL LEARN A GREAT DEAL OF TECHNICAL MATERIAL FROM EXPERIENCED ENGINEERS WHO ARE CLUB MEMBERS. WE PLAN ON HAVING DAILY PROGRAMMING DIRECTED TO AMATEUR RADIO ENTHUSIASTS.

    WORC ALSO INTENDS TO DELIVER MANY TALK SHOWS, FOCUSED ON THE ENVIRONMENT, BUSINESS, AND HEALTH MATTERS. DIABETES EDUCATION IS ANOTHER HEALTH PROGRAMMING PLAN THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO PRODUCE.

    A PROPOSED PROGRAM SCHEDULE IS AS FOLLOWS:

    6:00AM – 9:00AM = LOCAL ORIGINATION NEWS, VARIETY

    9:00AM – NOON = LOCAL ORIGINATION TECH TALK (TECHNOLOGY TALK SHOW)

    NOON – 2:00 = LOCAL ORIGINATION HEALTH INFORMATION (GUEST DOCTORS, MEDICAL NEWS, TALK)

    2:00PM – 5:00PM = LOCAL STUDENTS FROM SCHOOLS PRODUCING OWN RADIO SHOWS

    5:00PM – 7:00PM = NEWS PRODUCED BY LOCAL RESIDENTS

    7:00PM – 10:00PM = LOCAL AMATEUR RADIO SHOW (FOCUSED ON EDUCATING LISTENERS TO RADIO TECHNOLOGY)

    10PM – MID = LOCAL VARIETY

    ON WEEKENDS, WE PROPOSE A SIMILAR SCHEDULE WITH THE ADDITION OF PROVIDING A FORUM FOR LOCAL CHURCHES TO PRODUCE PROGRAMMING.

    Form 318 source

    Website: http://www.worc.info/

    Co channel and first adjacent stations within the first 100 km do not exceed class C3. most notably KSND Monmouth but coverage for this channel should be fairly decent even at LPFM limitations. The second adjacent stations in Portland, 95.5 and 94.7, especially 95.5 might be annoying in areas of hindered propagation.

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    Channel 232 94.3 MHz

    Free Form Portland has received a CP on 94.3 in Beaverton on a short cell tower near the corner of SW 185th Ave. and SW Shaw St.

    Proposed 60 dBu service

    Proposed site

    Website: https://mogadaoyoga.com/en/free-form-portland-or-mogadao-workshops/

    Co channel class C2 KZZR in Government Camp might leak through the West Hills but there are no serious threats other than a new co channel LPFM CP in Salem.

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    Channel 216 91.1 MHz

    Wilsonville Radio Project has been granted a CP on 91.1 and proposes an antenna on a registered cell tower near the intersection of I-5 and NE Miley Rd.

    Proposed 60 dBu service

    Proposed site

    Tower registration #1038155

    Website: http://www.lookupbear.com/us/or/wilsonville/advertising-graphic-design/wilsonville-radio-project

    This is a very busy co channel activity channel. The biggest issues are co channel class C1 KWAX in Eugene and co channel C2 class KTJC in Kelso. The 40 dBu interfering contours of those two meet in-between Newberg and West Linn and reception in Wilsonville will also be hampered by K216EH in Colton and KXRY in Portland, the latter also being effected by the C class bombardment.

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    Channel 212 90.3 MHz

    Originally this frequency was filed on by three applicants who became MX group 294. The applications of community Media Assistance Project and Disjecta Contemporary Art Center Inc. have been dismissed by their own request, but Radio 23’s application and petitions remain on hold.

    Radio 23 had applied for 90.3 and proposed a site in the Pacific Ocean 500 km due west of Portland. Their application had been dismissed but is still active pending action on their Petition For Reconsideration to correct

    their blunder. Radio 23 proposes an antenna located at 6936 NE MLK Boulevard on a registered cell tower.

    Tower registration #1215740

    Proposed site

    Dismissal letter

    Petition for Reconsideration

    Joint Request For Settlement.

    Educational statement

    Website: http://www.radio23.org/

    This channel is fairly clear of class C co channel problems except for co channel class C3 KXPC in Welches. KLSC in McMinnville probably won’t be a big problem. Second adjacent KBOO might be an issue in places of compromised coverage.

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    Channel 208 89.5 MHz

    Growing Gardens has received a CP for an LPFM in Hillsboro. They propose an antenna on a registered tower located at 4545 NW Kaiser Road.

    Proposed 60 dBu service

    Proposed site

    Tower registration #1269612

    Website: http://growing-gardens.org/

    Again, down at the left end of the dial there are mostly Class A’s. Leakage through the West Hills from co channel class C2 KPFR in Pine Grove might be an issue in spots. Co channel class A KJVH in Longview is a possible annoyance. Second adjacent interference from 2nd adjacent class C1’s KMHD and KQAC is possible since the west side of the West Hills is pretty flat and the proposal lacks any significant height. Should be oK inside the 60 dBu.

    ****************************************************************

    Licensed LPFM’s

    KQRZ-LP 100.7 Hillsboro previously discussed

    KQSO-LP 96.3 Newberg previously discussed

    KKJC-LP 96.3 McMinnville

    KKJC-LP 95.9 Woodburn

    KPCN-LP 95.9 Woodburn

    Portland metro existing LPFM 60 dBu service

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    Useful Links/Miscellaneous

    Subpart G—Low Power FM Broadcast Stations (LPFM) Rules

    §73.801 List of Additional Broadcast regulations applicable to LPFM stations<./strong>

    §73.503 Licensing requirements and service (Educational statements)

    Educational statements have been left out of the analysis for those stations already granted a CP.

    §73.807 Minimum distance separation between stations

    Original MX National List

    Further Guidance on the Processing of LPFM Applications-Resolving Mutually Exclusive Applications

    FM Station Search

    TITLE 47—Telecommunication CHAPTER I—FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (CONTINUED) SUBCHAPTER C—BROADCAST RADIO SERVICES

    Educational statements have been left out of the analysis for some of those stations already granted a CP.

    No animals were used in the creation or testing of this report. USC 17 compliant. Thanks for reading.

    #2742

    semoochie
    Participant

    “SCCNW proposes an antenna on the City Of Portland tower on Kelly Butte.” Is this the previous tower that was dismantled or a different one?

    #2743

    DarkStar
    Participant

    Andy: Thank you for that excellent analysis!

    I don’t want to suggest that any “funny business” might be going on, however there seem to be many organizations on the list that make absolutely no mention on their websites (or Facebook pages or elsewhere) about them starting a radio station.

    It appears that Common Frequency assisted a very large percentage of these applications and with the Jefferson Smith error I gotta wonder if there is a strategy to create some type of area-wide network of radio stations? Maybe each licensee gets airtime or maybe access to production studios or something…

    Let’s take a quick look at KXRY – their Kickstarter funds were sent to the Media Institute For Social Change – that organization also has an application for 99.9 FM. Jefferson Smith is highly involved with XRAY.FM (did press tours for them) and he is on the board of the Voice For Oregon Innovation And Sustainability – involved with a dismissed application for 96.7 FM. XRAY.FM has been testing their stream through the same server used for Radio23, who has an application for 90.3 FM, and Radio23 provides streaming service for Cascade Community Radio who has an application for 101.5 FM.

    Did we ever figure out the other LPFM that Jefferson Smith is a board member of?

    #2744

    Andy Brown
    Participant

    “”SCCNW proposes an antenna on the City Of Portland tower on Kelly Butte.” Is this the previous tower that was dismantled or a different one?”

    I do not know. The link for the ASR, repeated below, indicated it was not dismantled.

    http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/AsrSearch/asrRegistration.jsp?regKey=616044

    I’ll take a ride up there and get back to you . . . eventually. Where did you read it was “dismantled?” I remember reading that the old 450 MHz gear wasn’t being used anymore and that it would be turned off and taken down, but a) I don’t know that they really did that and b) I read elsewhere they still have that system as a backup for the 800 MHz trunking they use now. Also, the ASR database often has towers marked as dismantled but still in the record system years after they have been taken down.

    “I don’t want to suggest that any “funny business” might be going on”

    I can confirm that there is, indeed, anomalies and contradictions (polite for lies) contained within the sum and total of the public information I went through and knew about before I even started re-reading it.

    “It appears that Common Frequency assisted a very large percentage of these applications and with the Jefferson Smith error I gotta wonder if there is a strategy to create some type of area-wide network of radio stations?”

    As Trixter (NoParty) would say on the political side, “Plonk!”

    This is true and XRAY has said as much. In fact, check out this email exchange between Marjorie Skinner of the Portland Mercury and myself about it:

    Hi Andy—I work for the Portland Mercury and am working on a feature article to coincide with the launch of XRAY.FM. I’ve been following the thread on Feedback, and was wondering if you might be willing to help me out.

    Part of what I’m trying to get at is a sense of what they are up against in terms of terrestrial broadcasting. Would you be willing to give me an outline (in lay terms as much as possible) of what they would need to do in order to be able to reach listeners throughout the city? In your professional opinion, is this a pie in the sky fantasy or do you think they have a shot at succeeding? I’m also curious what your relationship is to the organization. When he chimed in it seemed like you and Jeff Simmons were familiar. Why have you taken such an interest in the endeavor?

    Thanks in advance for any thoughts you are willing to share. I can also be reached at 503- —Marjorie

    Hello Marjorie,

    You wrote:

    a sense of what they are up against in terms of terrestrial broadcasting. Would you be willing to give me an outline (in lay terms as much as possible) of what they would need to do in order to be able to reach listeners throughout the city? In your professional opinion, is this a pie in the sky fantasy or do you think they have a shot at succeeding?

    Mostly pie in the sky and here is why. KXRY is a Class D station. Class D was developed by the FCC decades ago with the intent of serving college campuses and other non profit organizations looking to broadcast over small areas. Class D’s are not allowed to have interference free coverage for more than a few miles from their transmitter/antenna site. Class D’s may not upgrade to a higher class. KXRY is already operating at the maximum coverage allowed for Class D’s and can not increase power and if they choose to go higher in elevation by either moving to another location or obtaining space higher up on the tower they already are on, they will have to reduce power to maintain the maximum allowable coverage. KXRY as a class D will never have citywide coverage. Their only options are to purchase or lease a translator already in service, and that is unlikely at this time although could become possible in the future. Translators have slightly better coverage in general than a class D. KXRY could also arrange to be carried by a full service FM station on one of their digital auxiliary channels, HD2 or HD3, but that is unlikely as well since their aren’t many commercial broadcasters that are going to give that space away at an affordable rate and the few non commercial full service stations (KOPB, KBOO) are either using those channels or don’t have them due to the expense of adding them). Besides, not many people can receive the digital signals, yet. It is interesting to note that the FCC long ago gave Class D’s the opportunity to upgrade, and Reed College (the former holder of the KXRY license) could have done it at the time and upgraded to a Class A (the next class up from Class D) but chose not to. Nowadays, there is no space anymore in the Portland metro for any Class A’s or new translators. The current LPFM applications (LPFM’s have slightly better coverage than a Class D, about the same as a translator) are going to use up all the remaining openings in the Portland metro, more than likely, but that proceeding has not yet been finalized so we’ll have to see. Remember, Class D’s and LPFM’s can originate programming. Translators can not. Translators can only carry the programming from an already on air station. So other than by streaming on the internet or obtaining a translator down the road, there isn’t any way for KXRY to reach listeners throughout the city in the near future.

    I’m also curious what your relationship is to the organization. When he chimed in it seemed like you and Jeff Simmons were familiar. Why have you taken such an interest in the endeavor?

    I have no relationship with KXRY or its license holder Common Frequency of Davis, California. When Jeff Simmons first posted on pdxradio.com (in an earlier thread, not the one you are following) I did offer him (free) advice. I attended an early fund raiser at the Hollywood Theater and spoke with him at length and again offered to be a sounding board on engineering issues. I gave him my phone number and email address, but never heard back. Other than a few additional exchanges electronically, I have not heard from him or anyone at KXRY.

    My interest in new FM radio services is not confined to KXRY’s Class D effort. I follow all the changes in the Portland radio environment.

    I began my career in radio broadcasting and radio broadcast engineering at my alma mater, Lehigh University, in 1973. In my senior year I helped put Lehigh’s FM station on the air, and worked part time in several stations in the area before obtaining my Bachelor Of Science in Electrical Engineering. After that, I worked full time in nearby Allentown, PA at a station for several years before moving to Portland where I have worked in the radio and television industry from 1976 to the present day. I was a monomaniac at KVAN 1480 alongside Iris Harrison (of KGON) and Bob Ancheta (of KINK) where I helped engineer KVAN’s first nightime service as well as their first all night DJ, programming and delivering their first all night show. I was Chief Engineer of KMJK Magic 107 (106.7) when they were #1 on the dial before Z100 was started. After that I was a maintenance engineer and satellite engineer for KATU for ten years. I have done extensive work in the last decade for non-commercial educational broadcasters and was instrumental in getting KMUZ, Turner (Salem) on the air by finding a location that would cover as close to Salem as possible and win their comparative analysis against other competitors in the 2007 window for applications for new non-commercial stations. There are several dozen stations like KMUZ around the country that I did all the initial engineering for that are now on the air. I have no relationships (yet) with the LPFM applicants in the current wave of applications now before the FCC.

    To me, KXRY’s rollout has been disappointing because they have been agonizingly slow to get on the air. So much so, that they are going to overshadowed by about 9 new LPFM’s around the Portland metro which will have slightly better coverage and will steal the buzz, so to speak. It’s my opinion that KXRY has overstated its capabilities, technically speaking, especially when they purported to be the answer to Clear Channel throwing Thom Hartmann (I did some work for Thom) off the air and neutering KPOJ as a liberal progressive voice on the Portland dial. If it was true, i”d be shouting hell yeah, but 620 kHz is a regional AM station with a huge coverage area going from Longview to Corvallis.

    If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

    Sincerely,

    Then a few days later I received this:

    Hi again Andy—I thought you might be interested in what the KXRY crew says their strategy is for increasing their range:

    “We are looking at and for alternatives to traditional methods of distribution. Rather than a 70,000 watt transmitter and a power bill of nominally $5000 a month (not including rent/tower space etc.) we are looking for a bunch of 60 watt light bulbs scattered throughout the region. Technology is on our side and the days of the big stick on the hill are over or are in decline.”

    Thoughts?

    Hi,

    Sounds like they are moving the target, Marjorie. First they are talking about reaching “listeners throughout the city” and now they are saying “throughout the region.” You cornered them and they are trying to change the subject. First, please recall that “the crew at KXRY” are local folks with big ideas, but they aren’t even the licensee of KXRY whom is Common Frequency in Davis, CA. They have raised enough money to get started, but have yet to pay any real dues and have no real credibility. They first have to show they can continue to raise money and pay their own bills before Common Frequency is going to have the license assigned to them for no consideration (i.e. money). That is the mission of Common Frequency.

    As far as distributing their programming to translators outside of the region, that isn’t as easy as it sounds. The new LPFM service is going to make it very difficult to obtain new frequencies for translators in any desirable populated area and translators that are already in service don’t change their rebroadcast primary station on a whim. Clearly, the price of an existing translator (once you own it, you can rebroadcast the station of your choosing) is far beyond the resources of the folks at KXRY and Common Frequency doesn’t buy anything

    that is up and running and working, rather, they absorb failing and unused properties and try and turn them over to willing and capable non profits in the area of the failing service. LPFM, the newest FCC service and the hot topic for this year is not only gobbling up any remaining small openings but also has a caveat, you can only own one. Other Class D’s are few and far between because the FCC

    stopped issuing Class D’s to colleges, etc. years ago. So the secondary services (Class D original stations, translators (technically also Class D but can’t originate programming) and LPFM are the only “60 watt light bulbs” in terrestrial service. Primary service in this region consists

    of Class A and Classes C3, C2, C1, C0 and full Class C. Translators sell for about 6 figures in Portland, less in the outer areas, but the ones for sale often need to be re-equipped, re-engineeered and can run the investment up. Class A’s have 10 to 20 mile coverage but they are

    not cheap, although much less than any of the C classes.

    So I think these folks know all that. What they are trying to say is that they want to get their programming on other peoples stations, and that’s not so easy. They have to prove they can successfully run and support KXRY before they even become a licensee and expand their reach through purchase, lease, or distribution of programming. They have a lot of dues to pay and will soon find out

    that it all costs lots of money.

    “the days of the big stick on the hill are over or are in decline”

    Wishful thinking on their part. Yes, Clear Channel owns just under 1000 radio stations and is 21 billion dollars in debt and have added 6 billion dollars of new debt just to service the old debt. They are losing money monthly and have been for years. But that does not represent the majority of radio owners. There are 15,000 radio stations out there, and the day of the big stick is far from over nor is it in decline. There is no metric to support their statement without focusing on the biggest owner only. It almost sounds like they want to become like the very thing they despise, using a small station with a thousand outlets to distribute the same programming to areas where it might not be desired like Calvary Chapel or EMF does.

    https://www.fcc.gov/document/broadcast-station-totals-december-31-2013

    I am not surprised they threw a bunch of bull at you, though. They talk big but the bottom line is they haven’t even broadcast anything yet except a test tone. Don’t let them snow you, Marjorie. They need to get going. I listened to their stream briefly the other afternoon and frankly, it sounded pretty bush league. Then there is the on air signal which is gone as I head south on Milwaukie Ave beyond SE Division. I mean really, who are they kidding? The Class D that ate Cleveland. Yeah, right.

    Have a great week. Don’t hesitate to ask more questions.

    Regards,

    Let’s take a quick look at KXRY – their Kickstarter funds were sent to the Media Institute For Social Change – that organization also has an application for 99.9 FM. Jefferson Smith is highly involved with XRAY.FM (did press tours for them) and he is on the board of the Voice For Oregon Innovation And Sustainability – involved with a dismissed application for 96.7 FM. XRAY.FM has been testing their stream through the same server used for Radio23, who has an application for 90.3 FM, and Radio23 provides streaming service for Cascade Community Radio who has an application for 101.5 FM.

    Exactly. You forgot the Cascade Educational Broadcast Service. How they fit into all that is also a question I have.

    http://cebspdx.org/

    I think that there is a loose group of non profits set up in different names with no duplication on the boards of directors in an attempt to garner numerous LPFM properties. While barely legal that is clearly in opposition to the spirit of the rules and more than likely will come around and bite them hard in the ass down the road.

    Did we ever figure out the other LPFM that Jefferson Smith is a board member of?

    Not yet. I’ve checked about one third of them but lost my check sheet so I have to start over (ugh!!).

    I see some of my FCC links have timed out. It appears that if you link to a document in the Correspondence Folder it won’t be permanent. Sorry about that. They all can be brought up pretty easily by going to the first link in my report and clicking on the leftmost column where it says “NEW” or call letters and bringing up the record(s) for that station. There are Correspondence folders for each application and/or amendment, so you have to check several links to find everything. Anyone wanting to see a specific document that can’t find it themselves, let me know and I’ll repost the link which should be good for several hours at least.

    If you recall, I asked Jeff Simmons in the XRAY thread about his being a principal of KDOA and an LPFM group (Cascade Community Radio I think it was) plus the founder of Radio 23. No answers from him but it is clear that there is a cabal of folks trying to put together something loosely within the rules but clearly questionable. Three LPFM’s putting together 8 hours of programming each all at the same studio and then playing them on three LPFMs at different times . . . or something like that might be what they are thinking, but will not please the folks at the FCC.

    #2745

    DarkStar
    Participant

    Very interesting info indeed! Personally, I hope that each of the applicants are dedicated in producing live, local content and wouldn’t think it would be a big deal to share programs across each station, but I think they need to stay independent with their own management and studios.

    #2746

    jr_tech
    Participant

    Kelly Butte Tower?

    “”SCCNW proposes an antenna on the City Of Portland tower on Kelly Butte.” Is this the previous tower that was dismantled or a different one?”

    I do not know. The link for the ASR, repeated below, indicated it was not dismantled.

    http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/AsrSearch/asrRegistration.jsp?regKey=616044

    I’ll take a ride up there and get back to you . . . eventually. Where did you read it was “dismantled?”

    I found this which says that it was taken down in 2006:

    http://kellybutteunderground.blogspot.com/2008/01/kelly-butte-civil-defense-center.html

    I don’t see a tower on “google maps”: http://goo.gl/maps/vvo8G

    Andy, THANKS for the great LPFM summary… must have taken many hours to put together!

    #2747

    Andy Brown
    Participant

    Thanks, jr_tech.

    I didn’t see it on Google Earth, either.

    Apparently the ASR record hasn’t been updated. No surprise. I guess the applicant (as did many) filed off of an old map and never contacted the owner (which you are supposed to do). Reasonable assurance of getting on the tower is a requirement but not a “rule.” More than likely, many of these applications just filed on towers without checking them for access. As has been discussed before, most cell phone operators who own their own towers are not interested in FM broadcast antennae. Independent tower owners have more flexibility.

    At the time when I was going after 105.9, the City Of Portland would not host a broadcast antenna on that tower. So I was surprised to see someone filed on it, but in order to compile that report (it took about 20 hours over three or four days) I couldn’t run down every little detail.

    #2748

    radiogeek
    Participant

    Thanks for an excellent summary. This sure is going to be interesting.

    #2749

    Alfredo_T
    Participant

    Thanks for all the research, Andy. I am looking forward to hearing what pops up on these frequencies. Nonetheless, I couldn’t help but laugh at the assertion that multi-kilowatt transmitters are obsolete. I am not seeing Clear Channel or even established community broadcasters like KBOO rushing to switch off their electricity-hungry transmitters.

    #2750

    semoochie
    Participant

    It seems like I heard that there had been quite a bit of vandalism, to the old Kelly Butte Tower, before it was taken down and that was the reason given. A thought just occurred to me: After Class Ds were offered Class A status, could they upgrade to an even higher class at some point?

    #2751

    Andy Brown
    Participant

    Once you are a primary service station (A or higher) you are in the big leagues and you gain all the rights of primary service stations including filing for a major change. Of course, it would have to comply with 73.207 or 73.215 and be filed in the appropriate window. Before the FCC started having specific ranges of dates for certain filings, I think you could file for a major change at any time, but I’m not sure.

    The bigger advantage of making the jump from secondary to primary service has to do with protection against displacement. Class D’s (like KXRY), DX’s (translators), L1’s (LPFM-100) and L2’s (LPFM-10) are all subject to being displaced as a result of changes in the primary service grid. Secondary services must also accept any and all interference from other stations. Not only that, but when you operate under 2nd adjacent waivers, you obviously can’t complain about that causing your signal to be interfered upon by them.

    #2752

    semoochie
    Participant

    Thank you. Do you think that they’ll ever get to the point of authorizing the Class A service on second adjacencies? It isn’t that much of a stretch, from a high powered translator.

    #2753

    Andy Brown
    Participant

    No. The area of interference caused becomes too large. As you have seen with the recent barrel of LPFM waiver requests, the area of interference caused is pretty small. When you raise the ERP, that area becomes bigger pretty quickly and results in a major hole in the 60 dBu service of the 2nd adjacent station. In areas where a second adjacent waiver is not required probably can support a new Class A or higher, and in the appropriate window anyone can propose a new station and if granted would displace the secondary service there.

    All in all, the current landscape has too many secondary service stations operating under waivers for 2nd adjacent in the big markets because of the money they can make. Loosening the rules would only make it worse in those areas. Portland had Class A’s (107.5 and 94.7 started that way) but the big money bought out or paid off the outer area stations and either moved them further away, accepted a downgrade at their existing location, or jumped up or down a channel or two (minor change) to allow both of those to upgrade.

    Now with all the new LPFM-100’s we are pretty clogged. The next translator window will probably be for existing AM licensees only. By the time that’s over with, it will be bare bones up and down the valley until you get south of Eugene or far enough east or west of the I-5 corridor to find open space.

    When I was looking to squeeze a new Class A in the Salem market in 2007, it was near impossible. There was just enough room to do KMUZ Turner, but even then the proposal was limited in coverage and required a DA.

    However, those folks have worked hard and I hope the FCC lets KBOO walk the unused translator down there for KMUZ to get good coverage in Salem proper. Up here in Portland, you can look at any frequency you want and there is no room anymore for anything. When you analyze the situation on those mid channels, you tend to see the same thing. Distant co channels create a triangle of area distant enough to put an LPFM-100 with a 2nd adjacent waiver and lots of potential for co channel interference received. I drew one out in the report and will repost it here: http://www.mediaeng.com/specialprojects/100.7.cochannel.jpg You can clearly see the three co channels propagating in from Bend, Depoe Bay and Seattle and you should easily see the triangle of availability I’m talking about. In that triangle, you can put an LPFM or a translator, but if you draw out the 73.207 curves they are further out and the triangle disappears so no Class A fits just based on co channel required separation let alone the second adjacent issue.

    The folks at KXRY are just now waking up to the fact that co channel interference is something they will have to live with. They continue to market themselves as listenable well beyond their 60 dBu signal but once they drop the test tone nonsense and put talk or music on air, listeners (especially the mobile ones) will hear what I’m talking about. Signal at the intersections disappears and gets replaced by Kelso in NW Portland or the Condon translator if you are to the south of their small sweet spot, or their RF is so down in the mud that the second adjacent splatter takes over. They are just rookies about this, Semoochie, but I know you aren’t and I’ve been around the block more times than I want to even talk about. College radio signals (Class D) were not introduced to cover cities. Even LPFM at 100 watt or full 250 w translators or even AM 1 kW stations like the old KVAN 1480 have a hard time getting listeners outside their primary service footprint.

    #2754

    semoochie
    Participant

    Thank you Andy. I didn’t think it was a good idea. I was just wondering if it was within the realm of possibility. For some reason, this got me to thinking about the full power FM in Los Angeles, second adjacent to the main signals and only a few miles from Mt. Wilson. I know it’s all grandfathered but it makes we wonder about real world interference down there. Edit add: It appears that I’m referring to a third adjacent Class A, KSPC 88.7, 400 watts @ 21 meters HAAT but 685 meters above sea level. https://maps.google.com/?q=http://transition.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/contourplot.kml%3Fgmap%3D2%26appid%3D1506675%26call%3DKSPC%26freq%3D88.7%26contour%3D60%26city%3DCLAREMONT%26state%3DCA.kml

    #2755

    Andy Brown
    Participant

    “Did we ever figure out the other LPFM that Jefferson Smith is a board member of?”

    Jefferson Smith is a board member of the Portland Radio Project (We Make The Media, Inc.) whom are applicants for Channel 256 99.1 MHz and in MX group 285 going against LGBTQ Community Center Fund. (See first post in the thread for details). How he and his staff blundered into filing as a board member of Portland Community Radio, the group that had their application dismissed as a result of the flagrant violation of the filing rules, should come as no surprise from someone that can’t keep his driver’s license and insurance current. In the radio broadcast application arena, details do count.

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