October 24, 2015 at 9:39 pm #14954e_dawgParticipant
There used to be tons of translators (statewide) from Portland to Eugene to Milton-freewater. Now there are only few translators across the state. Mostly concentrated in Astoria, Albany, the sales, hood river, and madras. What happened? Is it too expensive to maintain them?October 24, 2015 at 10:32 pm #14955BroadwayParticipant
Ah, I think there is quite a few and more maybe coming…
http://www.radioworld.com/article/am-radio-revitalization-order-is-complete-fcc-says/277389October 25, 2015 at 12:08 am #14957
247 licensed translators in Oregon
39 construction permits for translators
5 pending applications for translatorsOctober 25, 2015 at 2:36 am #14959e_dawgParticipant
Whoops, I meant TV translators for KATU 2, KOIN 6, KGW 8, KOPB 10, KPTV 12, and KPDX 49. I’m not counting KRCW 32 and KPXG 22 since they didn’t have bunch of translators to begin with. KPXG translators are mostly in the Portland area while KRCW 32 only have few translators to begin with.October 25, 2015 at 8:49 am #14961spudParticipant
According to the AM revitalization report, in 2016 AM stations will be able to acquire FM translators from rural areas and move them into the major markets. The maximum move will be up to 250 miles. With that said, if the big guys start buying them and moving into Portland, what will that do to the LPFM community? My understating is FM translators stand above LPFM and any low power station has to protect a translator. I wonder if the LPFM service will still even exist then…October 25, 2015 at 2:13 pm #14962
“if the big guys start buying them and moving into Portland, what will that do to the LPFM community? ”
The full information tells a different story. First, an AM owner can only buy and move a translator up to 250 miles to its AM’s coverage area if the frequency is available in that area. That means nothing is coming to Portland, since there are no frequencies available within the major metro area assuming all existing CP’s become licensed. Also, since the FCC is extending Construction Permits to a full 36 months for any LPFM that needs it, this translator window (a two part window), will begin before those CP’s expire. So there won’t be any chance for an opening in Portland until the second part of the window in 2017, assuming that not only will some LPFM not be built out (unlikely but possible) and that LPFM is the only one in the area on that channel (meaning the opening is not central to the market) and the FCC actually executes the plan in a timely manner without changes (another big if).
Second, a proposed translator can not displace an existing LPFM license, construction permit or application. They are both secondary services and neither can displace the other. That means any new proposed translator must protect an LPFM on co channel and first adjacent frequencies in addition to all primary service stations and other translators as per 73.207 and 74/1204.
Bottom line: No significant impact in Portland. Probably zero impact.October 25, 2015 at 2:18 pm #14963
29 licensed TV translators in Oregon with two outstanding applications
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