February 1, 2018 at 5:14 pm #34505
Like I said, there are few options short of building from scratch. East Multnomah County is probably the best option for that but that, too, is expensive.
Nobody in AM is building 5/8th wave anymore. Those two huge honkers radiating 970 have been there a long time, dating back to when 5/8th was desirable. 1/2 wave is a smarter choice but in the current environment, 1/4 wave is good enough except for it’s skywave components and those nulls. Anyway, the point remains that 1150 is going to be running on their STA temp antenna for a long time, e_dawg.February 2, 2018 at 12:23 am #34519
They can’t stay there for more than a year without a solid plan, can they? Would the FCC keep granting extensions if they can’t come up with a solution, at least on paper?February 2, 2018 at 3:07 pm #34522
Their lawyers can keep them in the game as long as there is a trail of them working on a “plan.”
Here’s the reason they gave on their application to extend the STA filed last week:
DURING THE PAST SIX MONTHS WE HAVE SEARCHED FOR A NEW TRANSMITTER SITE FOR KGDD AM 1150 WHICH COULD MEET THE FCC’S CITY-GRADE COVERAGE REQUIREMENT FOR PORTLAND, OREGON; WE HAVEN’T FOUND A SUITABLE SITE.
WE WILL BE LOOKING AT POTENTIAL NEW SITES IN THE PORTLAND AREA, AND ALSO CONSIDERING REQUESTING A CHANGE IN KGDD’S COMMUNITY OF LICENSE, IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO SERVE THE HISPANIC POPULATION IN THE PORTLAND RADIO METRO MARKET.
AN EXTENSION OF KGDD’S CURRENT STA WOULD BE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, CONVENIENCE AND NECESSITY, TO ALLOW THE STATION TO REMAIN ON THE AIR IN ORDER TO SERVE AN IMPORTANT MINORITY COMMUNITY, WHILE WE SEARCH FOR A NEW PERMANENT TRANSMITTER SITE FOR THIS STATION.
Here is part of the FCC’s response on their grant of that request:
Requests for extension of STA will be granted only where the licensee can show that one or more of the following criteria have been met:
• Restoration of licensed facilities is complete and testing is underway;
Bustos Media Holdings, LLC (BMH) KGDD, Portland, OR
Facility Identification Number: 71752 Special Temporary Authority (STA) BESTA.- 20171228AAH
• Substantial progress has been made during the most recent STA period toward restoration of licensed operation; or
• No progress has been made during the most recent STA period for reasons clearly beyond the licensee’s control, and the licensee has taken all possible steps to expeditiously resolve the problem.
So clearly, they made no progress but it is “beyond their control” that they are too thin in the wallet to undertake the huge costs of duplexing with an existing service or building out a new one.
The bottom line, Semoochie, is that if they can continue to show they are trying to relocate and can document it, they can probably get a waiver and get additional STA extensions. The text of last weeks extension application said they might change city of license.
FYI: STA’s, like licenses, often are granted with conditions that can only be found on either the instrument of authorization (License or CP) or on correspondence back to the applicant in those cases like this, where there is no need to issue a new license, new construction permit or new STA.February 2, 2018 at 6:07 pm #34524
If they are really serious about the prospect of moving KGDD’s city of license, might they not do well to consider Forest Grove or Newberg? They would not have to move their FM translator (my understanding is that it has to be within 25 miles of the AM transmitter). There would be a fairly large Hispanic population within the coverage area of the 1150 signal.February 2, 2018 at 8:51 pm #34525
This is not a tower question and I apologize. How do I contact an admin for the site? The form doesn’t work and I had a question. Thanks!February 4, 2018 at 1:10 pm #34558February 6, 2018 at 1:48 pm #34599
Listeners in Vancouver to xray programmed KXRW LP 99.9 will now have to contend with a whole lot more interference coming from the west hills via Bustos now granted application to construct a translator to regurgitate their KOOR AM 1010 signal. They (KXRW) could have blocked this but they chose instead to do nothing. Also, folks in the Estacada and Newberg areas who enjoy the programming on KRKT Albany may have issues as well.February 6, 2018 at 3:51 pm #34620
Bustos has also applied for two other translators in Portland. One on 105.7 and the other on 94.9, both from the Skyline Tower. Of course, they are first adjacent to KFBW and KNRK. How long do you think it will take the FCC to dismiss these? How could they have made such a stupid mistake?February 6, 2018 at 4:25 pm #34623
If translators were to broadcast on 94.9 and 105.7, they would certainly qualify for the tag, “can you hear me now?” 🙂February 6, 2018 at 5:52 pm #34628
The Bustos applications were filed on 1/31 and have been “received” but have not been “accepted for filing” so my guess is that their next status will be the round file. Both are assigned to Beaverton. They were filed at the deadline for the AM Revitalization window but clearly without any regard for the reality of the situation. Those initial 349’s for this purpose apparently don’t require answers to the interference questions because everyone just leaves them blank and follows up with another 349 with all the details. I believe they do this just to be first in the pecking order against competitive filings. Yes, just two stupid mistakes.February 6, 2018 at 11:56 pm #34647
Here is how Scott Fybush explained the situation in a Radio Discussions post: “As someone who does these translator filings for a living, let me clue you in on a little bit of the strategy that sometimes goes into the choice of frequency.
What got filed in the January window was called a “short form 349” – it didn’t require much in the way of technical details, just a frequency, power and transmitter location that are not checked by the FCC for technical viability. You could file for 101.5 in Seattle and it would be accepted for filing. The only purpose of the short-form frequency selection is to determine which applications are going to end up being mutually-exclusive (MX) to others, and thus require a settlement between applicants or (in the worst case) an auction.
The real technical filing will come in a few months when the FCC issues a call for long-form applications. At that point, applicants can make minor changes (up or down 1, 2, or 3 channels or +/- 10.6 or 10.8 MHz) from their original short-form frequency choices. So the applicant who filed for 101.3, which is not a viable channel in Seattle, could change to 101.1 or 101.9, which might be more viable.
Why do it this way? Because if the real goal was to get to 101.1 but someone else also applied for 101.1, this strategy allows for a second-choice move to 101.9 to avoid an MX.
It’s not always as “insane” as it looks once you get under the hood of the filing process.”February 7, 2018 at 3:25 pm #34661
Way Media’s translator K235CU Bethany 94.9 has been granted its application to relocate to a new site near Longview and change to channel 236 K236BV Longview 95.1.February 8, 2018 at 9:47 am #34690
Andy – any thoughts on KUIK and KLYC both filing for 99.1?February 8, 2018 at 1:27 pm #34695
Obviously they can’t both do 99.1, but in either case both of them are in the significant secondary coverage of KODZ, a Class C in Eugene whose 60 dBu coverage reaches up to Dallas and Keizer. Whatever they do, it is questionable how much of KODZ leaks through the hills in South Salem without a hard look. It would work but it doesn’t appear that a translator there would win any awards for coverage. I haven’t looked at first adjacents.February 8, 2018 at 6:21 pm #34714
KUIK did file for a translator on 99.1 colo on their AM tower.
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