Wednesday, December 16, 2015

AM stations gone

McGrath, Alaska: 870KHz:
Van Buren, Arkansas: 1060KHz:

KSKO & KJQS licenses surrendered for cancellation.

KSKO recently activated an FM station on 89.5.
KJQS changed call letters just a few weeks before going silent...

Sunday, December 13, 2015

AM stations gone

Ear Falls, Ontario: 1450KHz:
CKDR-4 moving to 97.5 FM

Hilo, Hawaii: 620KHz:
KHNU license cancelled, off over a year.

AM call changes

The following stations have recently changed callsigns:

Van Buren, Arkansas     1060 KJQS from KRUZ
Arvada, Colorado        1690 KDMT from KDDZ
Springfield, Missouri   1340 KICK from KADI
Enterprise, Nevada      1540 KENT for new station
St. George, S. Carolina  810 WWOS from WQIZ
Murray, Utah            1230 KRUZ from KJQS

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

AM Call Changes

The following AM stations have recently changed callsigns:

Tempe, Arizona           1580 KHEP from KMIK
Fort Smith, Arkansas     1650 KFSW from KYHN
Tulare, California       1270 KVMI from KJUG
Colorado Springs, Colo.  1530 KQSC from KKHI
Seaford, Delaware        1280 WSUX from WSFD
Cocoa Beach, Florida     1300 WFCB from WMEL
Macon, Georgia            900 WYPZ from WBML
Warner Robins, Georgia   1350 WBML from WYPZ
Gladstone, Missouri       890 KMVG from KGGN
Fair Bluff, N. Carolina  1480 WGHJ from WODR
Catoosa, Oklahoma        1570 KTUZ from KZLI
Claremore, Oklahoma      1270 KRXO from KTUZ
Morovis, Puerto Rico     1580 WMTI from WEKO
Plano, Texas              620 KEXB from KMKI
New Holstein, Wisconsin  1530 WLAK from WLWB

Friday, October 23, 2015

AM Improvement Docket

Here's the original item:

AM Improvement


1st R&O
FM translator windows

During 2016, AM licensee may acquire one FM translator above 92, move it up to 250 miles, and move to any technically suitable FM frequency. Translator must relay the AM station for at least four years.

During 2017, FM translator application window open only to Class C and D AM stations that didn't get a translator in the 2016 modification opportunity.

Later, FM translator application window open to all AM stations that didn't get into the 2016 modification opportunity.

Daytime & nighttime community coverage standards

Daytime: stations currently must provide 5mV/m to 80% of population or 80% of area of city-of-license. Modified to 50% of population or area but only for existing stations. New stations or existing stations moving to new cities must meet old standards.

Nighttime: stations currently must provide 80% of population or area of city-of-license to either 5mV/m or interference-free signal, whichever is greater. Minimum nighttime coverage is repealed for existing stations, no minimum requirement. New stations or existing stations moving to new cities must reach 50% of population or area.

Eliminate ratchet rule

Rule requires Class A or B stations modifying their signal to reduce skywave interference. Could usually only be done by reducing nighttime power, thus reducing coverage. FCC will repeal this rule.

MDCL

Strength of AM carrier dynamically adjusted to maintain 100% modulation with varying modulation levels. Saves utility bills. Not controversial. Approved. Stations using MDCL must notify FCC within 10 days. Station must be able to achieve full licensed carrier power at some audio level. Station must be able to achieve full licensed carrier power if MDCL is turned off. MDCL must be turned off before performing field strength measurements.

Antenna efficiency

Current rule requires stations to achieve a certain minimum field strength for a given amount of power. FCC relaxes standard by 25%. (many commenters suggested repealing it altogether. Allow stations to use as much power as necessary to achieve a field strength that doesn't interfere.)


FNPRM (Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking)
Protection

Night & CH protection to Class A Class A stations currently protected to 0.5mV/m 50% of the time skywave contour. FCC proposes to eliminate ALL skywave protection. Class A stations would be protected to 0.1mV/m groundwave. Critical Hours limitations would be repealed.

Night RSS method

The method of calculating interference caused by a new station was changed in 1991 to include adjacent-channel interference, among other minor changes. FCC proposes to roll back to pre-1991 method.

Daytime protection to Class B, C, and D

Currently, daytime, new stations must be at least: 26dB weaker than existing stations on the same channel 6dB weaker than existing stations on adjacent channels No stronger than existing stations on the 2nd and 3rd adjacent channels FCC proposes to roll back to pre-1991 rule in which first-adjacent channels must be no stronger than existing stations. 3rd-adjacent limit would be repealed altogether. You could have 570 and 600 in the same city.

Currently, daytime, Class B, C, and D stations are protected to 0.5mV/m groundwave contour.

FCC proposes to reduce protection to 2mV/m.

Siting of translators

Currently, FM translators relaying AM stations must contain their 60dBu service area within 25 miles of the AM transmitter site or the AM 2mV/m contour, whichever is lesser. FCC proposes to change that to 25 miles or 2mV/m, whichever is greater. However, in no case could the FM coverage extend beyond a 40-mile radius of the AM transmitter site.

Partial proofs

If an AM station with a directional antenna believes the system may be out of tolerance, or if certain repairs are made, the station must take measurements to prove it's working well enough. FCC proposes to simplify these measurements.

Method of moments

FCC proposes to “normalize” rules allowing directional stations to use computer modeling to determine proper operation.

X-band drop in-band channel

AM stations receiving an expanded-band frequency were supposed to surrender either their X-band frequency or their old frequency within five years. Some did:) 54 X-band stations were built. 25 have surrendered their regular-band licenses and four have been cancelled by the FCC. 2 X-band licenses have been surrendered and one cancelled by the FCC. By my count that leaves 22 stations still operating both X-band and regular-band.. FCC proposes to require such dual-operation stations to surrender one of their two frequencies within one year of a date to be established. If a station doesn't make a choice, the regular-band frequency would be deleted.


NOI
Use of X-band

Should more X-band stations be authorized? Preference for completely new stations? Preference for stations moving from standard band? Preference for stations operating in all-digital mode? Preference for stations causing the most interference? Proposes to require regular-band license be surrendered upon commencing X-band operation. Proposes to use interference contour measurement (instead of distance separation) in assigning new X-band stations. Should other-than-Class-B stations be permitted? Should directional antennas be permitted? Maybe only “simple” DAs? (no more than three towers)

Relax main studio rules

Currently, stations must have a “main studio” located either: Within the city-of-license, or: Within the city-of-license signal contour of any broadcast station licensed to the same city, or: Within 25 miles of the city-of-license. Should FCC be more willing to waive the rule for AM stations wishing to co-locate their studios with co-owned stations in the same market? Should there be an absolute limit on how far the main studio can be from the city-of-license?

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

New and potential new stations in Canada

Brampton, Ontario: 1350KHz:
Permit granted for new station

Radio Humsafar

Facilities are one of these three:

  • 1,000/38 U, 43-41-37N/79-43-34W
  • 1,000/45 U, 43-41-07N/79-43-30W
  • 1,000/55 U, 43-41-24N/79-43-55W

  • It's not known which of these facilities goes with which applicant. The other two were dismissed.


    Mississauga, Ontario: 1110KHz:
    Application filed for new station.

    5/5 U (yes, that's only five watts)
    Developmental community station. Mostly Arabic with some French & English.


    St. Catharines, Ontario: 1220KHz:
    Application for new station.

    10,000/10,000 U; classic hits.

    Saturday, October 17, 2015

    Wednesday, October 14, 2015

    Application for new AM station

    Mississauga, Ontario: 1490KHz:
    Application for new station.

    23 watts daytime, 770 watts night
    non-directional all hours
    Coordinates not given.
    Would relay CHTO-1690.

    AM station gone

    Farragut, Tennessee: 670KHz:
    WMTY license surrendered for cancellation.

    Tuesday, October 13, 2015

    Thursday, October 08, 2015

    AM call changes

    The following AM stations have recently changed call letters:

    Tempe, Arizona          1580 KHEP from KMIK
    Rocklin, California     1210 KRPU from KEBR
    Seaford, Delaware       1280 WSFD from WJWK
    Tallahassee, Florida    1270 WTLY from WNLS
    Boston, Massachusetts   1260 WBIX from WMKI
    Albuquerque, New Mexico 1550 KQNM from KRKE
    Milan, New Mexico       1090 KRKE from KQNM
    Madison, Wisconsin      1670 WOZN from WUSW
    

    AM stations gone

    Thomaston, Georgia: WTGA 1590
    Red Oak, North Carolina: WNCR 1190

    Licenses cancelled at request of licensees.

    Thursday, October 01, 2015

    Monday, September 21, 2015

    AM station not happening

    Ravenna, Nebraska: 1130KHz:
    Application for new station dismissed
    at request of applicant.

    Friday, September 18, 2015

    Thursday, September 17, 2015

    AM call changes

    The following AM stations have recently changed callsigns:

    Benton, Arkansas        690 KAFN from KEWI
    Eureka, California      790 KEJY from KWSW
    Eureka, California      980 KWSW from KEJY
    Denver, Colorado       1340 KDCO from KVOQ
    Riviera Beach, Florida 1600 WPOM from WHTY
    Wenatchee, Washington  1340 KWWX from KZNW
    

    AM stations gone

    Haleyville, Alabama: 1230KHz:
    Eldorado Springs, Missouri: 1580KHz:

    WWWH & KESM licenses surrendered for cancellation

    Friday, August 21, 2015

    Thursday, August 06, 2015

    AM call changes

    The following AM stations have recently changed callsigns:

    Orocovis, Puerto Rico        1470 WKUM from WKCK
    Denver, Colorado             1340 KDCO from KVOQ
    Loveland, Colorado           1570 KKCL from KPIO
    Columbus, Georgia            1270 WBOJ from WZCG
    Elberton, Georgia            1400 WSGC from WMJE
    Waterloo, Iowa               1330 KPTY from KWLO
    Lancaster, Kentucky          1280 WZXI from WKYY
    Neon, Kentucky               1480 WUKB from WIZD
    Waseca, Minnesota            1170 KOWZ from KRUE
    Kinston, North Carolina      1010 WWMC from WELS
    Springville, Utah            1580 KWLO from KPTY
    Huntington, West Virginia    1200 WZPS from WEMM
    Madison, Wisconsin           1670 WUSW from WOZN
    

    Friday, July 31, 2015

    AM stations going or gone

    Nakina, Ontario: 1240KHz:
    Corrales, New Mexico: 1310KHz:

    CBLN going to 98.1 FM
    KKNS license canceled, off over a year.

    Monday, July 06, 2015

    AM stations going away

    Malartic, Quebec: 1230KHz:
    Val-d'Or, Quebec: 570KHz:
    CBMN & CBML moving to FM.

    Both will be replaced by a single 50,000-watt FM station on 101.1.

    AM call changes

    The following stations have recently changed calls:

    Searcy, Arkansas       1300 KSMD from KRZS
    Eureka, California      790 KWSW from KEJY
    Eureka, California      980 KEJY from KWSW
    Macon, Georgia         1280 WIHB from WIBB
    West Point, Georgia    1310 WPCH from WPLV
    Boston, Massachusetts  1260 WBIX from WMKI
    

    Friday, June 05, 2015

    AM call changes

    The following AM stations have recently changed call letters:

    Golden, Colorado          1550 KBUD from KDCO
    Elberton, Georgia         1400 WMJE from WSGC
    Louisville, Kentucky       620 WAKY from WTUV
    Attleboro, Massachusetts  1320 WARA from WRNP
    Cleveland, Ohio           1260 WCCR from WWMK
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  1250 WPGP from WDDZ
    

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015

    AM stations not happening or gone...

    Coalinga, California: 1470KHz:
    Application for new station dismissed.


    Brewster, New York: 1510KHz:
    WPUT license cancelled at request of licensee.

    Station WAY off frequency

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 950(+/-)KHz:
    WKDN reported off-frequency.

    DXers in the area are reporting WKDN-950 WAY off-frequency. It's been reported as high as 967KHz.

    Tuesday, May 12, 2015

    Monday, May 04, 2015

    AM call changes

    The following stations have recently changed callsigns:

    Colorado Springs, Colorado  1580 KHIG from KREL
    Rupert, Idaho                970 KXTA from KZNO
    Attleboro, Massachusetts    1320 WARA from WRNP
    Roswell, New Mexico          910 KKBE from KBIM
    Marshall, Texas             1410 KZEY from KCUL
    Danville, Virginia           970 WMPW from WZDV
    

    New AM station not happening

    Garden City, Georgia: 570KHz:
    Application for new station dismissed.

    (Palmetto Radio Group)

    Friday, May 01, 2015

    Permit granted for new AM station

    Hamilton, Virginia: 1440KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.

    960 watts daytime
    5,000 watts nighttime
    Directional, different patterns day & night

    39-11-13 N
    77-40-42 W
    A few miles northwest of Leesburg.

    Win Radio Broadcasting

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    New AM station that *might* happen

    Pine River, Minnesota: 1210KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.

    5,500 watts daytime
    250 watts nighttime
    Directional only at night.

    46-38-45N/94-24-58W
    In the middle of nowhere between Brainerd and Walker.

    De La Hunt Broadcasting Corp.

    Sunday, April 19, 2015

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    AM station gone

    Elko, Nevada: 1340KHz:
    KTSN license cancelled at request of licensee.

    This was a rather new station, first licensed in 1996.

    Monday, April 13, 2015

    Proposed new AM stations (Canada)

    Edmonton, Alberta: 580KHz:
    10,000 watts day & night
    old CKUA site
    Ethnic (South Fraser Broadcasting)

    Edmonton, Alberta: 1650KHz:
    10,000 watts day & night
    Ethnic (Neeti P. Ray)

    Brampton, Ontario: 1350KHz:
    Three applicants, all 1,000 watts day, all proposing ethnic programming.
    Neeti P. Ray: 55 watts night
    R. Humsafar: 45 watts night
    Ravinder Singh Pannu: 38 watts night

    AM call changes

    The following AM stations have recently changed callsigns:

    Pomona, California     1220 KTMZ from KWKU
    Golden, Colorado       1550 KBUD from KDCO
    Riviera Beach, Florida 1600 WPOM from WHTY
    Columbus, Georgia      1270 WZCG from WSHE
    Eleele, Hawaii          570 KUAI from KQNG
    Kekaha, Hawaii          720 KQNG from KUAI
    Pittsburgh, Penna.     1250 WPGP from WDDZ
    Danville, Virginia      970 WZDV from WMPW
    Superior, Wisconsin     970 WDUL from WGEE
    

    Friday, April 03, 2015

    New AM station not happening

    Ellisville, Mississippi: 1490KHz:
    Application for new station dismissed.

    Rainey Broadcasting

    Sunday, March 29, 2015

    Thursday, March 26, 2015

    Permit granted for new AM station

    Springville, Utah: 1580KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.

    10,000 watts daytime
    570 watts nighttime
    Different directional patterns day & night.

    RAMS III

    Thursday, March 19, 2015

    AM stations going away

    Malartic, Quebec: 1230KHz:
    Val-d'Or, Quebec: 570KHz:

    CBNM & CBML going away.

    Both AM stations will be replaced by a single FM station on 101.1.

    Tuesday, March 17, 2015

    AM call changes

    The following stations have changed callsigns recently:

    Port Hueneme, California     1520 KKZZ from KUNX
    Santa Paula, California      1400 KUNX from KKZZ
    Colorado Springs, Colorado   1530 KKHI from KCMN
    Warner Robins, Georgia       1350 WYPZ from WRWR
    Morganfield, Kentucky        1550 WUCO from WMSK
    New York, New York           1560 WFME from WQEW
    Mount Angel, Oregon          1130 KXET from KQRR
    Oregon City, Oregon          1520 KQRR from KXET
    Portland, Oregon             1150 KGDD from KXET
    Martinsburg, Pennsylvania    1110 WJSM from WWBJ
    Lake Geneva, Wisconsin       1550 WZRK from WAUX
    

    More AM stations not happening

    Makaha, Hawaii: 1600KHz:
    Harriman, Tennessee: 1230KHz:

    Applications dismissed.
    (KM Communications & Three Rivers Broadcasting GP respectively)

    Friday, March 13, 2015

    New AM station not happening

    Kerrville, Texas: 1590KHz:
    Application for new station dismissed at request of applicant.
    (Radio Cactus)

    Wednesday, March 04, 2015

    AM station frequency change proposed

    Etna, Wyoming: 1480KHz:
    KJNT proposes move from 1490 Jackson

    1,000 watts daytime
    300 watts nighttime
    43-01-52N/111-00-35W

    Wednesday, February 18, 2015

    BIG AM station gone (temporarily)

    New York City; 1560KHz:

    WQEW temporarily silent.

    The FCC has approved the sale of this station to religious broadcaster Family Stations. WQEW is now off the air. Expect it back any day now with religious programming.

    AM stations gone

    Hamilton, Alabama;
    Augusta, Georgia

    WERH & WCHZ deleted.

    WERH off over a year. WCHZ license surrendered for cancellation.

    Friday, February 13, 2015

    AM station going away

    Caraquet, New Brunswick: 810KHz
    CJVA moving to FM

    94.1 with 28kw/66m. This French-language station has been widely heard in the East.

    Tuesday, February 10, 2015

    Recent call changes

    The following AM stations have recently changed callsigns:

    Steamboat Springs, Colo.       1230 KBWZ from KBCR
    Twin Falls, Idaho              1270 KTFI from KXQZ
    Wendell, Idaho                 1340 KXQZ from KTFI
    Cannonsburg, Kentucky          1080 WONS from WYHY
    Brockport, New York            1590 WOKR from WASB
    San Antonio, Texas             1350 KCOR from KXTN
    

    Friday, February 06, 2015

    Tuesday, February 03, 2015

    AM station going away

    Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: 1550KHz:
    WZRK deleted.

    License surrendered for cancellation.

    Monday, January 26, 2015

    AM station going away

    Stratford, Ontario: 1240KHz:

    CJCS moving to FM.

    Station has applied for 107.1 FM, which will almost certainly be granted.

    Wednesday, January 14, 2015

    Recent call changes

    The following stations have recently changed callsigns:

    Hahira, Georgia         810 WZYN from WTHV
    Las Cruces, New Mexico  570 KWML from KGRT
    Philadelphia, Penna.    610 WTEL from WIP
    Columbia, S. Carolina   560 WVOC from WXBT
    San Antonio, Texas     1350 KXTN from KCOR
    Victoria, Texas        1410 KITE from KNAL
    

    I don't normally report TV call changes here, but channel 8 in Grand Junction, Colorado has changed three times in recent months... from KJCT to KGBY, then back to KJCT, and now back to KGBY again...