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AM Major Modifications window..

Post by knoxbob » Sat Jul 29, 2017 8:57 am

Does anyone think that the FCC will ever open an application window for AM Major modifications anytime in the near future?
Yes, No, not in our lifetime..

With all the AM station that have gone dark recently it opens the possibility of some stations on really bad channels to move.

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Re: AM Major Modifications window..

Post by Deep Thought » Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:14 am

There really haven't been that many go dark, and since you'd have to 100% meet the current allocation rules they don't provide much of an opportunity for new stations anyway (which is basically what a "moved" station is). The FCC still hasn't finished processing all of the applications filed during the last window--14 years and counting--so I don't expect another for quite awhile.
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Re: AM Major Modifications window..

Post by Shane » Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:43 am

Hey Mark,

What would constitute a major mod versus a minor mod? There is a daytime station on 1180 in King of Prussia, PA that was moved there from many miles away in McConnellsburg where it was on 15-something, I think.

It's indeed tantamount to a new station but since the FCC hadn't issued new daytime only licenses since 1989 the only way to get a "new" one seems to be to take one from another locale and move it to a totally new market. IIRC, it was called a minor mod. The obvious increase in population served, even though none of it was anywhere close to overlapping, probably worked in favor of this app?

If that's a minor mod, what do you have to do to get up to what they would consider it a major mod?

Curious for your wisdom on the matter.
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Re: AM Major Modifications window..

Post by Deep Thought » Sat Jul 29, 2017 1:01 pm

Basically only two things are major mods anymore: Frequency change more than 3 channels and site move to where the old and new facilities are not mutually exclusive. That move to 1180 would have been a major mod requiring an auction filing window but as an existing class-D it could have retained that class at the new location and frequency. It would have been at a huge comparative disadvantage against a new or moved class-B if MX'd.

Added: That 1180 move (WFYL) was done under the 2000 new station/major change window.
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Re: AM Major Modifications window..

Post by W2XJ » Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:46 pm

Hopefully it will be a very long time as in about half the existing stations being dark.

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