FCC Record, Volume 1, No. 7, Pages 1267 to 1368, December 22, 1986 - January 2, 1987 Page: 1,346
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Federal Communications Commission Record
Federal Communications Commission
Washington, D.C. 20554
MM Docket No. 86-473
Amendment of Section 73.202(b), RM-5388
Table of Allotments,
FM Broadcast Stations.
(Roseville, Chico and
South Lake Tahoe, California)
NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE MAKING
Adopted: November 28, 1986 Released: December 31, 1986
By the Chief, Allocations Branch:
1. The Commission herein considers a joint petition for
rule making filed by the Fuller-Jeffrey Group ("FJG"),
licensee of Stations KDJQ(FM) ' (Channel 228A),
Roseville, California, and KFMF(FM) 2 (Channel 229B),
Chico, California, and Entertainment Enterprises, Inc.
("EEI"), licensee of Station KRLT(FM) (Channel 230B),
South Lake Tahoe, California. Under their proposal, (1)
Channel 229B1 is to be substituted for Channel 228A at
Roseville. California, and the license of Station
KDJO(FM) modified accordingly; (2) Channel 230B1
would replace Channel 229B at Chico, California and the
license of Station KFMF(FM) modified; (3) Channel
230B1 would be substituted for Channel 230B at South
Lake Tahoe, California with the license of Station
KRLT(FM) reclassified, accordingly.
2. FJG states that while the current signal of KDJQ is
adequate within the Roseville urbanized area, it is presently
unable to provide the requisite 70 dBu signal over
its extended area. Thus, petitioner claims that the requested
modification of KDJQ's facilities would enable it
to provide improved coverage to Roseville by increasing
its service area 1,165 square miles, with a concomitant
gain of 114,915 persons,3 and would simultaneously eliminate
the need for its existing waiver of Section 73.315 of
the Commission's Rules.
3. According to KBI and EEI, both KFMF(FM), Chico
and KRLT(FM), South Lake Tahoe, California, presently
operate with facilities below the minimum required for
eventual retention as a Class B station. In fact. petitioners
advise that the Commission's Public Notice released June
13, 1984 concerning "Reclassification of Class 'B' FM
Facilities" lists both KFMF and KRLT as subject to reclassification
as B1 channels if no changes are made to their
existing facilities by March 1, 1987.
4. KBI advises that Station KFMF currently operates at
15 kW ERP whereas a minimum of 25 kW will be
required to maintain Class B status. Also. KBI states that
it recently attempted to relocate its transmitter as a Class
B station in order to provide improved coverage to Chico.
However, its application was returned as contravening the
minimum spacing standards of Section 73.207 of the
Commission's Rules to another FM station. Accordingly,
KBI claims that on the basis of its engineering study, it
has been determined that if its license is modified to
specify operation as a Class B1 station, there are numerous
locations, at higher elevations, from which it can
operate with maximum B1 facilities, unhindered by spacing
restrictions or terrain obstructions, and from which
city-grade service can be provided to Chico. Thus, KBI
asserts. the proposed relocation will actually enable it to
increase its service area and the population it serves.
5. EEI advises that Station KRLT presently operates at
6kW at -58 meters. Further, it notes that even absent this
proposal, it is severely constrained from increasing its
power in the Lake Tahoe Basin by surrounding mountains,
which it maintains, "reflect" FM signals. In fact,
EEl asserts that the mountains create dire multipath
problems for all FM stations in the Tahoe Basin. Therefore,
EEI adds that increasing power is not the solution
since that often adds to existing multipath problems and
degrades signal reception. Furthermore, EEI advises that
not only are its present operating values essentially the
maximum local authorities will allow at its current site
atop a hotel, but that the ERP at its antenna approaches
the maximum allowable pursuant to the Commission's
directive in OST Bulletin No. 65, "Evaluating Compliance
with FCC Specified Guidelines for Human Exposure
to Radiofrequency Radiation." Although it has investigated
other sites, EEI advises that none appears to be
available at this time from which it could operate with
Class B facilities.
6. Both Stations KFMF and KRLT indicate that in view
of either spacing or environmental constraints, or other
limitating technical matters, they have no current intention
of proposing any facility changes to minimum Class
B facilities, and therefore, will ultimately be reclassified as
Class B1 operations in any event. As a result, petitioners
add that this proposal does not alter the power levels that
Stations KFMF and KRLT will ultimately be reduced to,
while conversely, it will enable Station KDJQ(FM) to
provide expanded service to the Roseville community.
Therefore, it is represented that each requesting party has
signified its agreement with and acquiescence to the
changes requested herein.
7. In view of the above, we believe the proposals herein
warrant consideration. A staff engineering study reveals
that Channel 229B1 can be substituted for Channel 228A
at Roseville, California with a site restriction at least 5.3
kilometers (3.3 miles) southeast of the community to
avoid short-spacing to the proposed substitution of Channel
230B 1 for Channel 229B at Chico, as well as the
substitution of Channel 230B1 for Channel 230B at South
Lake Tahoe, California. Channel 230B1 can be substituted
for Channel 229B at Chico with a site restriction at least
15 kilometers (9.3 miles) northeast to avoid a conflict
with Station KRLT(FM), South Lake Tahoe. Finally,
Channel 230BI can be substituted for Channel 230B at
the present site of Station KRLT(FM), South Lake Tahoe,
consistent with the minimum spacing requirements of
Section 73.207 of the Commission's Rules.
8. In accordance with Commission policy, we shall
propose to: modify the license of Station KDJO(FM),
Roseville, to specify operation on Channel 229B1; modify
Station KFMF(FM), Chico to specify operation on Channel
230B1, and reclassify Station KRLT(FM), South Lake
Tahoe, California to specify operation on Channel
230B1,4 should these proposals ultimately prevail. Also
interested parties should note it is unnecessary to demonstrate
the availability of an additional equivalent chan1346
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