The January meeting of the
Society of Broadcast Engineers, Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter was held
Mark Humphrey called the meeting to order with the following announcements:
(A) The February meeting will be tentatively held at the studios of Clear Channel pending the okay from Mike Guidotti. If Mike cannot host the meeting, it will be at a location to be announced with MacKay Communications the guest. The topic, if the alternate happens, will be Satellite Phones--radio and television people should be interested in this.
(B) The March meeting is
tentatively at the Sequerra/Day (ATI) new location in
(C) The RF Safety
The presentation was made by John E. Rahtes, retiring District Engineer of the Philadelphia Office of the Federal Communications Commission, talking about the following:
*FCC Helped stations in
*Annual report covered inspection, Alternate Broadcast Inspection Program, what's new at the Commission and the new Chair and the cases that were done.
*The following are to be watched at the inspection especially: EAS--Technical versus non technical, public file and towers. Within the EAS, the trend was toward more fines. Fines were for no equipment or equipment malfunctions. People should follow the EAS checklist for what they must follow. Within the public file element, it was noted that if anything is missing, the station will be fined $10,000. Particular attention is paid to the programs and issues list.
Within the towers element:
*Rahtes stated that fines
can be negotiated in court. Any NAL goes to
ALL STATIONS, be they HD-2, etc need top of hour ID, EAS, public file, etc. Wherever there is a studio, there must be issues.
The new FCC Chair is Kevin Martin. He is very strict and is a micromanager. Nothing goes out unless there is a review. Everything must be approved by him or his staff. Martin places the emphasis on Public Safety and homeland security in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Rita. EAS, Tower safety and RFR are also emphasized.
The offices are down in
their personnel. More monitoring is being done remotely. This proved
itself during the DTV case in where a station in
Closed down 15 pirates including Lou Gentile locally.
Two FAA incidents