TVN TECH

Dark Clouds Looming For TV Repack

By most accounts, transmitter manufacturers and suppliers of antennas and RF components are doing a good job so far of keeping up with the rapid spike in demand caused by the repack. But weather problems are causing major problems for tower crews and delaying a growing number of projects. And repack insiders fear a more significant backup this summer and fall.

TVN TECH

Don’t Lose Sight Of SFNs In Deadline Push

Top of mind this week for managers and engineers alike will be hitting the FCC’s July 12 deadline for initial construction permit and repack expense reimbursement filings. But in the rush to get that done, it’s important not to lose sight of future possibilities like single frequency network operation.

STATION ADVISORY

Drones For Tower Inspection? Check FAA

For tower owners and inspectors, there is a growing appeal for using drones to perform inspections — and perhaps someday, when the technology is ripe, to actually make repairs. Given the risks involved in climbing towers, the ability to substitute a machine for a human makes sense. But be aware that the current FAA rules will restrict tower inspections by drones in certain situations.

How To Make Broadcast Towers More Bird-Friendly

TVN TECH

Repack Plan Draws Tepid Industry Reaction

This week, the FCC conducted a webinar to explain the spectrum repack plan laid out in its Sept. 30 public notice. Leading voices in the broadcast industry gave the plan a less-than-enthusiastic response, citing a variety of specific shortcomings. But the underlying reason for the halfhearted reaction may have more to do with what is seen as the near impossibility of completing the repack in 39 months.

STATION ADVISORY

Coming Soon: New Rules For Shorter Towers

If you own a tower that’s between 50 and 200 feet tall, the chances are that you don’t have to mark it to satisfy any FAA standards, which makes your life easy. But that may be about to change.

PLAYOUT

InSite Towers Closes On Poole Tower Complex

DMA 153 (ROCHESTER, MN-MASON CITY, IA-AUSTIN, MN)

KSMQ Settles Insurance Dispute Over Tower

Iconic KTLA Tower On The Move After 60 Years

DMA 149 (SIOUX CITY, IA)

Crews Working To Repair KTIV Transmission Tower

DMA 195 (CHEYENNE, WY-SCOTTSBLUFF, NE)

KSTF To Go Dark While Erecting New Tower

The CBS affiliate serving the Scottsbluff, Neb., announced plans to build a new, 500-foot tower north of Scottsbluff. Construction of the new tower is scheduled to begin mid-September. The station’s GM Tregg White said during construction of the new tower, the Gray Television station’s over-the-air signal will be off the air for four to six weeks.

STATION ADVISORY

At Long Last, FCC Updates Its Tower Rules

The FCC recently adopted a Report and Order to streamline and eliminate outdated provisions of its rules governing the construction, marking and lighting of antenna structures. Here’s a rundown of the primary changes to the rules that tower owners should be aware of.

STATION ADVISORY

FCC To Ease Rules Covering Towers

Stations that own broadcast towers are about to get regulatory relief thanks to a FCC decision that closes the books on a lengthy effort to revise rules governing tower safety and maintenance. At an open meeting Friday, FCC commissioners approved the changes while decrying the long road their predecessors took to get there.

DMA 41 (OKLAHOMA CITY)

KWTV To Retire Historic TV Tower

FCC Makes Tower Owners’ Lives Easier

Operating a communications tower can always lead to issues, but two recent FCC decisions give tower owners some degree of relief.