PREC: FCC Could Process ‘Singleton’ Translator Apps Later This Year
Some 100 broadcast
engineers are attending the Public Radio Engineering Conference being held by
the Association of Public Radio Engineers in the Caesar’s Palace Conference
Center in Las Vegas.
Here are highlights
from day one of the 12th annual PREC.
NPR Labs John Kean
updated attendees on the FM+HD booster
project at KUOW(FM), Seattle. He says the booster developed by Harris
is cost-effective and has built-in digital signal processing. The project is in
the construction phase, according to Kean.
The FCC could
process so-called “singleton” FM translator applications pending from 2003,
those applications with no competitors for the same allocation, by the third or
fourth quarter of this year. That’s according to Margaret Miller-Dow Lohnes,
who gave attendees the skinny on the FCC’s recent decisions regarding how it
will treat FM translators and low-power stations in regard to creating enough
spectrum for both services.
In-car radio use
accounts for nearly 50% of public radio listeners; NPR listeners in particular
are early tech adopters. That’s why this January NPR and Ford launched a
partnership to bring NPR to Ford Sync. “In cars, you only have a handful of
apps,” said Rick Ennis, NPR Digital Services, who added the broadcaster is
working on deals with other automakers as well.
maintenance tip courtesy of Roger Karwoski, KBIA(FM), Columbia, Mo.: change the
battery in the Nautel NV series transmitters every year.
NPR Public Radio
Satellite System folks discussed NPR’s upcoming move to the North Capitol St.
location. They’re building the new operations center now, which will be moved
to the new location; the move is slated for April of 2013. Planning has been in
the works for five years.
APRE members are
talking about holding a mini-event this fall in advance of the RAB-NAB Radio
Show in Dallas.