Larry Wilkins, CPBE, published
the following in the Alabama Broadcasters Association Engineering Notebook
newsletter. I found it helpful and wanted to share, with his permission.
While the FCC has relaxed a
number of rules concerning logs, the requirement to maintain a “Station Log” is still in effect.
The station log must contain the following items:
1. Entries indicating the proper reception, relay and/or origination of all required
local/national EAS tests and alerts.
a) Stations should receive
and log a Required Weekly Test (RWT) each week from both required monitor sources and
b) Stations should originate/log a Required Weekly Test (RWT) each week.
c) Stations should
receive/relay and log the Required Monthly Test (RMT).
2. Entries indicating the proper operation of all
tower lights and include notes concerning any outage.
a) Stations should observe
the proper operation of the tower lights once every 24 hours either
visually or electronically, unless an automatic monitor system is
installed to alert personnel of a tower light failure.
3. Entries concerning any out-of-tolerance conditions
with the transmission equipment and corrective
All stations are required
to designate a person to serve as the “Chief Operator” along with an alternate
The station logs are
required to be reviewed by the Chief Operator weekly for correct
entries. Upon completion of the review, the chief operator must date and
sign the log, initiate any corrective action which may be necessary and
advise the station licensee of any condition which is repetitive.
These Station Logs must be
for a period of two (2) years. Sample station log available here (PDF).
Larry, for your good work in support of the radio engineering and management