Running Interference in Texas

Wilks stations hear from FCC in case involving local airport
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Much attention this week for three Texas FMs that were believed to be putting out spurious emissions causing problems for airplanes.

According to the report in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Wilks Broadcasting stations KLLL, KONE and KMMX were cited by the Federal Communications Commission for "spurious signals" observed in February.

"Station officials were notified, and engineers corrected the problems the same day," the paper reported.

"The notices were the newest chapter in a story of electronic interference that rendered the airport's instrument landing system unreliable for about 10 days, starting Feb. 2. … The monitoring was part of a joint effort between the FCC and the Federal Aviation Administration to find sources of signal interference that impeded the instrument landing system's operation on the airport's main runway."

The interference purportedly was at 109.5 and 109.15 MHz.

Read the account.


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