Dane Ericksen, chairman of the SBE FCC Liaison Committee and an engineer in the firm Hammett and Edison, has pledged to assist WUVT with FCC issues related to its transmitter move.
On behalf of SBE, H&E is donating its engineering services to support an application to relocate WUVT(FM) from its “un-air conditioned compartment atop the student dorm” to a nearby mountain. This would include studying to see if the station’s power could also be increased.
In a memo sent from Ericksen to SBE members, he stated a search of the FCC’s database indicates that in January WUVT filed for an STA because its main antenna failed; “They reported that they were temporarily operating with their 15-watt exciter into a one-bay antenna, giving an ERP of 0.005 kW (the licensed WUVT-FM ERP is 3.00 kW omni).”
In an April 20 filing to extend the STA, Ericksen stated, WUVT explained that the station has gotten its ERP up to 1.55 kW (52% power) and asks for a six-month extension of the STA.
SBE General Counsel Chris Imlay has pledged his services to complete the filing.
SBE Treasurer Barry Thomas said, “I’m excited to see this outpouring of support. I know many in our industry want to contribute to bringing a positive outcome to this tragedy.”