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Station Logs and Chief Operators

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 IPAWS.
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 actions taken.

All stations are required to designate a person to serve as the “Chief Operator” along with an alternate Chief Operator.

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 retained for a period of two (2) years. Sample station log available here (PDF).

Thanks, Larry, for your good work in support of the radio engineering and management community.