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Q&A: Get an STA for IBOC Implementation

Q: I just read the FCC Report and Order authorizing IBOC implementation, but was unsure of some issues. As a broadcaster, what are the guidelines I need to follow in order to make my station's implementation a success?
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This is one in a series in which Ibiquity Digital Corp. answers questions about how to implement HD Radio, the trademarked name for its in-band, on-channel digital audio broadcasting technology.

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Q: I just read the FCC Report and Order authorizing IBOC implementation, but was unsure of some issues. As a broadcaster, what are the guidelines I need to follow in order to make my station's implementation a success?

A: * The commission has authorized broadcasters to implement IBOC consistent with the specifications used by Ibiquity Digital in its exhaustive testing of both the AM and FM bands. These specifications may be found on the FCC Web site at: www.fcc.gov/mb/

* Manufacturers should be well aware of these specifications and be working closely with Ibiquity Digital to develop successful implementation processes for their HD Radio IBOC-based products.

* Broadcasters are directed to use the same main channel program with both analog and digital transmissions.

* While AM nighttime testing is being completed, a station may be authorized under the existing license to broadcast in pre-sunrise and post-sunset time period.

* Ibiquity and its partners are working to conduct the testing and development that is necessary to receive authorization for a dual-antenna approach to IBOC broadcasting.

Broadcasters planning to convert before the end of the year are required to submit an STA to the commission. Ibiquity can provide you with an STA template that includes all of the necessary information (certification of meeting specifications, TPO, ERP, human exposure compliance, etc.). Requests can be made to: Federal Communications Commission, Digital Radio Notification, 445 12th Street SW, Room 2-B450, Washington, DC, 20554.

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