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FCC 73.1870
Revised as of December 4, 2012
Goto Year:2011 | 2013
§  73.1870   Chief operators.

   (a) The licensee of each AM, FM, TV or Class A TV broadcast station
   must designate a person to serve as the station's chief operator. At
   times when the chief operator is unavailable or unable to act (e.g.,
   vacations, sickness), the licensee shall designate another person as
   the acting chief operator on a temporary basis.

   (b) Chief operators shall be employed or serve on the following basis:

   (1) The chief operator for an AM station using a directional antenna or
   operating with greater than 10 kW authorized power, or of a TV station
   is to be an employee of the station on duty for whatever number of
   hours each week the station licensee determines is necessary to keep
   the station's technical operation in compliance with FCC rules and the
   terms of the station authorization.

   (2) Chief operators for non-directional AM stations operating with
   authorized powers not exceeding 10 kW and FM stations may be either an
   employee of the station or engaged to serve on a contract basis for
   whatever number of hours each week the licensee determines is necessary
   to keep the station's technical operation in compliance with the FCC
   rules and terms of the station authorization.

   (3) The designation of the chief operator must be in writing with a
   copy of the designation posted with the station license. Agreements
   with chief operators serving on a contract basis must be in writing
   with a copy kept in the station files.

   (c) The chief operator is responsible for completion of the following
   duties specified in this paragraph below. When these duties are
   delegated to other persons, the chief operator shall maintain
   supervisory oversight sufficient to know that each requirement has been
   fulfilled in a timely and correct manner.

   (1) Inspections and calibrations of the transmission system, required
   monitors, metering and control systems; and any necessary repairs or
   adjustments where indicated. (See §  73.1580.)

   (2) Periodic AM field monitoring point measurements, equipment
   performance measurements, or other tests as specified in the rules or
   terms of the station license.

   (3) Review of the station records at least once each week to determine
   if required entries are being made correctly. Additionally,
   verification must be made that the station has been operated as
   required by the rules or the station authorization. Upon completion of
   the review, the chief operator or his designee 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.

   (4) Any entries which may be required in the station records. (See
   §  73.1820.)

   [ 46 FR 35463 , July 8, 1981, as amended at  47 FR 31580 , July 21, 1982;
    48 FR 38482 , Aug. 24, 1983;  48 FR 44806 , Sept. 30, 1983;  49 FR 20670 ,
   May 16, 1984;  49 FR 50048 , Dec. 26, 1984;  50 FR 32416 , Aug. 12, 1985;
    60 FR 55482 , Nov. 1, 1995;  65 FR 30006 , May 10, 2000]

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Goto Section: 73.1840 | 73.1940

Goto Year: 2011 | 2013
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