FCC 73.1680 Revised as of October 1, 2014
Goto Year:2013 |
§ 73.1680 Emergency antennas.
(a) An emergency antenna is one that is erected for temporary use after
the authorized main and auxiliary antennas are damaged and cannot be
(b) Prior authority from the FCC is not required by licensees and
permittees to erect and commence operations using an emergency antenna
to restore program service to the public. However, an informal letter
request to continue operation with the emergency antenna must be made
within 24 hours to the FCC in Washington, DC, Attention: Audio Division
(radio) or Video Division (television), Media Bureau, within 24 hours
after commencement of its use. The request is to include a description
of the damage to the authorized antenna, a description of the emergency
antenna, and the station operating power with the emergency antenna.
(1) AM stations. AM stations may use a horizontal or vertical wire or a
nondirectional vertical element of a directional antenna as an
emergency antenna. AM stations using an emergency nondirectional
antenna or a horizontal or vertical wire pursuant to this section, in
lieu or authorized directional facilities, shall operate with power
reduced to 25% or less of the nominal licensed power, or, a higher
power, not exceeding licensed power, while insuring that the radiated
filed strength does not exceed that authorized in any given azimuth for
the corresponding hours of directional operation.
(2) FM, TV and Class A TV stations. FM, TV and Class A TV stations may
erect any suitable radiator, or use operable sections of the authorized
antenna(s) as an emergency antenna.
(c) The FCC may prescribe the output power, radiation limits, or other
operating conditions when using an emergency antenna, and emergency
antenna authorizations may be modified or terminated in the event
harmful interference is caused to other stations or services by the use
of an emergency antenna.
[ 43 FR 53741 , Nov. 17, 1978, as amended at 44 FR 22740 , Apr. 17, 1979;
50 FR 30948 , July 31, 1985; 63 FR 33878 , June 22, 1998; 65 FR 30005 ,
May 10, 2000; 67 FR 13232 , Mar. 21, 2002]
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