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FCC 73.37
Revised as of October 1, 2014
Goto Year:2013 | 2015
§ 73.37   Applications for broadcast facilities, showing required.

   (a) No application will be accepted for a new station if the proposed
   operation would involve overlap of signal strength contours with any
   other station as set forth below in this paragraph; and no application
   will be accepted for a change of the facilities of an existing station
   if the proposed change would involve such overlap where there is not
   already such overlap between the stations involved:
   Frequency separation (kHz) Contour of proposed station (classes B, C
   and D) (mV/m) Contour of any other station (mV/m)
   0 0.005
   0.500 0.100 (Class A).
   0.500(Other classes).
   0.025 (All classes).
   10 0.250
   0.500 0.500(All classes).
   0.250 (All classes).
   20 5
   5 5 (All classes).
   5 (All classes).
   30 25 25 (All classes).

   (b) In determining overlap received, an application for a new Class C
   station with daytime power of 250 watts, or greater, shall be
   considered on the assumption that both the proposed operation and all
   existing Class C stations operate with 250 watts and utilize
   non-directional antennas.

   (c) If otherwise consistent with the public interest, an application
   requesting an increase in the daytime power of an existing Class C
   station on a local channel from 250 watts to a maximum of 1kW, or from
   100 watts to a maximum of 500 watts, may be granted notwithstanding
   overlap prohibited by paragraph (a) of this section. In the case of a
   100 watt Class C station increasing daytime power, the provisions of
   this paragraph shall not be construed to permit an increase in power to
   more than 500 watts, if prohibited overlap would be involved, even if
   successive applications should be tendered.

   (d) In addition to demonstrating compliance with paragraphs (a), and,
   as appropriate, (b), and (c) of this section, an application for a new
   AM broadcast station, or for a major change (see § 73.3571(a)(1)) in an
   authorized AM broadcast station, as a condition for its acceptance,
   shall make a satisfactory showing, if new or modified nighttime
   operation by a Class B station is proposed, that objectionable
   interference will not result to an authorized station, as determined
   pursuant to § 73.182(1).

   (e) An application for an authorization in the 1605-1705 kHz band which
   has been selected through the petition process (See § 73.30) is not
   required to demonstrate compliance with paragraph (a), (b), (c), or (d)
   of this section. Instead, the applicant need only comply with the terms
   of the allotment authorization issued by the Commission in response to
   the earlier petition for establishment of a station in the 1605-1705
   kHz band. Within the allotment authorization, the Commission will
   specify the assigned frequency and the applicable technical

   (f) Stations on 1580, 1590 and 1600 kHz. In addition to the rules
   governing the authorization of facilities in the 535-1605 kHz band,
   stations on these frequencies seeking facilities modifications must
   protect assignments in the 1610-1700 kHz band. Such protection shall be
   afforded in a manner which considers the spacings that occur or exist
   between the subject station and a station within the range 1605-1700
   kHz. The spacings are the same as those specified for stations in the
   frequency band 1610-1700 kHz or the current separation distance,
   whichever is greater. Modifications that would result in a spacing or
   spacings that fails to meet any of the separations must include a
   showing that appropriate adjustment has been made to the radiated
   signal which effectively results in a site-to-site radiation that is
   equivalent to the radiation of a station with standard Model I
   facilities (10 kW-D, 1 kW-N, non-DA, 90 degree antenna ht. & ground
   system) operating in compliance with all of the above separation
   distances. In those cases where that radiation equivalence value is
   already exceeded, a station may continue to maintain, but not increase
   beyond that level.

   Note 1: In the case of applications for changes in the facilities of AM
   broadcast stations covered by this section, an application will be
   accepted even though overlap of field strength contours as mentioned in
   this section would occur with another station in an area where such
   overlap does not already exist, if:

   (1) The total area of overlap with that station would not be increased;

   (2) There would be no net increase in the area of overlap with any
   other station; and

   (3) There would be created no area of overlap with any station with
   which overlap does not now exist.

   Note 2: The provisions of this section concerning prohibited overlap of
   field strength contours will not apply where:

   (1) The area of overlap lies entirely over sea water: or

   (2) The only overlap involved would be that caused to a foreign
   station, in which case the provisions of the applicable international
   agreement, as identified in § 73.1650, will apply. When overlap would
   be received from a foreign station, the provisions of this section will
   apply, except where there would be overlap with a foreign station with
   a frequency separation of 20 kHz, in which case the provisions of the
   international agreement will apply in lieu of this section.

   Note 3: In determining the number of "authorized" aural transmission
   facilities in a given community, applications for that community in
   hearing or otherwise having protected status under specified "cut-off"
   procedures shall be considered as existing stations. In the event that
   there are two or more mutually exclusive protected applications seeking
   authorization for the proposed community it will be assumed that only
   one is "authorized."

   Note 4: A "transmission facility" for a community is a station licensed
   to the community. Such a station provides a "transmission service" for
   that community.

   [ 56 FR 64858 , Dec. 12, 1991;  57 FR 43290 , Sept. 18, 1992]

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