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§ 5.203 Experimental authorizations for licensed broadcast stations.
(a) Licensees of broadcast stations (including TV Translator, LPTV, and
TV Booster stations) may obtain experimental authorizations to conduct
technical experimentation directed toward improvement of the technical
phases of operation and service, and for such purposes may use a signal
other than the normal broadcast program signal.
(b) Experimental authorizations for licensed broadcast stations may be
requested by filing an informal application with the FCC in Washington,
DC, describing the nature and purpose of the experimentation to be
conducted, the nature of the experimental signal to be transmitted, and
the proposed schedule of hours and duration of the experimentation.
(c) Experimental operations for licensed broadcast stations are subject
to the following conditions:
(1) The authorized power of the station may not be exceeded more than 5
percent above the maximum power specified, except as specifically
authorized for the experimental operations.
(2) Emissions outside the authorized bandwidth must be attenuated to
the degree required for the particular type of station.
(3) The experimental operations may be conducted at any time the
licensed station is authorized to operate, but the minimum required
schedule of programming for the class and type of station must be met.
AM stations also may conduct experimental operations during the
experimental period (12 midnight local time to local sunrise) and at
additional hours if permitted by the experimental authorization
provided no interference is caused to other stations maintaining a
regular operating schedule within such period(s).
(4) If a licensed station's experimental authorization permits the use
of additional facilities or hours of operation for experimental
purposes, no sponsored programs or commercial announcements may be
transmitted during such experimentation.
(5) The licensee may transmit regularly scheduled programming
concurrently with the experimental transmission if there is no
significant impairment of service.
(6) No charges may be made, either directly or indirectly, for the
experimentation; however, normal charges may be made for regularly
scheduled programming transmitted concurrently with the experimental
(d) The FCC may request a report of the research, experimentation and
results at the conclusion of the experimental operation.
[ 78 FR 25162 , Apr. 29, 2013, as amended at 84 FR 2758 , Feb. 8, 2019]
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