Goto Section: 73.1350 | 73.1515 | Table of Contents
Revised as of September 1, 2021
Goto Year:2020 |
§ 73.1400 Transmission system monitoring and control.
The licensee of an AM, FM, TV or Class A TV station is responsible for
assuring that at all times the station operates within tolerances
specified by applicable technical rules contained in this part and in
accordance with the terms of the station authorization. Any method of
complying with applicable tolerances is permissible. The following are
typical methods of transmission system operation:
(a) Attended operation. (1) Attended operation consists of ongoing
supervision of the transmission facilities by a station employee or
other person designated by the licensee. Such supervision may be
accomplished by either:
(i) Direct supervision and control of transmission system parameters by
a person at the transmitter site; or
(ii) Remote control of the transmission system by a person at a studio
or other location. The remote control system must provide sufficient
transmission system monitoring and control capability so as to ensure
compliance with § 73.1350.
(2) A station may also be monitored and controlled by an automatic
transmission system (ATS) that is configured to contact a person
designated by the licensee in the event of a technical malfunction. An
automatic transmission system consists of monitoring devices, control
and alarm circuitry, arranged so that they interact automatically to
operate the station's transmitter and maintain technical parameters
within licensed values.
(3) A hybrid system containing some remote control and some ATS
features is also permissible.
(4) In the case of remote control or ATS operation, not every station
parameter need be monitored or controlled if the licensee has good
reason to believe that its stability is so great that its monitoring
and control are unnecessary.
(b) Unattended operation. Unattended operation is either the absence of
human supervision or the substitution of automated supervision of a
station's transmission system for human supervision. In the former
case, equipment is employed which is expected to operate within
assigned tolerances for extended periods of time. The latter consists
of the use of a self-monitoring or ATS-monitored and controlled
transmission system that, in lieu of contacting a person designated by
the licensee, automatically takes the station off the air within three
hours of any technical malfunction which is capable of causing
[ 60 FR 55481 , Nov. 1, 1995, as amended at 65 FR 30003 , May 10, 2000; 82 FR 57882 , Dec. 8, 2017]
Goto Section: 73.1350 | 73.1515
Goto Year: 2020 |
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