Goto Section: 74.1281 | 74.1284 | Table of Contents
Revised as of October 15, 2020
Goto Year:2020 |
§ 74.1283 Station identification.
(a) The call sign of an FM broadcast translator station will consist of
the initial letter K or W followed by the channel number assigned to
the translator and two letters. The use of the initial letter will
generally conform to the pattern used in the broadcast service. The two
letter combinations following the channel number will be assigned in
order and requests for the assignment of particular combinations of
letters will not be considered.
(b) The call sign of an FM booster station or LPFM booster will consist
of the call sign of the primary station followed by the letters “FM” or
“LP” and the number of the booster station being authorized, e.g.,
WFCCFM-1 or WFCCLP-1.
(c) A translator station authorized under this subpart shall be
identified by one of the following methods.
(1) By arranging for the primary station whose station is being
rebroadcast to identify the translator station by call sign and
location. Three such identifications shall be made during each day:
once between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., once between 12:55 p.m. and 1:05 p.m.
and once between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Stations which do not begin their
broadcast before 9 a.m. shall make their first identification at the
beginning of their broadcast days. The licensee of an FM translator
whose station identification is made by the primary station must
arrange for the primary station licensee to keep in its file, and to
make available to FCC personnel, the translator's call letters and
location, giving the name, address and telephone number of the licensee
or his service representative to be contacted in the event of
malfunction of the translator. It shall be the responsibility of the
translator licensee to furnish current information to the primary
station licensee for this purpose.
(2) By transmitting the call sign in International Morse Code at least
once each hour. Transmitters of FM broadcast translator stations of
more than 1 watt transmitter output power must be equipped with an
automatic keying device that will transmit the call sign at least once
each hour, unless there is in effect a firm agreement with the
translator's primary station as provided in § 74.1283(c)(1) of this
section. Transmission of the call sign can be accomplished by:
(i) Frequency shifting key; the carrier shift shall not be less than 5
kHz nor greater than 25 kHz.
(ii) Amplitude modulation of the FM carrier of at least 30 percent
modulation. The audio frequency tone use shall not be within 200 hertz
of the Emergency Broadcast System Attention signal alerting
(d) FM broadcast booster stations shall be identified by their primary
stations, by the broadcasting of the primary station's call signs and
location, in accordance with the provisions of § 73.1201 of this
(e) The Commission may, in its discretion, specify other methods of
[ 55 FR 50699 , Dec. 10, 1990, as amended at 85 FR 35574 , June 11, 2020]
Goto Section: 74.1281 | 74.1284
Goto Year: 2020 |
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