Richard Hayes, Jr.

STL Enforcement

A number of clients have received letters or emails describing violations of FCC rules associated with improperly licensed auxiliary facilities.  These letters are solicitations and are not from the FCC.  In most cases they come from broadcast engineers looking to drum up new business. nothing wrong with that.

Yes, the FCC is looking at STL licenses which may not be properly licensed.  In some cases. Its only about paperwork:  Have your local engineer make sure that everything on your STL license is completely accurate including send and receive site coordinates.  If all is as it should be, you don’t have to do anything.  If anything seems incorrect or if data is missing, give me a call and I’ll help you get it fixed.

In other cases,  the coordinates and the path are completely wrong usually because of a relocation of studios or transmitter sites.  A significant number of people have relocated and, as a consequence, had to re-point their STL transmit and receive antennae.  They neglected, however, to have the facility relicensed to specify new coordinates and paths.  Those STL’s are illegal.  You may not even be aware of a problem so it would be a good idea to make this issue a topic of conversation when you next meet with your local engineer.  No sense paying a fine for failure to comply.


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