So in replying to the post in the AM forum, I got to thinking.
Why do so many commercial broadcast stations, ones owned by larger corporations, continue to run in clear violation of their licenses?
With the ability for self inspection, alternate inspection, and GPS devices, it amazes me how many radio station sites I visit where the coordinates
are way (by more than 5-10 second degrees in some cases) off, antenna heights not correct, antenna models not matching what is on the license, etc.
Are these stations seeing the lack of enforcement from the FCC and just chancing it? Are they being cheap and not trying to correct their license?
Two examples I can give are, one station, who vacated one tower to move to another tower, DOWN THE ROAD, annnnd UP THE HILL! They are actually operating from a "new"er site, which is higher in elevation, and .25km down the road!
Another FM/TV site the tower coordinates for every single tower on the mountain are off... if you look at the tower coordinates on their FCC licenses, the towers would be in this order...
1 2 3 4
Instead they appear in this order
All over the place. Maybe I am getting grumpy, but I am starting to really lose faith in the enforcement bureau. (Not that the lack of shutting down Pirates has done that all ready.) What DO they enforce anyways?
"To the optimist, the glass is half full. To the pessimist, the glass is half empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be."