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As for the former broadcaster in Oregon, unsure why he wouldn’t just modify his installation to be compliant. Doesn’t the FCC allow for folks to comply (I’d think normally they’d encourage this attempt to comply) before shuttering someone if they were within the output 100mw…
I’ve asked and pondered about that same question before..
They did allow him to correct the issues which were non-compliant and resume broadcasting; He did this by disconnecting a few grounds.. (one of them being located above the local football stadium if I recall correctly), and this did satisfy the inspecting agent. But KENC himself was unsatisfied with the results and chose to discontinue his broadcast because of it.
Keep in mind that his three scattered transmitters had been achieving range of well over 5 miles with good clear signal for numerous years now… Apparently he (KENC)could not bring himself to settle for the limited range that the compliant installations provided him — He had become too accustomed to his former results to settle for less.
Less to him, became worthless.
I can comprehend his decision to give up Part15 in light of his specific situation.
However, also in consideration of his situation, already being an established local “radio station” with strong audience and community support.. It seems that he could have secured additional transmitter locations in specified areas to help compensate the loss, perhaps incorporating ground installs with radials where available… But maybe the cash to do it wasn’t available at the time — Nevertheless, just quitting seems to me to have been an extreme decision.. he could have built it back up over time.
I remember the days of KENC, this was when the definition of a ground lead was just a ground “lead”.
I was real disappointed when he left Part15 behind.