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I guess I’ll try one more time.
There are always two sides to every story. The big bad FCC hounding poor little KENC is one viewpoint; I doubt that the situation from the FCC inspector’s point of view was similar.
And having been in consulting for many years, I’ve learned that if you treat people the way you’d like to be treated, things go an awful lot smoother.
The FCC inspector is granted pretty much the final say on whether an installation is legal. If you are nasty and disrespectful to them, there is a better than even chance that they will not listen to you, and be even nastier. And it’s pretty amazing – if they start off nasty, being at the very least respectful tends to change the way they behave with you.
So obviously you can do whatever you want. But there’s absolutely no downside to first, really understanding and appreciating the rules (and having an elevated installation certainly falls under a gray area in those rules) and second, being respectful. I don’t think anyone operating under Part 15 rules and budgets is going to win in a fight against the government (and you stand to lose a whole lot).
One positive move that has been suggested here in the past to preempt complaints is to approach other radio stations in the area and let them know what you’re going to be doing (and how you’re not going to take away potential revenue from them, or targeting the same audience, etc.). One thing that I did was to also approach the local newspapers and media, and also let them know what I was doing, how it was legal, etc. We ended up with an article in the Bowen Island paper (circulation – very small), the Vancouver Province (circulation – very large) and a mention on the CBC radio network (listeners – Canada wide).