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LP-10 is still a part of the LPFM rule-making and is said to be a significant part of the new rules coming with the next filing window. The main reason the FCC has not issued any LP-10 licenses is that the organizations who originally applied for them, and successfully were granted permits, didn’t build and license them. The reason; not enough coverage with population to produce significant underwriting support would be my guess. The LP-10’s in Alaska were built in native villages, mostly on the Western shoreline and islands of the state near the Bering Sea.
For KSJU, their major hang up is sufficient separation from 3rd adjacent stations. The rules call for a specific minimum separation in miles/kilometers no matter if terrain shielding exists. The new proposed rules may ameliorate this issue. To squeeze the signal in to the hole would probably require a directional antenna. I am doubtful they would get the waiver for the antenna due to the antenna proof requirements that close to the Canadian border. Additionally, a directional antenna application would cost mucho money just for the engineering study, not to mention the numerous letters that would be required to pass back and forth between the FCC and Canadian authorities.
And finally, the station would be required to cover as much of the city of license as possible. Moving the transmitter beyond one mile would vacate the original application. The original application was required to have a signed intent to lease agreement with the app. Things change. It may not be possible for the station to be built at all under the current conditions and agreements. Construction permits are only good for a specific time (usually 36 months) and then they expire, requiring the applicant to file during the next window in the next 18 months to 2 years.