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Yep, that’s why the only operating LPFM station in the San Juans (KLOI-LP) – on the air 2+ years has a non-directional antenna operating @ 17 watts under LPFM Class D, but the one that is trying to get on the air here on San Juan Island had to have a directional antenna … both must take into consideration the proximity to Canada. The one here is making a HUGE deal out of it, more than necessary IMO, whereas KLOI acquired a location, designed and built their antenna for that location, had an antenna-raising BBQ party and turned on the switches for testing … been on ever since. 17 watts is basically just right for them.
As you can see, there isn’t a heckuvvalotta difference in the coverage area sizes. And, yes, San Juan is closer to Canada, but there isn’t anything to interfere with. The only other station close to the freq is KSQM 91.5 – a 700-watter in Sequim, across the Strait of Juan Defuca … should be no problem.
I believe KSJU lost their initial antenna site, for which they never had written confirmation or contract … meaning the directional engineering data for the antenna is no longer valid. I think they’re still trying to deal with not interfering with Canada, but I haven’t seen a conflict worth the trouble they’re going to. IMO they need to stop right now and look at prospective sites, run the numbers to see if they can get coverage and still come in above the 1-watt minimum ERP (if the acceptable 60db coverage area requires less than 1 watt, the FCC will not accept the application … in this case, the change in the CP, which was issued based upon the original site engineering data).
I think they’ve gotten themselves in a bind, which should never have happened.
I turned the pres of the local ham radio club onto them … maybe they can use the repeater site … if the pres of KSJU’s board doesn’t let his ego get in the way (again).
Problem with that is it’s way the heck up on Cady Mountain. I don’t know the height, or what the determined HAAT will be up there (is it the same for the whole island?), but the ERP might even come in under a watt, and won’t work. I guess they could ask for a variance. I’ll be curious what happens …
Myself, I’d be happy with a 15 watt ERP station on a smallish hill above Friday Harbor, an internet-linked Part 15 CC AM system in Roche Harbor (hmmm … I wonder if the resort/marina has a SSID line to hook into), and a base-loaded AM monopole on the South end (pretty flat over there) if I can find somewhere to hook up to the internet. There wouldn’t be a whole lot in between, but there is always the internet.