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STUDY OF THE POTENTIAL EFFECTS OF FCC RM-11599 ON
ALABAMA AM BROADCAST RADIO STATIONS.
PREPARED BY RICHARD ARSENAULT ON APRIL 7, 2010

The following is a list of Alabama Class B and Class D AM Broadcast Radio Stations on Regional Channels that are likely to benefit under a Petition for Rulemaking submitted by petitioner Richard Arsenault.   This Petition has been issued RM Number 11599 and a 30 day comment period has been opened by the FCC.   The Petitioner requests that the Commission amend the Presunrise Authorization regulations (Part 73.99) to permit Presunrise Operation with up to 500 watts (or authorized daytime power, whichever is lower, into the daytime antenna system) commencing one hour earlier at 5:00AM instead of the current 6:00AM restriction for stations operating on Regional Channels.


Richard Arsenault, B.Sc.
Broadcast Radio Consultant
P.O. Box 337, Fortescue, New Jersey 08321-0337
Member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and a
Senior Member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE)
website: www.radio-broadcast-engineer.com


NOTES:
Operation under Presunrise Authorization is voluntary.
This list is for informational purposes only and is subject to correction.
Please verify all data and seek professional consultation from a consulting engineer or a radio engineering firm prior to implementation.
Do NOT implement these power changes at this time as they are NOT authorized by the FCC.
A complete copy of the Pre-sunrise Petition for Rulemaking is available for review on this website and also on the FCC website.
All listed stations are Class D unless otherwise indicated.
Stations operating in the expanded AM broadcast band (1610 Khz to 1700 Khz) are not affected by this Petition and are excluded from this list and from the statistical analysis.


STATISTICAL ANALYSIS of Alabama licensed stations, new applicants and new construction permits on Regional Channels from 550KHz to 1600KHz inclusive with station call letters, frequencies, cities of license and the amount of power increase realized between 5:00AM and 6:00AM is indicated below for each affected station if RM-11599 is adopted by the FCC as submitted:

Total Number of Alabama Class B (fulltime facilities) and Class D (daytime facilities with nighttime power under 250 watts): 72

Number of Class B and Class D Alabama facilities to gain coverage with the proposed PSRA petition: 49 Class D and 5 Class B for a total of 54

Portion of Alabama Class B and Class D stations to gain coverage with the proposed PSRA petition: 54 of the total 72 or 75%


STATION LIST:

WASG - 550, Atmore, 143 to 500 watts at 5:00AM (WASG has C.P. To move to Daphne on 540 Khz)

WOOF - 560, Dothan 118 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WAAX - 570 KHz, Gadsden. (Class B Facility)   After brief analysis of population distribution surrounding tower site, I believe WAAX would benefit operating with 500 watts into higher efficiency non-directional daytime antenna pattern under Presunrise Authorization as opposed to the current 500 watt nighttime antenna pattern with its very deep nulls over sections of the metro population.

WBIL - 580, Tuskegee 139 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WREN - 590, Carrollton 185 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

NEW Station Construction Permit - 600 KHz, Babbie, 300 to 500 watts at 5:00AM (Class B Facility)

WJHX - 620, Lexington 99 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WJDB - 630, Thomasville 49 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WAVU - 630, Albertville, 28 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WTSK - 790, Tuskaloosa, 36 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WZMG - 910, Pepperell, 56 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WGOL - 920, Russellville, 40 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WEZZ - 930, Monroeville, 48 to 500 watts at 5:00AM (WEZZ has C.P. to move to Brantley on new frequency)

WNZZ - 950, Montgomery, 45 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WLPR - 960, Pritchard, 32 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WERH - 970, Hamilton, 0 to 500 watts at 5:00AM (WERH nighttime operation at 37 watts recognized but unapplied, FCC notification required to commence)

WTBF - 970, Troy, 45 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WKLF - 980, Clanton, 156 to 500 watts at 5:00AM (WKLF license deleted, available for application in future filing window)

WGEA - 1150, Geneva, 35 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WZOB - 1250, Fort Payne, 122 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WAPZ - 1250, Wetumpka, 80 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WYDE - 1260, Birmingham, 41 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WGSV - 1270, Gunthersville, 124 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WIJD - 1270, Pritchard, 103 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WPID - 1280, Piedmont, 84 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WBTG - 1290, Sheffield, 79 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WYEA - 1290, Sylacauga, 50 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WBSA - 1300, Boaz, 37 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WKXM - 1300, Winfield, 30 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WTLS - 1300, Tallassee, 18 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WJUS - 1310, Marion, 34 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WKZD - 1310, Priceville, 33 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WHEP - 1310, Foley, 43 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WENN - 1320, Birmingham, 111 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WAGF - 1320, Dothan, 92 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WZCT - 1330, Scottsboro, 38 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WELB - 1350, Elba, 44 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WMFC - 1360, Monroeville, 0 to 500 watts at 5:00AM (WMFC should investigate the feasibility of nighttime operation)

WMOB - 1360 KHz, Mobile, 212 to 500 watts at 5:00AM (Class B Facility)

WELR - 1360, Roanoke, 54 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WIXI   - 1360, Jasper, 42 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WBYE - 1370, Calera, 0 to 500 watts at 5:00AM (WBYE nighttime operation at 23 watts authorized but unapplied, FCC notification required to commence)

WRAB - 1380, Arab, 49 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WGYV - 1380, Greenville, 0 to 500 watts at 5:00AM (WGYV should investigate the feasibility of nighttime operation)

WVSA - 1380, Vernon, 39 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WZZA - 1410, Tuscumbia, 51 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WACT - 1420, Tuscaloosa, 108 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WFHK - 1430, Pell City, 0 to 500 watts at 5:00AM (WFHK nighttime operation at 100 watts authorized but unapplied, FCC notification required to commence)

WRMG - 1430, Red Bay, 0 to 500 watts at 5:00AM (WRMG nighttime operation at 71 watts authorized but unapplied, FCC notification required to commence)

WHAL - 1460 KHz, Phenix City, 140 to 500 watts at 5:00AM (Class B Facility)

WPGG - 1470, Evergreen, 177 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WGNQ - 1480, Bridgeport, 39 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

WQOH - 1480, Irondale, 28 to 500 watts at 5:00AM

NEW Station Construction Permit - 1590 KHz, Opp, 190 to 500 watts at 5:00AM (Class B Facility)


Please direct questions or comments regarding this study to:
Richard Arsenault @ RadioConsultant@mail.com


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