MB & PSHSB seek comment on waiver by WLNY to flashcut to digital Ch 17
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Released: July 16, 2014
MEDIA BUREAU AND PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU SEEK
COMMENT ON REQUEST FOR WAIVER FILED BY WLNY-TV INC. TO FLASHCUT FROM
ANALOG CHANNEL 17 TO DIGITAL CHANNEL 17 FOR LOW POWER TELEVISION
STATION WLIG-LP, PLAINVIEW, NEW YORK
PS Docket No. 14-108
File No. BDFCDTL-20130603AUD
Comment Date: August 15, 2014
Reply Comment Date: August 29, 2014
The Media Bureau and the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau seek comment on the
application and waiver request, as amended, filed on June 04, 2013, by WLNY-TV Inc. (WLNY).1
WLNY seeks “approval for low power television [LPTV] station WLIG-LP, Plainview, NY to flashcut
from analog channel 17 to digital channel 17.”2 WLNY requests waiver of Section 74.709 of the
Commission’s rules,3 for “land mobile station protection insofar as that rule applies to the channel 16 land
mobile services in New York, NY.”4 The rule states that a low power TV or TV translator station
application will not be accepted if it specifies a channel that is one channel above or below one of the land
mobile assignments and its field strength at the land mobile protected contour exceeds 76 dBu.5 Station
WLIG-LP is located within the land mobile protected contour.
WLNY states that “WLIG-LP has been operating on analog channel 17 since 2005.”6 WLNY
affirms that “during its nine years of operation, there have been no interference complaints by any users
of the adjacent channel 16 spectrum or any other indication of interference.”7 WLNY further states that
1 See File No. BDFCDTL-20130603AUD (filed June 04, 2013, amended, June 17, 2014,
See also attachment 12: Further Statement in Support of Waiver Request and Grant of Application (Waiver Request)
and Clarification of Further Statement in Support of Waiver Request and Grant of Application (Clarification
2 Waiver Request at 1.
3 47 C.F.R. § 74.709.
4 Waiver Request at 1.
5 47 C.F.R. § 74.709(d)(3). The protected contours for the land mobile radio service are 130 kilometers from the
coordinates in the table in paragraph (a). 47 C.F.R. § 74.709(b).
6 Waiver Request at 1.
“a grant of the WLIG-LP digital channel 17 proposal will afford the channel 16 land mobile service
significantly more interference protection” than the current analog channel 17 operation.8
Specifically, WLNY states that “in actuality the flashcut to digital channel 17 with a full service
mask filter together with the existing multi-section filter now used by the station, will dramatically
decrease out-of-band emissions to the adjacent channel 16 spectrum and will afford the channel 16 land
mobile service significantly greater protection against interference than currently exists.”9 WLNY asserts
that “FCC rules recognize that the out-of-band emissions 3 MHz from the LPTV channel band edge in the
land mobile band are reduced 76 dB for digital LPTV operations compared to 60 dB for analog LPTV
operations – a further reduction of 16 dB.”10
Further, WLNY states that “if we consider the current
analog radiated power of the LPTV station in the land mobile spectrum to be 100%, the proposed change
to digital will reduce that radiated power to 2.5%”11 and maintains that the “decrease in emissions will
provide the land mobile service significantly greater interference protection than that which exists based
on WLIG-LP’s current analog operation.”12
WLNY concludes that granting its proposal “will enhance the interference protection for the
channel 16 land mobile service [and therefore] has no downside and is risk-free for all parties.”13
asserts that “if interference ever occurs, WLIG-LP, as a secondary service, will be required to eliminate
the interference or cease operations” and that “FCC can condition the WLIG-LP construction permit to
require the station to 1) eliminate interference or cease operation should interference ever occur and 2)
install and operate with a full service mask filter and multi-section filter.”14
In support of its waiver request, WLNY submitted, an engineering analysis (Exhibit 13) which
indicates that “the proposed WLIG-LP digital facility is identical [to] its licensed analog facility in terms
of frequency, ERP, antenna system and site location.”15
Accordingly, we invite comment and analysis on the impact of the WLNY’s waiver request on
the land mobile service on the adjacent channel 16 in the New York metropolitan area.16
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8 See id.
10 Clarification Request at 1. See also 47 C.F.R. §§ 74.736(c)(3) [analog] and 74.794(a)(2)(ii) [digital].
11 Clarification Request at 1.
15 Id. See also Waiver Request at 1.
16 See 47 C.F.R. § 90.303(c).
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By the Deputy Chief, Media Bureau and Deputy Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security
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