CRTC Nested FM Repeater Decision Setting a Precedent?

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CRTC Nested FM Repeater Decision Setting a Precedent?

Postby jon » Wed Apr 29, 2015 12:17 pm

It was easy to miss: CRTC approval of a peanut whistle FM repeater with 22.4 watts average ERP and 82 watts maximum ERP. It may be precedent setting, as I think it is the first Nested FM Repeater approved for a commercial AM station in a Major Market in Canada.

http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2015/2015-162.htm

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The station is CFZM in Toronto, which is Moses Znaimer's relicensing of one of the CBC's clear channel AM allocations, formerly CBL-740, which operates with 50,000 watts non-directional day and night. The FM repeater is meant to fill in the reception gaps in Downtown Toronto. The 22.4 or 82 watts don't sound like much, but should do the job atop a tower that is 280.1 metres above average terrain. That is 919 feet.

The "Dissenting Opinion of Commissioner Raj Shoan" is also interesting in his review of past applications for nested FM repeaters. Most notably, that the CRTC counts the FM repeater as an FM station for Common Ownership purposes. Which guarantees that CKNW's application will be turned down.

That would seem to open the door wide to future applications for nested FM repeaters for AM stations. But, only for companies not already owning the limit of FM stations in the market allowed by current Common Ownership rules. For example, in Edmonton, the remaining commercial AM stations are CHED-630, CFCW-790, CHQT-880, CJCA-930 and CFRN-1260. All but CJCA already have two FM stations owned by the same company.
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Re: CRTC Nested FM Repeater Decision Setting a Precedent?

Postby jon » Sun Jul 19, 2015 11:51 am

The station is announcing (on their web site) a planned on-air date of September 1st.
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