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FCC Extends DTV Construction Deadline for 20 Stations

In the “Third Periodic Review of the Commission’s Rules and Policies Affecting the Conversion to Digital Television,” the FCC set deadlines for stations to complete construction of their DTV facilities. Thursday the FCC released a Public Notice listing 20 TV stations identified as facing a “unique technical challenge.” For these stations, their DTV construction deadlines were extended to Feb. 17, 2009, and their associated pending DTV extension applications dismissed.

The Third Periodic Review notes, “Most of the stations are in this group because they need to reposition a top-mounted analog antenna with a side-mounted digital antenna.” Stations had to outline their unique technical challenge in their applications for post-transition facilities or filing a notification through CDBS (the consolidated database system). They also had to report their status in their Transition Status Reports, Form 387. Updates to Form 387 are due today (July 18, 2008).

The 20 stations are:

  • KAUZ-DT Wichita Falls, Texas
  • KCSM-DT San Mateo, Calif.
  • KDVR-DT Denver, Colo.
  • KETC-DT St. Louis, Mo.
  • KFTR-DT Ontario, Calif.
  • KLEW-DT Lewiston, Idaho
  • KPTV-DT Portland, Ore.
  • KQED-DT San Francisco, Calif.
  • KSNC-DT Great Bend, Kan.
  • KVHP-DT Lake Charles, La.
  • KVRR-DT Fargo, N.D.
  • WCVI-DT Christiansted, Virgin Islands
  • WEWS-DT Cleveland, Ohio
  • WJAR-DT Providence, R.I.
  • WKBN-DT Youngstown, Ohio
  • WLAE-DT New Orleans, La.
  • WMFD-DT Mansfield, Ohio
  • WMYO-DT Salem, Ind.
  • WNPB-DT Morgantown, W.Va.
  • WTLW-DT Lima, Ohio

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.