Goto Section: 74.782 | 74.784 | Table of Contents
Revised as of October 1, 2020
Goto Year:2019 |
§ 74.783 Station identification.
(a) Each low power TV and TV translator station not originating local
programming as defined by § 74.701(h) operating over 0.001 kw peak
visual power (0.002 kw when using circularly polarized antennas) must
transmit its station identification as follows:
(1) By transmitting the call sign in International Morse Code at least
once each hour. This transmission may be accomplished by means of an
automatic device as required by § 74.750(c)(7). Call sign transmission
shall be made at a code speed not in excess of 20 words per minute; or
(2) By arranging for the primary station, whose signal is being
rebroadcast, to identify the translator station by transmitting an
easily readable visual presentation or a clearly understandable aural
presentation of the translator station's call letters and location. Two
such identifications shall be made between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
and 5 p.m. each broadcast day at approximately one hour intervals
during each time period. Television stations which do not begin their
broadcast day before 9 a.m. shall make these identifications in the
hours closest to these time periods at the specified intervals.
(b) Licensees of television translators whose station identification is
made by the television station whose signals are being rebroadcast by
the translator, must secure agreement with this television station
licensee to keep in its file, and available to FCC personnel, the
translator's call letters and location, giving the name, address and
telephone number of the licensee or his service representative to be
contacted in the event of malfunction of the translator. It shall be
the responsibility of the translator licensee to furnish current
information to the television station licensee for this purpose.
(c) A low power TV station shall comply with the station identification
procedures given in § 73.1201 when locally originating programming, as
defined by § 74.701(h). The identification procedures given in
paragraphs (a) and (b) are to be used at all other times.
(d) Call signs for low power TV and TV translator stations will be made
up of the initial letter K or W followed by the channel number assigned
to the station and two additional letters. The use of the initial
letter generally will follow the pattern used in the broadcast service,
i.e., stations west of the Mississippi River will be assigned an
initial letter K and those east, the letter W. The two letter
combinations following the channel number will be assigned in order and
requests for the assignment of the particular combinations of letters
will not be considered. The channel number designator for Channels 2
through 9 will be incorporated in the call sign as a 2-digit number,
i.e., 02, 03, . . . ., so as to avoid similarities with call signs
assigned to amateur radio stations.
(e) Low power TV permittees or licensees may request that they be
assigned four-letter call signs in lieu of the five-character
alpha-numeric call signs described in paragraph (d) of this section.
Parties requesting four-letter call signs are to follow the procedures
delineated in § 73.3550 of this chapter. Such four-letter call signs
shall begin with K or W; stations west of the Mississippi River will be
assigned an initial letter K and stations east of the Mississippi River
will be assigned an initial letter W. The four-letter call sign will be
followed by the suffix "-LP."
(f) TV broadcast booster station shall be identified by their primary
stations by broadcasting of the primary station's call letters and
location in accordance with the provisions of § 73.1201 of this chapter.
[ 41 FR 17552 , Apr. 27, 1976, as amended at 47 FR 21502 , May 18, 1982;
52 FR 7424 , Mar. 11, 1987; 52 FR 31405 , Aug. 20, 1987; 59 FR 31557 ,
June 20, 1994; 63 FR 71604 , Dec. 29, 1998]
Goto Section: 74.782 | 74.784
Goto Year: 2019 |
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