FCC kills Stayton radio

Faced with $10,000 in FCC fines, a community radio of Stayton announced it will close.

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Faced with $10,000 in FCC fines for government code violations, KENC community radio of Stayton announced it will close.

Unlicensed, low-power stations are legal, but those who operate them must adhere to strict regulations regarding broadcast power, transmitter strength, antennas and such. A summary of the regulations stretches over 31 single-spaced pages.

[Owner] Cartwright said he knew the rules and believed he was operating legally. But [FCC inspector] Nguyen found the station’s transmission line, antenna and ground lead exceeded the 3-meter height allowed. Plus, KENC can be heard over three transmitters, each of which covers 10 to 12 blocks in Stayton and neighboring Sublimity. That’s too far.

Read more at the Oregonian.

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