Should WSMN-AM's CP Have Expired By Now?

Mon Dec 31 09:00:05 EST 2012

As I understand it, an AM that fails to construct a CP before the CP expires
has two options: 1) have the CP tolled or 2) have the CP cancelled and apply
for a new CP with the same facilities specified in the expired CP. Tolling
can be granted if an applicant can demonstrate to the FCC's satisfaction
that construction was not completed for reasons beyond the permittee's
control. Tolling, in essence, resets the clock to a time prior to expiration
of the CP and then stops the clock. I believe (but do not know for sure)
that WSMN's current STA (diplexed with WGHM) specifies a daytime power lower
than 250W with an antenna of minimum Class D AM efficiency. IOW, the
inverse-distance (ID) field must exceed 141.85 mV/m @ 1 km. If that value
cannot be exceeded without causing prohibited overlap with another station,
then WSMN would not be eligible for a license to operate as a ND Class D AM.
Also, WSMN's daytime 5 mV/m contour must cover an area in which live at
least 80% of the citizens of Nashua.

If any of this is incorrect, Scott Fybush or someone else with appropriate
credentials will almost surely correct me.

Dan Strassberg (
eFax 1-707-215-6367

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Laurence Glavin" <>
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Sent: Sunday, December 30, 2012 4:30 PM
Subject: Should WSMN-AM's CP Have Expired By Now?

> Just out of idle curiosity, I tuned my AM radio that displays relative
> signal strength to check out WSMN-AM 1590 in
> Nashua, NH. It seemed to me that Absolute Broadcasting had acquired an
> approval from the FCC for extra
> time to build out its 5K DA-2 until sometime in 2012, which is ending very
> shortly. I did it at around noon
> when there was maximum solar effectiveness in squelching AMs with shorter
> wavelengths, but WSMN was
> as weak as ever. It's now well past construction season so it would appear
> that they either petition to run
> about 200 watts NDA permanently or try for another extension. The verbiage
> in the last piece of
> correspondence I could find included protestations that the owners were
> doing their utmost to get
> the authorized facility on the air. Can they do this in 2013 again? And
> speaking about AMs in the 14s and 15s:
> the removal of WDCD-AM 1540 in Albany, NY has helped Exter, NH's WXEX-AM
> 1540 to be heard for several
> miles right after sunrise these mornings whereas in previous winters, if
> you tuned to 1540 around
> here, you got preachers from WDCD.

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