San Diego Gets Waiver for Short-Spaced Channel
Friday, August 30, 2019 | Comments

The FCC granted a request by the county of San Diego for a waiver of FCC rules to allow it to submit a letter of concurrence from a short-spaced licensee that lacks the requisite certification that the licensee is constructed and operational.

San Diego filed three applications seeking to add seven base stations to its trunked 800 MHz private LMR system. The county proposes to operate each of its new base stations on 38 800 MHz channels including channel 854.8875 MHz. If licensed on channel 854.8875 MHz, all seven of San Diego’s proposed base stations would be located less than the required 113-kilometer distance to co-channel station, call sign KNIV764, licensed to Third District Enterprises.

San Diego included with its applications a letter from Third District concurring with the short spacing. Third District did not state in its letter, however, that it is constructed and operating on the short-spaced channel. Therefore, San Diego sought a waiver of the rules that require that each letter from a concurring co-channel licensee certify that the system of the concurring licensee is constructed and fully operational.

San Diego said Third District had shut off operations on the short-spaced channel and therefore could not attest, as required, that it is “constructed and fully operational” on the channel. San Diego said that if its waiver request is granted, the “radio channel will provide improved public-safety coverage for police, fire, EMS and local government agencies in San Diego and Imperial counties.”

The full order is here.

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