Maine County’s Request for TIS License Modification Approved by FCC
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 | Comments

The FCC granted a request from Lincoln County, Maine, to allow the county to modify its travelers’ information station (TIS) to allow an antenna height of 32 meters at the TIS transmitter site.

The waiver was required because the commission’s rules limit the antenna height to 15 meters at the TIS transmitter site. In its request for a modification, the county said it uses its TIS station as a “redundant communications system to communicate with the public” during emergencies.

The county requested authorization to increase the transmitter height to allow sufficient signal power to overcome signal blocking by an existing 20-meter tower near the TIS location. The county said that no other parameters of its operation would change and said it would lower the output power as needed to maintain compliance with the commission’s signal intensity rules.

The FCC determined that the county had met the requirements for a waiver in its request and that the county’s proposal would comply with the FCC’s rules for the minimum distances a TIS must maintain to co-channel and adjacent channel stations.

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