New Jersey County Gets STA to Operate TIS at 100 Watts During Pandemic
Friday, March 20, 2020 | Comments

The FCC granted a request from Hudson County, New Jersey, for special temporary authority (STA) to operate its travelers’ information station (TIS) at 100 watts, rather than 10 watts as limited by the FCC’s rules. Hudson County filed the request to expand the TIS signal’s reach during the national- and state-level emergencies associated with the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The FCC’s rules permit an STA to be granted in emergency situations. The commission said the public interest would be served by granting an STA ending after a period of 90 days or after the cessation of the national emergency, whichever comes first.

Hudson’s TIS is also within 15 kilometers of the 0.5 mV/m contour of an AM broadcast station operating on a first adjacent channel 1700 kHz, Station WRCR, Ramapo, New York. Under the commission’s rules, STAs will be authorized on a secondary, noninterference basis.

“We stress that conditional grant of this STA is solely intended to address the critical needs of Hudson County’s community during the national emergency,” the order said.

The full order is here.

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