Federal Communications Commission
Washington, D.C. 20554
Approved by OMB
3060-0386 (July 2002)
FOR FCC USE ONLY
 
Extension of Existing Engineering STA

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FOR COMMISSION USE ONLY
FILE NO.

BESTA - 20170811AAX
Section I - General Information
1. Legal Name of the Applicant
BIG RADIO
Mailing Address
C/O SCOTT THOMPSON
W4765 RADIO LANE

City
MONROE
State or Country (if foreign address)
WI
Zip Code
53566 -
Telephone Number (include area code)
0000000000
E-Mail Address (if available)
FCC Registration No
0018930925
Call Sign
WBEL
Facility ID Number
58732
2. Contact Representative (if other than licensee/permittee)
JOHN NEELY, ESQ.
Firm or Company Name
MILLER AND NEELY, P.C.
Mailing Address
SUITE 203
3750 UNIVERSITY BLVD., WEST

City
KENSINGTON
State or Country (if foreign address)
MD
ZIP Code
20895 -
Telephone Number (include area code)
3019336304

E-Mail Address (if available)
JOHNSNEELY@YAHOO.COM
3. Purpose:
Engineering STA
Extension of Existing Engineering STA         File Number: BSTA - 20160729ALO
Legal STA
Extension of Existing Legal STA         
4. Service: AM 
5. Community of License:
City: SOUTH BELOIT     State: IL
6. If this application has been submitted without a fee, indicate reason for fee exemption (see 47 C.F.R. Section 1.1114):
Governmental Entity Noncommercial Educational Licensee/Permittee Other
N/A (Fee Required)
7. Environmental Protection Act.    The proposed facility is excluded from environmental processing under 47. C.F.R. Section 1.1306 (i.e., The facility will not have a significant environmental impact and complies with the maximum permissible radiofrequency electromagnetic exposure limits for controlled and uncontrolled environments). Unless the applicant can determine compliance through the use of the RF worksheets in Appendix A, an Exhibit is required.

By checking "Yes" above, the applicant also certifies that it, in coordination with other users of the site, will reduce power or cease operation as necessary to protect persons having access to the site, tower or antenna from radiofrequency electromagnetic exposure in excess of FCC guidelines.
Yes No

See Explanation in
[Exhibit 33]

8.
Please explain in detail the "extraordinary circumstances" which warrant temporary operations at variance from the Commission's Rules. In addition, please specify 1)the specific rules and/or policies from which the applicant seeks temporary relief; 2) how the public interest will be furthered by grant; and 3) the expected duration of the STA and the licensee's plan for restoration of licensed operation. If requesting variance with other than authorized technical facilities, please specify the exact facilities sought.
[Exhibit 34]
9.
Anti-Drug Abuse Act Certification. Applicant certifies that neither applicant nor any party to the application is subject to denial of federal benefits pursuant to Section 5301 of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, 21 U.S.C. Section 862.
Yes No

I hereby certify that the statements in this application are true, complete, and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, and are made in good faith. I acknowledge that all certifications and attached Exhibits are considered material representations.

Typed or Printed Name of Person Signing
JOHN NEELY
Typed or Printed Title of Person Signing
COUNSEL
Signature
Date (mm/dd/yyyy)
08/10/2017

WILLFUL FALSE STATEMENTS ON THIS FORM ARE PUNISHABLE BY FINE AND/OR IMPRISONMENT (U.S. CODE, TITLE 18, SECTION 1001), AND/OR REVOCATION OF ANY STATION LICENSE OR CONSTRUCTION PERMIT (U.S. CODE, TITLE 47, SECTION 312(a)(1)), AND/OR FORFEITURE (U.S. CODE, TITLE 47, SECTION 503).



Exhibits
Exhibit 13
Description:
STA PARAMETERS

OPERATE DURING NIGHTTIME HOURS WITH NONDIRECTIONAL ANTENNA AND 25% OF LICENSED NIGHT POWER.

Attachment 13


Exhibit 34
Description:
CIRCUMSTANCES

THE CURRENT STA EXPIRES AUGUST 22, 2017.

WBEL IS LICENSED TO OPERATE 5 KW NON-DIRECTIONAL DAY AND 5 KW DIRECTIONAL NIGHT.

DUE TO AN EQUIPMENT FAILURE WBEL IS UNABLE TO OPERATE DIRECTIONALLY AND IS INSTEAD OPERATING NON-DIRECTIONALLY AT REDUCED POWER.

DURING THE MOST RECENT STA PERIOD WHILE IN THE PROCESS OF CONDUCTING OTHER RELATED MAINTENANCE, THE RENOVATED TRANSMISSION SYSTEM WAS UNABLE TO SUSTAIN FULL POWERED OPERATION AT THE DIRECTIONAL ARRAY.

THE DESIGNER OF THE PHASER UNIT CAME ON SITE TO INVESTIGATE. NEXT, THE MANUFACTURER CAME FROM GEORGIA TO HELP TUNE IT UP AT WHICH POINT IT WAS LEARNED THAT FURTHER REPAIR PARTS HAD TO BE ORDERED, CUSTOM MANUFACTURED, DELIVERED AND INSTALLED, ALL OF WHICH TOOK TIME.

THE STATION IS NOW WORKING TO SCHEDULE THE MANUFACTURER REPRESENTATIVES TO RETURN TO THE SITE FOR FURTHER TUNE UP EFFORTS.

WBEL SUFFERED A SETBACK IN JULY WHEN TWO SEVERE ELECTRICAL STORMS DAMAGED THE PRIMARY ANTENNA TOWER IN THE AM ARRAY. THE STATION WAS DARK FOR A NUMBER OF DAYS WHILE TOWER REPAIRS PROCEEDED. THOSE REPAIRS WERE COMPLETED AND THE ANTENNA TOWER IS FUNCTIONING NORMALLY.

BARRING UNFORESEEN DELAY, THE STATION WILL REQUIRE AN EXTENSION OF THE CURRENT STA TO COMPLETE THIS PROCESS AND RESUME OPERATION AT LICENSED PARAMETERS.

GRANT OF SPECIAL TEMPORARY AUTHORITY TO PERMIT CONTINUED OPERATION AT REDUCED NON-DIRECTIONAL NIGHT POWER WILL PERMIT CONTINUED SERVICE TO LISTENERS AND, ACCORDINGLY, IS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST.


Attachment 34