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

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FOR COMMISSION USE ONLY
FILE NO.

BDSTA - 20090623ACH
Section I - General Information
1. Legal Name of the Applicant
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
Mailing Address
BOX 870150

City
TUSCALOOSA
State or Country (if foreign address)
AL
Zip Code
35487 -
Telephone Number (include area code)
2053488622
E-Mail Address (if available)
DAVE@ALABAMATV.ORG
FCC Registration No
0001749688
Call Sign
WUOA
Facility ID Number
77496
2. Contact Representative (if other than licensee/permittee)
M. SCOTT JOHNSON
Firm or Company Name
FLETCHER, HEALD & HILDRETH, P.L.C.
Mailing Address
1300 NORTH 17TH STREET 11TH FLOOR

City
ARLINGTON
State or Country (if foreign address)
VA
ZIP Code
22209 -
Telephone Number (include area code)
7038120474

E-Mail Address (if available)
SJOHNSON@FHHLAW.COM
3. Purpose:
Engineering STA
Extension of Existing Engineering STA
Legal STA
Extension of Existing Legal STA         
4. Service: DS 
5. Community of License:
City: TUSCALOOSA     State: AL
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)
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Ensure that the specifications below are accurate. Contradicting data found elsewhere in this application will be disregarded. All items must be completed. The response "on file" is not acceptable.
TECH BOX
7.1. Channel:
6
7.2. Zone: I II III
7.3.
Antenna Location Coordinates: (NAD 27)
Latitude:    
Degrees 33 Minutes 29 Seconds 2     North     South

Longitude: 
Degrees 86 Minutes 48 Seconds 21     West     East
7.4. Antenna Structure Registration Number: 1037278
Not Applicable Notification filed with FAA
7.5.
Antenna Location Site Elevation Above Mean Sea Level: 279  meters
7.6.
Overall Tower Height Above Ground Level: 345.6  meters
7.7.
Height of Radiation Center Above Ground Level: 307  meters
7.8.
Height of Radiation Center Above Average Terrain: 395 meters     
7.9.
Maximum Effective Radiated Power (average): 31.5  kW     
7.10. Antenna Specifications:    
Nondirectional Directional

a. Manufacturer ERI     Model SHPX-16AC-HW-SP

b.  Electrical Beam Tilt:
degrees    Not Applicable

c.   Mechanical Beam Tilt:
degrees toward azimuth
degrees True    Not Applicable

d.  Polorization:
Horizontal    Circular    Elliptical

Directional Antenna Relative Field Values:
Rotation (Degrees):    No Rotation
Degrees Value Degrees Value Degrees Value Degrees Value Degrees Value Degrees Value    
0 10 20 30 40 50
60 70 80 90 100 110
120 130 140 150 160 170
180 190 200 210 220 230
240 250 260 270 280 290
300 310 320 330 340 350
Additional 
Azimuths

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 21]
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 certify that I have prepared Engineering Data on behalf of the applicant, and that after such preparation, I have examined and found it to be accurate and true to the best of my knowledge and belief.

Name
DAVID M. BAUGHN
Relationship to Applicant (e.g., Consulting Engineer)
DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING
Signature
Date (mm/dd/yyyy)
06/23/2009
Mailing Address
CENTER FOR PUBLIC TV AND RADIO
BOX 870150
City
TUSCALOOSA
State or Country (if foreign address)
AL
Zip Code
35487 -
Telephone Number (No dashes or parentheses, include area code)
2053488622
E-Mail Address (if available)
DAVE@ALABAMATV.ORG

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
DAVID M. BAUGHN
Typed or Printed Title of Person Signing
DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING
Signature
Date (mm/dd/yyyy)
06/23/2009

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 21
Description:
REQUEST FOR STA

THE APPLICANT HEREBY REQUESTS STA TO INCREASE POWER ON DTV STATION WUOA FROM 26 TO 32 KW ERP. WUOA (DT) OPERATES IN THE LOW VHF BAND ON CHANNEL 6, HAVING TRANSITIONED VIA FLASH CUT FROM UHF CHANNEL 23. LIKE OTHER LOW VHF DTV STATIONS, WUOA IS EXPERIENCING UNEXPECTED DIFFICULTIES IN RECEPTION BY THE PUBLIC. THE REQUESTED POWER INCREASE WILL PROVIDE SERVICE TO VIEWERS WHO ARE NOW UNABLE TO RECEIVE WUOA. ACCORDINGLY, THE PUBLIC INTEREST WILL BE SERVED BY APPROVAL. ADDITIONALLY, IT CAN BE EFFECTED BY WUOA AT NO CAPITAL COST SIMPLY BY INCREASING THE TRANSMITTER OUTPUT TO THE RATED MAXIMUM.

AS IT APPEARS THAT WUOA CAN ECONOMICALLY INCREASE POWER ON A PERMANENT BASIS, WE PLAN TO FILE FORM 301 WITH THE COMMISSION TO SPECIFY INCREASED FACILITIES. IN THE INTERIM, OPERATION WITH THE POWER LEVEL REQUESTED HEREIN WILL ALLOW WUOA TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE ADDITIONAL POWER WILL BE HELPFUL IN RESOLVING THE RECEPTION ISSUES WHICH AROSE AT THE TIME OF TRANSITION. THIS TEMPORARY OPERATION WILL PROVIDE DATA WHICH COULD BE VALUABLE NOT ONLY TO WUOA BUT ALSO TO OTHER STATIONS SEEKING TO OVERCOME PREVIOUSLY UNFORESEEN RECEPTION ISSUES WITH VHF CHANNELS.

IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS REQUEST IS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REQUIREMENT FOR 'EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES' IN THAT IT WILL ALLOW THE PUBLIC TO RECEIVE BETTER SERVICE AT THIS MONUMENTAL TIME IN THE DTV TRANSITION AND REDUCE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH VHF STATIONS IN THE TRANSITION. AS NOTED ABOVE, A GRANT OF THIS REQUEST IS THEREFORE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST.

THE REQUESTED POWER EXCEEDS THAT NORMALLY ALLOWED TO LOW VHF DTV STATIONS, AND A WAIVER OF THE POWER LIMIT IS REQUESTED IF DEEMED NECESSARY. INTERFERENCE TO OTHER STATIONS IS WELL BELOW THE 0.5% THRESHOLD, AS DEMONSTRATED ATTACHED LONGLEY-RICE ANALYSIS. IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT THAT HARMFUL INTERFERENCE OCCURS, WUOA WILL IMMDEIATELY REDUCE POWER TO ITS CURRENTLY AUTHORIZED POWER LEVEL. THIS REQUEST WILL NOT CREATE SIGNIFICANT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT NOR WILL IT EXCEED RADIO FREQUENCY RADIATION LIMITS TO THE PUBLIC.

Attachment 21
Description
Longley-Rice Study WUOA STA request