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MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE

2018 WINTER CONFERENCE

January 25, 2018

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

You don't want to miss the action so put this date on your calendar now!

Take advantage of the following opportunities:

  • Legislative Breakfast
  • Engineering Exhibit Hall
  • Engineering Sessions
  • Sales Training
  • SCBA Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Meeting
  • Awards of Distinction Reception and Dinner

Details will be posted on our website as the event draws nearer -- so keep checking back!

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Earthquake Preparedness Week

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Contact: Derrec Becker

Phone: 803-737-8500  |  Social: @SCEMD

 

South Carolina to ShakeOut for Earthquake Preparedness Week

 

Columbia, S.C. - Governor Henry McMaster has proclaimed Earthquake Awareness Week for 2017 be observed October 15-21 in South Carolina.  The S.C. Emergency Management Division encourages everyone to take this opportunity to learn about our state’s seismic fault system and how best to prepare for earthquakes.  A highlight of the week will be the Great Southeast ShakeOut earthquake safety drill next Thursday, October 19 at 10:19 a.m.

 

More than two million people across eight states and Washington D.C. will take part in the Great SouthEast ShakeOut earthquake safety drill.  The regional ShakeOut drill is part of an international effort in which participants simultaneously practice how to stay safe during an earthquake — “Drop, Cover and Hold On”. For most people, in most situations, this means to:

 

  DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees;

  COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand, as you crawl for shelter under a nearby table or desk;

  HOLD ON to your shelter with one hand until shaking stops (remain on your knees and covering your head and neck with your other arm and hand).

 

Schools, businesses, organizations, government agencies, communities and households are all encouraged to participate in the drill.  Worldwide, 25 million people are currently expected to participate in Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills next Thursday. Although the primary activity of the ShakeOut is based upon a drill procedure similar to a fire or tornado drill, participants are encouraged to take actions to become better prepared for all disasters.  This could include:

 

§  Securing heavy items to prevent them from causing injuries during an earthquake

§  Creating an emergency plan and/or updating emergency supply kits

§  Talking with their families and neighbors about emergency preparedness

 

Registration on the Southeast ShakeOut site is an important part of this event.  The Great ShakeOut is open to everyone in South Carolina.  To register, go to www.shakeout.org/southeast

 

Similar to other emergency preparedness drills sponsored by SCEMD, the signal to begin the drill will be broadcast next Thursday at 10:19 a.m. on NOAA tone-alert weather radio and broadcast media. All media are encouraged to participate in the ShakeOut by broadcasting the drill message issued by SCEMD and the National Weather Service.

 

There have been ten low-magnitude earthquakes recorded in South Carolina since October 2016.  Our state experiences approximately ten to 20 earthquakes a year according to geologists with the College of Charleston.  The epicenter of the largest earthquake ever recorded along the eastern United States coast was just outside of Charleston on August 31, 1886.  The 7.3 magnitude quake devastated the region and was felt from Chicago, Ill, to Cuba.  According to a study commissioned by SCEMD, an earthquake of similar magnitude occurring today would result in tremendous loss of life, severe property damage and extreme economic loss.  Results of the study are detailed in the South Carolina Earthquake Guide

 

South Carolina Earthquake Resources:

Earthquake Drill Guidance for Media Organizations
Southeast ShakeOut Resources page
ShakeOut Frequently Asked Questions page
South Carolina Earthquake Education & Preparedness Program

USC Seismic Network

State Geological Survey

 

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New Post: TV Stations' First Ever Quarterly Transition Progress Report Due October 10

Posted October 4, 2017

By Lauren Lynch Flick

As we noted back in April (has it really been that long ago?) when the FCC first announced the TV spectrum repack deadlines, TV stations being repacked now have yet another quarterly filing obligation.  Television stations transitioning to a new channel in the repack must file a quarterly Transition Progress Report by the 10th of October, January, April, and July.  Yesterday, the FCC issued a Public Notice reminding stations of this obligation.

Each transitioning television station must electronically file the report (FCC Form 387) informing the FCC and public of the station's progress towards constructing facilities on its newly-assigned channel and terminating operations on its current channel.  The quarterly reporting requirement will continue for each repacked station until the station has completed its transition and filed a final report indicating that it has done so.

While it is still early in the transition process, it is a mistake to assume that stations will have little to report in this first filing.  The Form 387 asks a number of baseline questions, such as whether a station needs to conduct a structural analysis of its tower, obtain any non-FCC permits or FAA Determinations of No Hazard, or order specific types of equipment to complete the transition.

Depending on a station's response to a question, the electronic form will then ask for additional information regarding that particular subject.  For example, if a station indicates that it needs to make structural changes to its tower, it will be prompted to provide information about whether those changes are major and if so, whether they have been scheduled or completed.  In some cases, narrative responses may be necessary.

Ultimately, the form requires each station to indicate whether it anticipates that it will receive its equipment and complete any needed tower work in time to meet the construction deadline for its transition phase.

Don't let the simple Yes/No appearance of the Form 387 fool you.  It requires input from both engineering and management personnel, and future reports will then be compared against the baseline it creates.  In other words, it would be a mistake to merely leave the task to the person who handles your other quarterly FCC reports as you walk out the station door.  You'll likely be getting a panicked call from them shortly thereafter.

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New Post: FCC Announces Modification Window for Repacked and Band-Changing Stations

Posted September 21, 2017

By Lauren Lynch Flick

The FCC announced yesterday that repacked and band-changing television and Class A television stations will have the opportunity to file applications to specify a new channel or expand their proposed facilities between October 3 and November 2.

By way of background, in April of 2013, in preparation for the Broadcast Incentive Auction, the FCC froze the filing of modification applications by full power and Class A television stations that would expand coverage in any direction.  With the conclusion of the Broadcast Incentive Auction, stations that were involuntarily repacked or that elected to change bands in exchange for compensation were required to file applications to transition to their newly-assigned channels.

However, apart from some flexibility to increase coverage in any one direction by up to 1%, those applications could only replicate the coverage a station had before the auction.  A small group of stations that had special situations such as those that were unable to build on their assigned repack channel or which were predicted to receive excessive interference as a result of the repack were allowed to modify their facilities in what the FCC called the "First Priority" window, which closed last Friday.  For the vast majority of stations, however, the window announced yesterday will be their first opportunity in more than four years to expand coverage without requiring a waiver of the freeze.

This "Second Priority" window is limited to repacked and band changing stations.  Eligible stations can change their currently assigned channel or make minor modifications to the facilities currently proposed in their repack construction permit (if already granted), or pending repack application.  Stations seeking a new channel must remain within their currently assigned band (e.g., a UHF station that was paid in the spectrum auction to move to a VHF channel cannot now file to move back to the UHF band).

Applications filed in this window must protect all applications filed in the initial 90-day repack window, the just-concluded First Priority window, and those filed prior to the April 2013 application freeze.  An application seeking a new channel will be handled as a major modification, requiring a 30-day public notice and comment period at the FCC, along with local public notice in the community of license.  Stations seeking to modify their facilities while remaining on their assigned channel must still meet the FCC's requirements for a minor modification application.

Additional costs caused by building expanded or different-channel facilities are not eligible for repack reimbursement, and stations are therefore not allowed to amend their Form 399 estimates to include those additional amounts.

Filing fees will be required for modification applications filed in this window, and station applications that are mutually exclusive with another application filed during the window will have a 90-day period to resolve the mutual exclusivity or both applications will be dismissed.  The FCC will treat all applications filed during the window as having been filed on the same day, so the precise date of filing will not be relevant in determining whether applications filed during this window are mutually exclusive.

After years of television stations having their fate dictated by the outcome of the Broadcast Incentive Auction and the FCC-designed repack, this window represents the first opportunity in a long time for stations to take control of their own destinies.  Stations will now have the opportunity to obtain what they used to take for granted–the ability to adapt their facilities to changing communities and needs while enhancing their coverage in a post-repack world.  That is an opportunity that should not be missed.

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