Engineer Challenges FCC’s Rubber-stamp of a Licensee’s Applications

A radio engineer in Chicago has filed a petition pressing the Federal Communications Commission to take action on what he calls a ghost translator station that exists only on paper.

The FCC should stop taking applicants’ word on whether projects have actually been built, said engineer Larry Langford. In this case, he alleges that rubber-stamp approvals may have deprived others from using a frequency during one of the recent AM translator windows.

Langford owns WGTO and W244DS in Michigan and is an amateur radio operator. He alleges that Houston-based licensee Centro Cristiano de Vida Eterna submitted falsified information to the FCC in multiple instances by claiming that a Chicago-based translator station had been constructed, then filing paperwork to move that translator to different spots multiple times.

The licensee apparently has since decided to formally drop its license request; Radio World has been unable to obtain further comment on the allegations.

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