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Ottawa, 26 November 1998
Decision CRTC 98-514
1019415 Ontario Inc., doing business under the style of "R.B. Communications"
Welland, Ontario - 199804315
Application processed by
Public Notice CRTC 1998-93
dated 3 September 1998
Relocation of transmitter and decrease in power for new FM in Welland
1. The Commission approves the application to amend the broadcasting licence for CHOW-FM Welland, a new radio station approved in Decision CRTC 97-387, by decreasing the effective radiated power from 27,420 watts to 25,000 watts.
2. The licensee also proposes to relocate the new station's transmitter to a site approximately 10 kilometres north-east of the authorized site, and to increase the effective height of the transmitting antenna to compensate for the reduction in effective radiated power.
3. The licensee stated in its current application that the proposed changes will allow the authorized frequency to be used to its maximum potential, and to fully cover all of the Niagara Peninsula.
4. An intervention in opposition to this application was submitted by Coultis Broadcasting Limited (Coultis), licensee of CHSC St. Catharines. The intervener expressed the concern that approval of this application would result in a significant change to the principal marketing area of the proposed FM station approved in Decision CRTC 97-387. Coultis argued that the change would create another St. Catharines competitor, and result in the new station having weaker coverage in Fort Erie/Niagara South.
5. In its reply to the intervention, the applicant stated that St. Catharines has traditionally been part of the extended market for its AM station CHOW, the station to be replaced by the FM undertaking. The applicant also noted that the technical parameters approved for the new FM station in Decision CRTC 97-387 would provide a signal to all of St. Catharines. The applicant further noted that contrary to the intervener's position, the proposed signal strength in Fort Erie will be adequate for a city of that size.
6. The Commission is satisfied that the technical parameters of the application approved in Decision CRTC 97-387 would have provided a signal to all of St. Catharines, and that therefore approval of the changes requested in this application does not result in a change to the number of signals available in that city. The Commission further concurs with the licensee's statement that although the FM signal strength expected in Fort Erie and Niagara South would be somewhat lower than originally proposed, it would nevertheless be adequate for satisfactory reception in the area.
7. The Commission authorizes the licensee to operate the undertaking on the basis of the contours and particulars resulting from the above-mentioned changes.
8. The Department of Industry has advised the Commission that this application is conditionally technically acceptable. The Department will only issue a Broadcasting Certificate once it has determined that the proposed technical parameters will not create any unacceptable interference with aeronautical NAV/COM services.
9. In accordance with section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, the Commission will only issue the licence amendment and grant the authority to operate when it receives notification from the Department of Industry that its technical requirements have been met, and that a Broadcasting Certificate will be issued.
Secretary General
This decision is to be appended to the licence.
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