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Route reference: 2010-539

Ottawa, 21 December 2010

Radio Communautaire MF Lac Simon inc.
Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec

Application 2010-0771-6, received 4 May 2010

CHUN-FM Rouyn-Noranda – Technical change

1.      The Commission approves an application by Radio Communautaire MF Lac Simon inc. relating to the French-, Anishnabe- and Algonquin-language Native Type B radio programming undertaking CHUN-FM Rouyn-Noranda by increasing the effective radiated power from 490 to 3,400 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain decreased from 108.7 to 103.3 meters). All other technical parameters will remain unchanged. The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.

2.      According to the licensee, this change is needed to resolve an important issue relating to the reception of the station’s signal within its 3 mV/m contour. The licensee indicated that many listeners complained that they were unable to receive CHUN-FM’s signal in their home. In support of its application, the licensee provided examples of complaint letters, as well as a map detailing the areas of the contours where the signal is weakest.

3.      The Commission recognizes that the area’s topography varies considerably and that it may cause deficiencies in the signal, even in the station’s 3 mV/m contour, where reception of the signal is supposed to be optimal. The Commission is of the view that the proposed technical change will increase the quality of the station’s signal.

4.      The Commission’s usual practice is to deny applications for technical changes in cases where the licensee has been found in non-compliance. However, since the licensee’s non-compliance has been addressed in CHUN-FM Rouyn-Noranda – Licence renewal, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010-830, 9 November 2010, the Commission is of the view that the licensee has already been penalized for its non-compliance. Thus, in light of this decision, since the application seeks to resolve a known technical issue and since this unique service offered by CHUN-FM is intended for the market’s native population, among others, the Commission considers that it is appropriate to approve the proposed change.

5.      The Department of Industry (the Department) has advised the Commission that, while this application is conditionally technically acceptable, it will only issue a broadcasting certificate when it has determined that the proposed technical parameters will not create any unacceptable interference with aeronautical NAV/COM services.

6.      The Commission reminds the licensee that, pursuant to section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, this authority will only be effective when the Department notifies the Commission 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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