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Route reference: 2011-319

Ottawa, 17 June 2011

Maritime Broadcasting System Limited
Amherst, Nova Scotia

Application 2011-0468-7, received 11 March 2011

CKDH-FM Amherst – Technical change

1.      The Commission approves the application by Maritime Broadcasting System Limited (MBS) to change the technical parameters of the English-language commercial radio programming undertaking CKDH-FM Amherst by increasing the average effective radiated power (ERP) from 18,700 to 23,000 watts (maximum ERP from 40,000 to 50,000 watts), by decreasing the effective height of antenna above average terrain from 32 to 16 meters and by relocating its transmitter. The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.

2.      MBS stated that the relocation of its transmitter was necessary because hydro poles serving the transmitter were brought down as a result of a recent storm. The licensee therefore proposed to move its antenna and transmitter to the station’s building, which also houses the emergency generator, thereby ensuring uninterrupted radio service to the residents of Amherst.

3.      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.

4.      The Commission reminds the licensee that, pursuant to section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, this technical change 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.