FCC Commissioners Approve FM Directional Antenna NPRM


WASHINGTON, D.C. — In mid-September 2021, Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned Dielectric shared for the first time how the company literally changed how FM broadcast antenna manufacturers validate directional pattern studies for new FM broadcast antennas.

This led Dielectric to submit a Petition for Rulemaking with the FCC, resulting in “MB Docket No. 21-422” — a docket focused on “Updating FM Broadcast Radio Service—Directional Antenna Performance Verification.”

The FCC on Thursday released a Report and Order that puts a green light on a big shift in how such signal pattern tests are done.

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