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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2004-168

  Ottawa, 6 May 2004
  Radio Dégelis inc.
Dégelis, Pohénégamook and Squatec, Quebec
  Application 2003-0366-0
Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2004-1
8 January 2004

CFVD-FM-2 Pohénégamook and CFVD-FM-3 Squatec - Technical changes

  The Commission approves the application by Radio Dégelis inc. to amend the authorized contours of CFVD-FM-2 Pohénégamook and CFVD-FM-3 Squatec and the frequency of transmitter CFVD-FM-2.


The Commission received an application by Radio Dégelis inc., the licensee of radio programming undertaking CFVD-FM Dégelis, to amend the authorized contours of its transmitters CFVD-FM-2 Pohénégamook and CFVD-FM-3 Squatec, by increasing the average effective radiated power (ERP) of CFVD-FM-2 from 15 watts to 294 watts and by increasing the average ERP of CFVD-FM-3 from 10 watts to 301 watts. The licensee also proposed to change the frequency of transmitter CFVD-FM-2 from 104.9 MHz (channel 285LP) to 92.1 MHz (channel 221A).


The proposed changes in power would alter the status of both CFVD-FM-2 and CFVD-FM-3 from low power unprotected services to regular Class A stations.


The licensee indicated that the proposed changes would improve the signal quality of its transmitters.



The Commission received two interventions, one supporting and one opposing.


The opposing intervention was submitted jointly by Radio CJFP (1986) ltée and CIBM-FM Mont-Bleu ltée (Radio CJFP and CIBM-FM). According to them, the existing transmitter at Squatec already serves Squatec and surrounding area very well. Moreover, Radio CJFP and CIBM-FM stated that the area proposed by the licensee to be served by the Squatec transmitter and the Grade C official contour (50 uV/m), in particular, would be very near Trois-Pistoles and would [Translation] "extend significantly into our main territory."


Radio CJFP and CIBM-FM did not oppose the increase in power of the transmitter at Pohénégamook, but did question the relevance of the change because the transmitter in question already serves the regions of Pohénégamook and Rivière-Bleue very well.

The licensee's reply


In response to Radio CJFB and CIBM-FM's concerns, the licensee indicated that the City of Trois-Pistoles is not within the secondary service contour (0.5 mV/m) of the Squatec transmitter. The licensee noted that the Grade C official contour, referred to in the intervention, is no longer defined in the Department of Industry's (the Department's) rules and procedures.


In addition, the licensee indicated that the increase in power for the Squatec transmitter would improve the quality of the signal received by residents of the northern part of the RCM of Témiscouata, particularly in the municipalities of Transfiguration, Lac-des-Aigles and Squatec.

The Commission's analysis and determination


With respect to the concern expressed by Radio CJFP and CIBM-FM that the proposed Squatec transmitter's service area would extend into their main territory, the Commission concludes that the City of Trois-Pistoles will not be within the service contours of the Squatec transmitter. Accordingly, there will be no impact on the market.


The Commission therefore approves the application byRadio Dégelis inc. to amend the authorized contours of CFVD-FM-2 Pohénégamook, by increasing the average ERP from 15 watts to 294 watts and of CFVD-FM-3 Squatec by increasing the average ERP from 10 watts to 301 watts.


The Commission also approves the change in the frequency of transmitter CFVD-FM-2 Pohénégamook, from 104.9 MHz (channel 285LP) to 92.1 MHz (channel 221A).


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.


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
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Date Modified: 2004-05-06

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