47 CFR 74.641 - Antenna systems.

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§ 74.641 Antenna systems.
(a) For fixed stations operating above 2025 MHz, the following standards apply:
(1) Fixed TV broadcast auxiliary stations shall use directional antennas that meet the performance standards indicated in the following table. Upon adequate showing of need to serve a larger sector, or more than a single sector, greater beamwidth or multiple antennas may be authorized. Applicants shall request, and authorization for stations in this service will specify, the polarization of each transmitted signal. Booster station antennas having narrower beamwidths and reduced sidelobe radiation may be required in congested areas, or to resolve interference problems.
(i) Stations must employ an antenna that meets the performance standards for Category B. In areas subject to frequency congestion, where proposed facilities would be precluded by continued use of a Category B antenna, a Category A antenna must be employed. The Commission may require the use of a high performance antenna where interference problems can be resolved by the use of such antennas.
(ii) Licensees shall comply with the antenna standards table shown in this paragraph in the following manner:
(A) With either the maximum beamwith to 3 dB points requirement or with the minimum antenna gain requirement; and
(B) With the minimum radiation suppression to angle requirement.
Antenna Standards
Frequency (MHz) Category Maximum beamwidth to 3 dB points 1 (included angle in degrees) Minimum antenna gain (dbi) Minimum radiation suppression to angle in degrees from centerline of main beam in decibels
5° to 10° 10° to 15° 15° to 20° 20° to 30° 30° to 100° 100° to 140° 140° to 180°
1 If a licensee chooses to show compliance using maximum beamwith to 3 dB points, the beamwidth limit shall apply in both the azimuth and the elevation planes.
1,990 to 2,110 AB 5.08.0 n/an/a 125 1818 2220 2520 2925 3328 3936
6,875 to 7,125 AB 1.52.0 n/an/a 2621 2925 3229 3432 3835 4139 4945
12,700 to 13,250 AB 1.02.0 n/an/a 2320 2825 3528 3930 4132 4237 5047
17,700 to 19,700 AB 2.22.2 3838 2520 2924 3328 3632 4235 5536 5536
(2) New periscope antenna systems will be authorized upon a certification that the radiation, in a horizontal plane, from an illuminating antenna and reflector combination meets or exceeds the antenna standards of this section. This provision similarly applies to passive repeaters employed to redirect or repeat the signal from a station's directional antenna system.
(3) The choice of receiving antennas is left to the discretion of the licensee. However, licensees will not be protected from interference which results from the use of antennas with poorer performance than identified in the table of this section.
(4) [Reserved]
(5) Pickup stations are not subject to the performance standards herein stated.
(b) All fixed stations are to use antenna systems in conformance with the standards of this section. TV auxiliary broadcast stations are considered to be located in an area subject to frequency congestion and must employ a Category A antenna when:
(1) A showing by an applicant of a new TV auxiliary broadcast station or Cable Television Relay Service (CARS) station, which shares the 12.7-13.20 GHz band with TV auxiliary broadcast, indicates that use of a category B antenna limits a proposed project because of interference, and
(2) That use of a category A antenna will remedy the interference thus allowing the project to be realized.
(c) As an exception to the provisions of this section, the FCC may approve requests for use of periscope antenna systems where a persuasive showing is made that no frequency conflicts exist in the area of proposed use. Such approvals shall be conditioned to a standard antenna as required in paragraph (a) of this section when an applicant of a new TV auxiliary broadcast or Cable Television Relay station indicates that the use of the existing antenna system will cause interference and the use of a category A or B antenna will remedy the interference.
(d) As a further exception to the provision of paragraph (a) of this section, the Commission may approve antenna systems not conforming to the technical standards where a persuasive showing is made that:
(1) Indicates in detail why an antenna system complying with the requirements of paragraph (a) of this section cannot be installed, and
(2) Includes a statement indicating that frequency coordination as required in § 74.604 (a) was accomplished.
[45 FR 78693, Nov. 26, 1980, as amended at 49 FR 7131, Feb. 27, 1984; 49 FR 37778, Sept. 26, 1984; 50 FR 7342, Feb. 22, 1985; 51 FR 19840, June 3, 1986; 52 FR 7143, Mar. 9, 1987; 55 FR 11587, Mar. 29, 1990; 56 FR 50663, Oct. 8, 1991; 62 FR 4922, Feb. 3, 1997; 68 FR 12771, Mar. 17, 2003]

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