Scope of ABIP Inspection

Know What to Expect During Your Station's ABIP Inspection.

The ABIP inspection will typically include the following:

  • Inspection of the station licenses to assure compliance by the station with transmitter power, directional AM parameters and auxiliary operations.
  • Inspection of the control point and associated transmitter operation, required station logs, transmission standards, and compliance with tower regulations and EAS responsibilities.
  • Inspection of the station’s compliance with all EAS requirements, including equipment, logging, and past EAS performance, and review of Chief Operator requirements, station logs and required Equipment Performance Measurements.
  • A thorough review of each station’s Public File and issues related to location of the Public File outside the city of license, if applicable.
  • An inspection of the station’s transmitter sites, including verification of tower registration, tower lighting, antennas, and transmitter power, frequency, and modulation. All monitor points will be run for AM directional stations, and the station must supply a working Field Strength Meter and personnel who know how to operate the meter and navigate to all required points.

Following the OAB inspection, the inspector will notify the station of any detected violations of FCC technical requirements. The inspector will give the station a reasonable period of time to correct violations, and where necessary, a re-inspection may be conducted.

When the inspector is satisfied that the station is in compliance and has taken all required remedial actions, the OAB, upon approval of the inspector, will send a Certificate of Compliance to the station and to the FCC.

Upon receipt of the OAB Certificate of Compliance, the FCC will not conduct a routine random inspection of the station for a period of three years from the date of certification. However, the station will still be subject to the following FCC inspections during this three-year period:

  1. public file inspections relating to political broadcasting or EEO materials;
  2. inspections concerning tower safety; and
  3. complaint-driven inspections.

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