AM Measurement Data

ICR 201801-3060-004

OMB: 3060-0991

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ICR Details
3060-0991 201801-3060-004
Active 201412-3060-002
AM Measurement Data
Revision of a currently approved collection   No
Approved without change 03/08/2018
Retrieve Notice of Action (NOA) 01/12/2018
  Inventory as of this Action Requested Previously Approved
03/31/2021 36 Months From Approved 03/31/2018
3,135 0 3,335
20,200 0 20,780
1,131,500 0 2,171,500

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is revising this Information Collection to reflect the FCC’s September 22, 2017, adoption of the Third Report and Order in MB Docket No. 13-249, FCC 17-119, In the Matter of Revitalization of AM Radio Service (AMR Third R&O). In the 2015 AM revitalization proceeding, the FCC proposed streamlining certain technical requirements to assist AM broadcasters in providing radio service to consumers. For example, many AM stations must directionalize their signals during some or all of the broadcast day in order to avoid interference with other AM stations. Maintaining a directional signal pattern can be technically complex, time-consuming, and expensive. Such stations are subject to a variety of rules requiring signal strength measurements and other engineering analyses to ensure compliance with their authorizations. In the AMR Third R&O, the FCC eliminated, clarified, or eased several of the rules governing AM stations using directional antenna arrays, which comprise almost 40 percent of all AM stations. First, the FCC relaxed the rule for partial proofs of performance of certain directional AM antenna systems, by reducing the number of field strength measurements required. Second, the FCC modified several rules pertaining to AM stations that use Method of Moments (MoM) models of directional array performance. MoM modeling allows broadcasters to verify antenna system performance through computer modeling, as opposed to sending engineers in the field to take field strength measurements. Thus, a proof using a MoM model is less expensive than taking field strength measurements of an AM station’s directional pattern.

US Code: 47 USC 151, 152, 154(i), 303, and 307 Name of Law: Communicaiton Act of 1934, as amended

3060-AK14 Final or interim final rulemaking 82 FR 51161 11/03/2017

  82 FR 51252 11/03/2017
83 FR 1614 01/12/2018

IC Title Form No. Form Name
AM Measurement Data

  Total Approved Previously Approved Change Due to New Statute Change Due to Agency Discretion Change Due to Adjustment in Estimate Change Due to Potential Violation of the PRA
Annual Number of Responses 3,135 3,335 0 -200 0 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 20,200 20,780 0 -580 0 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 1,131,500 2,171,500 0 -1,040,000 0 0
Changing Regulations
There are program changes to this collection of -100 to the number of respondents, -200 to the annual number of responses, -580 to the annual burden hours and -$1,040,000 to the annual burden cost which are all due from the information collection requirements adopted in FCC 17-119. There are no adjustments to this information collection.

Lisa Scanlan 202 418-2700


On behalf of this Federal agency, I certify that the collection of information encompassed by this request complies with 5 CFR 1320.9 and the related provisions of 5 CFR 1320.8(b)(3).
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    (ii) Use of information;
    (iii) Burden estimate;
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