FEDERAL  COMMUNICATIONS  COMMISSION
                         WASHINGTON,  DC  20554
                                    
                                                   IN REPLY REFER TO:
                                                                                                                             1800B3-DEB
  
  
                                                         September 26, 1994

Central Coast Communications, Inc.  
296 H Street 
Chula Vista, CA  91910 


                                             In re:  KKLF(FM), Gonzales, CA
                                                        Central Coast Communications, Inc.
                                                        BPH-901211IG 


Dear Licensee: 

By letter dated October 10, 1991, the staff dismissed auxiliary facility application BPH-901211IG for station
KKLF (formerly KPUP-FM), Gonzales, CA as unacceptable for filing.  The application could not be approved
since the proposed auxiliary facility's 1 mV/m contour extended beyond the licensed main facility's 1 mV/m
contour, in violation of 47 CFR  73.1675.  On November 12, 1991 a petition for reconsideration of this action
was filed.(FN1)  This petition for reconsideration is the subject of this letter.  

The petition for reconsideration notes that the staff determined the 1 mV/m contours for the main and proposed
auxiliary facilities using radials spaced every 5 of azimuth.  However, the petition states that there is no
requirement to employ more than eight radials spaced every 45.  The petition references 47 CFR  73.313(d),
which requires applicants for FM stations to compute the average height of 8 individual radials evenly spaced
every 45; these figures are then used in determining the antenna height above average terrain.  The petitioner
connected the points at which the 1 mV/m field strength is located along each of these 8 eight radials with a
smooth curve to show the location of the contour.  Although these results differ from the staff's locations of the 1
mV/m contours, the petitioner believes that this procedure remains valid and should be accepted.  In addition, the
petitioner notes that in either case no interference will be caused to another station.  

Contrary to the petitioner's assertion, the Commission has indicated that extra radials should be included where
increased accuracy is desirable for service and interference contour projections.  Digitized Terrain Data, Docket
84-705, 57 RR 2d 415, 417 (1984), paragraph 11.  See also Short-Spaced Assignments by Using Directional
Antennas, MM Docket 87-121, 4 FCC Rcd 1681 (1989), paragraph 41, recon. denied, 6 FCC Rcd 5356 (1991). 
Here, the additional radials are necessary to accurately determine the location of the main and auxiliary facility 1
mV/m contours -- an accuracy which cannot be matched by the petitioner's smooth curve method.  The rule does
not take into account potential interference or lack thereof; thus the fact that interference would not occur is not
relevant to the application of the rule.   Consequently, the staff did not err when it found the violation of 
73.1675 and dismissed the application on October 10, 1991, and the petition for reconsideration will be
denied.(FN2)  

The petition for reconsideration also contains an "amendment" to specify a directional operation to eliminate the
extension of the auxiliary facility's 1 mV/m contour beyond the main facility's 1 mV/m contour, in response to
the staff's suggestion in Footnote 1 of the October 10, 1991 letter.   Dismissed auxiliary applications are not 
subject to the Commission's "hard look" processing requirements and  may be reinstated nunc pro tunc if a
curative amendment is submitted concurrent with a petition for reconsideration.  See Public Notice, "Commission
States Future Policy on Incomplete and Patently Defective AM and FM Construction Permit Applications" [47
CFR  73.4015], 56 RR 2d 776, 49 Fed. Reg. 47331 (1984).   Accordingly, we have reviewed the amendment
submitted with the petition for reconsideration.  However, we find that while the amendment eliminates the defect
for which the original application was dismissed -- the violation of  73.1675 -- the amendment itself violates
another rule section.  The proposed directional antenna pattern violates both the 15 dB maximum-to-minimum
ratio and the 2 dB/10 rate-of-change limits imposed by 47 CFR  73.316(a) and (b) and therefore would be
unacceptable for filing and subject to dismissal.  Pursuant to the Public Notice, applications reinstated once under
this policy cannot be reinstated if dismissed a second time.  Consequently, the present amendment will be
dismissed along with the petition for reconsideration.  Any new proposal for an auxiliary facility must be
submitted to the Commission in the context of a new minor change application on FCC Form 301.  

Accordingly, the petition for reconsideration filed on November 12, 1991 of the staff's dismissal of application
BPH-901211IG IS HEREBY DENIED, and the supplemental amendment filed on the same date IS HEREBY
DISMISSED.  These actions are taken pursuant to 47 CFR  0.283.


                                                          Sincerely,


                                                          Larry D. Eads
                                                          Chief, Audio Services Division
                                                          Mass Media Bureau


cc:  Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth
   :  Robert A. Jones

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(FN1)   Both application BPH-901211IG and the November 12, 1991 petition for reconsideration were filed by
the former licensee of KKLF, Jerry J. Collins.

(FN2)   As we indicated in our October 10, 1991 letter, the ERP would have to be reduced to 0.22 kW with the
nondirectional facilities originally proposed in application BPH-901211MG to achieve compliance with  73.1675.