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                                   Before the

                       Federal Communications Commission

                             Washington, D.C. 20554

     In the Matter of                 )                                      
                                          File No.: EB-FIELDSCR-12-00005157  
     Steckline Communications, Inc.   )                                      
                                          NOV No.: V201332560004             
     Licensee of Radio Station KGSO   )                                      
                                          Facility ID No.: 53150             
     Wichita, Kansas                  )                                      

                              NOTICE OF VIOLATION

   Released: November 8, 2012

   By the District Director, Kansas City Office, South Central Region,
   Enforcement Bureau:

    1. This is a Notice of Violation (Notice) issued pursuant to Section 1.89
       of the Commission's rules (Rules) to Steckline Communications, Inc.,
       licensee of Station KGSO in Wichita, Kansas.  Pursuant to Section
       1.89(a) of the Rules, issuance of this NOV does not preclude the
       Enforcement Bureau from further action if warranted, including issuing
       a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture for the violation(s)
       noted herein.

    2. On October 22, 2012, an agent of the Commission's Kansas City Office 
       inspected Station KGSO located at 1632 S. Maize Rd, Wichita, Kansas,
       and observed the following violation(s):

          47 C.F.R.S:73.1560(a): "AM stations...(1)... the antenna input     
          power of an AM station ... must be maintained as near as is        
          practicable to the authorized antenna input power and my not be    
          less than 90% nor more than 105% of the authorized power. (2)      
          Whenever the transmitter of an AM station cannot be placed into    
          the specified operating mode at the time required, transmissions   
          of the station must be immediately terminated."  In response to a  
     a.   complaint that the station was not reducing power at night, an     
          agent from the Kansas City Office monitored the station and        
          observed that the station did not reduce power at sunset on        
          October 21, 2012 as required. At the time of inspection, the       
          station was operating with 141% of authorized daytime power. It    
          was later determined that the station had been operating with      
          141% of authorized daytime power since after sunset the day        

          47 C.F.R.S:73.1350(e): "If a broadcast station is operating in a   
          manner that poses a threat to life or property or that is likely   
          to significantly disrupt the operation of other stations,          
          immediate corrective action is required. In such cases, operation  
          must be terminated within three minutes unless antenna input       
          power is reduced sufficiently to eliminate any excess radiation.   
     b.   Examples of conditions that require immediate corrective actions   
          include... any mode of operation not specified by the station      
          license for the pertinent time of day, or operation substantially  
          at variance from the authorized radiation pattern." The station    
          did not have monitoring procedures established to determine that   
          the station was operating in the proper mode for the time of day   
          and did not terminate operation or lower power as required.        

          47 C.F.R.S:73.61(a): "Each AM station using a directional antenna  
          must make field strength measurements at the monitoring point      
          locations specified in the instrument of authorization, as often   
          as necessary to ensure that the field at those points does not     
          exceed the values specified in the station authorization... The    
          results of the measurements are to be entered into the station     
          log."  Prior to the inspection, the last monitoring point          
          readings were taken in March 2012 by a consulting group. Those     
          readings were not entered into station logs. The measurements      
     c.   taken by that consulting group found two of the three readings in  
          excess of the authorized limits. There was no indication that the  
          station took subsequent readings to ensure their operation was     
          within the limits specified in the station authorization.  At the  
          time of inspection, the station's antenna monitor was not working  
          properly and according to station ownership, the last time that    
          monitor was known to be working properly was in May 2012. Despite  
          the known condition of that monitor, the station made no efforts   
          to take readings at each of the monitoring points to ensure the    
          station was within authorized limits.                              

          47 C.F.R.S:73.69(b): "In the event that the antenna monitor        
          sampling system is temporarily out of service for repair or        
          replacement, the station may be operated, pending completion of    
          repairs or replacement, for a period not exceeding 120 days        
     d.   without further authority from the FCC if all other operating      
          parameters, and the field monitoring point values are within the   
          limits specified on the station authorization." At the time of     
          inspection, the antenna monitor was not working properly and       
          according to station ownership the monitor had not been working    
          since May 2012, which was in excess of 120 days.                   

          47 C.F.R.S:73.1820(a): "Entries must be made in the station log    
          either manually by a person designated by the licensee who is in   
          actual charge of the transmitting apparatus, or by automatic       
          devices... Indications of operating parameters that are required   
          to be logged must be logged prior to any adjustment of the         
          equipment. Where adjustments are made to restore parameters to     
          their proper operating values, the corrected indications must be   
          logged and accompanied, if any parameter deviation was beyond a    
          prescribed tolerance, by a notation describing the nation of the   
          corrective action. Indications of all parameters whose values are  
     e.   affected by the modulation of the carrier must be read without     
          modulation. The actual time of observation must be included in     
          each log entry."  At the time of inspection, the licensee was not  
          maintaining station logs for anything other than Emergency Alert   
          System equipment. According to the station ownership, the antenna  
          monitor had been out of service since May 2012 and the station     
          was operating with 141% of authorized power, none of which was     
          noted in any logs. In addition, the last monitoring point          
          readings taken in March 2012 were not available at the time of     
          inspection and those readings, when they were submitted later,     
          indicated out of tolerance conditions with no logs documenting     
          corrective actions.                                                

          47 C.F.R.S:73.3526(e)(12): "For commercial AM and FM broadcast     
          stations, every three months a list of programs that have          
          provided the station's most significant treatment of community     
          issues during the preceding three month period. The list for each  
          calendar quarter is to be filed by the tenth day of the            
          succeeding calendar quarter (e.g., January 10 for the quarter      
          October -- December, April 10 for the quarter January -- March,    
          etc.). The list shall include a brief narrative describing what    
     f.   issues were given significant treatment and the programming that   
          provided this treatment. The description of the programs shall     
          include, but shall not be limited to, the time, date, duration,    
          and title of each program in which the issue was treated. The      
          lists described in this paragraph shall be retained in the public  
          inspection file until final action has been taken on the           
          station's next license renewal application." At the time of        
          inspection, the station's issues-programs list consisted of a      
          list of issues only. The station did not maintain a list of        
          programs aired to address those issues.                            

          47 C.F.R.S:73.49: "Antenna towers having radio frequency           
          potential at the base (series fed, folded unipole, and insulated   
          base antennas) must be enclosed within effective locked fences or  
          other enclosures. Ready access must be provided to each antenna    
     g.   tower base for meter reading and maintenance purposes at all       
          times.  However, individual tower fences need not be installed if  
          the towers are contained within a protective property fence." At   
          the time of inspection, the eastern-most tower for the station     
          had a wooden fence with a broken plank at the bottom resulting in  
          a large hole that would allow access to the antenna base.          

    3. Pursuant to Section 308(b) of the Communications Act of 1934, as
       amended, and Section 1.89 of the Rules, Steckline Communications,
       Inc., must submit a written statement concerning this matter within
       twenty (20) days of release of this Notice. The response must (i)
       fully explain each violation, including all relevant surrounding facts
       and circumstances, (ii) must contain a statement of the specific
       action(s) taken to correct each violation and preclude recurrence, and
       (iii) must include a time line for completion of any pending
       corrective action(s). The response must be complete in itself and must
       not be abbreviated by reference to other communications or answers to
       other notices.

    4. In accordance with Section 1.16 of the Rules, we direct Steckline
       Communications, Inc. to support its response to this Notice with an
       affidavit or declaration under penalty of perjury, signed and dated by
       an authorized officer of Steckline Communications, Inc. with personal
       knowledge of the representations provided in Steckline Communications,
       Inc.'s response, verifying the truth and accuracy of the information
       therein, and confirming that all of the information requested by this
       Notice which is in the licensee's possession, custody, control, or
       knowledge has been produced. To knowingly and willfully make any false
       statement or conceal any material fact in reply to this Notice is
       punishable by fine or imprisonment under Title 18 of the U.S. Code.
       All replies and documentation sent in response to this Notice should
       be marked with the File No. and NOV No. specified above, and mailed to
       the following address:

   Federal Communications Commission

   Kansas City Office

   520 N.E. Colbern Rd.

   2nd Floor

   Lees Summit, MO  64086-4711

    5. This Notice shall be sent to Steckline Communications, Inc. at its
       address of record.

    6. The Privacy Act of 1974 requires that we advise you that the
       Commission will use all relevant material information before it,
       including any information disclosed in your reply, to determine what,
       if any, enforcement action is required to ensure compliance. Any false
       statement made knowingly and willfully in reply to this Notice is
       punishable by fine or imprisonment under Title 18 of the U.S. Code.


   Ronald D. Ramage

   District Director

   Kansas City Office

   South Central Region

   Enforcement Bureau

   47 C.F.R. S: 1.89.

   47 C.F.R. S: 1.89(a).

   47 U.S.C. S: 308(b).

   47 C.F.R. S: 1.89(c).

   Section 1.16 of the Rules provides that "[a]ny document to be filed with
   the Federal Communications Commission and which is required by any law,
   rule or other regulation of the United States to be supported, evidenced,
   established or proved by a written sworn declaration, verification,
   certificate, statement, oath or affidavit by the person making the same,
   may be supported, evidenced, established or proved by the unsworn
   declaration, certification, verification, or statement in writing of such
   person . . . . Such declaration shall be subscribed by the declarant as
   true under penalty of perjury, and dated, in substantially the following
   form . . . : `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of
   perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date).
   (Signature)'." 47 C.F.R. S: 1.16.

   18 U.S.C. S: 1001 et seq. See also 47 C.F.R. S: 1.17.

   P.L. 93-579, 5 U.S.C. S: 552a(e)(3).

   18 U.S.C. S: 1001 et seq.

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