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LETTER: Delta residents should be consulted about radio towers
The FCC has given KRPI a licence to build a high-wattage transmitter on the Point Roberts Washington side of the border not far from us and many others in Tsawwassen, B.C.
What treaties and agreements must such a trans-border broadcaster obey in order to put out 50,000 watts during the day and 10,000 at night so close to a populated area?
Most of KRPI’s listeners live in Surrey B.C., so why is this company moving its transmitter farther away from them, to the west, to Point Roberts-Tsawwassen, an area that is more populated than Ferndale, the site of its present equipment?
There are many complaints on file from Ferndale residents about the interference that KRPI is causing: Shouldn’t this radio station solve the problems it has caused in Ferndale rather than move them here?
Should this transmitter be relocated to our area, what are the remedies that KRPI will be obligated to take should their signal interfere with consumer electronics, medical equipment and so on?
The Ferndale residents mention a “constant hum” in their complaints: Is a radio station obligated to muffle its transmitter’s hum to the point of being inaudible? If so, how? If not, why not? Point Roberts and Tsawwassen are two very quiet and peaceful neighborhoods, so we certainly don’t want KRPI’s “constant hum” disturbing our part of heaven.
People who decide to live in Point Roberts and Tsawwassen make many compromises in order to enjoy this area’s serenity, so we expect any industry that comes in to it to respect current conditions, giving us the consideration we’re due.
Greg J. Edwards