The FCC requires that each FM station station have a person in control of its transmitter at all times it broadcasts over the air. As the programmer, you are filling this role. In order to maintain a permanent record of operator shifts, the FCC further requires that each operator sign in and out on the Operating Log . This log used to contain running readings on the performance of the transmitter, but the requirement for taking readings has since been lifted. Because we broadcast 24 hours/day, each log runs from midnight to midnight (0000 to 0000 in military time.) Each log may take one or two pages; never use the same page to begin more than one log.Each day's log gets its own page. In the event that a log takes more than one page, be sure to number the pages (1 of 2, 2 of 2, etc.) See the following Operating Log sample for a better idea of how to fill out the Operating Log:
Please observe the following guidelines in filling out the Operating Log:
- Each log should be started by the DJ on duty at midnight . Please include the date and proper Log Number, which should increase serially from the precious day. Remember to start each day's log on a new sheet.
- At the beginning of each new log, indicate who is on, even if that person was also on at the end of the previous log.
- Times on the log are recorded in 24-hour time, from 0000 to 0000.
- When writing on the log, write only in blue or black ink. (Not in red pen or pencil.) The log is a legal document. If you must make a correction,cross it out and write the correct information beside it. Never use white-out or other such substances.
- Every minute must be accounted for on the log. In other words,there must be an operator in control at all times. If the person before you signs off at 1200, you must sign on at 1200, not 1201.
- If an EAS test is sent or received, you must log it on the section of the Operating Log designed for that purpose.
- If there is any sort of equipment failure during your shift, then in addition to contacting the DOE and/or Chief Engineer, you should write the problem (Be specific about the circumstances) in the "Comments" box.