Q-Blog

The FCC confirmed its COP requirements — here’s what that means for REPACK stations

By Tony z | April 13, 2021

  We’ve been talking about COPs for a few weeks now. It’s no secret that a COP, or Closeout Package, is a known standard for any tower construction project. But for REPACK stations specifically, no matter what your standard COP looks like on its own, your REPACK-specific COP is a game changer. In addition to…

Why your COP is your best friend for audit protection

By Tony z | April 12, 2021

Shelly’s REPACK project has been wrapped up, reimbursed, allocated and completely done for six years. She owns the whole shebang — the land the station lives on, the tower structure and the station itself. During the project she’d hired out a PM group to handle the financial paperwork and deal with the FCC, but she’d…

Lease audits: the why and the how

By Tony z | April 12, 2021

Tom got about halfway through ordering tower equipment before he remembered he needed to contact the landlord for his broadcast station. His landlord happened to be a pretty small firm, and he was on great terms with his local contact, Jerry, though it had been a while since they’d had a reason to touch base.…

COPs: REPACK, standard or premium?

By Tony z | April 12, 2021

In the summer of 2019, an 18-year-old tower technician fell to his death from a 150-foot monopole. Through evidence revealed via an OSHA investigation and charges pressed by the estate of the deceased, all signs point to negligence in safety and climbing training on the part of his employer, a general contractor. The tower was…