FMCommander – New Features

FMCommander – New features above and beyond FMCont

Developed from optimized FMCont base code.

The new FMCommander offers the “Detail” mode which presents the main screen table sort ordered by the station having the greatest contour overlap anywhere on the protected contours between the reference station and a station from the database. This new table shows the greatest amount of contour overlap whether or not the overlap is found on the direct line between the stations.

FMCommander now checks the class parameters in use, such as the power and antenna height and reminds the user when parameters are our of bounds and suggests the correct ERP to be used to maintain the selected class.

FM translator station maximum ERP is calculated at the touch of a button with consideration given to the differening rules near the Mexican and Canadian borders.

New Separations Mapping Screen Features

  • New graphic engine, uses Probe VMap graphic files for spectacular polygon shaping. Packaged map features include, city boundary shape files, city name files, lake files, river files, road files, county boundaries and political boundary files.
  • Adjustable city names. Name overlapping prevented on basis of priority given to city population.
  • Small city and large city population cutoffs are user adjustable.
  • City look-up features allows city mapping of any US city regardless of population.
  • Choice of U.S.G.S. polygon city boundary or optional Tiger Census city boundary databases.
  • Full screen interactive editing allowed. Call letters can be dragged by mouse to new locations.
  • Boxed or unboxed labels can be added, moved, deleted. Fonts are adjustable. Undo features added.
  • Draw arrows or lines for labeling purposes.
  • New more efficient screen layout and menu groupings.
  • Channels can be stored in channel-bar simply by clicking an empty channel-bar button.
  • New more accurate distance calculation routines. Improved point and click accuracy.
  • Constant cursor elevation, latitude – longitude, distance and bearing readout.
  • New profile tool; click any two points on the map and program will display or print out the distance and a terrain profile graph with Fresnel clearance drawn between the points.
  • New Contour tool that allows the user to point the mouse to any screen location, click and the program will draw the city signal contour (or others; user selectable) for the reference station at the selected location.
  • Program includes AM station overlays and optional FCC tower, airports, railroads and population scattergram overlays.
  • 2010 U.S. Census Population counting. Count the population, either to the group block or block level for any station contour added to the map.
  • New tool bars conveniently accessing many of the more often used tools and functions.
  • New scale notch buttons change scale by standard steps.
  • Individual station, FCC rules section 73.215, automatic shortspace circle assignment ability. New alternating color dashed circle lines to represent 73.215 shortspaced stations.
  • New minimum circle plotting routines for showing principal city allocation distances.

Find Information Screen

  • New graphic engine, uses Probe VMap graphic files for polygon shaping. Available map features packaged with the program include: city boundary shape files, city name files, lake files, river files, road files, county boundaries and political boundary files.
  • One touch button for a complete allocation study… all relevant station contours are plotted on one map.
  • Users with the optional tower overlay need only click the map when towers are showing to bring up V-Soft Communications V-Towers or ID-Towers showing the full parameter and ownership details of the clicked tower.
  • Adjustable city plotting based on city population. Overlapping prevented on the basis of priority given to the largest city.
  • Small city and large city population cutoffs are user adjustable and independent of other maps screen.
  • City look up features allows city mapping of any US city regardless of population.
  • With the new interactive map editing feature call letters and signal contour labels can be adjusted or dragged by mouse to new locations.
  • Boxed or unboxed labels can be added, moved, deleted. Fonts are adjustable. Undo feature added.
  • Draw arrows or lines for labeling purposes.
  • New more efficient screen layout and menu groupings.
  • Population counting for contour produced while in the Coverage Mode.
  • Toggle instantly between a station’s map graphic and its FCC operating parameters shown in standard text.
  • New overlays include, AM stations and optional FCC tower, airports, railroads and population scattergram overlays.
  • New profile tool, allowing user to click any two points on the map and program will display or print out the distance and a terrain profile with Fresnel clearance between the points.
  • New tool bar conveniently accessing many of the more often used tools and functions.
  • New scale notch buttons change scale up or down in standard steps.
  • Enhanced contour plotting and population calculation integration.
  • Built-in Internet browser seamlessly integrates FCC’s FM query program with FMCommander.
  • Download fresh data or program updates directly from FMCommander’s help screen.  (FMCommander will automatically flag the user that an update is available, of that the CDBS FM database in use is dated.)
  • FMCommander will load AM distance to contour from V-Soft’s AM-Pro program or some older non-V-Soft programs.
  • FMCommander will load and use Industry Canada’s  EHAAT distance to contour files.

Pattern Editor Screen

(Functionally enhanced) see YouTube Video here:

  • Automatic pattern developing feature, designs patterns that prevent contour overlaps in one step.
  • Includes drag and drop editing while in the effective field mode, dBk or power kW modes.
  • Ability to edit pattern table using other than field values, such as dBk or power kW.
  • New curve smoothing features using adjustable increments for shaping patterns.
  • Table switch that when switched “on” causes azimuth pattern to be displayed without the table.
  • With drag-drop adjustment of a pattern point, if the program sees that 2 dB per ten degrees is not met between azimuths, program will automatically alert user as the pattern point moves outside required FCC parameters.
  • Pattern editor highlights the location of  contour overlap in red.  When the overlap is removed, the red highlighter warning disappears.  Placing the cursor over the overlap highlighting displays the station to which the overlap is caused or from which the overlap is received.
  • Multiple un-do.

Main Screen:

  • Routine for handling channel-six TV stations has been rewritten so that all channel-six TV stations within the FCC prescribed distances will appear (not the one with the highest signal as in previous versions.)  The exact direct line overlap of the FM station’s TV-6 interference contour with the TV6’s protected 47 dBu (Grade B) contour will be shown.
  • When program is in the overlapping contour or “Interference” mode, for commercial channel stations, the program now flags stations that meet the FCC’s required spacings  and therefore need not be considered under contour overlap.
  • Revamped screen paging system for improved channel to channel paging.
  • Revamped tool bar.
  • New “Detail” mode shows the closest distance between interfering and protected contours.
  • Color printing enhancements.

WatchDog Option

(Used to watch a client’s facilities for frequency encroachment by other stations, such as LPFM or translators.)

WatchDog screen allows the user to create a database of clients and stations. This feature will printout a complete channel study report for each of the selected stations at user’s time intervals. Stations on commercial channels will have both a separations study and a contour-to-contour study produced, so that encroaching translators and LPFM stations will be properly flagged.

Client database is searchable. Each client report begins with a client name and address page for mailing purposes.

  • WatchDog will will produce text file reports or printed reports.
  • WatchDog will send emailed reports to clients – automatically.
  • Client database allows easy editing of stations to be watched.
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