One major change in the rules is the use of second adjacent waivers. These are available to those areas that don’t have any fully spaced channels. Keeping in mind that though a second adjacent might be available, they must be backed up by solid engineering studies that prove the calculated interference zone will not affect any listeners to the affected existing second adjacent facility. Some are fairly simple, once you have calculated the interference zone. If inside that zone, there are no buildings or four lane highways, it would likely be a grantable waiver. However, usually where a second adjacent waiver is needed would be in highly populated areas. So that kills most attempts at siting these stations using this method. Continue reading
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will accept electronically filed low power FM (LPFM) license applications for new LPFM stations from October 15 – October 29, 2013. To help consumers with the filing process, here are answers to some commonly asked questions. Because these FAQs do not cover every aspect of the LPFM service, please make sure you read and understand all the rules before you apply (the link for the rules is at the end of this document). Continue reading
It's official! Today the Federal Communications Commission announce the official dates that the LPFM filing window will be open! The Window will open on October 15th and will close on October 29th, 2013. So now what? With the window dates announced it is now time to begin preparing LPFM applications. There are several steps that need to take place prior to even beginning filling out the application. You'll need a non-profit entity. A non-profit corporation is easiest and quickest to set up. Though time is short, there is still time for us to form your qualifying entity. WIth that setup we'll need to locate a suitable transmitter site to begin to build the required engineering for the FCC application. Continue reading
As is well known by now, the FCC at last has finalized its plan to address the backlog of about 6,500 FM translator applications that still linger from a March 2003 filing window and to open a new filing opportunity for Low Power FM (“LPFM”) stations.
The FCC’s task was both prodded and complicated by the Local Community Radio Act of 2010 (the “LCRA”), which required that it balance translator grants against the need for preserving filing opportunities for new LPFMs. In resolving the choice between the two media, the five commissioners made it clear that the FCC overwhelmingly favors LPFM as holding a promise to expand locally originated service to narrow constituencies.
The FCC recently released the latest rules changes for LPFM Radio. Recnet has provided an overview of the FCC’s Fifth Order on Reconsideration and Sixth Report and Order on Low Power FM.
Third Adjacent Channel
Section 7(1) stations (those that do not meet the second/third adjacent spacing in 73.807) must eliminate any actual interference they may cause to the signal of any authorized station in areas where that station is “regularly used” (same rules as translators).
Section 7(3) stations (all LPFM stations) must address complaints of third adjacent channel interference within the affected station’s protected contour.
Third adjacent channel protections remain in effect in respect to foreign FM stations and assignments as well as FM stations that are operating a radio reading service for the blind.