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STEPS TO APPLY FOR AN LPFM STATION

LPFM Radio Station Requirements and
HOW TO FILE AN FCC LPFM APPLICATION


  • Only a non-profit organization, city or government agency may apply for an LPFM (We can still help you by setting up a low cost non-profit corporation prior to filing!)
  •  Use a reputable broadcast engineering firm for a frequency search and application filing.
  • When the FCC opens the filing window, your engineer will file the form 318 with the FCC’s electronic Filing System “CDBS”.
  • A few weeks after the window has closed, your engineer will contact you regarding any competing applications and steps to take.If there are competing applications, negotiating with the other parties may allow for a compromise such as time sharing agreements or engineering solutions. Or even buying out the competing applicant’s position to drop their application. If there are no other applications, you are on the road to receiving your new construction permit!
  • When you receive your construction permit, contact The LPFM Store for Complete studio and transmitting packages! You’re only days away from beginning your very first broadcast on your new LPFM radio station!

Remember though, you must have a Construction Permit from the FCC to build a radio station in the United States. If you do not already have a permit, contact The LPFM Store and request information on the application process.

If you do not have an FCC permit and do not intend to obtain one you may wish to have a “Hobby” or neighborhood radio station, please let us know, we can supply information on starting up a Part 15 Am radio station. These stations when setup properly can cover an entire neighborhood or small city!

10 Responses to STEPS TO APPLY FOR AN LPFM STATION

  • I would like assistance on starting a Part 15 AM radio station, and information on applying for a LPFM station.

    • Thanks for contacting the LPFM Store – we would love to help you start a new LPFM Radio station. Please contact me directly by using the contact form on the site or call 321-300-LPFM

  • can you help me with this license to cover small city?

    • Matt – We can assist you with securing your new LPFM Radio license. Our firm handles every aspect of the process, from LPFM Frequency Search, engineering exhibits required to prove the new station will not interference with existing services and filing electronically for you. We make the process simple and have the experience needed if problems pop up along the way.

  • I would like to start a community radio station in Australia. Could u please help?

  • I would like assistance on starting a Part 15 AM radio station, and information on applying for a LPFM station.

    • Information about LPAM / Part 15 radio. We’re currently in the process of putting together a site dedicated to LPAM radio. You’re welcome to take a peek – though its not nearly finished yet. http://lpamradio.com and we also have a Facebook page for LPAM radio at http://www.facebook.com/pages/LPAM-Radio/569299633084582 our LPFM Radio Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/LPFMRADIO The pricing info is below – I would expect shipping to be no more than $15 – $25 without the antenna. Below that is some information about Nexus and our fees for LPFM radio applications. I don’t charge a fee for consulting with helping set up the part 15 AM station if you purchase the equipment from me. The VOM meter is for setting up the unit, you could borrow one or pick one up at radio shack for about the same price. Nothing special about the meter offered here.

      AM1000C crystal controlled transmitter $795
      AM1000A set channel with switches $860
      AM1000Br mount bracket (1.5″ or 2″ mast) $30 – You’ll need this to mount it to a pole or tower
      AM1000WR 100′ beldon wire $47 – recommended – this is a heavier duty, higher gauge wire
      AM1000WRCAT5 100′ Cat5 wire $12
      AM1000ANT 102″ solid antenna $40
      AM1000ANTSCOPE 102″ Telescoping Antenna $40 – great for reduced shipping – but the solid antenna is a better option
      AM1000PR Audio Interface $35 – This will break out the cables to the XLR type inputs. You can save some $$ and build yourself though.
      AM1000METER VOM Meter $11

      The Rangemaster can be modulated 130% positive and 90% negative peak for that “BIG” station sound! We recommend the Innovonics 222 as an excellent companion to the AM1000.

      There is currently a special running where you can get the AM1000a with switches, the bracket, wire and meter for $921 plus shipping or the same deal with the crystal controlled unit for $850 plus shipping.
      Included free with the AM1000 outdoor transmitter is a 40 minute install video, studio audio/power interface module, cable ferrite, spare tune shunt, power supply, tuning tool, mount hardware, and if you order the AM1000C the 2 crystals.

      Warranty is one year parts and labor.

      Note, if you are considering a multiple transmitter system (transmitters within each others range) you need the Am1000C crystal controlled model. Please call if you have any questions.

      Everything else you need you should be able to get at Radio Shack or Lowes/Home Depot. That would be: 1 1/4″ mast, mast mount, ground wire, ground rod, rod wire clamp, hardware to secure wire and bracket, audio equipment or player, see audio page depending on how you install the transmitter. am1000 installation checklist (pdf)

      Important note! If you are ordering the AM1000C you will need to choose 2 crystal frequencies. We stock 1590 – 1700 but can get 1000 Khz – 1580 Khz on special order (2-3 weeks without extra fee). You can trade in a crystal at any time should you need to change frequencies. Please be sure to include your telephone and E-mail and crystal frequency selection (if needed).

      You may get the Am1000C crystal model if you want increased stability, are going to install multiple transmitters, or just want to save some money since it is cheaper. Just keep in mind you get just two crystal frequency choices. Check your local channels with a good radio.

      We find that almost all of these units go onto 1610 Khz or 1620 Khz anyway, so this may be a good choice for you. The FCC tries to keep these frequencies open for informational services so they tend to be clear.

      The two models, AM1000C and Am1000A can be exchanged, or one converted to the other with a kit.

      New! Don’t want to fool with a voltmeter? Let us know and for the same cost of the voltmeter we will install in your transmitter a small permanent meter that is easy.

      You can get the antenna yourself, Radio Shack # 21-903 or any CB shop will have it.

  • I would like to start a low power fm station here louisville how can your help..

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