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Tropospheric Ducting – What Happened to My Station?

What Happened to My Station?

Steve Callahan for Radio-Guide Magazine

It’s been good season for tropospheric ducting along the New England shore. You might not be familiar with the term “tropospheric ducting,” but you just might have experienced it and not known why.

We’re all familiar with the way that AM signals bounce at night and come down far from their point of origin. Anyone who has listened to the big 50,000 Watt clear channel AMs knows the thrill of hearing a distant AM on a regular radio. I was once surprised to hear WBZ from Boston while in a traffic jam one night in Atlanta, Georgia. An AM station’s “skywave” component reflects off the ionosphere as it cools down at night and the usually transparent-to-AM layer turns reflective and the AM signal comes back to earth far from it’s transmitter. Frequency and tower height influence the degree of skywave along with seasonal differences and weather conditions.

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Start Your OWN Low Power FM Radio Station!

start-radio-station1.pngThe LPFM Store has set up hundreds of low power FM and commercial FM radio stations across the United States, and also supports hundreds of other installations in other parts of the world. We can assist you or your organization to start a new Radio Station – either broadcasting on a low power basis, on a commercial full power FM frequency or the internet.  If you’re interesting in starting up a new LPFM radio station or an FM radio station, you’re in the right place!We are broadcasters ourselves, and are one of the very few  LPFM broadcasters that have made the progression to obtaining a full power FM frequency and operating commercially, enabling us to offer unparalleled support through all the stages of building and operating a radio station.

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The LPFM Store offers complete service to help you start up a licensed FM or AM radio station in the United States, or anywhere else in the world for that matter. We can take care of the

entire project – from licensing with the FCC to determining the best studio and antenna location, supplying all the equipment for the station, setting up the radio automation software, installing the studio equipment,  to providing training on how to use all the equipment. Simply stated – we help you with starting a FM radio station from start to finish! Lets get started!


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Special FM Translator Window for AM Stations Open

As announced in October 2015 in the AM Order the commission had opened a special filing window for FM translators for use with AM radio stations. This is a two part window, with the first part open now for the next six months – ending July 28, 2016. The second window will be for three months opening July 29th and closing October 31st, 2016.

The current window is for Class C and D AM licensees only. The second round in July will be for AM stations of any class. Applications are processed on a first come first serve basis. So timing is of the essence. It is important to get started immediately.
During the window periods AM stations or permittees are being given the opportunity to acquire and relocate one FM translator station in the non reserved band – 92.1 – 107.9 Mhz. The translator may be relocated up to 250 miles.

Only one application may be filed by the AM station and may only be listed as the primary input on a single translator application.

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Start A Christian Radio Station

Starting a radio station for your Christian Ministry may be the best decision you will make for your organization and certainly fulfills our obligation to preach the gospel to all creation. What better way to reach the masses than through radio? He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation" Though radio is indeed a powerful medium which can be used effectively to further our goals of spreading the word of god, careful consideration must be undertaken to ensure this is the proper method for your ministry. Before any major undertaking such as starting a christian radio station, beyond earthly considerations prayer is the most essential step. Discern and seek the lord's guidance as a christian radio station is a calling, not a business or part time undertaking. Evangelism through the airwaves, while a powerful medium is something that god accomplishes through us and not something that you personally will accomplish. Continue reading
  • Survey Says Adult Contemporary, Classic Hits Formats on the Rise
    Nielsen’s Q1 Audio Today report is out and, no surprise, radio continues to reach nearly everyone in America. On a weekly basis, says Nielsen, 93% of all adults tune in to radio, the most of any platform, and they add, radio has 243 million listeners in a given month. Some of the results are ...
  • REC to FCC: Changes Needed to Boost LPFM Participation in EAS
    A low-power advocacy network has expressed its concern to the Federal Communications Commission regarding LPFM participation in the September 2017 nationwide EAS test — pointing to lack of communication from the Media Bureau, difficulty using the ETRS database and the cost of complying with current ...
  • WATCH: ENCO Shows Clipboard Control Interface
    ENCO recently launched an IP-enabled control surface for television and radio systems, including a distinctive in-button video playback feature. As Mark Stewart explains in the video above, ENCO unveiled the ClipBoard interface for its automation and instant playout solutions at this month's NAB ...
  • iHeartMedia Bankruptcy Filing Brings Questions
    The Chapter 11 reorganization of iHeartMedia is just getting underway, but already there has been speculation that the radio giant will shed radio stations during the process, even though company leaders say there will be no wholesale liquidation of properties. At the time of its filing in March, ...
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    iHeartMedia has named Justin Nesci as executive vice president of advanced audio and data revenue, and the company’s Baltimore cluster has promoted Aaron Hyland to market president. In his newly created role, Nesci will report to President of Digital and Audience Segment Revenue Strategy Carter ...
  • Radio Engineer JC Carollo Passes Away at 72
    Radio lost a well-known and much-beloved radio engineer when Jim Carollo passed away at the age of 72 on April 18 at his home in Huntley, Ill., after a long battle with lung cancer. JC, as he was known to colleagues and friends, was the former director of engineering at WGN(AM) in Chicago. He was […]
  • Inside the April 25 issue of Radio World
    Randy Stine explores the implications of iHeartMedia’s Chapter 11 filing, and lawyers from the Pillsbury firm write about the FCC’s new hardline approach to pirate radio operators and what it really means. We also share excerpts from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s address to the NAB Show earlier this ...
  • Dial Report and Ad-ID Seek to Standardize Radio Spot Tracking
    TagStation subsidiary Dial Report said it is collaborating with Ad-ID to establish tracking standards for the radio industry. “It is clear that the radio industry would benefit from having the same tracking standards that the TV and digital industries enjoy today,” said Dial Report Senior Vice ...
  • WorldCast Develops New RDS Encoder
    WorldCast’s Audemat marque is releasing a new RDS encoder called, simply, Audemat RDS Encoder. Besides the expected RDS/RDBS tools (e.g. artist name, song titles, traffic message, EAS, etc.), the encoder adds an MPX-over-AES digital audio function. Furthermore, it can insert the encoding directly ...
  • Lawo Welcomes Craig Newbury
    Lawo has named Craig Newbury to the position of director of sales and operations. He immediately assumes responsibility for the activities of Lawo in the United Kingdom and Ireland. According to Lawo, Newbury brings with him over 18 years of broadcast related experience across a range of ...
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