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Discount LPFM filing services for site moves, interference issues and more.

LPFM CPs Expiring Soon!

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The first construction permits are expiring soon. You may eligible for an 18 month extension.

Radio History Project

Radio History Project. Restoring The Past.

The REC Radio History Project is restoring AM station history, one market at a time.
22
Apr

Statement of REC Networks' Michelle Bradley

My experience and ability to file a Petition for Rulemaking has come into question by someone who claims to be an LPFM advocate and runs an "advocacy group".  Specifically, it is alleged that due to the fact that I do not own or operate an LPFM station makes me unqualified to speak about and for LPFM.  As the pages of stories and media releases at  recnet.com and the many media stories in trade publications over the years will demonstrate, my experience with LPFM and the grassroots movement that lead to the creation of the service has been an extensive part of my life for nearly two decades.

If anything, my position in the LPFM community has permitted me to interact with LPFM stations of all types in order to gather the issues that effect a diverse mix of stations spanning all cultures, worldviews and faiths.  This position also allows me to be able to focus on LPFM regulation and issues at the highest levels.  My judgment is not clouded by the needs of only one of the 2000+ LPFM stations that have been authorized nor is my dedication to the LPFM service as a whole competing with the by the day to day duties of running a station. 

Mr. Solomon and I both share a passion for LPFM and we both want to see it succeed.  However, we see things differently.  My nearly two decades of experience interacting with the FCC, Congress, allied advocates, attorneys and LPFM station representatives nationwide has given me this unique ability to understand the regulatory process, station needs and has earned me the respect from LPFM stations and media advocates, nationwide.  This two-decade experience speaks much louder than an individual owner of a single station that has been licensed for less than one year.  

Respect is something that is earned over time.  It is not automaticlaly earned overnight with a piece of paper from the FCC.

 

20
Apr

REC files petition to improve LPFM coverage

RIVERTON, MD (APRIL 20, 2015) --- A project that was over two years in the making, REC Networks has filed a Petition for Rulemaking intended to help LPFM stations enhance their signal within their current three mile service area as well as reach out to more rural areas.

In today's filing, REC is asking the Federal Communications Commission to allow 50 to 75 percent of currently authorized LPFM stations to increase their effective radiated power from 100 watts (based on 30 meters height above average terrain) to 250 watts increasing the average protected service contour from 3½ miles to about a 4½ mile radius.  Unlike the previous proposals filed by The Amherst Alliance and the Catholic Radio Association which focused on rural expansion and was tabled by the FCC due to disagreement in the community, the REC petition focuses first on enhancing the listener experience within the "three mile zone", the prime area that current LP-100 stations serve.  Many LPFM stations are experiencing issues with building penetration and other issues within the three mile zone.

14
Apr

REC Networks response to Chairman Wheeler's blog about AM

In response to the blog written by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler about AM revitalization, REC does agree that there needs to be an improvement in the AM service. This can be done in several ways:

  • First and most importantly, re-purpose AM as a regional broadcasting service giving priority to the Class A and B stations and restoring the pre-1980 sanctity of the clear channel.  Class C stations should be given an opportunity, perhaps on an auction basis to upgrade to the extended band to allow them to operate 10 kW daytime and 1 kW at night.  
  • Class D stations should be removed from AM altogether and placed in new spectrum between 76 and 88 MHz.
  • FM translators for AM stations should only be an interim solution and in no case should a Class A or B AM station be permitted to operate a translator. 
  • FM translators should be made available for LPFM stations and they should be able to be moved as a minor change without regard for contour overlap between the old and new locations.
  • The FCC needs to create and enforce stronger Part 15 regulations that no only protect AM spectrum but also the high frequency (3-30 MHz) bands from unnecessary interference.  REC is deeply concerned that our existing Part 15 rules will not be enforced with the closing of field offices.
30
Mar

REC Radio History Project completes the Bay Area

As a part of the ongoing REC Radio History Project, we are happy to announce that we have reached a milestone in our project to transfer FCC History Card data to an electronic format.  We have completed development of 30 AM facilities spanning from Santa Rosa to Santa Cruz as well as the AM stations heard in the Bay Area.  

This data can now be retrieved through REC's fccdata.org by simply bringing up the current station record.

Enhanced information in the History Card project includes all application activity other than renewals that have taken place since the Federal Radio Commission started in 1927.  Prior to the FRC, radio was managed by the Department of Commerce.  There will be a separate project later that will integrate the limited amount of information we have available (mainly through Radio Service Bulletins). 

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