300th LPFM Station On The Air

The number of stations is growing slowly.

REC congratulates Transformation International, permitee of KRAD-LP, Lebanon OR for being the 300th on-air LPFM.

An on-air LPFM is considered as a station who's license to cover has been accepted for filing with the FCC.

Hardcore J announces air times for year end countdown shows.

The Hardcore J Top 100 of 2003 and the Hardcore J "It's So Cute!" Countdown.

REC Networks has announced the times that Hardcore J's year-end programs will be aired.

THE HARDCORE J TOP 100 OF 2003
The year-end countdown of the Top 100 J-pop singles based on overall chart statisitcs throughout the year.
First airing:
Wednesday 12/31 - 2PM PST
Wednesday 12/31 - 5PM EST
Wednesday 12/31 - 2200 UTC
Thursday 1/1 - 07.00 JST (Japan)

Second airing:
Thursday 1/1 - 1AM PST
Thursday 1/1 - 4AM EST
Thursday 1/1 - 1200 UTC
Thursday 1/1 - 21.00 JST

Third Airing:
Thursday 1/1 - 12 Noon PST
Thursday 1/1 - 3PM EST
Thursday 1/1 - 2300 UTC
Friday 1/2 - 08.00 JST

THE HARDCORE J "IT'S SO CUTE" COUNTDOWN.
A fun countdown featuring the novelty and "cute" J-pop songs.

Pascua Yaqui finally gets CP two years too late - Commentary on the slow handling of LPFM applications and NCE ownership issues.

After several years of waiting, Pascua Yaqui Tribe in Tucson finally gets their CP.

The FCC today has issued a Construction Permit to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. A federally recognized Native American community located south of Tucson.

The application was "held back" by two LPFM applications filed by an individual, Michael Krueger. Krueger actually filed 7 LPFM applications in the Tucson area.

FCC rules prohibit LPFM applicants from filing more than one application in the same area. They also prohibit applications from individuals.

Both REC and the Pasqua Yaqui filed informal objections with the FCC regarding the Krueger applications and how they were impacting the Pascua Yaqui from being able to construct their station.

WXGR-LP Destroyed by Fire

Fire in wood stove takes NH microcaster off the air

The studio and transmitter of community broadcaster WXGR-LP Dover NH (http://www.recnet.com/cgi-bin/lpfm/fmq.cgi?input_type=facid&facid=126947) was destroyed by a fire.

WXGR-LP, operated by an organization called "Gritty" (as in "nitty-gritty") was only on the air for about a month playing music as well as international programming from World Radio Network.

The fire was caused by a wood stove in the building that was provided at no charge to Gritty. The loss was uninsured. Gritty is funded to recover the costs of the equipment lost but the loss of the donated building is estimated at $80,000. The organization is trying to raise funds to recoup the loss.

Photos of the fire can be found at http://www.wxgr.org

'My 10 Songs' gives HCJ listeners a say

REC Networks has announced a new program that will start airing on Hardcore J, REC's streaming broadcast that plays Japanese popular music.

Listeners will be able to enter 10 JPOP songs that were once played on Hardcore J but are no longer played. Hardcore J will then play all ten songs on a weekend program and then the songs requested will be inserted into the playlist rotation for the rest of the week.

Hardcore J is now taking suggestions for upcoming episides of "My 10 Songs".

REC's position statement on the elimination of Morse code testing in the Amateur Radio Service.

REC considers the ability to send and receive Morse code in the Amateur Radio Service as an operating skill...

REC considers the ability to send and receive Morse code in the Amateur Radio Service as an operating skill just as the operation of a station in the Amateur-Satellite service or the operation of various modes such as Amateur Television (ATV) or Earth-Moon-Earth (EME).

Even though not every amateur licensee would ever operate some of these modes, they are questioned about these modes on the written examination.

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