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REC Networks is preparing for the 2023 hurricane season

June is approaching fast and that means the start of hurricane season.  REC is once again getting geared up to assist stations in the event the unfortunate happens.  

REC has made some systems improvements that automates most of our DIRS activation reporting processes.  This includes a new back end system that we will use to get information out.  

Rant from Riverton: "AM for Every Vehicle Act" is flawed - we need a "Future of Radio Act"

AM Radio. It has been around since dirt was new.  For decades, people's lives were made whole through radio in the same way that television did and now these days, the internet.  AM radio brought us Dragnet, the Second World War and then eventually introduced us to the Beatles.  AM radio was the driving force for many years.

First came television, the industry feared AM would be the end.  It wasn't.

Then came FM radio, the industry feared AM would be the end.  It wasn't.

23-126: REC recommends minor changes to the FCC's plans to authorize more Class A LPTV stations

On January 5, 2023, President Biden signed the Low Power Protection Act.  This new legislation mandates the FCC to give Low Power TV (LPTV) stations, which are normally considered a secondary service, the ability to seek a "Class A" status, which affords them primary status using their existing low power facilities.  The last time this was done was in 1999 when Congress passed the Community Broadcasters Protection Act (CBPA), which was to assure that qualified LPTV stations at the time were able to seek protections from displacement as a result of the transition to digital televisi

REC Underwriting Acknowledgement Review: KELS-LP, Greeley, Colorado

On May 10, 2023, Plymouth Gathering, licensee of KELS-LP has been issued a Forfeiture Order for $15,000 for airing commercials.  In the previous Notice of Apparent Liability, the FCC published some of the troubling scripts.  We review each one and give some analysis. 

LPFM Filing Window Update (May 10, 2023)

Good morning from Riverton. 

The last time we did a full update on this, it was in September 2022.  Time for a further update.

I frequently get the question, "when will the LPFM window be?".  I cannot give a date yet, but there has been progress to getting us closer to the FCC issuing a public notice to advise of an LPFM filing window.

In the past, going back to former Chairman Ajit Pai, the culture in the FCC has been that once the 2021 non-commercial educational (NCE) FM filing window was completed, then the FCC would open a window for LPFM applications. 

RM-11843: REC expresses continued support for 8 meter band in letter to FCC, NTIA

In a letter to staff within the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), REC Networks, through it's founder, Michelle (Michi) Bradley, KU3N, expressed continuing support for RM-11843, a Petition for Rulemaking filed by REC in support of creating a new allocation for the Amateur Radio Service (ARS) on a secondary basis in a portion of spectrum between 40 and 41 MHz, commonly referred to as th

REC files comments in support of improvements to HD Radio

REC Networks has filed comments in MB Docket 22-405.  The FCC requested comments on two Petitions for Rulemaking.  One was filed by the National Association of Broadcasters and Xperi, the owner of the HD Radio technology to change the guidelines for digital effective radiated power (ERP) on stations running HD that are nearby other facilities on first-adjacent channels.  The second petition was filed by NAB, Xperi and National Public Radio to request that the FCC normalize the use of "asynchronous sideband" operation by stations operating HD Radio.

REC 2022 Annual Report on LPFM station counts and segmentation.

REC Networks provides an end of year "annual report" on the current count and organizational segment makeup of the Low Power FM (LPFM) broadcast service.  The number of LPFM stations are currently declining.  The main reasons for the past year's declines can be attributed to a few factors including stations that did not renew their licenses as well as organizations that are divesting their LPFM stations as a result of a granted construction permit in the 2021 NCE FM Filing Window.  The following data is a snapshot that is based as of end of business on December 30, 2022 (the last business d


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