REC Operations Update: October 19, 2021

Effective October 19, 2021 and until further notice.

Due to the demand currently bring received in relation to the upcoming 2021 NCE Filing Window, we are putting some operational procedures into place to assure that all incoming work at REC is processed in a semi-orderly fashion.

Telephone support

At this time, we are not providing any live answer telephone support for anything other than 2021 NCE Filing Window applications.  While we are accepting incoming voice mail, calls will be returned on an availability basis only.  If we already have your email address, you may receive a response to your phone call via email.

If you have specific questions, please use the following methods:

  • Check the REC website, especially the Frequently Asked Questions to see if your question has been answered.
  • If you have access to the Facebook "LPFM" and/or "LPFM Tech Advice" groups, please ask your question there (if it is a general question and not station specific).
  • E-mail 

E-mail support

You may still ask questions through email, however, there may be a delay in the response.  We strongly suggest that before emailing, that you check the REC website, including our frequenty asked questions to see if the question has been answered there already.

NCE window requests are no longer being accepted

REC is currently at capacity and we can no longer accept any new requests for application assistance in the upcoming NCE filing window.

Late renewal applications for OR, WA, AK, HI, GU, AS

LPFM licensees in these states and territories that have not yet filed their renewal applications and wish REC to handle them should send an email to.  Please make sure the word "renewal" is on the subject line. 

Please do not make phone calls for renewal requests.

New England area (CT, RI, MA, NH, VT, ME) broadcast renewals

REC will start working on New England area broadcast renewals at the conclusion of the NCE Window.  Applications for these states are due on December 1.  LPFM applicants can use REC EZform to make your request.  Invoices will be sent out at the conclusion of the window (November 9).

LPFM License to Cover and Modify License applications

LPFM stations needing to file a license to cover application or a modification of license application (formerly known as Form 319), these requests can be made through the REC EZforms.  Those who used REC for the previous LPFM modification application (which this being covered here) can disregard the price quotes on the EZform.

Requests for new work (modifications, assignments, administrative updates, etc.) - EMBARGO

At this time, we are declaring an embargo on new work requests due to a volume of new NCE requests.  This means that requests for modification applications or substantial research will need to be put on hold until after November 9 or if we lift the embargo sooner.  

Exceptions to the embargo:

  • License to cover applications for previously granted construction permits that have been handled by REC.
  • Modification of license applications for changes in antennas, feedline and TPO.
  • Silent station notifications and resumption of operations.
  • Special temporary authority requests due to emergency situations.

Applications previously handled by REC 

If you need assistance with an application that was already filed by REC (such as needing a license to cover application, consummation notice, etc.), please e-mail REC.  If possible, please use the 4-digit ticket number.  This is the same number that appears in correspondence from REC ("[REC # XXXXX]").    

Social Media

We are continiuing to monitor the LPFM and LPFM Tech Advice groups on Facebook.  General questions not of a station specific manner can be directed there.

We continue to suggest that everyone please follow the REC Networks page on Facebook.  This is the best way to get information updates.

Please pardon the inconveniences of these temporary processes as we get through the wave of NCE requests.  Hopefully after we get through this wave, things will settle down and we can return to more normal operations. 

Thank you for supporting REC!

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