Advisory Letters

LPFM Advisory Letter #9 (2021-update 1) – EAS National Periodic Test

Update 1 – 05/05/2021

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that there will be a National Periodic Test (NPT) of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) in 2021.

The test is scheduled for August 11, 2021 at 2:20 PM EDT.  The backup date is August 25, 2021 at 2:20 PM EDT.  The backup date is only used if there is a major event or any other reason why the August 11 date can’t be used.

REC Advisory Letter #8: Radio Frequency Exposure & Environmental Impact

On May 3, 2021, a Report and Order released by the FCC went into effect.  This Order did not change the radio frequency (RF) exposure guidelines but it does require that stations verify that their antenna structures meet the RF guidelines.  It also defines the format for signs in areas where exposure levels exceed the minimum exposure guidelines.  Stations are not required to make any filings with the FCC after this verification is done.  Stations are required to recertify that th

REC Advisory Letter #2: LPFM stations operating on channels 201~221 (88.1~92.1): NCE filing window

Revised April 22, 2021

The following is a revised Advisory Letter from REC Networks to Low Power FM (LPFM) stations operating on reserved band channels 201~220 (88.1~91.9) and on channel 221 (92.1), which is first adjacent to channel 220 (91.9) to inform these stations about an upcoming filing window at the FCC for primary full-service facilities that can cause interference to or displace secondary LPFM stations.

REC Advisory Letter #7: Rental of LPFM/NCE stations, time purchase, pay to play and foreign government programming

Revised April 22, 2021

This Advisory Letter is a reminder to LPFM (and for that matter, full-service noncommercial educational station [NCE]) licensees regarding various activities that can be considered an “advertisement” in respect to the language of the Communications Act.

Section §399b of the Communications Act (47 USC 399b) states:

(a) “Advertisement” defined

REC Advisory Letter #5: Changes to the Assignment and Transfer of LPFM stations

Revision 1 (11/19/2020): Assignee's FRN is now indicated on the assignment application instead of the Consummation Notice.

Revision 2 (02/04/2021): Consummation notices for LMS filed assignements/transfers are also filed in LMS.

Revision 3 (04/22/2021). Clarifies that "point system" questions appear on the Assignment form and in most cases, replace the need for a separate statement.

REC Advisory Letter #6: Proposed changes to FM Boosters to support "geo-targeting"

This REC Advisory Letter is to advise LPFM licensees of a pending rulemaking proceeding before the FCC.  This is an overview of the proceeding and our initial analysis of the impacts to LPFM and potential positions that will be taken by REC Networks in respect to this proceeding.  As with any proceeding, REC always welcomes the input from LPFM licensees, including those that REC has not worked with in the past to provide input. 

REC Advisory Letter #4: Directional antennas for LPFM stations

On October 30, 2020, Part 73 of the rules was amended to expand the use of directional antennas in the LPFM radio service.  With the new rules, LPFM stations may elect to use a directional antenna (DA) for any purpose, where in the past, it was limited to two specific reasons, public sector traveler’s information services (TIS) and solely for second adjacent channel protection.

REC Advisory Letter #3: Lifting of freeze on new DTV allotments may impact LPFM/NCE availability

This REC Advisory Letter is directed to prospective participants in the 2021 NCE Filing Window, potential 2022 LPFM Filing Window as well as existing NCE and LPFM licensees planning minor change applications in the reserved band (88.1~91.9 MHz, channels 201~220). 

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