Statement of REC Networks: Retirement of Peter Doyle

With the news of the retirement of FCC Audio Division Bureau Chief Peter Doyle, I would like to publicly thank him for the hard work he has done for LPFM including the task of implementing the Local Community Radio Act of 2011 which not only assured that rules were changed to reflect the will of Congress but also to assure that spectrum in urban areas was made available for potential LPFM stations despite the "Great Translator Invasion" of 2003.   Actually, Doyle, like myself, has been involved with LPFM since day one.

REC identifies 75 LPFM stations impacted by the filings in the AM on FM translator window.

REC Networks has identified 75 LPFM stations (which represents less than 4% of all licensed LPFM stations) in where the LPFM station does not meet the §73.807(c) minimum distance separations to these newly filed translators. This does not mean that the LPFM stations have been "displaced", it only means that in the case of new co-channel and first-adjacent channel short spacing, an LPFM station can not move in the future to a location that is closer in distance to the translator (very short moves closer in may be possible as distances between stations are rounded to the nearest kilometer).

AM on FM Translator (C/D) Window - Short form applications filed

The linked document is a list of the 1,081 short form applications that were filed for new FM translators.  The short form process allows the FCC to identify which applicants are singleton and can be granted as soon as possible and which ones will be going to auction due to mutual exclusitivity.   Translators will be able to modify their applications to other channels and locations but those changes will be limited to "minor" ones only.  In other words, they can change 1, 2, 3, 53 or 54 channels or specify another location where the 60 dBu contours of both locations overlap. 

REC advises LPFM stations to register for new ETRS system

The FCC has issued a public notice to advise that all participants in EAS will need to register on a new EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS).  This new system is a different process than the system that was used in the 2016 National EAS Test.  We do point out that there is no planned test at this time.  The FCC will eventually release a "Form One" in July that will need to be filled out by a date to be announced in that public notice.   There will be more information to follow.  

For now, all LPFM licensees (including silent stations) need to follow these instructions:

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