UPDATED APRIL 26, 2017
FCC Chairman announces window for new FM translators for Class C and D AM stations "this summer"!
At the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that he is anticipating that the filing window for new FM translators for Class C and D AM stations will open this summer. Class C and D AM stations that did not participate in the 2016 major move window will be able to obtain a new FM translator in the 2017 window.
REC is prepared to retain clients for this window and start the preliminary work in preparation for this important window. If you are ready to go or want more information, please contact REC at 1-844-732-5736 or e-mail us at email@example.com.
|Information for AM Stations||Information for LPFM Stations|
|Additional information and FAQ for AM stations planning to participate in this window.||FAQ addressing concerns and questions that LPFM stations may have about the window.|
In late February, the FCC had approved a Report and Order that would extend the fill-in area in which the (60 dBu) service contour of a FM translator can be placed to serve for the rebroadcasting of an AM station. Under the old rules, the translator service contour was required to remain within the 2 mV/m daytime contour of the AM station and in no case shall extend more than 25 miles from the AM station. Under the newly approved rules, the service contour of the FM station may now extend to any place that is within the 2 mV/m contour of the AM station or 25 miles out in a particular direction, whichever is more.
This is fantastic news for Class C AM stations which have very limited 2 mV/m contours. Even if the station's 2 mV/m contour only extends about 12 miles out, you will be able to locate a translator at any point as long as the edge of the service contour remains within 25 miles of the AM station. For some stations, this means being able to place a translator at the maximum power possible and likely not have to worry about using expensive directional antennas in order to keep the signal within the 2 mV/m.With this rule approval, nothing has changed with the nature of translators. FM translators are still limited to 250 watts ERP and are still subject to interference scrutiny from existing stations (full power, translator and LPFM).
"Second chance" for 2016 applicants
Translators that filed for "250 mile moves" during the 2016 window will now have an oppotunity to move again. In order to take advantage of this, the translator had to file a move in the 2016 window, specify the same AM station as the primary station and stay within 250 miles of the original (pre-2016) translator location. Non-adjacent channel changes are permitted. Please contact REC for assistance.
REC is equipped to assist most AM licensees wishing to obtain a new translator in the next filing window
For assistance, please contact REC at 1-844-732-5736. REC is accepting retainers from AM stations to work with them through the application process.
Please note that this potential 2017 new translator opportunity is only for FM translators that will be used to rebroadcast AM stations and can not be used for LPFM or full-power FM stations. Translators must be applied for by the AM licensee. If you need to move a translator for an FM or LPFM station, REC can assist you but the normal FCC move guidelines would apply.
CALL REC at 1-844-732-5736
REC's FCCdata.org - to look up the 2 mV/m contour of an AM station