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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.

The FCC has not yet announced any procedures for this year’s NPT.

When they do, we will issue a revision to this Advisory Letter.

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.

Integrating the Elgato Stream Deck with Rivendell Radio Automation

Elgato Stream Deck

The Elgato Stream Deck is pretty much a Swiss Army knife for sending commands to a computer.

Update on TV Channel 6 stations ahead of the July 13, 2021 analog shutdown

Updated April 13, 2021

REC Networks is providing an update to those who are either (1) considering applying for a new full-service NCE station in the anticipated 2021 NCE Filing Window, (2) considering applying for a new LPFM station in a potential future filing window and (3) LPFM stations considering filing for a channel change with the new channel being in the reserved band (88.1~91.9, channels 201~220).

Auction 109: FCC announces procedures; REC announces services for auction participants including NCE.

The FCC has issued a public notice regarding the upcoming FM broadcast auction #109.   In this auction, 136 FM allotments will be available for auction with opening bids ranging from $750 to $100,000 based on market size and other factors.  4 AM allotments in the St. Louis area will also be offered, each with an opening bid of $50,000.

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