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New AM on FM Translator siting rules: advice for LPFM stations

Starting on April 10, 2017, the new rules regarding FM translators for AM stations and how far the 60 dBu protected service contour of the translator can extend will go into effect.  

The 2 mV/m contour

Like how FM stations, including LPFM stations have protected service contours that designate a primary service area where there is an expectation of station reception, AM has a similar contour.  The contour designates where the signal is expected to reach a 2 millivolt per meter (mV/m) field strength.  The shape of the contour depends on antenna directionality as well as conductivity of the ground in the area around the station.  The map to the right is KIDR, an AM station operating on 740 kHz in Phoenix with 1 kW into a directional antenna.  The contours the FCC takes into consdieration for this rule is the daytime 2 mV/m contour.  Most stations will have different 2 mV/m contours at night. 

REC statement on North Miami Hispanic Community Radio and South Miami Hispanic Community Radio

"REC's position on the status of North Miami Hispanic Community Radio and South Miami Hispanic Community Radio has not changed. 

In January 2016, REC filed a supplement to the original Cesar Guel informal objection based on subsequent filing activity under the North Miami and South Miami applications.  Our investigation has found the potential of an unauthorized transfer of control of both applications to Ministerio Internacional Yo Soy, Inc. 

REC issue status report

Now that we are about a month in 2017, I have been answering many questions about AM Revitalization, the next FM translator window, LP-250 and the ongoing inquires about starting a new LPFM station.  

Statement of REC Networks: Ajit Pai to be FCC Chairman

While Ajit Pai has been a major opponent of pro-consumer initatives such as network neutrality and has been a staunch supporter of the mega-mergers, he has been the first Commissioner in awhile to champion radio issues such as AM Revitalization and support for the proposed C4 service class.  While we will continue to oppose Pai on telecom related issues such as his opposition to net neutrality, we hope that he can see the value that LPFM stations provide to listeners on both sides of the aisle.

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