Is using 87.9 MHz for consumer electronics legal?

Many of the car adaptors for XM/Sirius radios and MP3 players appear to be capable of going down to 87.5 MHz. While there are FM broadcast stations as low as 87.5 MHz in other parts of the world, in the United States, the spectrum for TV channel 6 is 82-88 MHz. FCC Part 15 rules specifically prohibit any fundemental emmission in the TV spectrum.

This article in TV Technology discusses the issue.

A very small number of class D FM stations that are extremely distant to TV channel 6 stations are permitted to operate on 87.9 (also known as Channel 200). REC Network's website FMFIND.info does not consider 87.9 MHz as a possible frequency for consumer electronic devices.

Video Professor spends $15K for dummy on eBay

Being up here in Denver, you see some interesting things on the news. This is a situation where someone was caught in the HOV lane with a newspaper stuffed dummy to look like a second passenger in the car. As punishment, the person who did this had to stand along the side of the road with a sign that said that the HOV lane is not for dummies. They also had to sell the dummy in a charity auction. Well, it's was sold... to the Video Professor!

New REC Website: FMFIND.info

Not every open spot on the FM radio dial is created equal. Just a simple move of the receiver or a quick drive around town and your chosen FM channel for your device is suddenly wiped out by a radio station. FMFIND.info searches a professional broadcast radio database to determine the best FM channel that you can use at and around your home for your Sirius(R) or XM(R) satellite radio as well as for MP3 players or an iPod(TM) connected to a device such as the Belkin TuneCast(TM) II Mobile FM transmitter. FMFIND.info is a free resource that you can use any time to find one or more potential FM channels. In most areas, we will give you a choice of many channels to try as well as rank them based on how far away they are from other radio stations. FMFIND.info can be used in all 50 states.

Canada Broadcast Database added

REC Networks has added the engineering database from Industry Canada. We will be adding full Canada coverage to our Broadcast Query (FMQ) Tool. As of tonight, you can now enter a Canadian community and be able to get the Dialscape report (all of the stations within the area). For border areas, you will get Dialscape reports from both the FCC (USA) and Industry Canada. We also have the FM broadcast detail in and working. We do not have directional antenna contour maps yet but we will get that in eventually.

Good job WTND-LP

It's currently 3:30AM in Macomb, IL and WTND-LP just recently finished live coverage from the return of a battery of the Illinois National Guard into Macomb. It was a very emotional event for both those at the event and those listening on the radio. This coverage was also being carried on the W0KIE Satellite Radio Network/RFD, WQNA a NCE-FM in Springfield and on the American Council of the Blind's music network.

This LPFM station was the only media that was carrying this very emotional event live. This is a prime example why we supported the creation of the LPFM service back in 1999 and we will continue to support it today. It's coverage like this that defines true community radio.

More Release Notes

We have completed our CDBS broadcast database application upgrades for now.

LPFM CHANNEL SEARCH TOOL (ADVANCED TOOL)
- The curves program that is accessible from the Channel Report now uses Google Maps. This allows for circles that look like real circles and not 360 dots drawn in a circle.
- Zooming up on maps in the looks much more defined than before.
- Each station/facility is represented by a different color on the map. A legend will appear at the bottom of the map to show which color is associated with each facility.
- An option has been added from the Channel Search that allows you to show the curves in black instead of the multi color. This allows for easier printing however you lose the ability to see which curve belongs to which facility.

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