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Anime Hardcore Radio/Hardcore J celebrates anniversary

This is Anime Hardcore's Third and Hardcore J's Second

REC's Anime Hardcore Radio is celebrating it's third anniversary this weekend. Anime Hardcore Radio was created Memorial Day weekend of 2000 as a format change from the old "Powerpuff-Hardcore" radio service. Over the past 3 years as many as 6 different services have operated under the Anime Hardcore Radio name. Due to increased costs due to the new royalty fees that now must be paid, Anime Hardcore Radio eventually reduced to the single feed that it is today.

In celebration of it's three year aniversary, the remaining Anime Hardcore broadcast, Hardcore One has switched to Narrowband audio. This change permits us to expand our music selection as well as provide scheduled programming.

AM Query Enhancements

New functionality in REC's AM Query Tool.

A new release of AM Query has been released tonight.

The new version of AM Query will not only contain information on USA stations but on all Western Hemisphere stations listed in the FCC's database. (Obviously, we can not guarantee the accuracy of the data outside the USA, it's what the FCC feeds us.)

A new Frequency search has been added. You can enter the frequency and all stations will be displayed. The default search gives you the USA, Canada and Mexico. You can use the checkboxes to add other countries north of the Equator or add the stations south of the Equator.

Clicking on the "nighttime" box will allow you to view only the nighttime database records. This is helpful if you are trying to DX an AM station.

Letter from REC to the full Federal Communications Commission regarding the March translator window and NCE ownership issues.

Chairman Powell,
Commissioners:

5/2 - Translator Window Update

We have them on-line now!

The translator applications that were filed during the March window have finally posted in the FCC database.

REC's search databases have been updated.

The number #1 LPFM city (in population) remains Anchorage, AK. See our Top 1000 Cities for a revised list.

The ASPEN Application Status System will now show nearby translators that were filed during this window that may encroach on LPFM applications. These applications will not cause the "properly spaced" checkmark to go to "X".

The Encroachment Report is extremely large this week. Please visit the Encroachment page and download the entire file in ZIP format, or you can view one of 3 parts.

5/1 Translator Window Update - Information on some So.Cal applications....

Approx. number of applications filed:
California = 1030
Arizona = 848
Nevada = 115

The CDBS master data feed has not reflected these applications yet. Therefore, our information will not reflect these new stations until it's made available.

If the FCC does not make it available on tomorrow's feed, then we will do a mid-week update the day they put the data in.

Normal updates will continue on Friday nights.

FCC has posted the new translator applications.

Information about the translator window applications is now available at the FCC website.

The FCC has posted the applications that were filed during the March translator filing window. This window has been the subject of major contraversy due to the large number of applications filed by a small number of groups, many of them players in the non-commercial satellator arena.

We believe that we will have the ability to revise our database files by Thursday night 5/1/2003 (given any computer problems that may arise on our end with the addition of over 13,000 records being added to CDBS overnight).

Once again, we advise those looking for new LPFM channels to hold off until after we can update the database. We will release a news item when that happens.

LPFM Channel Search Advisory

Relating to the recent Translator filing window.

Due to the recently closed translator filing window, we do not feel that the data in the LPFM Channel Search may be very accurate in the event that you are making long term plans for LPFM in your community.

This translator filing window should also have some severe impacts on our "Top 1000 LPFM Communities" list.

REC advises that you running the search after the FCC has placed the translator applications in the database as any future LPFM applications will have to protect those translators.

REC notes that many of these applications may be questionable and some may be dismissed. However, until the FCC reaches a final ruling (dismissal) on the translators, we will have to protect them.

REC files comments on Community Broadcast Band proposal

REC replies to a Petition for a Notice of Inquiry for a Community Broadcast Band.

REC has filed comments partially supporting a Petition by the Community Broadcast Band Discussion Group to initatite a Notice of Inquiry into new spectrum for a Community Broadcast Band.

In our comments, we supported the overall concept of a CBB. However we are supporting CBB using more established technologies including our previously proposed Narrowband Community Speech Radio Service (NCSRS) at 26 MHz.

We have also opened the petition to discussion of the NPR-endorsed expansion of the FM broadcast band to include the spectrum of the underutilized TV Channel 6.

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