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"Communication by wire and radio so as to make available, so far as possible, to all the people of the United States..."

The above text is from Section 151 of the Communications Act (47USC151) which in 1934, established the Federal Communications Commission. Unfortunately, due to recent news reports, it seems that the former Commission under the first reign of Baby Bush seems to have forgotten that it is their obligation to provide as far as possible communication by wire and radio to all of the people of the United States.

REC supports AM Translators but not at the expense of LPFM

In comments to the FCC, REC Networks partially agreed with the NAB concept of allowing AM stations to be able to operate FM translators as fill-in services.

Specifically, REC's support is limited to those AM broadcast stations that are not co-owned by an FM station with overlapping coverage. REC recognizes that many of these types of AM stations are minority owned and are facing increasing interference from Cuba as well as eventual interference from nighttime IBOC operations.

AM stations co-owned with FM stations should carry the AM signal on an HD Radio stream.

LPFM Dinged $3K for Antenna Violation

Triggered by a complaint, the FCC has issued a Forfeiture Order to Power Radio Corportation, licensee of KXPW-LP in Georgetown, TX.

The $3,000 dinger was as a result of KXPW-LP violating 73.875(c) of the rules when it replaced a 3-bay antenna with a 4-bay antenna without filing an FCC Form 319 within 10 days.

Power claimed that they did not know that they had to contact the FCC with such a change and that the violation was "minor". The FCC disagreed stating that when a station fails to file a 319, it can endanger public safety if stations do not comply with radiofreqency radiation guidelines.

Power claimed an inability to pay, however the FCC refused to adjust the forfeiture based on information from the corporation's 2003 federal tax return.

Part 15: NAB Part 15 FM Transmitter Study

Here's some interesting reading. This is a report that was put out by the NAB regarding the compliance of certain Part 15 low power FM transmitter devices. These devices are used today in the consumer mainstream to transmit the audio of satellite radio receivers and MP3 players to FM radios, usually inside of a vehicle. The popularity of these devices prompted REC to create the FMFIND.info website.

Recently, XM was in the news because they stated in their SEC filing that some of their FM transmitter designs may have been outside the Part 15 specs.

Of the devices mentioned in the report, the least complaint of the devices was the Hobbytron FM-25B which put out the strongest field strength of all of the transmitters examimed.

RM-11331: REC Files Comments - Opposes Petition

Citing commercial influence and other factors, REC Networks has filed comments with the FCC in the petition by an incumbent broadcaster to allow FM translators to originate local programming. In the petition, Miller Communications, a multiple owner of full power broadcast stations is seeking changes in the FCC rules to allow a FM translator to originate programming such as city council meetings and local sports (originating from within 25 miles).

FCC Denies Informal Objection for Programming Issue

In a letter released today, the FCC Audio Bureau Chief Peter Doyle denies several informal objections over the grant of the license of KAPU-LP of Watsonville, CA. The objectors allege that the LPFM operated by Ohana de Watsonville "breached oral agreements" with the local community and is programming KAPU-LP only with Hawaiian music and contrary to the statement of purpose that Ohana provided in their original construction permit application. Watsonville is, according to the objectors, 80% Spanish speaking.

The FCC responded that because of the 1981 Radio Deregulation Order, as well as the First Amendment and other statutes, the FCC can not regulate a broadcaster's choice of entertainment format.

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