REC operational status (updated May 23, 2024 2:40 PM EDT) - REC will be in minimal operations on Friday 5-24-24 and will be closed on Monday 5-27-24 for the Memorial Day holiday. No phone calls will be taken on Friday. I will be monitoring emails and will mostly have access to systems. The Michi is not feeling well and I need some rest days. Thank you for your understanding.

W0KIE's Dean Spratt dead at 54

We have received word today that Dean Spratt, host of W0KIE's "Thursday Night Potpourri" has passed away due to a relapse from a massive stroke he suffered last week, he was 54.

Dean has had a long involvement in TVRO radio as well as a professional career including doing traffic at one time for WCCO, Minneapolis, MN. Dean, who was blind, did his traffic broadcasts from his home using a leased line.

Spratt's death is the second one in the W0KIE family in the past 6 months. In early October, Dishnut Gerry passed on after a long term illness.

REC extends our condolences to Dean's family as well as to Dean's family on W0KIE.

FCC eliminates Morse Code requirements for all Amateur license classes

The FCC has issued a press release announcing that the Morse Code proficiency test is no longer required to obtain an Amateur Radio license at any class. In the past, only the Technician class license was available without the code. The change will take effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.

In the past, REC has taken a "slow code" approach where the 5WPM code would still be endorsed for the Amateur Extra class license.

REC Transfers FMFIND Search Tool to SIRIUS Satellite Radio

REC Networks has reached a technology transfer agreement with SIRIUS Satellite Radio. As a part of the transaction, REC will transfer the rights to use the REC FM Broadcast Channel Search algorithms used for finding suitable frequencies for SIRIUS Satellite Radio receivers with built in very low power FM transmitters.

REC Networks will still own the domain name and will provide direct links to the new SIRIUS FM Channel Search application. REC will no longer engage in consumer Part 15 FM channel searches but instead will refer all requests to SIRIUS. REC Networks will continue to maintain weekly updates of the SIRIUS FM database, which will be coincide with REC's standard FCC database update schedule.

REC is not disclosing any other terms of the agreement.

Another nail in the coffin of rural/suburban radio

On Friday during the full Commission meeting, the FCC has adopted a report on MB Docket 05-210 for changes on city of license and other broadcast allotment issues in the AM and FM radio services. According to the FCCs news release, some of the changes include:
- The ability to move an AM or FM radio station from one community of license to another through a minor change application (where in the past for FM, it required amending the Table of Allotments).
- Requiring an FCC Form 301 with the filing fee when petitioning the FCC to drop in an FM allotment.
- Eliminate the prohibition of electronic filing for Table of Allotments proceedings.

FCC: Congress never said anything about second adjacent channels

In a landmark decision, the FCC has granted a waiver of several rules to Thin Air Community Radio, licensee of KYRS-LP in Spokane, WA.

The station, currently faced with encroachment from a metro move by a station in Idaho was looking for creative solutions to keep the station on the air. Under the existing rules, the statation was deadlocked as there were no alternate channels available. Thin Air has filed for 89.9 (Ch. 210) at it's licensed site.

Dementia Radio's "Blindwulf" (1979-2006)

REC Networks, Hardcore J and Anime Hardcore Radio extends our heartfelt condolences to our friends at Dementia Radio with the tragic loss of personality "Blindwulf".

Jamin Peace aka Blindwulf was found dead of an apparent heart failure. He was only 27.

Based on conversation in the Dementia Radio IRC channel (#dementia on EFnet), Blindwulf was blind and was facing a lot of challenges. While we did not know Blindwulf personally, we feel as a member of the webcasting community to come together to mourn his loss.

So to Justin's family and his extended family on Dementia Radio, REC sends it's best in this time of reflection. Look for Dementia Radio to run tribute programming.

This is not your father's "tinkle and drip"

In response to "Fee Fi Fo FiOS"

Anyway, one of the primary reasons why IPTV offerings like AT&T are much less to implement is because they do not necessarily utilize fiber on the last mile. They use the existing copper. Of course, there are arguments that favor the use of existing copper from the crossbox to the prem, especially in newer neighborhoods that are already built out where the telecoms could reach some objection from either the city or the HOAs for digging up yards to place new F2 cable and fiber drops.

KMIH given a new lease on life

REC has received word today that KMIH, the Class D station on Mercer Island, WA that was facing displacement as a result of a very ugly metro-move has been granted a construction permit to change channels and stay on the air.

View the KMIH record at REC FMQ.

This is a creative arrangement where they would be able to move from 104.5 to 88.9 FM and best of all, with the same operating power and antenna parameters they have today.

REC congratulates Mercer Island High School for successfully hanging in there and not giving up in order to save their station in the face of a very evil encroachment.

We should have more information later this week. It is our understanding that the Mercer Island School District will be making an announcement.


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