REC Networks - 2024 Professional Services Rate Card (FM Translators)

This rate card is for stations that are for FM translator stations but not for FM boosters.  This includes FM translator stations that are commonly-owned by LPFM licensees.  It is effective from February 12, 2024.

Base rates are different for private sector and public sector (government agencies, school districts and Tribes).  W-9 and post-payment is available only for public sector applicants only with a purchase order. 

A premium applies for base rate fees on requests within the Nielsen Audio Top 50 media markets.  Premiums do not apply to FM Translators specifying an LPFM as their primary station.

Facility related services

Description REC Fee
Base rate: Minor modifications (change in location, channel and/or antenna height that requires a construction permit).  Includes post-construction license to cover filing. $800
Base rate: Channel change only at same location (no other changes) $700

Add-ons for Minor Modification and Channel Change base rate services eligible for bundling - rate based on number of services needed:

  • Second/third-adjacent channel waiver ("donut" waivers have an additional $100 upcharge)
  • Interference study for non-adjacent channel studies
  • Channel 6 §74.1205 study (for reserved band channels that are §74.1205 short spaced)
  • Directional antenna study (with or without international compliance study)
  • International compliance study without directional antenna

1 item: $150
2 items: $250
3 items: $375
4 items: $500

add-on Radio astronomy notification for Arecibo (applies to all Puerto Rico applications) $50
add-on Radio astronomy notification for National Radio Quiet Zone $100
add-on Mattoon Waiver (moving AM translator past minor change limitations) $150
add-on Fill-in study (any translator that is rebroadcasting another station within the service contour, including all AM) $50
Base rate: License to cover application if REC did not handle the modification application ($50 upcharge if there are conditions that require documentation) $400
Base rate: Modification of license application (post change notifications of change in antenna, feedline and/or TPO) $400
Engineering Special Temporary Authority (STA) applications Depends on request.  Contact REC for custom quote.

 Administrative and other services

Description Public and Private Sectors
Administrative Updates (name change of same organization, address and contact information changes) Free for REC clients with $350 minimum spend
$125 for other clients
Base rate: Assignment of License to a different organization (with or without consideration) $500 first station
$150 each additional station
Base rate: Pro-forma transfer of control (same organization, board member changes over 50%) $350 first station
$150 each additional station
Silent notification / Silent STA in areas and at times when DIRS is not activated (includes resumption, but not extension filing) $250
Silent notification / Silent STA in areas and at times when DIRS is activated (in disaster area) (includes resumption, but not extension filing) Free for REC clients with $350 minimum spend
$100 for other clients
Resumption of Operations from being silent if notification/STA was not handled by REC $150
Extension of any STA $100 if REC handled STA
$150 for other clients
Contour and Longley/Rice coverage report (not available in AK, HI, Guam, American Samoa or CNMI) $350

Special requests for services not described above will be charged based on estimated level of effort.  Please contact REC for details.

Top 50 Market base rate premiums - translators rebroadcasting FM stations (including HD2/3/4)

Rate premium is based on the measured 60/57/54 dBu population of the primary FM facility located within a Nielsen Audio Top 50 media market and at least 50% of that countour is in a Census Bureau designated urbanized area (using 2020 definition).  Premiums only apply on items marked "Base rate". 

Population in market Commercial applicants (% of base rate) Noncommercial applicants (except LPFM) (% of base rate)
1~25,000 110% 100%
25,001~75,000 120% 100%
75,001~150,000 130% 100%
151,000~500,000 140% 100%
500,001~1,200,000 150% 100%
1,200,001~3,000,000 175% 125%
3,000,001~6,000,000 200% 140%
6,000,001 or greater 250% 155%

Top 50 Market base rate premiums - translators rebroadcasting AM stations

Rate premium applies when the physical location of the primary AM station is inside a Nielsen Audio Top 50 media market based on AM station class and market size.  Premiums only apply on items marked "Base rate"..

AM station class and market rank Commercial applicants (% of base rate) Noncommercial applicants (% of base rate)
Class A in markets 1~50 200% 140%
Class B in markets 1~20 175% 125%
Class B in markets 21~50 150% 100%
Class C in markets 1~50 110% 100%
Class D with 5kW or less daytime in markets 1~20 140% 100%
Class D with 5kW or less daytime in markets 21~50 120% 100%
Class D with greater than 5kW daytime in markets 1~20 175% 125%
Class D with greater than 5kW daytime in markets 21~50 150% 100%