Strategic Technical Planning for Broadcasters


Skywaves formally objects to the new FCC FM translator interference rule
Over 850 applications were filed in the January window for AM stations to file applications for new FM translators.
Effective date April 10, 2017.
2016 window translators may be moved again.
LED tower lights can save money on power, but many are invisible to the Night Vision Goggles used by the Coast Guard, civilian operators like Medevac helicopters, and the military.
Save some birds, save a little money - but only if your tower is at least 450' tall.
In its Rural Radio proceeding (MB Docket 09-52), the FCC placed new limitations on community changes. A recent release clarifies some of this.
Want to change your station's community in order to do an upgrade? You must read this.
Many FM broadcasters may benefit from the ongoing downgrades of under-height Class C stations.
With the digital conversion of broadcast television, many stations in the NCE reserved band below 92 MHz may upgrade their facilities.
New power to visualize FM upgrade potential.
The FCC now allows two-step minor-change upgrades and relocations.

Powerful New Software

July 27, 2010
New power to visualize FM upgrade potential.

Skywaves is completing the latest version (4.0) of its in-house FM allocation software.

The new version is significantly more powerful at performing some of the core business objectives of Skywaves:

  • translator opportunities for AM stations
  • upgrades for commercial FM stations
  • upgrades for NC/E stations below 92 MHz
  • international allocations

The new software is fed by dedicated database servers, and runs on high-capacity workstations that scan the entire FM band for upgrade opportunites across a region in a matter of seconds.

This results in a four-dimensional view of the spectrum:

  • Latitude
  • Longitude
  • Channel / Frequency
  • Class of Station

We can select a location and Class and "run the movie" of the entire FM spectrum for that Class in the surrounding region.

The Beta 4 version of the software has already identified a large number of previously unknown upgrade opportunities for existing clients.

The software supports the primary mission of Skywaves, which is to provide outstanding resources to the broadcasting community on a consulting basis. It is not currently available for purchase or licensing.

Please contact us for an assessment of your stations.

Skywaves Consulting LLC
PO Box 4
Millbury, MA 01527-0004
(401) 354-2400

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