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.

Community Changes More Difficult

April 15, 2011
Want to change your station's community in order to do an upgrade? You must read this.

[Updated May 1, 2013]


On March 3, 2011, the FCC released an order making it much more difficult to move or improve stations when community changes are involved.

If the new community is within an urbanized area, or the station can be modified to serve more than 50% of an urbanized area, a rebuttable assumption will be made that the applicant intends to serve the urbanized area.

The rebuttal must be a compelling showing of the following:

1. The proposed community is truly independent of the urbanized area.

2. The community’s specific need for an outlet for local expression independent of the urbanized area

3. The ability of the proposed station to provide that outlet.

Many other factors are involved, including signal gain / loss analysis for the population of the current and proposed facilities.

Please contact Skywaves for an analysis of your stations.


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