Strategic Technical Planning for Broadcasters


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.

Thousands of Translator Applications Dismissed

February 6, 2013
The FCC has dismissed thousands of translator applications from the 2003 filing window. This should free up a lot of spectrum for LPFM proposals. We have the list!
New 2/8/2013 - We just added the list of surviving applications, as well!
On February 5, 2013, the FCC acted on the submissions filed in the translator cap window. Translator proponents were limited to 70 applications total, with additional restrictions in larger markets.

In this first round, the FCC has officially dismissed the applications identified by the applicants as ones they will not pursue. The Public Notice indicates that, while many applicants were required to provide technical showings, some did not provide them at all, and some appear to be defective. So yesterday's action is not the final word by any means, but it does clear a lot of areas for LPFM advocates to begin to plan their proposals for the Fall 2013 LPFM Window.

The FCC is not planning to release the list, so we generated it for you. You can download the list here:
 - Sorted by State and City
 - Sorted by Applicant

We also generated the list of surviving applications. Note that the FCC did say there would be some further dismissals due to missing or defective / inadequate tech showings, so not all of these are “safe.”
 - Sorted by State and City
 - Sorted by Applicant
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