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Effective date April 10, 2017.
2016 window translators may be moved again.
The FCC has announced July 26 as the opening date for the first window for new FM translator applications for AM stations.
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Want to change your station's community in order to do an upgrade? You must read this.
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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.

UPDATE: Expanded FM Translator Capabilities for AM Stations on the Horizon

April 10, 2017
Effective date April 10, 2017.
2016 window translators may be moved again.
This is a game changer for AM stations with FM translators, and for AM stations planning to propose new FM translators in the 2017 windows.
  
Previous rules limited FM Translator coverage for AM stations to the lesser of the 2 mV/m contour or 25 miles (40 km) from the AM transmitter.

The change that became effective today revises that to the greater of the 2 mV/m contour or 25 miles (40 km) from the AM transmitter.

This means that AM stations with deep nulls are now able to locate FM translators on their towers.

It also means that AM stations with great reach will be able to locate FM translators in markets that are currently only rim-shots for them, and that AM stations with small coverage areas will be able to serve communities up to 25 miles away.

As an added benefit to AM stations with FM translators modified in the 2016 window, those translators may be moved again, as long as they comply with the new 2 mV/m / 25 mile limits, and the new location remains in compliance with the 250 mile relocation limit.

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