LPFMs Boxed in by New AM Translators

Aug 11 2017 - 9:02pm
With the conclusion of the recent new-translator window held for class C and D AM stations, here are a few statistics about applications for new translators which would box in in LPFM stations, plus lists of stations and translators affected by short spacing.

  • 1081 new translator facilities applied for
  • 67 new translators are too close to one or more LPFMs
  • 81 LPFMs are short spaced by new translators
  • 15 new translators are short spaced to more than one LPFM
  • 3 LPFMs are too close to more than one new translator, which can really box them in.

Prometheus Petitions FCC to Protect LPFMs from Big-AM-Station Translators

Apr 17 2017 - 4:33pm

For Immediate Release

April 17, 2017

PHILADELPHIA-- The Prometheus Radio Project is challenging an FCC handout to the biggest AM stations because it will harm low-power FM (LPFM) stations without affording them protections guaranteed under the Local Community Radio Act (LCRA). Last week, Prometheus filed a petition with the FCC seeking reconsideration of new rules released in January that allow the largest commercial AM stations to place more FM translators near LPFM stations.

A History of Encroachment on LPFMs

Jan 12 2017 - 11:01am

Both full-power FM and Translator stations can move closer to LPFMs, than LPFMs can move toward those stations, resulting in the LPFM being "short spaced" -- possibly receiving interference or in the worst case the LPFM must shut down. We call this situation "encroachment" and this graphic is one view of historical encroachment.

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