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Application Resources

The FCC is not accepting applications for new LPFM stations at this time. This page contains our resources for completing the application during the 2023 window.

Get FCC Username and FRN

Get Started in LMS

Non-Technical LPFM Sections

Technical LPFM Sections

Additional Resources

Writing Your Educational Program Exhibit

Reasonable Site Assurance

Finding Your Antenna Site

All About Coordinates

RFree

RFree is Prometheus’ web-hosted free-to-use service for engineers and applicants to locate (and relocate) potential LPFM sites and frequencies. RFree’s primary purpose is to know which locations and frequencies satisfy FCC requirements, so you can be confident filing your FCC application.

Use RFree’s maps to choose a potential antenna site in a few seconds and it’ll tell you what frequencies might be available there, the site elevation, and the antenna height-above-average-terrain (HAAT) for a chosen antenna height. RFree also links directly to the FAA registration checker website, TOWAIR, so that you don’t have to type the coordinates in by hand. It’s also just a quick way to look up a station and find links to its records at the FCC.

We developed it for the 2013 LPFM application window supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation. Since 2013, RFree has had no funding, but we keep it working so that we can do engineering studies for LPFM stations, and so can you! Full disclaimer: no funding means no current documentation nor usability testing. Although LPFM is supposed to be simple, it has some parts which are complicated enough that RFree is also complicated. We recommend you hire a qualified engineer for FCC filings.

FCC’s Instructions for LPFM Application

FCC Form 2100, Schedule 318 Instructions (Current, 2023)

FCC Form 318 Instructions (Old and out of date but useful for worksheets, 2013)