When LPFM was created in 2000, then FCC Chairman Bill Kennard wanted to make the LPFM service as easy as possible for any organization to file for a license without the expense of using an engineering firm. As a result, the FCC developed a simple service where minimum distance separations between stations were all that you needed to fulfill.
A lot has changed since 2000. We are now having to deal with second adjacent channel waivers and other engineering studies, especially in the case of displacement. It is not just as simple as finding a new channel and putting in an application go to there. While this method can be done in some rural areas, many applications now need second adjacent channel waivers and those can not be done without engineering tools and an understanding of the policies around these waivers.
While myLPFM and RFREE are a good place to start, you really need an experienced consultant to assist you with your application, especially in the case of applications to modify licenses and construction permits.
RFREE gives waiver information, why shouldn't I use that?
RFREE does give some information for second adjacent channel waivers however, there are specific rules on how that study can be applied. We have seen many applications filed with data from RFREE and myLPFM that includes potential listeners within the overlap zones. Due to the large number of inappropriate applications filed using myLPFM data, REC removed some functionality from myLPFM that was used to estimate overlap zone sizes. RFREE still has this data.
Also, even if there are potential listeners in the overlap zone, it may be possible that certain types of antennas can be used that can direct the interference away from potential listeners. This is something that an engineering firm that works with LPFM can help you with.
FACT: The FCC has rejected many LPFM applications that used a second adjacent waiver request generated from RFREE. This is because while RFREE may give you an estimated overlap zone, it does not take into consideration other factors that can cause interference to potential listeners of a second adjacent channel station.
What do I get when I pay for services from REC when I can go through a cheaper non-profit?
With REC, you are getting a full service experience, from the preliminary consulting, to document preparation, filing, status monitoring and the filing of post-construction documents, REC will do it all. While REC does do advocacy, our for-profit corporation is our primary business that focuses on LPFM and not just to advance a social justice agenda. REC has been around for 30 years and working with LPFM for more than half of that time.
Get it done right the first time.
Compared to other professional engineering firms, REC is fairly low-priced. We have a very low overhead without expensive offices and power lunches (instead, we have chickens that keep our bellies filed with farm fresh eggs).
When you are ready, we will be here. Please contact us today!