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Hopefully the link will be used as another resource and I submit it as such. In the field, a digital radio and “just listening” has always been and continues to be the best way to approach finding a good frequency for part 15 transmissions.
I have used and will continue to use other services, “radio-locator”, and the FCC database. I think that any of these websites are a good place to start but you can’t rely on them as a sole source. Searching or research I’ve done with the information on these websites has always left me believing that there should be open frequencys at 1640, 1650, 1660 and 1700 in my area. My digital receiver tells me these frequencies are far from open.
The website/page (lpam.ws) was re-activated about a week ago and is in response to a filing made for a new “Low Power AM” service that will allow for, privately owned, commercial operations to 100watts. It’s not really for “micro broadcasters” who need the quietest frequency we can find. My search on the site showed 8 open frequencies for transmitters in the “proposed” 30 watt range. With the information I obtained from it, I did learned of another station going dark, that opened up a frequency in my area that wasn’t there a few months ago. Though I’m sticking to 1610 for now. It’s nice to know 1680 is there, if I need to move.
It’s a long read but if your interested in the LPAM filing. You can read the petition here:
[ http://www.recnet.com/fcc/RM-11287_petition.pdf ]
The petition is in the comments stage for 30 days. Comments need to be filed before midnight EST on [i:dbc257bc90]about[/i:dbc257bc90] 11/20/05. You can do that at the FCC website. I’m going to file my [u:dbc257bc90]supporting[/u:dbc257bc90] comments before the end of this week. I will support it, but I’m afraid that the powers that be (NAB, Clear Channel, Infinity) will do to it, what they did to LPFM. [u:dbc257bc90]IF[/u:dbc257bc90] it makes it that far. This service is needed pretty bad in towns like mine. We have a population of approximately 6000. A 50Kw FM and a 500w AM both running satellite programming 24/7 with very little local (20 hours a week FM only) programming. Local programming consists of the deeJay telling corny jokes, playing music and reading PSA’s and weather for 4 hours Mon-Fri. No news, weather or PSA’s unless the jock is there.
By the way. I’m am in no way associated with anybody authoring any of these links I’ve provided except as a reader. As for my board name… I just liked the “handle” at the time. 🙂