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@ WDCX Yes, I realize you are correct to state that 87.9MHz Channel 200 is not authorized, however, they still licensed that channel to a LPFM in California, so that kind of contradicts the rules wouldn’t you say so?
We really, really tried to avoid another issue and that was to avoid stepping on a licensed radio station’s signal. We did studies, looked at channel finder, looked at the FCC audio division data base and found most channels in the FM band were occupied and a 60 dbu contour map showed we were within their 40 dbu contour circle. So one way or another, we were going to have problems with co-channel interference.
The major congestion problem here is associated with “The Town of Monroe Licensee” who has tied up 14 FM channels with CRAP programming. I should do a youtube video of the FM reception I get here and prove that Town of Monroe Licensee’s programming is available on 12 different channels in my area!!! Why does Norwich, Connecticut need 12 repeat FM stations that overlap each other? (I’m NOT saying they are all licensed to Norwich, they are licensed to various towns in Connecticut) but they do overlap here I mean even television stations that carry the same network programming are fairly spaced out over the map. Here NBC alone is carried on ONE channel in Connecticut, ONE channel in Providence and ONE channel in Boston. You’d need a good antenna to get all 3 stations in any given location. Now we have 12 stations with a decent signal on the FM band carrying the SAME programming, that are licensed just to Connecticut! Doesn’t that sound kind of greedy to you? 12 channels no one else can use because ONE owner has them all tied up! So where does someone else get in on the action if one owner has the right to jam all those channels? I wouldn’t mind if each channel used by this licensee was SOMETHING DIFFERENT, but, the same program on all those channels at the same time I think is over kill.
So, to avoid issues with co-channel, we went with an unused frequency, which left us with 87.9MHz. This is a case of your screwed no matter what you do here, one way or another, we would have been harassed, either for operating on an unauthorized channel or co-channel interference with a licensed station.