FCC Gives Blue Alerts a Green Light

A new alert code has been added to the nation’s emergency alert system.


At its December Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission moved to amend the EAS rules by adding a new event code — a Blue Alert — that can be sent over the EAS and the Wireless Emergency Alert system. The alerts are designed to be used by state and local authorities to notify the public of threats to law enforcement and to help apprehend dangerous suspects.


Blue Alerts are designed to warn the public when there is information related to a law enforcement officer who is missing, seriously injured or killed in the line of duty, or when there is a threat to an officer. At the meeting, the commissioners welcomed the family members and colleagues of two New York City Police detectives who were killed in the line of duty in 2014, officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. These new codes are being in put in place to help protect officers in future, Chairman Ajit Pai said.


Source: Radio World

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FCC Warns Operator About Two Stations

Agents from Enforcement Bureau made not one … not two … but eight different visits to a residential property in Lauderhill, Fla., that was allegedly illegally broadcasting radio signals on not one, but two different frequencies.


Earlier this month, agents from the bureau at the Federal Communications Commission warned Wilfrid Salomon of Lauderdale Lakes in a Notice of Unlicensed Operation. Direction-finding techniques found signals emanating from a palm tree-lined court in the Southwest Florida city. Signals were allegedly found to be broadcasting on frequency 107.1 MHz and 87.9 MHz from the same home.


Agents conducted field strength measurements of both signals and found that the signals exceeded 100 microvolts per meter at three meters, which is the maximum for unlicensed devices. In each Notice of Unlicensed Operation that it sends, the FCC clarifies that there is one exception to this licensing requirement: For certain transmitters operating at a power level that complies with standards established in Part 15 of the commission’s rules.


Source: Radio World

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Special Translator Window Open – Now

As announced in October 2015 in the AM Order the commission had opened a special filing window for FM translators for use with AM radio stations. This is a two part window, with the first part open now for the next six months – ending July 28, 2016. The second window will be for three months opening July 29th and closing October 31st, 2016.


The current window is for Class C and D AM licensees only. The second round in July will be for AM stations of any class. Applications are processed on a first come first serve basis. So timing is of the essence. It is important to get started immediately.


During the window periods AM stations or permittees are being given the opportunity to acquire and relocate one FM translator station in the non reserved band – 92.1 – 107.9 Mhz. The translator may be relocated up to 250 miles. Only one application may be filed by the AM station and may only be listed as the primary input on a single translator application.


If you have an FM translator license that you would be interested in selling or have an AM station seeking an FM translator, it is imperative that you begin now. Call us or use the contact form below to get started. 903-270-1500


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