Subject Areas

     Audio Division, Media Bureau administers radio broadcasting (separate page)
     General Information about Radio Broadcasting
     AM Radio
     FM, Low Power FM (LPFM), and FM Translators
     Tools and Common Searches
     Broadcast Filings
     Tower and Antenna Structure Registration
     International Considerations
     Historical Interest
     Related Material
     Media Bureau Directory (separate page)
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General Information about Radio Broadcasting

New Visitors' Info - recommended first reading
The Public and Broadcasting (a guide)
How to Apply for a Broadcast Station
Emergency Alert System (EAS)
Obscenity, Indecency, and Profanity
Inspection Fact Sheet
   Broadcast Self-Inspection Checklists
Licensee-conducted Contests
Noncommercial Nature of Educational Broadcasting
Operators Licenses not required for DJ's, staff at a licensed broadcast station since 1995
Political Programming
< Religious broadcasting ban rumor continues to circulate 40 years later
Unattended Operation of Radio and TV Stations
Why do FM Frequencies End in an Odd Decimal?
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AM Radio

AM Query -- Search for information on stations
AM Broadcast Station Classes
ALLO Preliminary AM Study
AM Revitalization (includes FM Translators for AM stations)
AMwave
New AM daytime-only stations discontinued in 1987
Digital AM Radio
   List of AM stations transmitting digitally
Defective AM Applications
Electrical Degrees <=> Meters
Energy-saving MDCL Technology waivers
Figure 8 - Minimum Efficiency calculations
   AM Ground System Correction Factors
Ground Conductivity in the USA (M3 Map)
Groundwave Field Strength Graphs (Section 73.184)
Method of Moments for AM Directional antenna proofs (filing fee)
Sampling Systems - Criteria for Approval
   Design considerations for sampling systems
Stereo Broadcasting by AM stations
Sunrise / Sunset Times (USA)
Travelers' Information Stations on the AM Band
Why AMs Reduce Power/Cease Operation at Night
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FM Radio, Low Power FM Radio (LPFM), and FM Translators

FM Query -- search for information on stations
Channel <=> Frequency
Digital FM Radio
   List of FM stations transmitting digitally
   Digital Special Temporary Authority requests
   Super-Powered Maximum Digital ERP
FM Allotment Channel Finder
FM Model, for RF calculations
FM Power station class calculations
FM Preliminary Study
FM Station Classes and Service Contours
HAAT - Antenna Height Above Average Terrain
License Renewal for Television Stations
Renewal of License for Radio Broadcast Stations
Transmission line calculations
Translators and Boosters
Service Contour Data Points (FM)
Service Contour Maps via the FM Query - (select the Detailed output option)
Subcarriers, Subsidiary Communications Authority (SCA)
Low Power FM Broadcast Radio Stations
Low Power FM (LPFM) Channel Finder
Public Inspection Files online search
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TV / Television

Video Division -- MORE TV INFO here
TV Channel to Frequency Band
DTV Reception Maps (interactive)
License Renewal for Television Stations
Service Contour Maps via the TV Query - (select the Detailed output option)
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Documents

   AM Community Change Minor Change Applications List per the R&O in Docket 05-210
   FM Community Change Minor Change Applications List per the R&O in Docket 05-210
Broadcast Actions (public notices)
Broadcast Applications (public notices)
Broadcast Self-Inspection Checklists
Broadcast Station Totals (licensed station counts)
Call Sign Changes
Public Inspection Files online search
Silent Station Lists (AM and FM)
   Pending AM, FM. and FM Translator minor change applications (awaiting review)
   Blocked AM, FM. and FM Translator minor change applications
Daily Digest
EDOCS Search
ECFS - Electronic Comment Filing
Federal Register (GPO)
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Common Searches, Tools, and Data

AM Query
FM Query
TV Query
CDBS Public Access searches
Circle Plot KML File Generator
Distance between 2 Coordinates
Find Community Coordinates
Find Terminal Coordinates
FM and TV Propagation Curves Calculations
   FM Model, for RF calculations
HAAT - Antenna Height Above Average Terrain
Low Power FM (LPFM) Channel Finder
Media Bureau Public Databases (including CDBS)
NADCON - NAD27/NAD83 conversions
   Broadcast applications STILL require NAD27 coordinates
Service Contour Data Points (FM)
Service Contour Data Points (TV)
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Broadcast filings

Auctions Information (WTB)
Emergency Antennas, Silent Stations, Special Temporary Authority
   Anti-Drug Abuse certification for STAs filed on paper
Renewal of License for Radio Broadcast Stations
CDBS - Media Bureau Filing Systems & Databases
   Broadcast Electronic Filing (CDBS)
   CDBS Users' Guide
   Call Sign Reservation / Authorization
   Broadcast Mailing Address Search
   CDBS Public Access (database searches)
   Search by Application ID Number
   Search for Old Broadcast Call Sign (since 1980)
Electioneering Communications Database
Fees
   Application Processing Fees & Fee Guides
   Regulatory Fees
Radio Broadcasting Rules (CFR)
RF Safety
   OET Bulletins 56 and 65
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Tower and Antenna Structure Registration

ASRS Queries
   Towair (NAD83)
ASRN Records Within a Radius
FAA Form 7460-1
Tower Construction Notifications / Section 106 NHPA
Tower Light Outages -- Report to the FAA promptly! / (FAA web tool for registered users)
Tower Owners: Save Money! Save Birds!
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International considerations

Broadcast Agreements with Canada
Broadcast Agreements with Mexico
High Frequency (Shortwave) Broadcasting
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Historical Interest

Annual Reports of the FCC and FRC
Radio History Documents
Radio Service Bulletins, 1915 to 1932
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Related Information

Cable Transmission of Radio Programming
Coverage Maps, Statements about Coverage
Free Speech vs. Right to Broadcast (explanation, not a court case)
Frequency Allocations Chart (USA)
Part 15 devices, AM Carrier Current stations
Ratings Distortion by Stations (policy statement)
Studio-Transmitter Link (STL), Remote Pickup Units (RPU)
Telephone Conversations, Broadcast of (Section 73.1206)

 

 


Information about AM and FM broadcast radio stations is available at the Audio Division on the FCC's website.  Information about TV stations is available at the Video Division.

 

 

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Thursday, November 2, 2017