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2004-07-30 16:01:43
Cut, paste, print and send this letter to your Congressperson

Senator Mark Dayton
346 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Senator Norm Coleman
320 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Honorable Senator,

I am writing you to ask your support for the McCain/ Leahy Low Power Radio senate bill S. 2505. S. 2505 aims to reverse legislation known as the Radio Preservation Act of 2000.

In December of 2000 the Radio Preservation Act of 2000 was passed as a rider to the Omnibus spending bill.  The Act, which was initiated by former Minnesota Senator Rod Grams, scaled back the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) planned low-power FM (LPFM) initiative by about 80% by implementing what are referred to as "third-adjacent channel spacing protections."

This bill was brought about by lobbying pressure from established broadcasting groups such as the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and National Public Radio (NPR).  Even in light of FCC and independent tests and field data that proved otherwise, these groups argued that the new stations created by the LPFM initiative would cause interference that would impact a listeners ability to hear their current stations.  Part of the Radio Preservation Act mandated a study to see if these claims where legitimate.

The FCC contracted this study out to the Mitre Corporation who finished the study in March of 2003.  The FCC issued the 700+ page report in July of 2003 (reference FCC proceeding 99-25).  Two of the nine field studies were conducted in our state of Minnesota.  Some conclusions from the report:

Based on the measurements and analysis reported herein, existing third-adjacent channel distance restrictions should be waived to allow LPFM operation at locations that meet all other FCC requirements [after four small revisions]

The FCC should not undertake the additional expense of a formal listener test program or a Phase II economic analysis of the potential radio interference impact to LPFM on incumbent FPFM [full-power FM] stations...Perceptible interference caused during the tests by temporary LPFM stations operating on third-adjacent channels occurred too seldom, especially outside the immediate vicinity of the sites where the stations were operating, to warrant the additional expense that those follow-on activities would entail.

Senate bill S. 2505 is an attempt to implement the recommendations of the Mitre study.  I hope I can count on your support of this bill which will give more voice to our communities through access to the public airwaves. 


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2004-10-11 09:57:44
for more info on the bill s.2505 check here

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2004-12-07 21:05:18
Let's not forget LPAM. AM does not require line of sight and can easily go over a mountain even if your antenna is in a valley. There are newer compact antenna designs that don't require grounding systems. There are new frequencies available from 1610-1700 kHz. AM can be made to sound every bit as good as FM if you set your low pass filter 7500 Hz or above.
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