Low Power FM Radio (LPFM)

The FCC is currently not accepting applications for new LPFM stations.   (A different type of low-powered FM radio service is currently available for applications in Alaska)   At this time, the Commission is faced with various priorities including revitalziation of the AM broadcast band which includes the ability for AM stations to operate FM translator (relay) stations.  The earliest that a window for new LPFM stations could take place is in 2021 (but more likely 2023).  This is only speculation but REC will be working to get another LPFM window sometime in our lifetime.

Low Power FM (LPFM) is radio that within reach of many community organizations, local artists, churches, ministries, schools and government organizations. The FCC has created this service to address the concentration of full power broadcasting by large corporations who have shut out the communities they serve in favor of national formats. 100 watt LPFM stations have a practical range of about 3 miles around the station and must remain commercial free. On this site, you will learn about the LPFM service, find out about existing LPFM stations, as well as legislation and other activities that support or endanger the service. Existing LPFM applicants, permit holders and licensees can find information about their station including answers to your day to day operations as well as what to do when you need to make a change. Everyone can benefit from information about the LPFM rules and why they are the way that they are.

    LPFM License Renewal
    All LPFM licenses come up for renewal between 2019~2022. Learn about the process and the various deadline and announcement dates you need to know about.

    LPFM Public FIle
    LPFM stations can now have a public inspection file similar to those required for full-service stations. Station participation is voluntary.

    REC Services for LPFM
    You have a station to run. Let REC help on your FCC filings.

    myLPFM from REC
    myLPFM helps existing LPFM stations check availability on different channels, at different locations or at different power levels..

    REC EZforms
    "Do it yourself" filing of FCC Form 319 license to cover and modify license at a discount over REC's full service rates..

    FCC LPFM Rules
    The LPFM specific rules can be found in 47 CFR §73 Subpart G. These are the rules that LPFM stations follow. Other rules that apply to LPFM can be found in §73.801.

    Self-Inspection Checklist
    A training program for your staff responsible for daily compliance. Use this monthly to assure you are running by the rules.

    Local Community Radio Act
    Signed by President Obama in 2011, the LCRA expanded the availability of LPFM by easing restrictions on second- and third-adjacent channels.

    Certified Transmitter List
    A list of transmitters that have been lab certified and have an FCC ID number. Transmitters used in LPFM must be certified and have a "FCC ID" label.

    Frequently Asked Questions
    People come to REC all the time for free advice. We provide detailed answers to the most popular inquiries that we get..

    LPFM Pledge List
    LPFM stations that used their points during the 2013 filing window to obtain their grant. These stations may have a local programming and studio requirement.

    The 6 Segments of LPFM
    LPFM is not just made up of community stations and churches. There are 6 different types of LPFM stations.

    Programming Resources
    Where LPFM stations can go to get program content and other on-air elements.

    REC Recommendations
    The people and the gear that support LPFM and have earned the recommendation of REC Networks.

    Do I need a license?
    Unlicensed Part 15 AM and FM broadcasting in the USA for massively short distances.

REC LPFM Handbook