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First Steps

View or obtain the 100 or so paged FCC Report and Order released Jan. 27, 2000, (www.fcc.gov) or we can send you a bound copy with the errata release Feb. 10, 2000. A four-page summary of this document is also available upon request from us or via the Media Access Project (www.mediaaccess.org)

Determine whether there is a viable frequency in your area. Do not be discouraged by negative rumors of the lack of frequency for your city. Each radio initiative is distinct and depends on geographic location. Availability of airwave band could mean a mere change of tower coordinates of several blocks. Check the following web site to assist you in this process, or write us for referrals to engineers. http://ranma.recnet.com/rec/lpfm/chs-rec.htm

Plan a forum and discuss with your organization, congregation, or a coalition of community groups, whom you want to reach and how you want to fill the hours in a day or week with programming, and the financial and human resources necessary to do so. Draft a mission statement about what you intend to do with low power FM radio

Plan the infrastructure to enable the station to be developed and the programming to be consistent.

Secure advice and counsel from a communication lawyer and an experienced radio engineer.

Seek the information to determine how many FM frequencies are available in your city and where geographically you can set up in compliance with the FCC order. One of websites for this is the REC channel search. If the frequencies are limited in your area, your organization should think about collaborating with another group to share the frequency and apply jointly for the license.

Obtain a copy of the FCC license application form 318 via www.fcc.gov or call 888-CALL-FCC

Read Filling out the Non-Engineering Parts of FCC Form 318, or How to Apply for a Low Power Radio Station: Directions for a First-Time Applicant, as well as Sample Initial Application and Sample Amended Application to Share Points prepared by Cheryl Leanza, Deputy Director of the Media Access Project. This document is accessible here or via www.mediaaccess.org

Call your congressional representatives immediately and let them know you advocate for low power FM radio.

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