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Posted: 27 November 2012 at 4:06pm | IP Logged Quote Sencorp

Good morning,

We are going forward with setting up a LPFM station in the Mt Eden area. We have the proper equipment, studio gear, and structure in place. Going over the guidelines and rules it seems to be scattered and in some places contradictory. The format on the station will be a mix of music and talk radio, so it is understood we will need proper licenses and registering. If someone could give us the clear steps in order it would be greatly appreciated. Just a side note, we are looking for volunteers, DJ's , and even talk hosts. Appreciate everyone's help on this.

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Posted: 28 November 2012 at 3:11pm | IP Logged Quote RadioTech

Hi Sencorp, welcome to the forum.

Use of the LPFM bands is open to anyone, providing the correct technical standards are adhered to, and these are covered in the GURL information elsewhere on this site (as well as being listed on the RSM site).

In terms of format, you can broadcast whatever you wish - be it music, talk, podcasts etc - these all fall under the definition of 'broadcast'.

No license is required and you do not need to register.

The four main things to follow are:

1) Choose a frequency that no one else is using.
2) Ensure your radiated power does not exceed 1 watt.
3) Ensure your modulation levels are controlled using the appropriate equipment.
4) Broadcast a station ID at least once an hour, which gives information on how to contact the person responsible for the transmission.

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Posted: 28 November 2012 at 11:37pm | IP Logged Quote Sencorp

Thanks RadioTech. Spent some time looking over and reading past posts. Really enjoyed reading your input on various matters. In the process of doing some Freq checks around the area to make sure the air is clear before tuning the transmitter and antenna. Our broadcast software will preform TOH station ID inserts, followed by news. I presume that once the freq is checked and the transmitter has been tested to record proper RF output to make sure its checking the right tick boxes for legal limits, it would be good to sort out the music royalties license as well as the live (Talking) broadcast license? Is that correct? A license for both?
Thanks again for the welcome, and appreciate your help.


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Hi Sencorp, welcome to the forum.

Use of the LPFM bands is open to anyone, providing the correct technical standards are adhered to, and these are covered in the GURL information elsewhere on this site (as well as being listed on the RSM site).

In terms of format, you can broadcast whatever you wish - be it music, talk, podcasts etc - these all fall under the definition of 'broadcast'.

No license is required and you do not need to register.

The four main things to follow are:

1) Choose a frequency that no one else is using.
2) Ensure your radiated power does not exceed 1 watt.
3) Ensure your modulation levels are controlled using the appropriate equipment.
4) Broadcast a station ID at least once an hour, which gives information on how to contact the person responsible for the transmission.

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Posted: 29 November 2012 at 4:18pm | IP Logged Quote RadioTech

No worries. Yes, you are on the nail. Once you are ready to go you will need to contact APRA etc (see relevant posts elsewhere on the board) to set up payments for royalties etc.
Their websites have all the information you need.
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