To secure a power increase for an LPFM station, follow these steps:
In the LP-250 proposal RM-11749, “automatic upgrade authority” refers to a provision that would allow existing LPFM (Low-Power FM) radio stations to automatically upgrade their broadcasting power from the current limit of 100 watts to 250 watts without having to go through a traditional application process. This proposal is designed to simplify the process for LPFM stations to increase their transmitting power, thereby potentially expanding their coverage area and reach.
The FCC periodically designates specific time frames known as “windows” during which they accept applications for new LPFM (Low Power FM) stations. Historically, these windows have allowed organizations to apply for LPFM licenses. Here’s an overview of the LPFM window process and related developments:
As of the latest information available, there are currently no provisions in place to allow LPFM (Low Power FM) stations to operate with more than 100 watts at 30 meters height above average terrain (5.6 km service contour). However, there have been discussions and petitions filed with the FCC to potentially increase the power limit for LPFM stations.