Those looking for available commercial FM spectrum have a new tool at their disposal.
The FCC’s Media Bureau has developed a computer program for radio applicants. It is now available to the public on the Audio Division’s Web site.
The Allotment Channel Finder is designed to determine whether a Class A FM channel is available at a proposed transmitter site and whether a Class A operating from the site would place a minimum field strength of 70 dBµ over the principal community to be served.
As explained in detail on the Web page, a search does not guarantee the availability of a channel at a specific location, the commission said.
Radio spectrum rights are established on a “first-come, first-served” basis. An application could be filed at any time to preclude an allotment proposal.
The tool also does not take into account factors that can limit station transmitter site location options such as environmental restrictions, land use regulations and Federal Aviation Administration air hazard issues.