Mediumwave Extended AM Radio Broadcast Band 1611 - 1701 kHz MF NAS Narrowband AM Broadcast Frequencies (11 channels in 9 kHz steps) 1611, 1620, 1629, 1638, 1647, 1656, 1665, 1674, 1683, 1692, 1701 kHz Shortwave HF Domestic Broadcast Frequencies 2355, 2368.5, 3210, 5050 KHz in the 120, 90 and 60 meter (tropic) broadcast bands FM Low Power Open Narrowcasting (LPON) Frequencies 87.6, 87.8, 88.0 mHz VHF FM VHF NAS Narrowband FM Broadcast Bands 77, 151, 152, 173 mHz (most assignments in the 151.425 - 152.475 mHz band) Welcome to Australia Narrowband Broadcast Radio - ACMA Types of Broadcast licensingOur messageboard forum is located at the bottom of the page This is the place for people interested in the Australian Radio "off-band" sector as well as providing a resource for sharing useful information on broadcast radio licensing options in Australia. The main categories of broadcast radio licensing that we focus on are:- VHF Narrowband Area Service (NAS) stations MF Narrowband Area Service (NAS) stations VHF FM LPON Low Power Open Narrowcast stations HF Domestic shortwave stations Included are many useful Links to information pages located within the ACMA website. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) regulates broadcasting services in Australia. VHF NAS Narrowband FM VHF NAS (Narrowband Area Service) frequency bands 70.00000 to 70.24375 MHz 77.29375 to 77.49375 MHz 151.39375 to 152.49375 MHz 173.29375 to 174.00000 MHz The technical parameters that apply to VHF NAS stations are: a) a maximum Equivalent Isotropically Radiated Power (EIRP) of 83 watts; (50 watts transmitter power) b) an emission bandwidth of 16 kHz and c) Radiocommunications Standard (Analogue Speech (Angle Modulated) Equipment) No. 1 of 1995. Understanding how ACMA manage Frequency Assignment in the Land Mobile space. ACMA Frequency Assignment in the Land Mobile space VHF NAS station transmitters, in a technical sense, operate under similar arrangements to land stations in the Land Mobile licence type. MEDIUMWAVE AM MF Narrowband Area Service (NAS) stations operate in the Extended AM band over 11 channels in 9 kHz channel steps Mediumwave Extended AM Radio Broadcast Band 1611 kHz 186 meters - 1701 kHz 176 meters MF NAS (Narrowband Area Service) AM frequency channels 1611, 1620, 1629, 1638, 1647, 1656, 1665, 1674, 1683, 1692, 1701 KHz Mediumwave Extended AM radio broadcast band 1611 kHz - 1701 kHz MF AM transmitter power 400 watts, bandwidth limited to 6 kHz. 400 watts pZ Carrier Power 'pZ' means the average power supplied to the antenna transmission line by a transmitter during one radio frequency cycle taken under the condition of no modulation. The co-channel separation distance between transmitters is 160 km and the 9 kHz adjacent channel separation distance between transmitters is 30 km. Frequency assignments as of January 2012 1611 kHz 60 licences 1620 kHz 44 licences 1629 kHz 45 licences 1638 kHz 15 licences 1647 kHz 20 licences 1656 kHz 12 licences 1665 kHz 7 licences 1674 kHz 9 licences 1683 kHz 6 licences 1692 kHz 9 licences 1701 kHz 7 licences Total 234 licences assigned in the 1611 - 1701 kHz extended AM band in Australia Learn more by clicking on this link ACMA - NAS Narrowband Area Service Link FM 87 - 88 MHz VHF FM LPON stations 1 watt transmitter power (10 watts in low density areas) 87.6, 87.8, 88.0 MHz ACMA LPON VHF FM Link SHORTWAVE HF Domestic Broadcasting stations Shortwave AM - 6 KHz bandwidth 1000 watts transmitter power Bands that may be used for HF domestic broadcasting Frequency range (kHz) 2 300 - 2 495 3 200 - 3 400 3 950 - 4 000 4 750 - 4 995 5 005 - 5 060 Currently ACMA have allocated the following frequencies to HF Domestic stations: 2355, 2368.5, 3210, 5050 KHz. "SPECIAL EVENTS" - Short run radio licensing in the broadcast bands ACMA Special Events Radio Licensing ACMA Scientific Radio Licensing ACMA Scientific Radio Licensing The L.I.P.D. Class Licensing The LIPD Class Licence authorises users to operate a wide range of low power radiocommunications devices operating in various segments of the radiofrequency spectrum. The LIPD Class Licence sets out the conditions under which many types of short range devices may operate. These conditions always cover frequency bands of operation and radiated power limits. Low Interference Potential Devices are small low power radio transmitters that can be used without a licence on certain frequencies because they are unlikely to interfere with other users. Details of frequencies and power limits here: Low Interference Potential Devices Some of the bands allocated to LIPD are as follows:- 70.0000 – 70.24375 mHz 100 mW max RF power 77.29375 – 77.49375 mHz 100 mW max RF power 150.7875 – 152.49375 mHz 100 mW max RF power 173.29375 – 174.0000 mHz 100 mW max RF power LIPD TRANSMITTERS for legal use in Australia LIPD transmitters are authorised under an ACMA Class Licence - This Class Licence authorises a person to operate a transmitter included in a class of transmitters mentioned in an item in Schedule 1, subject to the following conditions: (i) The transmitter must be operated: on a frequency, or within a range of frequencies, mentioned in the item; and (ii) at a radiated power that does not exceed the maximum EIRP mentioned in the item; and (iii) within the limitations (if any) mentioned in the item; For the full details of the LIPD Class Licence please click on the following link ACMA "The ACMA LIPD Class Licence" SRK Electronics can build to order a fixed frequency LIPD VHF transmitter for use in one of the VHF NAS LIPD bands VHF NAS LIPD Bands 70 mHz (4.2 metre band), 77 mHz (3.8 metre band), 151-152 mHz (1.9 metre band), 173 mHz (1.7 metre band) Transmitter RF power output: 100 milli watts (LIPD max legal output) Transmitters for the 100 milli watt VHF NAS LIPD bands - go to SRK Electronics VHF NAS LIPD Transmitters Latest reports from the ACMA’s Field Operations staff ACMA "In The Field" Broadcast Licensing ACMA Broadcast Licensing ACMA Spectrum Search Register ACMA Spectrum Search Link ACMA Apparatus License Fee Calculator ACMA Apparatus License Fee Calculator Related Links: ACMA Licensing application forms and fee schedule. R057 Apparatus License R077 Additional Station Info ACMA Apparatus License Fee Schedule 2013 New Zealand Low Power FM Information NZ Low Power FM Broadcasting Link Low Power FM Broadcasting in the USA Learn more about Low Power FM Radio broadcasting in the USA The new LPFM licenses in the United States may only be issued to nonprofit educational organizations and state and local governments. Also, the one and so far only "window" for applications closed in 2003, and at present, the FCC is not entertaining any new broadcast license applications, instead conducting auctions of frequencies for full power uses only. FCC Information - Low Power FM Broadcasting USA Low Power FM Broadcasting USA - ownership restrictions and other info More info on LPFM licensing in the USA FCC Information on Low Power Broadcasting FCC Information on Low Power Broadcasting FCC FAQ Low Power FM Radio FCC AM Radio Search Tool 530 - 1700 kHz FCC AM Radio Frequency Assignment search tool FCC FM Radio Search Tool 87.9 - 107.9 mHz FCC FM Radio Frequency Assignment search tool FCC Low Power AM and FM radio licensing including Travellers' Information Service information FCC Low Power AM and FM Radio Information Travelers' Information Stations Search FCC Travelers' Information Stations Search SHORTWAVE BROADCASTING IN THE USA... The next few links provide a gateway into how to apply for an HF/Shortwave radio broadcasting station construction permit / license in the USA. FCC Fact Sheet - HF (Shortwave) Broadcasting Licensing USA List of FCC licensed HF Shortwave radio stations in the USA FCC Form 309 -Application for a FCC Construction Permit to operate an International Shortwave Broadcasting Radio Station from the USA FCC Form 310 Application for a construction permit should be filed on FCC Form 309 and application for license, upon completion of construction, on FCC Form 310. FCC Frequency Schedule for Shortwave Broadcasters For those of you who are interested in what Shortwave broadcast licenses looks like - Here's a couple for you - Radio WJHR FCC license Radio WBCQ FCC license HF/Shortwave ITU regional band allocations The ITU list of broadcast band allocations and regional spectrum assignments Radio Regulations and Frequency Assignments region by region from the ITU ACMA Embargo / DRM The ACMA Embargo on Shortwave Broadcast Licensing More Links of interest - Pirates Week Glen Hauser's World Of Radio Australian Shortwave Radio Journal UVB-76 podcast Pirate / Free Radio Media Network Vintage Vault Top Loaded "T" vertical antenna suitable for Mediumwave transmitting Radio documentary about the retro land based pirate radio statins of the UK Numbers Stations Radio Eric - recordings of London's Land Based Pirates stations Radio Northsea International audio stream Radio Atlantis offshore recordings Yesterdays Radio - lot's of offshore recordings July 5, 2011 VHF NAS Update (As of April 2013 some of these figures are no longer accurate - there has been new frequency assignments (licences) issued increasing the overall number of licences in total) Sydney is Australia's number 1 hot spot for VHF NAS stations with 36 licened stations More VHF stations operate in the VHF 151 - 152 MHz & 173 - 174 MHz bands in Sydney than anywhere else in Australia. Melbourne comes a close second with 18 stations in the 151 - 152 MHz & 173 - 174 MHz VHF bands 36 channels assigned to Sydney (post code 2000 - 2199) in the VHF NAS bands of 151 - 152 MHz and 173 - 174 MHz MELBOURNE VHF Narrowband Stations 18 channels assigned to Melbourne (post code 3000 - 3999) in the in the VHF NAS bands of 151 - 152 MHz and 173 - 174 MHz QUEENSLAND VHF Narrowband Stations 1 station on 77.4 MHz (now ceased transmissions) + 4 stations in the 151 mHz band In Australia there is just 1 mid band VHF NAS license for 77.4 MHz the station is located in South Australia. UPDATEL April 2013: Things are hotting up in the extended AM broadcast band 1611 - 1701 kHz Mediumwave AM and on the VHF NAS bands 77 mHz, 151-152 mHz and 173 mHz. 3 new frequency assignments in 2013 in the 77 mHz / 3.8 metre band. 77.325 & 77.350 mHz (16K0F3E) wideband comms FM & 77.4 mHz (10K1F3E) narrowband comms FM, all in NSW. 1656 kHz 181 metres Mediumwave AM in Melbourne has now gone live with Rythmos Greek Radio from a transmitter site in Altona North Vic. Look up stations using ACMA's search register ACMA Spectrum Search Register ACMA Spectrum Search Link Tuesday Jan 16, 2012 - This is a look at the NAS Narrowband Broadcasting situation in Melbourne: NAS Narrowband Broadcasting status in Melbourne MF AM Melbourne and greater Melbourne areas: Out of 11 Mediumwave MF NAS channels that are all assigned, 6 are on the air and active 1611, 1620, 1629, 1638, 1674, 1701 kHz Assigned MF NAS frequencies not on air. 1647, 1656, 1665, 1683, 1692 kHz MF NAS status in Melbourne and greater Melbourne area VHF NAS assigned licenses in the State of Victoria: 151.450, 151.600, 151.675, 151.750, 151.800, 151.850, 151.875, 151.950, 152.050, 152.075, 152.125, 152.300, 152.425 mHz all are active and carry programming. Assigned VHF NAS frequencies not on air. 151.775, 152.250, 152.350, and 173.525 mHz 17 VHF NAS licenses assigned in Melbourne Victoria 13 active 4 in-active The Melbourne area has 28 NAS Narrowband (MF and VHF combined) broadcasting licenses of which 19 are active and on-air TRANSMITTING APPARATUS for VHF and MF NAS STATIONS Transmitters for VHF NAS stations - go to SRK Electronics VHF NAS Transmitters APRIL 2013 Update: SRK Electronics are currently developing a new VHF NAS transmitter that can be configured for use in the 77 mHz / 3.8 metre band, 151 - 152 mHz / 1.9 metre band and 173 mHz / 1.7 metre band VHF FM with a choice of comms bandwidth 16K0F3E (25 kHz channel) or 10K1F3E (12.5 kHz channel). The SRK Electronics 100 watt VHF NAS Transmitter (this model no longer available) The SRK Electronics 100 watt VHF NAS Transmitter PDF file GME VHF Land Mobile Radio Equipment This equipment can be modified for use in the VHF Narrowband broadcasting segments 151-152 mHz and 173 - 174 mHz GME Pty Ltd / Standard Communications Pty Ltd VHF Land Mobile transceivers GME Pty Ltd / Standard Communications Pty Ltd main web page Transmitters for MF AM NAS stations Fordray Electronics MF AM Transmitters This web page was last updated July 22, 2013 ACMA links updated
Extended Mediumwave AM Radio Broadcast Band, Extended AM. MF NAS Narrowband AM broadcasting segment 1611 - 1701 kHz (186 - 176 meters). VHF NAS Narrowband FM broadcasting bands 77, 151-152, 173-174 mHz. Useful links about broadcast radio licensing for Australia, USA and International. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) the the USA Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plus many more links.