> > And, if all this new FM space were opened, would this
> > a somewhat-similar-to-Canada exodous of small (and
> > not-so-small) AM operations petitioning to move to FM?
> Not that there's necessarily anything wrong with that.
> There are far too many tiny AM operations whose signals are
> useless beyond their transmitter sites, especially at night.
> If the expansion of the FM band will help relieve the
> overcrowding of the AM band, go for it.
This is actually something I agree with, too, which is why I brought it up.
Here's my idea:
AM stations would be allowed to move to the new FM band, priority given as follows:
1. Daytime-only stations
2. stations broadcasting with less than 1,000 watts nighttime power
3. stations broadcasting with *exactly* 1,000 watts nighttime power
4. everyone else, except
5. The former "clear channel" AM stations (meaning 50kw, not the ones run by the company CC) would be forbidden to move to FM.
Then, a new changes to AM: no more AM licenses with less than 1,000 watts of nighttime power.
I think this would probably directly reduce a lot of the interference that AM has today, but will it ever happen... my guess is no.
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