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Frequency Search and Licensing Services
Our Frequency Search and FCC Licensing Services ensure success in getting your station on the air when you need it and keeping it there.

  • We're experienced.
  • We coordinate and track FCC licensing in its entirety to protect you long term.
  • We're fast and inexpensive.
See rationale, recommendations and pricing below.

A History of Success

We have been documenting radio systems with the Federal Communications Commission since 1983 and have provided more than 1,000 licenses for clients since then. We know how to get you licensed on time, every time.

A Long-Term Promise

From beginning to end, we will be with you to obtain FCC licensing for your station; i.e., tracking filing numbers, informing you of grant dates and call signs. If you need to modify the application due to a change, it's covered. Should you need a temporary license to begin broadcasting before the FCC grants your 10-year license, it's in there. Once your station is built, we will file the required construction notification with the FCC to lock in your license for the full 10 years. Throughout the process, you will remain in the loop.

During the application process and for the life of your station,* we will scan the radio spectrum and advise you immediately if there are interference issues, including any changes in full-power broadcast stations that could negatively impact your station's operation.

(*) A standard service for all our stations purchased after January 2015; a purchase-able option for other TIS stations regardless of date or place purchased.)  


(*) Notes & Recommendations

Because FCC processing time is unpredictable, we recommend you request licensing and other FCC documentation services as soon as you know for sure you will have a station − definitely no later than when you place your radio equipment order. See links (below) for easy-to-complete, interactive forms that get the ball rolling.

The FCC considers 10-year, renewable licenses for information radio stations secondary to full-power broadcast stations. This means, that in a rare situation in which a full-power station on the same frequency might move into a given area, an advisory radio station already in that vicinity on the same frequency might need to change frequency. We can assist. For a summary of the types of messages the FCC allows, see our Permitted Content webpage. For details, download FCC Part 90.242 TIS Rules, updated in 2013 and 2015, and the FCC TIS Compliance Guide, published in 2014.
Timely Service and Economical Pricing

We will prepare your FCC license application quickly and independently, without requiring you to purchase additional services or order broadcast equipment along with it. Here is pricing:

FCC $895 Licensing Package

(1) Prep of an engineering study.
(2) Subsequent filing of the first regular 10-year license application.
(3) Special Temporary Assignment.
(4) Construction notification, after your station is on the air.
(5) Minor changes plus tracking and notifications.

Add $150 per site for additional locations (includes all the licensing services listed below that you will need for your station).

Services to Order Individually

  • Frequency Search Service: $350 (a report listing frequencies that meet FCC separation standards at a given location; i.e., license applications may be submitted on those frequencies.)
  • Frequency Planning Package: $498 (includes Signal Measurement Receiver to allow accurate measurement of AM noise levels in the field and, thereby, the selection of the optimum radio station operating frequency.)
  • Engineering Study: $495.
  • Special 30-day Temporary Assignment: $495.
  • Modification of Existing License: $495.
  • Filing of Regular Special Temporary Assignment, Construction Notification or License Renewal: $95.
  • Lifetime Potential Interference Notification Service:  $495.(See a description in the section above entitled "A Long-Term Promise.")

Frequency & Licensing Forms to Acquire Services

We have designed an easy-to-complete form to help you test frequencies in your geographic area and communicate with us about them. To use this interactive PDF form on your computer, simply download it by right-clicking this form link and saving the form to your desktop ("save target as"). Then open the form separately on your desktop. And complete and email it back to us by clicking the blue "Submit by Email" button in the form. You can print the completed form but you will not be able to save it intact unless you have AcrobatPro. (Unfortunately, some browsers will not allow you to use interactive PDFs; hence the need to save such forms to your desktop and open them there.)

To complete a FCC application, right-click on the desired form below (1, 2 or 3) based on the type of station you want, save the form to your desktop, open it separately from your desktop, complete it on your computer, click the "Submit by Email" button and you're done. Thanks. We will respond.

1.  Single fixed station interactive PDF form.
2.  Multiple fixed stations interactive PDF form.
3.  Portable station interactive PDF form.

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Information Radio Stations is a generic term synonymous with Travelers Information Stations (TIS), Highway Advisory Radio Stations (HAR) / Highway Information Systems & Low Power Radio Stations (LPR). Operation of the stations is governed by FCC Part 90.242 Rules. A FCC license is required. Information Radio Stations may be fixed or portable. Subcomponents may include transmitter, antenna and ground system, digital voice player, wateter, cabinet with conventional or Corbin locks, lightning arrestors for RF, power and telephone lines, coaxial cable. Most stations employ black maximized antennas to discourage ice accumulation and security measures to prevent unauthorized program access. Options include synchronization, battery backup, solar power, remote programming by local, network or telco, multi-station audio distribution via RF or LAN / WAN or wireless network.