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San Juan Island radio station a work in progress

An update on San Juan Island Community Radio’s application for an FM license:

Our Petition for Reapplication has been “accepted for filing.” It cleared the FCC International Board that checked it for violation of Canadian radio airspace and found none. It has been sent back to the CRTC — Canada’s FCC — for their approval, which may take several months.

It cost us an extra $4,000 that we had to scrape together. We are now scrambling to get the last two payments to our broadcast engineer, amounting to some $600 for making and filing our reapplication, including the computer data showing that we can adjust our antenna and power output to avoid violating Canadian radio airspace.

The “several months” is disappointing in that after all our efforts and expense, we won’t know if we succeeded or failed until next year, while most of the other applications filed are now processed.

We will gratefully accept donations to help cover the remaining owed at the San Juan Island Community Radio account at Islanders’ Bank.

Thanks for your help.

Michael Calhoun
San Juan Island Community Radio Board of Directors

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