Translator Search Order Form

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Sterling Communications, Inc.
PO Box 1877
LaFayette, GA 30728
(706) 397-8744

(city)____________,( state) ______

FM translators are permitted on a non-interfering secondary basis. Using the geographic coordinates of your community, our computer will determine the exact distance to the nearest station or assignment on each frequency. Prior to construction of any FM translator station, an FCC Construction Permit is required. The next step following the frequency search is to file such an application, which is submitted on FCC Form 349. The Form includes an engineering section, which our office routinely completes along with all associated technical exhibits, legal, financial, and programming sections, which are completed with the assistance of an attorney specializing in practice before the FCC. After “tendering” the application for filing with the Commission, a period of several months will pass before it is reached for study. First, a preliminary review of the engineering will be completed, and any obvious defects will be identified. If there are none, an announcement will be made that the application has been “accepted for filing” and a “cut-off” date will be announced after which other applications which compete or are in conflict with it cannot be accepted for filing. After cut-off passes, final study of the application is completed. If there are no conflicts with other applications on file before cut-off, and if the legal, financial, and programming data shows the applicant to be qualified under the FCC Rules, grant of the Construction Permit can be expected usually within a few months. The total time from tender to grant is typically nine to twelve months. All stations and assignments listed in the FCC files will be considered by the program in the preparation of the study. An engineering analysis of the results and our recommendation will accompany the study. The study will require approximately four (4) weeks from receipt of your authorization. To authorize a Frequency Allocation Study of the community listed above, sign this form, retain a copy, and return the other to us with your check for payment.

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  • We have, through the application process for a LPFM Radio Station, found James Price and his staff to be professional in every way. They were always, even through our “ignorant questions”, “affable, available and affordable”. At every decision junction, they released wisdom filled with judgement based on their experience and engineering knowledge. All through our application process they shared with us the appropriate direction to take based on what we needed, not what was perhaps best for them. Our application was successful due to their labor and we continue to look to them for all the necessary next steps. With Sterling Communications you receive professional care and sensitivity to the needs of you the client.

    Jim Hughes MD FRCS, The Church in Jackson
  • …a note of thanks for the wonderful and professional work you have provided for the many stations we have had over the years. It seems like we are always changing or moving something with the stations. As the years pass, we have found that we can trust your services and can call, at almost any time, with questions that we need your help to answer. Thanks again for your years of service for us here at Alabama Christian Radio, Inc.

    Pat Jarrell ACR
  • In 2004, we knew God was leading our ministry to purchase a 100kW FM non-commercial station, but we didn’t know much at all about FCC regulations, radio equipment, engineering studies or coverage maps. James Price and crew at Sterling Communications patiently answered ALL our questions and gave us information about questions we didn’t know enough to ask! Their engineering expertise enabled us to receive 3 construction permits during a non-commercial FM filing window, move antennas to more strategic locations and make well-informed decisions as opportunities arose to purchase other stations. They walked us through growing our network from that first station to 7 stations and 9 translators throughout Nebraska, all with faith, good humor and an awareness of our need to stretch each dollar!

    Carolyn Simmons Mission Nebraska
  • I will tell you that I have used many engineers before Sterling. None were as caring, effective and knowledgeable as James and his father have been. Jim Price (the father) was one of the most knowledgeable and innovative persons / engineers that I have known in my rather long career, and James has those same qualities. The Sterling staff is and always has been extremely willing to help. In addition, as a last comment, which is one of the most important items in any business, Sterling's pricing is always acceptable and very competitive.

    Charles Beard CSSI Non-Profit Educational Broadcasting Corp.
  • With over 50 years of broadcasting behind us here at VCY America Radio and TV, the importance of quality consulting and engineering remains the foundation for our more than 35 facilities across the network. James Price and the wonderful team at Sterling Communications have never disappointed us and their outstanding work is testimony before the broadcast industry and the FCC of the quality of their work. Sterling Communications knows how to get it done and done right.

    Dr. Vic Eliason, V.P. VCY America Radio Network
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