If the signal is on the primary station, then it's legal for it to be
on the translator that retransmits the primary station.
Keep in mind the FCC's legal definition of a translator is to
receive, convert the RF frequency, amplify then retransmit the
primary station's signal. This was usually done at the IF stage or at
composite FM level. Therefore, if you really did translate the
primary signal's frequency, you would have to filter the subcarriers
to prevent them from being retransmitted. So, the FCC has never
prohibited carrying the entire
So, even if you are using the technique of fully demodulating the
primary station then re-modulating the programming into an exciter,
there are no limits placed upon reproducing all content of the
original primary station in the same manner as originated by the
For practical reasons, the FCC also does not prohibit changing the
Alternate Frequency list used by RDBS on a translator. The rules are
silent and the FCC personnel also do not object.
Alan Kilgore, CPBE
WRVM Chief Engineer
At 07:55 PM 10/12/2017, you wrote:
I know this question has been asked before, but I was wondering if
the answer has changed- is it legal to do RDS on a satellator,
assuming the donor signal is running it? Used to be the answer was
no, but was wondering if that's been changed to a yes.