The Broadcasters' Desktop Resource

GSTK – Good Stuff To Know

Here is some information that should be in your personal notebook – where to find and get stuff you need.

Key Phone numbers and procedures:Problem solving:
Dealing with the FAA (Contact Numbers and other Information)Standard/Metric Conversions - Broadcast Calculations
FCC ContactsParts Identification
General Software - some cheap, some free, all usefulHardware Pinouts, cable and connector layouts, etc
FCC People FinderFinding open Frequencies for Wireless Microphones
Finding specialized parts:Historical items:
Hard to Find Transmitters and Parts
UnobtainiumAmerican Radio History
Fan replacements for Satellite Receivers
Show the Boss:What else should be on this list?
FCC Fine schedule for Rules violationsPlease share. Use the Contact link at the bottom. Thanks!
FCC Notice on using LMS for filings, inluding STAs and notifcation of non-standard operation.Any number of needed filings can be made easily on the LMS:
FM Engineering Special Temporary Authorizations (STAs)
Request for Silent STA
Extension of STA – Silent
Extension of STA – Engineering
Suspension of Operations Notification
Resumption of Operations
AM/FM Digital Notification
Modulation Dependent Carrier Level (MDCL) Notification
Change of Primary Station Notification
Tolling Notification
Reduced Power Notification
Withdraw Pending Applications

Contacting the FAA

The number to call for reporting tower beacon and side-light outages: 1-877-487-6867

(Be sure to get the NOTAM number and call and report when the lights are restored!)

Want to check to make sure your NOTAM got into the system? Check out:

Additional FAA Resource Materials:

Links to online filing “Obstruction Evaluation” requests are on this page

The current FAA Antenna Circular (7460-1K) on obstruction marking and lighting requirements is located here. (about 3 MB)

The current Part 77 Rules are located here.

Standard/Metric Conversions:

Parts identification

Difficult Items to Find

Historical Resources

Rules and Regulations

Replacement Crystals for Legacy Gear:

Replacement fans for satellite receivers:

Hardware Pinouts, cable and connector layouts, etc.

Finding open frequencies for wireless microphones