Thursday, October 25, 2007

KAFA who?

They dont have a facility ID, but they are broadcasting ...and somehow this is legal. Welcome to the strance legal loophole of KAFA. More here.

KAFA is the United States Air Force Academy cadet radio station. It's run and staffed by some staffers and the current crop of Cadets from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. They have no set transmission hours, HAAT, power, or directionality. They are only limited in that they cannot cause interference to existing broadcasters. But this is a double edged sword. While the FCC does not regulate them, they also do not protect them. As a result KAFA has to move a lot.

The station originally went on air in 1987 broadcasting on 104.5 FM. Less than 2 years later, in 1989 they had to move to 104.3 FM. they hed onto that until June 2006 when they had to change again to 97.7 FM. They've also had to reduce power in that period but lacking a facility ID I can't look that up.

The result is that Colorado Springs gets to keep a LP alternative station courtesy of the United States Airforce Academy. I'd love to know more about this if anyone can direct me to the legalese...