Information On Frequency Coordination:

The FCCA is one of several associations representing businesses or public-safety organizations seeking a license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Our clients, both long-term and prospective customers, are engaged in public-safety related services. We serve these organizations regardless of mission: fire/EMS, law enforcement, highway maintenance and forestry, parks, and conservation organizations may all receive services from FCCA.

We have been engaged in the business of frequency coordination for a very long time, with over 150 years collective experience offered by regional coordinators who support our organization. We pride ourselves on being small, but efficient and very customer focused. Our recently adopted competitive pricing, online payment system and very quick turnaround of requests for coordination were all created to improve service to your organization.

Frequency coordination is our primary business. State foresters and conservation organizations have used two-way radio for decades, and were among the earliest adopters of radio for managing diverse, mobile workforces. The FCCA was actually created to support frequency management for these agencies, and to advocate assignment of radio frequencies necessary to operate wide-area communications systems in their behalf.

Individual public-safety agencies cannot apply directly to FCC for a license, as FCC does not have a sufficient staff to research each application to review technical compliance with its Rules and Regulations. This work is one of several responsibilities delegated to frequency coordinators. Although frequency coordinators may recommend a channel and related technical details concerning the use of a frequency, granting the station license is the exclusive purview of the FCC.

FCC Form 601 and the included instructions are available from the FCC Forms Distribution Center at 1-800-418-3676. Form 601 may also be ordered via fax 24 hours a day by calling 202-418-0177 from the handset of any fax machine and then following the system voice prompts.

Frequency coordination is necessary to ensure new radio systems can cooperatively share spectrum with the many existing radio systems in use, and to recommend the best channel(s) consistent with the applicant’s needs. Our goal is to recommend the best available and interference-free channel for critical public-safety radio systems. Please note: all frequencies below 470 MHz are generally shared, and a truly open radio channel can no longer be guaranteed. While we always try to recommend the best available and most appropriate channel(s) for your application, today new systems must expect to share channels with other licensees and organizations. Use of tone controlled squelch or other system privacy methods will help your system’s employees listen only to internal communications, but the spectrum will be shared with another public-safety entity at a distance of a few to a few hundred miles.

DO NOT OPERATE A RADIO STATION UNTIL YOU RECEIVE AN APPROVED AUTHORIZATION FROM THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC).

National Frequency Coordinator

Michelle Fink
122 Baltimore Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: (717) 398-0826
Fax: (717) 778-4237

Assistant National Frequency Coordinator

Wendy Jeffres
122 Baltimore Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: (717)398-0823
wendy.jeffres@frequencycoordination.org