DCR 1650 AM

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DCR 1650 AM is a legal low power Radio Station that serves the Decatur Community.

We are in complete compliance with all FCC Part 15 rules and regulations

Reception may be difficult in some areas, buildings and vehicles without external antennas.

Click here for reception tips!


Our Mission is to serve the Decatur Community with a variety of information, opinions, music, entertainment, talk with both LIVE and prerecorded local programs.

Keith Anderson, Pres. of local Rainbow Push Coalition & founder of Homework Hangout, and Brian Burcham, VP of All Service Contracting Corporation built DCR 1650 AM Radio with the hope of bringing the people of Decatur together. Their goal was to bring to light the ties that bring us together and try to work out our differences.

In 2006, we will be focusing on local issues such as an Aldermanic form of Government, Race Relations, Drug Abuse, Crime, Education, Health Care, local Politics and other topical issues. We encourage you to be a part of the discussions by calling in and or being an ON-AIR guest. Opposing views are always welcome. Our future plans also include monthly town hall meetings with special guest speakers and holding on concerts in Decatur.

DCR 1650ís mission is to give the people in the Community an outlet to voice their opinions, concerns and suggestions about Decatur. DCR-1650 is your Community Radio Station to say what is positive about Decatur and what you believe would make Decatur an even better place to live, work and visit. If youíre interested in becoming a volunteer contact dcr1650@yahoo.com

Free airtime is available to local Politicians to speak on current issues, Civic Groups, Not for Profit/Community & Human Service/Fraternal Organizations, Entertainers and Bands. Call the All Service line at 217.233.3018.

For local businesses, we offer Radio commercial advertising at extremely reasonable rates. Politicians, this is your opportunity to air your ads too. To advertise on DCR 1650, give us a call. Call the All Service line at 217.233.3018.

We offer a variety of music formats, old time Radio Shows, misc. programs plus feature local bands and entertainers.

Have a topic or show idea that would be of interest to the community? Let us know!


Reception Tips

AM radio reception is typically subjected to interference from a variety of sources. Some of these include: Overhead power lines, electric motors, computers, microwave ovens, florescent lights, hair dryers and other home appliances. Night-time reception also introduces other "noises" into an AM signal. This occurs as a natural phenomenon in the earth's atmosphere at sunset, producing what is referred to as "Sky wave."  Sky wave will cause some radio signals to travel great distances, bringing many stations to the local radio dial from far away places. Often these distant signals will compete for channels which are already occupied by your local stations, degrading AM reception. Other factors which can affect comfortable listening are certain weather conditions and soil conductivity. Soil that is rich in moisture & natural mineral content can serve as a suitable location for a low-power, Part-15 AM station; in terms of an acceptable range and signal quality - even at extremely low power levels. Please scroll down for more.


     Be certain that your radio can receive frequencies above 1650 kHz. Some older model radios (pre-1990) may not be capable of receiving the "expanded AM band."

     Try listening on several different radios, and select the one with the best reception. Radio sensitivity varies greatly amongst manufacturers. One brand may offer superb reception, while another may not. Some radio manufactures cut cost by cutting corners, using inferior quality components.

     AM radio reception can often be improved by re-positioning your radio. In other words, move the radio around until reception improves. Sometimes, just moving the radio to another room or plugging it into a different wall outlet can make a world of difference.  Telephone lines or utility lines at the street running into the home can act as giant antennas and sometimes they even carry radio signals.  Try moving your radio around the phone line or near a wall outlet to see if reception improves.

     Always keep your receiver away from major appliances. Computers and other domestic devices, especially those with motors or fans, produce their own RF signals which can disrupt regular AM reception.  However some devices such as microwave ovens can actually improve signal reception.  Try locating your radio on or near your microwave and see if reception does indeed improve.

     Visit your local electronics dealer and purchase an external AM antenna or a newer and more sensitive AM radio. Radio Shack carries a wide variety of such products.  Also try the GE Super Radio 3 or C. Crane Radio.



** Public Notice **
Decatur Community Radio
DCR 1650 AM Radio 
Station Documentation
provided as a courtesy to FCC inspectors or other interested parties.

Official On Air Date 06 October 2003
Section I  Statement of Purpose and Disclaimer
a. The following is a compilation of all pertinent information that may be required by an agent of the FCC while inspecting 
or presenting a query to Decatur Community Radio facilities and or Studios. It may also be of interest to those who may be in the process of 
developing a Part 15 broadcast station. Please note that under any circumstances are the following parts of information to 
be taken as receiving legal advice from Decatur Community Radio, it's agents, associates, or anyone associated directly 
or  indirectly with Decatur Community Radio.
               1. No liability is assumed for any information that is broadcast over the air, either online or over the AM 
frequency. Decatur Community Radio believes in the right to free speech under the Constitution. It is the listeners responsibility to
choose when to turn the dial when the content does not agree with his or her views. 


b.  In addition to broadcasting on the internet, Decatur Community Radio operates on the AM frequency under FCC Part 15 rules and regulations (Sec. 15.219  Operation in the band 510-1705 kHz.) and intends to fully comply with the same. While the right to free speech is important, Decatur Community Radio is not a "Pirate Radio station" and does not hide the location and/or the band on which it operates. All program schedules are publicly posted on the website and announced over the air waves. 


c.  1650 AM Decatur Community Radio is a private community oriented radio station. It's mission is to give the listening area an air wave voice of it's own. Local businesses, civic groups, etc. are encouraged to request ad space for broadcast.


Section II Content

a. The majority of broadcasts incorporate talk radio, old time radio re-broadcasts, music mixes created by Decatur Community Radio, and comedy. 


b. Public service announcements and commercials are also aired everyday.


Section III Ownership Profile

a. Decatur Community Radio is owned and operated as a Corporation. There are no investors and no investments are solicited in any way. 


Section IV Equipment List

a. Decatur Community Radio uses various amounts of equipment to create a professional broadcast both online and on the air waves. The radio transmitters that are used are unaltered AM1000 Rangemasters by Hamilton PCB Design (FCC Certified). The entire transmitter system is set up according to manufacturer instructions as it was certified by the FCC. No modifications have been made to the unit. No linears, or other power boosters are used.


d. Transmitter Certification:


Hamilton PCB Design 134 Wind Chime Ct. 20594, Raleigh, NC 27619 Date of Grant: 07/17/1998 Application Dated: 05/08/1998
Attention: Keith Hamilton
EQUIPMENT AUTHORIZATION is hereby issued to the named GRANTEE, and is VALID
ONLY for the equipment identified hereon for use under the Commission's Rules and
Regulations listed below.
Name of Grantee: Hamilton PCB Design
Equipment Class: Part 15 Low Power Communication Device Transmitter
Grant Notes FCC Rule Parts Frequency Range (MHZ) Output Watts Frequency Tolerance Emission Designator
37 15 1.2 - 1.71 %

37: This device has shown compliance with new rules adopted under Docket 87-389 and is not affected by Section 15.37, transition rule.
TITLE 47--TELECOMMUNICATION CHAPTER I--FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION PART 15--RADIO FREQUENCY DEVICES Subpart C--Intentional Radiators Sec. 15.215 Additional provisions to the general radiated emission limitations. (a) The regulations in Secs. 15.217 through 15.255 provide alternatives to the general radiated emission limits for intentional radiators operating in specified frequency bands. Unless otherwise stated, there are no restrictions as to the types of operation permitted under these sections.



Section V  Pre-Operation Testing and Surveying

a. Prior to operating the AM frequency portion of this radio broadcast, a number of internal/external surveys and tests were performed by the owner. This was to insure a clear signal, which would not impose on the rights of both licensed commercial stations and listeners of the same. 


Section VI  FCC Rules and Regulations Pertaining to this Operation


a. A listing of the required rules under which Decatur Community Radio operates is provided below:
"Retrieved from the world wide web on 28 Feb 2003 from: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_01/47cfr15_01.html"
[Code of Federal Regulations]
[Title 47, Volume 1]
[Revised as of October 1, 2001]
From the U.S. Government Printing Office via GPO Access
[CITE: 47CFR15.219]
[Page 725]
                       TITLE 47--TELECOMMUNICATION
                    Subpart C--Intentional Radiators
Sec. 15.219  Operation in the band 510-1705 kHz.
    (a) The total input power to the final radio frequency stage 
(exclusive of filament or heater power) shall not exceed 100 milliwatts.
    (b) The total length of the transmission line, antenna and ground 
lead (if used) shall not exceed 3 meters.
    (c) All emissions below 510 kHz or above 1705 kHz shall be 
attenuated at least 20 dB below the level of the unmodulated carrier. 
Determination of compliance with the 20 dB attenuation specification may 
be based on measurements at the intentional radiator's antenna output 
terminal unless the intentional radiator uses a permanently attached 
antenna, in which case compliance shall be demonstrated by measuring 
the radiated emissions.

b. To conform to applicable provisions of Part 15 of FCC Rules, operation is subject to the following two conditions:

    1. This device may not cause harmful interference, and

    2. This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.






Contact Paul Main

DCR 1650 AM

2024 E. Damon Ave.

Decatur, Il. 62526

Send all emails to: dcr1650@yahoo.com

Business Office Phone 217.233.3018

Fax 217.233.3019

Request line 233.2222