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Perhaps the FCC compares it to what they consider adequate signal for a commercial station.
Granted, you’re not going to have the 1mv/m FM or 2mv/m AM signal at 200 feet but, at 200 feet your signal will be strong enough to sound full quieting.
And as stated by others, 200 feet is only a guideline, not a rule.
Besides, what average Joe retailer is going to look this up if they can even find the info on the FCC website. They just want to get their message on the radio.
When you talk to the average guy on the street about the trouble you can get into being a pirate operator, they just can’t understand what the big deal is.