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I confess I’m still sidetracked by writing my column for the local newspaper. One two-part series is published in its entirety in a major webzine, too. I have one more subject to write about and then I think I’m through.
In the meantime, I have been checking out the frequencies. I decided I wanted to be in the main band, so my old home entertainment receiver and my 1993 car radio can receive it, too. 1610 is busy with a distant but readable city signal. I’d like to use 1600, but there is a buzz from a yet unknown source on it. 1580 is the best I can do. It’s clear during the daytime and usable at night, should I want to broadcast at night (I do, on Saturday nights). Adjacent channel interference should be no problem because, for years, the bandwidth of AM receivers hasn’t been as wide as what stations transmit.
I have good ground conductivity here (15-30 umhos), so any loss of range due to less antenna efficiency at the lower frequency should be made up by the increase in range at the lower frequency.
I did compile and post, at my web site, detailed equipment and material lists for my station.
As to what programs may be available on the Internet for rebroadcasting, I plan to simulcast some of the following:
“Patriot” broadcasters on shortwave radio, those hosts who provide alternative news and talk shows, also simulcast on the Internet (and on satellites). Many seem happy to learn when a microbroadcaster (or a pirate — the hosts don’t know the difference, yet) rebroadcast or simulcast their shows. I assume the deal is to just let their advertisers’ messages be broadcast, too. It’s a sort of an unspoken barter arrangement. I’ll just insert a disclaimer at the beginning and at the hour break of each show. Some daytime shows are repeated late at night.
For these shows, on the Internet check out the Genesis Communications Network, the Republic Broadcast Network, and — I think it’s called — the Liberty Radio Network.
Bill in SE Texas