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Some of the situations that “Could Happen” but the probably of it actually happening are 95% against the case. Technically a case where the question of an elevated AM Transmitter on AM was mentioned and rather or not the FCC even meant for an elevated transmitter at all. Reading that could discourage anyone on a second floor apartment from running a part 15 AM station and put his or her antenna out on a balcony. Yet the the probability if a NOUO or data of such an existing NOUO does not exist as far as I know. One could also use another scare tactic using the fact that the Talking House AM Transmitter uses House Ground as its ground. OK you live in a 5 story apartment. The ground of the house goes from the main breaker Downstairs all the way to the fith story. Oh Oh some person again uses this information and says “Operating a Talking House Transmitter from a 5th floor inside your house is illegal you must use a 3 prong to 2 prong adapter to eliminate ground!” This injects more fear and turns away anyone wishing to operate a Talking House AM transmitter from a 5 story building knowing the main breaker is at the first floor. Next was talk about Tim who had NO GROUND but a possible lead that lead to NOTHING!! again this was quashed as well. If the same person seems to deter any reasonable mode of operation for part 15 at one point you have to wonder what is his or her motive. Its one thing to have data behind a theory and another to scare people out of the hobby altogether. Where does a friendly warning and the line of over jealous scare tactics start to show its ugly head. Some have said “Any FM Transmitter that goes over 150 feet makes you a law breaking Pirate!” Really? What proof do we have of his? We still don’t know what a truly 100% Max Legal FM transmitter will do to What in the real world audio and carrier recorded on Youtube, Google Drive, Dropbox or any other file sharing service to show data. Where does it end? The way some talk here we may as well throw our transmitters in the trash and forget the hobby altogether. If my Wife read this stuff she would FORCE me to stop in fear of getting a HUGE FINE!! Just hope your spouce does not read any of this stuff. I’m legally Blind and to tell you the truth I have to make my screen big enough for me to see. And sometimes she happens to see stuff I read. I keep telling her “Thank God I live in Red Neck town. The Odds of an agent coming here is slim to none unless there was a complaint and I don’t plan on doing anything to cause one. Some of the stuff I’ve read on some supposedly pro part 15 sites seems as anti part 15 as you can get. Sometimes you have to read between the lines. The FCC and anti part 15 folks read these boards alike just to see what we are up to. I think this is why some stuff should be pass code protected and not shown to the public. Its why when I started the FM initiative I wanted a section where we could get technical and yet only Pro part 15 members who have done something positive for the community get access to it because we don’t want to give the enemy any brainstorms to kill off part 15. A few recent posts here just reading them could wake a sleeping giant. Good intentions, bad idea to post certain ideas to a forum that the enemy can read. Case in point the anti RIAA organization I’ve been a part of for over 12 yrs has their RIAA hating members who have proven to hate the RIAA with all their heart, soul, mind, and spirit to have access to what is “Elite Access” only. You have to prove yourself worthy but this is done in PM’s not open discussions. Anyone can pretend to Hate the RIAA, but with good behavior analyses you can pick out a troll right away. So too we need an Elite Part 15 Members Only section. To be Elite you must:
Be 100% Pro part 15 FM. This means you want at least ½ watt into a rubber duck.
You must encourage experiments with AM antennas Indoor and outdoor.
You MUST know and understand what Over modulation is and how to prevent it.
You must try to keep your FM and AM Transmitters clean from spurs and harmonics that can cause harm to other Radio services.
You can not work or anyone in your family can not work for any government branch or Law enforcement to be a Elite member. To lie to gain access is entrapment.
You must get along with other part 15 operators and be helpful to those who need to improve their setup.
You don’t run Grossly overpowered transmitters. If your running over a Watt folks that is grossly overpowered and not needed in Hobby Broadcasting.
You must be a member for 4 months and participate in the discussions. After 4 months and you want to have Elite Access there needs to be a vote to make sure your not a narc or troll.
You must own and operate a part 15 FM or AM, Shortwave transmitter to be an Elite member and should do a Mp3 recording of your transmitter’s performance for others to evaluate maybe a video to post on the Elite section only. It doesn’t 100% kill trolls but does discourage it.
You must try and educate (Ween) a would be Pirate to part 15 or at least start by convincing them to tone the power down. Start small and let them know your concerns for example someone tells you that they have a 50 Watt transmitter. Don’t turn them in, instead REASON FIRST. Explain what a 50 watt FM signal could do to their neighbors boomboxes at close range. Ask them and get them to think about what happens when they had a CB Radio and someone right next to them ran a 5,000 Watt linear on say Channel 12 and your talking on Channel 35 what happened back then? Im sure after talking to a Pirate long enough they will tell you of an experience of interference. Now explain to them that its the same way when you are next door running all that power and poor John Smith has only a clock Radio and doesn’t have expensive filtering. I’ve convinced a few FM Pirates to TONE IT DOWN!! They did maybe not 100% legal but I also got a few to think about AM part 15.
We have learned that you catch more bees with honey than vinegar. It doesn’t help if we ourselves act as finger pointing bullies here. We need to watch our behaviors as Radio Operators. Its not nice and certainly not the way a Broadcaster should act. We need to show the world we are responsible and doing this without making trouble for ourselves by posting ideas that could in the wrong hands kill the hobby we have so much passion for. Some posts here are alarming that is why I vote for an Elite section for hobby operators who OWN, OPERATE, had have the pure passion for the existence of this very viable hobby. That said who is whit me?