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I don’t even like to use the word Pirate. I’ll just say slightly overpowered part 15 in this case. OK Mobile Black Box is a maker of a Mono FM Transmitter that is a lot like the Whole House FM Transmitter 3.0 but has a variable output up to 100mW if I remember. They had a new one that is Stereo that just came out not long ago. OK these transmitters are sold every day. Most folks have used it in Christmas light shows and a few has mentioned they use it for a Radio station. Now these slightly overpowered (Gray Area) FM Transmitters are used quite a bit and even have the capability to be connected to a magnet mount car antenna or Ground Plane. Now 100mW to a Ground Plane would certainly reach well over a Mile maybe 2. OK has the sky fallen? Never mind they are in a gray area and according to the part 15 bible they are Overpowered. No word of Certified anywhere on the container, Transmitter anywhere is the mention of certified (Unlike SainSonic AX-05B) Why do people want and use these transmitters? Well because part 15 rules as they are now are way too limited and some do it knowingly some not so much.
Now what we need to do is figure out what is the field strength of these transmitters being sold everyday and used for Christmas and Mobile DJing (MobileBlackBox). I don’t think most folks are trying to go more than 5 miles, but they want to reach a small street, road, or country neighborhood. Too much of the word Pirate thrown here. Its really not my Idea of a “Pirate” in fact I went on a “Pirate” radio site and asked what would it take to go a mile on FM? They pretty much blew me off. Real “Pirates” look at a mile as a Toy a Joke and if you talk about only going a mile your not welcome on their board. Now again asking for a mile should not get you condemned as a Pirate. If your happy pretending your a Radio jockey to a 50 foot radios have at it. But some of us want some real listeners or purpose for Micro broadcasting and sitting back and complaining about what another site is trying their best to accomplish is counter productive. The NAB is far better off allowing this and thus they can be sure these transmitters are clean and spur and harmonic free. Where there is a demand someone will supply the demand. If it were only power mongers who wanted that sort of field strength I don’t think you’d hear about it so much on Light O Rama bulletin boards. There is a moral of all this. Why not get the members of these Christmas light show forums into the petition for increased strength on FM? Do you even think we could get C. Crane and Whole House FM Transmitter involved? Maybe even let the makers of Serius satellite Radio’s in on it. But if we do make this a reality the new more powerful transmitters need the proximity sensor to tell when someone uses it in a car and then make it scan more often for a clear frequency. If one is not available the transmitter will not transmit. This way there will not be a repeat of the interference issue that people in cars caused. The NAB needs to know we do have their back as long as they work with us. Plus the notion that part 15 FM will take away listeners is exactly the contrary as folks who pay big bucks for a satellite Radio subscription may listen to Radio more when amateur Radio DJ’s are on the dial. Again this happens in Canada I’ve heard them in Toronto and Windsor. More emphasis needs to be placed on that. I feel there is a need for the right away for the public to micro broadcast for a lot of reasons.