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Hi all. I’m new. I posted a loooong intro article which got eaten by the forum software. Luckily I backed it up before posting, but I figure until that gets fixed I’ll just post my thoughts here instead.
This has been a fascinating thread. I’ve been researching internet streaming for 4 weeks and I fell into part 15 accidentally while researching music licensing fees.
The idea of running a community-only station is fascinating and it’s what I want to do, but I have to say, AM is all but dead here in my area. My friend just got a Honda with a radio with no AM support in it. I was all set to go AM with a Talking House since it’ll cover the radius I want, but then I had to think of who my audience is and how I’d have to get them to find the station. Run ads in papers? Flyers? It’s work that IMO whose energy can be spent elsewhere. That’s why I want to go FM, along with the quality, but there’s the range problem.
That brings me to another question – are there more fables than truths about Part 15 FM? Yes, we all know the range is terrible, but has anyone put some of those rumors to rest with real tests? I’d do it myself, but with all the research I’ve done, I don’t know what transmitter to buy, if they’re able to be set properly, and the biggie – how do I test the field strength?
I’m in NJ, one of those states where pirate radio is a fourth class felony (18 mo. prison and/or $10k…no thanks). I’m not looking to do pirate radio, that’s not how I roll. I want it to be legit, but FM is so damn tricky. Field strength monitors are $14k. How are people supposed to test their power on a regular basis if the devices to check it are so prohibitive? I don’t need the hassle of people making false accusations based on ignorance.
I don’t know if it was this thread or another, but I’d support a micropower license payment system. I pay maybe $50-$100/yr, and only broadcast with field strength that I agree to, can manage, and check without having to pay stupid $ for a device to check that field strength.
I grew up listening to NY radio and have watched it decline. I was a DJ at my college radio station and I really miss that. The radio stations here are terrible, except Q104. I’m not trying to make a dent or a difference, I’d just like to carve my little, legal niche. And why do I choose radio and not just internet radio? That would be easier, but there’s still that problem with data caps. I know people listen to their Spotify and their Pandora, but there’s something majestic about being on the radio. I’d rather do both.