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Policy came into play here, when someone beat the tired old drum again that operating a transmitter with 500 milliwatts is illegal and the FCC is going to knock the door down and hit somebody with a big fine.
I feel it’s important to keep people in the real world and a little perspective was is in order. Vermonter should not live in fear turning his transmitter on with 6″ indoor antenna in a condo complex on private property is going to cause the feds to come in and knock his door down and hit him with a big fine. Anymore than a cop is going to pull him over for doing 56 mph in a 55 mph zone, when the other 1000 drivers are doing 75 mph, talking on the phone, drinking a beer while weaving all over the road.
The other part had to do with being responsible with his transmitter, checking for harmful spurs and harmonics and being careful what is broadcast on the transmitter; keeping in mind that programming is more likely to lead to a visit and a fine regardless of the power and antenna.
It was Howard Stern’s foul mouth show that lead to complaints and the FCC to go after Sirius & XM radios for excessive power, not just the fact they were interfering with other radio stations.
Vermonter being new here, may not have a understanding of the complexities of the issue or where to look here for perspective on the issue.
For the record: The output power of the HLLY/MobileBlackBox transmitter is closer to 100 milliwatts, based on the 15 samples we tested. Only after internal tweaking were we able to pull up the power which never made the claimed 500 milliwatts. Having tested 15 samples, some were within reason when it came to harmonics and spurs, while others were way out of spec and dangerous to use. I think it is important for Vermonter make sure he got one of the better ones. With a little internal tweaking and quality control, they can be good transmitters; not as good as EDM, but far better than Ramsey for the price. MobileBlackBox should double check their transmitters before they ship them out, I know from our samples; HLLY does not do any QC.