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I did the math becasue that’s just my background. Math and physics. I don’t blindly accept people’s answers, I have to understand it myself. Like when people say “part 15 FM can’t go X feet”, I think “hmmm….well, that depends on a few factors” and then I do the math. I don’t like myths.
In any case, I had two other points in my head: how LPFM people would feel about these kinds of stations, and enforcement. Right now, I can’t hear a local LPFM station because of these jerks a few miles away stomping all over them. It’s annoying. The FCC sent them a letter, but they still broadcast. And this is right across the river from NYC in NJ. I don’t know if the FCC is ever going to do anything about it. We could get CLPFM approved and then deal with people like that.
As for LPFM itself, I’m not happy that the window opens every 15 years. I just learned about it and there’s nothing I can do except broadcast over the internet. Sure, I can do that, but I would rather do both. Legally. Radio is still big, at least in this area.
I’m also trying to figure out whether the FCC would be open to this sort of thing. It took over a decade for LPFM to get their window opened. Is this going to be another 15-year conversation?
The idea seems harmless enough – community radio for a small town. Maybe I’m too optimistic about it, but I think we can make it work so long as we can prove that it’s useful. I know the corporations aren’t going to like it, but I’ve watched radio go from a great band of music to a cess pool. There has to be a way to bring it back.
And I think someone said it before – the FCC made this mess by allowing one company to own as many stations as they want.