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But there are some issues, as you pointed out. As a relative newcomer to “serious” Part 15 operation, I offer these comments:
That said, it still a very enjoyable hobby as far as I am concerned! If you stay within the rules, you can have your own radio station and there are no logs to keep, EAS tests to run, or any of the multitude of other requirements and restrictions that are mandatory for licensed stations. And the FCC EB doesn’t let those guys off the hook either– check out the thousands of dollars in fines levied by the FCC every day for what most people would consider relatively trivial infractions.
My main disappointment is that the usable range of a Part 15 AM station is considerably less than what I was hoping for. In my case it is negatively impacted by having a less-than-desirable transmitter location and very poor ground conductivity. Neither of these things are easily remedied.
For those lucky enough to live in small towns, or in rural areas where there is little interference, it is actually possible (apparently) to cover a significant number of homes. For me, it’s more like “down the block broadcasting”.
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