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Listen, we all know and the FCC knows there are people in this country who like nothing better then to broadcast (at their expense) a radio service, that in some cases is not currently available in their local community.
I agree that not all market areas are consumed with greedy station owners that pipe in out of area programming that does it’s service area no justice.
Now, being that we and the FCC know there is a problem in this country with what is commonly called “PIRATE RADIO” broadcasting and it isn’t going to stop! We all know the FCC fines people BIG money for illegal broadcasting, yet, it DOES NOT STOP THE VIOLATORS from putting new stations on the air!!! They just keep coming back!
Now, if the FCC and those who condemn such action was to smarten up and change the rules, open up a new broadcast band where the average Joe can operate such a station legally, things would be a bit different.
I know many of you will argue with me, but that is good, debate is very important in my opinion and helps us think as a group of people, not a sole opinion.
Broadcasting, is an understandedly expensive hobby or business for anyone, transmitters, processing equipment, mixing equipment and music licensing is not cheap for anyone.
The major problem with interference on the radio bands in the USA is mostly caused by the purchase of unquailfied radio broadcast equipment, because that is the only equipment a potential unlicensed station can purchase.
The FCC should create a portion of the radio spectrum, that people like us can use and then allow certified equipment to be widely available to Americans that passes very strict guidelines preventing interference to other radio services.
That very same equipment will be auhorized to allow an ERP at 5 watts to the antenna and could be deemed experimental just as HAM RADIO operators are allowed certain allowences in their experimental radio bands.
The same can be done with services that a lot of you wish to provide your local areas. I am currently rambling off some ideas here, possiblilties that could be looked at. But we all know, that the current course the FCC is taking, isn’t going to stop “PIRATE RADIO” operations, pirates have existed since the 1960’s and they have blossumed in large numbers, not deminished and many are stuck using illegal transmitters that cause interference.
The commissioineer of the FCC thinks his plan is going to stop all actions of pirate radio activity, this just IS NOT going to happen and the FCC needs to realize this and rethink their plan of action.
Like it or not, they are best to look at creating a new radio service, one where those who are interested can openly speak of ideas and also perhaps experiment on air to see what best works for the better of all.
While we are limited to a few hundred feet on FM, there leaves no room for experimentation, that “gray area” is already boardered before you even start.
Why….why doesn’t the FCC just open up a piece of spectrum below 50 MHz if nothing else? There is tons of unused frequncies below that piece of spectrum. While I am sure HAM radio operators should feel they have first dibs on that spectrum, I feel the solution to the on-going pirate radio operations would be less of a problem if the FCC wakes up and realizes, it’s the only sensible solution they have and authorize it for our use.
They can play this pirate cat and mouse game at our tax dollars expense, but the real solution is to just authorize a new service allowing the current pirates to operate a legal licensed or authorized radio service. Prolem solved! It’s a no brainer!