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[quote=techpuppy] On another forum I visit one of the members said that he dropped his resume by a new station (new ownership) and found that they had no studio. There was equipment for emergency alerts, etc. But the station did none of their production on site and were not set up to broadcast live other than a microphone cut-in for emergency use. If all I’m getting is canned music and some commercials, why not skip the middle man and simply tune into satellite radio and hear the tunes commercial-free?[/quote]
What kind of station was this? They are still required to have a certain amount of local programming, which I think includes having live staff. If that were not the case, my local Cheap Channels would have packed up long ago and run everything from headquarters in Texas. I know that LPFM distinctly requires a certain number of local hours (suggesting live people), and I’m pretty sure the same applies to the full power stations.
I still think the idea of an independant test of these part15 devices is in need, but the broadcasters and the FCC will not listen to us little guys, even if we have the most expensive (and brand new) equipment to perform the testing. All the “firms” that have been hired to test this stuff, have been hired to make sure they find a problem, and then report it.
Maybe when the weather gets nicer I’ll have to fire up my FM25 on a local channel and see how far I get before the full power station takes over. If I had an HD radio I would try the same on the digital half too (or is that digital two thirds?).