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Thanks for your interesting comments. My first post was prompted by comments I read on the Ramsey board where someone was complaining about newly licensed stations taking away “his frequencies”.
I imagined what could happen if part15 power and range was legally increased and these unlicensed stations began interfering with each other. Your account of the early history of broadcasting illustrates this.
I am not politically skilled and tend to view things as an individual. Perhaps you are correct in that some organized effort with rule changes would benefit all, but for folks such as I, using part15 for yardcasting, status quo is OK.
For those who want to broadcast to a local community, I would support LPFM licensing with limited range (say 5 miles for this discussion). The stations can coexist with space diversity rather than frequency diversity and there could be room for several of these stations on a clear frequency (there’s the catch) in a given area. As mentioned in a post in this thread, there appears to be “clear” frequencies to assign to translators and out of community broadcasters. Perhaps this should stop and the frequencies be reserved for limited range local LPFM as I describe. I know this kind of approach has been stalled before and maybe history will repeat
I ramble a bit, but am just doing some brainstorming on this topic.