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I had meant to comment on the earlier thread about creating a National Association of Microbroadcasters, but I suppose I’ll do it here.
Personally, I am far more interested in the technical side of things then I am in making sure that my programming is heard by a large audience. I mostly use my part 15 transmitters to transmit my own mp3s around the house. Like Neil, I would fear that a loosening of the Part 15 rules might invite more people to crowd out the scarce available frequencies.
On the other hand though, I fear that our right to broadcast under part 15 rules may soon be diminished through both legislative and practical reasons. Consider that while the NAB is commisioning a study to show that current consumer level “part 15” transmitters are causing harmful interference, the FCC is also working towards expanding HD radio which will increase the bandwidth of current stations and make open frequencies harder to find (these, of course, refer only to the FM band). I would like to see a NAMB (or maybe NAµB :)) form to advocate for the protection of what we are currently allowed to do.
There is one change that I would really like to see made to the part 15 rules though; I would really like the FCC to change the cumbersome 250 µV/m at 3 meters rule for FM to something closer to the AM rules. For example, the FCC rules might change to allow a 10 mW transmitter output into an antenna of no for then x meters on the 3 meter band. I think something like that would be more practical for the hobbyist to measure and stay compliant with and it would eliminate a lot of the confusion and arguing about true part 15 FM transmitters that you find all over the web.
That’s my 2 cents. I look forward to seeing how this progresses.