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No, I have never been visited or busted. I thought you might be interested in how I operate.
I began part 15 AM activity in 1959 when I went on the air with a KnightKit AM broadcaster with a 10 foot antenna (legal then…now 3 meters). I used this rig constantly through 1967.
Later, I used the Knight on and off until 1998 until I upgraded to a Ramsey AM25 and now a SSTRAN AMT-3000.
Here are my governing principles:
1. Keep the physical antenna, ground, transmission lines to the legal limit.
2. Keep the power to the legal limit for AM.
3. Limit the audio bandwidth to 5 kHz. on AM and 15 kHz. on FM. On AM I mainly transmit talk radio and on FM I transmit music.
4. Operate on a vacant daytime frequency at least 20 kHz. away from an occupied frequency.
5. Keep the material clean. I transmit music only on FM without my comments since I already know them and I am the only listener that I know of.
6. On FM, I use a Ramsey FM 25 with an antenna cut so it covers my property and can be heard about 200 feet away with a car radio. I hear it about 75 feet away with my Sony Walkman which meets my needs.
7. I consider part 15 AM and FM rules to allow personal use and limit the range of both transmitters so they cover my humble 1/2 acre estate and not much more.
8. Keep a low profile. I do not tell my neighbors that I am on the air since I don’t intend for them to receive my signal.
I am not saying that broadcasting to your neighbors is not legal nor do I discourage anyone from doing so. I am just telling you how I operate and I have had no problems with part 15 operation for 47 years.