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It is fair, I believe, to examine in depth the possible consequenses of eceeding the rules. Discussing it and learning about it is not a rule violation.
20-Watts or less would probably do, with a well matched 60 or 100-foot antenna.
You might be go undetected for years, perhaps for life, but four or more possible scenarios can happen by sheer chance:
1.) You might get good publicity on TV or the newspaper, and someone who reads the story might report you. This has happened;
2. A licensed station somewhere in the state might discover your station, and they might report it;
3.) A HAM (amateur radio) operator in your area might report it. Some HAMs consider this a duty;
4.) An FCC agent checking on local communications in your town might detect it.
What if you were inspected? Be honest about why you are doing it and tell them you will turn it off and keep it off.
A fifth thing that might go wrong… we’re talking about it now on the WWW, and somebody might remember.
I’ve always wondered what would happen if I found 1-million gold bricks somewhere… won’t say where.