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No problems at all here with what you have posted. I enjoy your thoughtful and pretty much right on view of things.
It is OK to take exception to my broadcasting comment for I don’t think I expressed my thought very clearly. And even if expressed clearly, you may still take exception. When I wrote broadcasting I had in mind the idea to cover a community with a potential of many listeners. Perhaps that can be done depending on housing density and with attractive programming but I do believe it would be an exception. The OP in this thread with the power he mentioned could do this. Units such as the Rangemaster are not phono oscillators nor toys and with properly equipped listeners and signal conditions could provide a decent number of folks in the audience. Unforunately here the housing density and electrical noise are limiting factors for AM and building penetration due to the lack of outdoor antennas would be a factor for FM. The homes here have foil backed intermediate sheathing which, at least for my home, attenuates broadcast FM signals. Few provide a good signal on our indoor portable radios and the home theater receiver is on cable.
What I was doing in my opinionating, which is based mostly on what I observe in my home and those of neighbors, was to consider the odds of gaining listeners to my part 15 operation. Even if I could produce a usable signal I am not clever nor committed enough to deliver good programming that would induce anyone to listen. I realize that others are.
I don’t want to discourage anyone from getting into part 15 activity but rather if they do so just advise them concerning realistic expectations. It is not just a simple matter of turning on a transmitter and having great coverage with many potential listeners. Could this happen? Yes. Does it? Rarely from my readings.
I think perhaps the original poster had expectations beyond what is reality for legal operation and I fear this is fairly common (based on the number on NOUOs reported weekly on the FCC site).