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Welcome to Part 15.
I’ll answer one question if “Nighttime Broadcasting is worth it?”
Yes and No. It will pay to find a place on the dial that is quiet all the time. Once you find that, your in business. Good luck. Most of the time you’ll hear a very weak station. When your transmitter is on, the weak station will cause your range to be reduced somewhat. If your using a channel with a 50,000 watt blowtorch 800 miles away, It would eat you alive and you would be in violation of FCC rules. If the channel was 100% clear, your station’s skywave could carry all over the globe, though your ground wave would have little improved range gain.
If you want to go 24 hours, I’d put my Best on in the Mornings, Afternoon and Evenings. I would put stuff that was less popular on after 9PM and before 7AM and for Part 15, after 10 AM and 2PM. This is to keep reception complants down.
I go 24/7 on AM 980, and have had little problems with other stations on the same channel. I place Talk overnights, and Old Time Radio and Music on the Daytime Schedule. Another good night program would be your local NOAA Weather Radio station. That’s info you can use anytime.
Study the Channel for a week or so. Make sure it’s clear, away from local stations as much as possible and conduct tests as much as you can. Do test programming or run Music while you make adjustments and find out how far you reach. If, for some reason you can’t use the channel, you can move it without problem. Once you are sure of everything, you can launch the station knowing you did it right.
This info applys to AM olny. FM will not carry around the world, and would be good for 24 hour broadcast. But the FCC is more strict on FM and you will have to be more careful about power and range. I’m still thinking of FM Part 15.
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