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All good points … but having said that, the FCC issuing a NOUO to a Part 15 AM station which is trying to stay legal with an understanding of the engineering involved, is very, very rare … only 4 or 5 a year.
Not so for FM. Those eBay flamethrowers (the sellers obviously either haven’t a clue about Part 15 transmission, or they’re ruthless and don’t care) are getting people in trouble and causing a lot of work for the FCC. I think that sours the agency’s taste for license-free radio in the BCB’s, and is no help to those of us who are trying to operate legally, while at the same time hoping to develop a small community-oriented listener base.
Considering the ambiguities in the Part 15 AM rules, even different agents may have differing opinions on operating legality … EXAMPLE: The rules themselves are based upon one type of antenna, a vertical monopole, although nowhere in the rules does it say this is the only allowable antenna type … which is one reason why we see so many discussions and blog entries having to do with different antenna types.
Most of us Part 15’ers have something of a passion for experimentation anyway.
Here are the two main subsections we’re interested in (watch linewraps):
But a 40′ tower to which a Part 15 AM TX is grounded is certainly out-of-bounds. It’s too bad KENC had to shut down its Part 15 operations, but we all learned some important lessons from it.