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Just a couple of thoughts…
I would agree with perhaps shutting off FM operations. This seems to be where most problems/complaints originate. I have never purchased nor operated a Part 15 transmitter.
Secondly, Commissioner Pai seems receptive to ways to revitalize the AM band. He invited comments from people interested to contact him. So I took time to write him a personable letter with some ideas. In the same letter, I did criticize the selective and sometimes heavy-handed enforcement techniques that has been the “norm” for a while. Keep in mind, I wrote this BEFORE the Jerry Gaule and mighty1650/LibertyNT events occurred.
In my market, 98.7 of the listeners are not tuned to AM. The choices are three black gospel stations, one sports and one EWTN station. One of the gospel stations has a small rating. If Arbitron is correct, AM is already dead here.
I looked into purchasing the station that is now EWTN. This 5kw daytimer is one I worked at for 13 years before it was leased to the Catholics. He wanted $400k for this station in a dilapidated mobile home that had no ratings and around $10k monthly revenue. Or it could be leased for $5k a month. Due diligence turned up possible liens against the station..so no deal. I figured there might be more liens than the ones I found.
I have been on Part 15 since 2003 and seldom listen to other local radio. Most of Big D Country’s listeners are listening to the stream, so the AM is no big deal. It mostly gives me a way to listen while working in the kitchen since I do the cooking in our household.
I can’t seem to go back and add to this so the second sentence of the lead paragraph should read I have never owned nor operated a Part 15 FM transmitter. Can’t edit on the iPad for some reason..
Currently have a Talking House with a wire antenna. It about covers the farm. Which I think is about all it needs to do for now. Others will have to listen via the Internet or wait for the LPFM.