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I was trying to pen a post, trying to rationalize the ease with which a person can get sucked into a situation where they step over the line. This “hobby” is very addictive and it would seem we are all tinkerers, each trying to reach that virtual carrot called coverage. Be it a “fat” antenna or an elaborate radial system or a super efficient transmitter or…
Sometimes it may be “I’m just testing this transmitter. I know it’s a bit over the line but I’m only going to run it for a little while.” Or, “I know the signal is going a little bit farther than it should but it’s just around the neighborhood, no one will notice.”
That’s when that little voice is supposed to chime in and remind us that yes, this is fun but its not right and its a roll of the dice.
We must resign ourselves to the fact that unlicensed, low power broadcasting is a priviledge and to step over the line jepordizes the system for everyone. Not mention the inevitable paranoia and speculation about what really happens when the “raid” occurs.
I could not rationalize it, trying to sooth the wounds. If nothing else, it becomes a learning experience, one that dictates why we can’t cross that line.