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That is why I am so excited to see what Station8’s AM Antenna/ATU will do. If it does go 4.6 miles for me and a few chosen beta testers as well we have something that will finally lift some of the restrictions. Talking to him as he debunked some who claimed that the ground was making a radiated means for the further range he used a 3 to 2 prong adapter to totally eliminate the ground both from the plug and the other end of the cord. So two 3 to 2 prong adapters were used. Guess what the range from his new prototype Antenna/ATU still got around the same range and the interference was even greater that day and with a very high noise floor he still got 3.5 miles of high quality signal before you heard the electrical noise that day. It means a promising future for part 15ers till someone tries to close the door to that as well. It does seem that as soon as we follow the rules and do all we can that someone says “You can’t do that!” and its back to square one. But since the antenna is 6 feet and he tried with a 6 inch cable the range actually improved with the 6 inch cable. Again if this works out we owe station8 a heck of a lot for opening the cage a little and allowing freedom for hobby broadcasting. As we prove ourselves to the FCC that we can make the most out of low power I can’t see why they won’t look at the possibilities of opening 76.3-87.9 as an expanded FM band and because plenty of Radio’s can receive 87.9 and 87.9 they may go ahead and let us have those frequencies under a new service for Hobby Broadcasting and give it a different name. The grant would be about the same for FRS or MURS. If we make this happen and everyone suddenly can broadcast on AM we have made a wasteland into something usable. But still with the crappy AM receivers that have no filtering and no sensitivity it will be a challenge. I could advertise those loops that you can put near any AM Radio and thus boosts the range so listeners can hear the station while outside. It may spark some interest. But once we have a small piece of FM under a watt or what ever it took for the Ramsey to go 3 miles into the ultimate antenna in ERP we have something that is workable. Again this was to a car Radio and to a boombox it was around a mile. Now that is plenty of power. I can safely say it would eliminate issues for the broadcasters as well as tax payer dollars in which the public in most cases supports hobby broadcasting. Very few that I’ve met saw it as an issue. The only issue they saw is we can’t get at least 2-3 miles on FM. The FCC is suppose to be for the people and I’ll put a lid on anymore statements towards that in favor of the integrity of this web site. So its not doom and gloom for any initiative like the FM Initiative. Its a step by step process that is all.