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I just attended a meeting with a group of politicians (part of my day job) and watching them in action yesterday reminded me of this thread.
Perhaps this might help, along with the technical info discussed above.
Local gadfly: “I read on the FCC web site that you can only transmit 200 feet.”
RichPowers: “Well, good afternoon friend, my name is RichPowers, thank you for taking a moment to visit with me today. Please tell me more about your concern.”
Local gadfly “I read on the FCC web site that you can only transmit 200 feet, and you say your station goes farther than that.”
RichPowers: “I see, so what is your question today?”
Local gadfly: “You say your station goes farther than 200 feet, how can that be legal?”
RichPowers: “Did the web site say my station can only transmit 200 feet?”
Local gadfly: “The FCC says that Part 15 stations are ‘limited to an effective service range of approximately 200ft’ and your a Part 15 station, right?”
RichPowers: I am really pleased to be speaking with someone who is so well versed on the FCC regulations. As you might recall from your reading, the FCC web site specifically states that an exception to the 200 foot rule would be stations operating under Part 15, section 219, are you familiar with that regulation as well?”
Local gadfly: “Well…, I do remember seeing some other regulations referenced…”
RichPowers: “Exactly. I operate under the ‘exception for some transmitters operating in the 510 kHz to 1705 kHz band is found in 47 C.F.R. S:15.219. Specifically, Section 15.219(b) of the Rules states ‘the total length of the transmission line, antenna, and ground lead (if used) shall not exceed approximately 3 meters.’ Operators under 15.219 often experience ranges greater than 200 feet, based on local conditions. We are very fortunate to live in an area where local conditions are highly favorable for Part 15.219 operations and I am so proud to be able to serve our community in this innovative way.”
Local gadfly: “Oh…, I didn’t know about…, that…”
RichPowers: “And no one could rightly expect you to, my friend, low power broadcasting is a somewhat complex field and I have dedicated myself to mastering this little known technology to serve our fair community. I am so grateful for community minded neighbors like you who provide me with the opportunity to discuss important matters like compliance with FCC regulations and I can tell for our conversation today that we are certainly on common ground there. Thank you so much for your insightful question!”