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The whole cat and mouse game with the FCC and licensing and their unwillingness to allow small micro neighborhood FM stations at least on a given frequency for hobby broadcasting and Information is why the obvious happens. I am not a believer in running an unlicensed 10+ watt station, but these micro 1 mile stations certainly won’t hurt a thing if the transmitter is clean. Its an argument that the older folks in Radio will try and father you by saying “Get a License!” but when one is not available to give takes away something I done as a child and that was to have a neighborhood FM station. I remember my first time on air and how it felt to actually get listeners and have the ability to interact with folks near by. It teaches science, social skills and too allows for healthy growth of an individual not always available via Internet alone. AM is not always something everyone can do because of the in ability to put up an outside antenna. As was demonstrated in the thread Starting A Radio Station where a test was done on FM it does not take much to get out on FM. AM on the other hand expect to spend close to $300 if you want a clean NEW transmitter. Plus you must have the resources and open area to get a good signal on AM even up to a mile. With a little $7 FM transmitter you can go .5 miles (Lets hope its clean) and do that with little effort. Now you know why I’ve always been pro FM. It gives us low income folks a fighting chance at a nice hobby something to take our minds off of worrying about rather we will lose our home from month to month. Heck even the local Food Bank could set up a FM Radio Station for $7 for the TX and maybe $20 for an extender cable of 10-20 feet. Hang the cable near a window and announce the latest events at the salvation army or church. This could all be done on 87.9 and 87.9 Mhz if the FCC would just wake up. OK end of Rant for now. I wish you luck dude.