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They’re trying to get your goat, macdev. They know that some here read stuff over there, just as they read stuff here.
As soon as I had posted my analysis proving that it is possible, even under current FCC Part 15 FM regulations, to get a range of 600-800 feet or more, they did exactly the same thing, and ended up with the same results. Except that their conclusion was it didn’t matter, because 1) few people have good enough home radios to receive these weak signals and 2) even though car radios can receive them, when you’re driving you’ll pass through the signal area quickly, in a matter of seconds.
So we had now gone from 1) a blanket statment that anyone getting more than 200 feet using FM is illegal or (take your pick) anyone getting a signal off their own property is illegal to (after I had pointed out that they hadn’t even considered the receiver) 2) anyone getting more than 200 feet to a car radio is illegal to (after I published the analysis) 3) you will be able to get a signal more than 200 feet but it doesn’t matter because of the above reasons.
They’re just not going to change. They see the Part 15 world in a very specific, limited way, and it biases everything they say and do, from their posts through to their so-called ‘reviews’. And because their inner circle is comprised of a few ex-broadcasters and engineers, they believe that they know more than anyone else. Their minds are closed. They won’t admit at any time that they’re wrong.
From what I’ve seen, there’s far more collective knowledge and experience here than there. Far more openness as well – I also wonder why none of that innner circle, to my knowledge, has ever described THEIR Part 15 stations in any great detail. It makes you wonder what they’re doing, and why they’re hiding (including whether they’re licensed to broadcast the copyrighted material that shows up on a few of their Youtube videos).
Anyway, I’ve decided that they, and their opinions (for that’s all they are) just don’t matter. Let them sit around their checkerboard and complain. I’m not going to waste any more time on them.