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Well its unfortunate that the NOUO’s do not specify what kind of equipment was being used.
But from the numbers, that seems pretty close to the field strengths one would get with an extended ground lead via a cable down a pole coming from a low power TX.
They should have connected a very very short ground lead to the mounting mast. That might have passed. But then again…there is the KENC situation where their TX was up on a pole and it had a short lead connecting to the mast for ground. The problem was that the mast itself radiated RF energy. Even after the installation of the “ground choke” filter, which should have resolved the problem…KENC still got tagged because the inspecting agent determined the mast was part of the ground lead thus exceeding 3 meters.
And KENC’s ordeal was most likely started by some nearby licensed station uptight about a little bit of non-threatening competition from an independent station.
Its possible this particular case was the result of the same thing…the “go away or else” tactic from some other station.
My advice when you get that Rangemaster TX is to set that thing up EXACTLY like they set it up to test for compliance. Make sure that power setting runs that thing AT 100mW, +/- a couple single digits. Remember just because that thing can have the power adjusted and it has a certification number slapped on it..does not mean the rules exempt you or it from operating above 100mW just to compensate for losses in the 3 meter antenna which anyone with (no pun intended) well grounded common sense would recognize the rules do not allow for such adjustment to compensate for losses in an antenna system already known to have losses by design and by length limitations such as that in a mere 3 meter system for the MW band.
Good luck with the new station! Keep us updated!!