About Licensed Stations
Posted on June 14, 2009
Tonight I was reminded of a theory I’ve had for a long time. Simply, I think there are times when some licensed stations do NOT lower their power after sundown as required by their licenses, but I think it’s a calculated “violation.”
Almost everytime I’ve heard a far away station loudly and clearly after dark, when they should be on low power and unreadable, it has been on a weekend, like a Friday or Saturday night, and has coincided with a special event. Like tonight I heard an auto race on my channel, 1550, which is usually very open after dark. The station in question has 5 kw by day but should be 48 watts at night. There have been many such experiences before on several channels.
Now I’ll get a little editorial, but in a friendly way. Whereas licensed stations want to eliminate any low power or Part 15 competition, since they believe that if they alone occupy the dial we’ll actually listen to their dull nonsense, we Part 15ers are more kind. I call attention to the fact that I am not naming the stations I suspect of violating their license.