I eventually anticipate leaving Part 15…
Posted on May 1, 2013
…but not because of a sense of fear.
Rather, it would be more due to the fact that with as much time and effort as I put into my station operation, it is leading to the desire to put the licensed LPFM station on tne air. Given the restrictive nature of Part 15, and my location a bit outside of a conventional neighborhood, the likelihood of anyone hearing my AM signal is small. An aunt told me last week she tried to pick it up and couldn’t. I expect no one is hearing or listening except via the Internet. 204,600 folks have heard it that way.
But, I have been out of a day job for quite a while and there are no prospects in sight. I am too young and active to sit on the porch with nothing to do. So I have been actively networking with LPFM operators in other cities and licensed station owners. Most have been helpful. The engineers, including contract engineers, are good people to know. The local Cumulus engineer knows me. The primary local contract engineers know me.
I put my Part 15 station on the air back in 2003. I had a different system and a better, but still legal, signal. The programming was country, as it is now. No one ever complained, although a lot of folks have said they wished it had more power. Clear Channel bought air time on it. It made a little money, but again, it was streaming.
My wife now has three jobs. I need ONE that might help bring in at least a LITTLE income. I know a lot of LPFMs struggle, and mine may, but I am going to have to make a change. I just would like to be able to stay in the field of radio, the one thing in life I love and am decent at.