I tried to reply. Got this.
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It was a simple, all text reply.
Between the slowness of the site and the constant issues with posting this is really becoming a PITA to use.
Actually one way broadcasting is specifically allowed on ham radio under specific conditions, including broadcasts of interest only to ham radio operators. There are several ham radio news programs other than those from the ARRL. This has been allowed by run for decades.…[Read more]
Here we go! It’s Oompah Hour #260 available at the usual link:
And if you do the math you’ll discover that 260 divided by 52 = 5. This week marks the 5 year anniversary of the Oompah Hour!
Anyone out there been carrying the show since the first one?
That adds up to just shy of 4,000 polkas…[Read more]
The Procaster antenna as supplied is 14″ short of the limit, allowing for up to a 14″ ground lead. As the antenna is assembled from aluminum poles that slide inside of each other, length can easily be shortened a bit to allow for a bit more ground lead if you need it.
The complete and current Procaster manual and a bunch of other d…[Read more]
Such an “online comment” would not have been made on a part 15 website because antennas in excess of 3-meters violate FCC rules for part 15 and would be regarded as supportive of pirate radio which violates website policy.
Actually this is not correct. If you choose to comply with Part 15.209 rather than Part 15.219 your antenna can be a long…[Read more]
‘Cause neutral and ground are the same thing. Only necessary for items with metal cases, around water, etc. Kind of an oversimplification, but here:
Hope you all made it to Daylight Saving Time! Some of you might be lucky enough to live one of the few places where you don’t have to mess with it! Lucky you!
Oompah Hour #259 its ready to roll at the usual link:
So grab it and enjoy!
Tim’s Oompah Hour #259 Week of March 10 – 16, 2019
Polka DJ (…[Read more]
Just a footnote: The manual that came with my certified Procaster (five years ago) clearly showed an elevated installation nearly identical to mine and clearly showed a long ground lead from the transmitter to a ground rod directly below it! Fortunately I had read the rules and knew that couldn’t be right. I have no ground lead. The the manual t…[Read more]
First, I would like to say that I agree 110% with both of Artisian’s posts above.
Second, in reference to the second post, there is real world testing on the way. I wasn’t going to say anything, but since it’s here again …
I am in the unique position of having an elevated Procaster install with no gound lead connected. I also happen to be c…[Read more]
The key words in the description for the ISS radio are: “estimate”, “relative” and “rough”. And lets not forget “not a calibrated device”.
Now, this is not to say it wouldn’t have value. You can indeed use it to determine relative noise levels on various frequencies when determining which frequency to use for your station. The meter will…[Read more]
The goal of such an organization would NOT be focused on making changes to Part 15. That was simply an example. Maybe I didn’t make that clear enough. But if you wanted change, it would take an organized, formal group.
But such a group could come to the aid of those who find themselves in legal trouble while attempting to be legal (no pirates o…[Read more]
OK, here’s the deal. I’ve been meaning to type this up but haven’t found the time.
The ALPB is a lovely social organization. By by it’s very definition, it is NOT an “activist”. Which means it’s purpose is to offer information, and provide a forum and on-line meeting presence. This is all fine and good for what it is.
Having been involved with…[Read more]
For those interested in reading all 164 frames of this document I have conveniently uploaded it as a pdf here:
It might offer some context.
The FCC inspector must be using a field strength meter that utilizes a proper antenna. Using a rod antenna to measure field strength is highly inaccurate.
However, in my real life experience when measuring FM field intensities a dipole adjusted to proper length for the frequency is desired, and is in fact provided with most FM FIM devices.
The fun just keeps on coming’! Oompah Hour #258 is ready to roll at the usual link:
Remember, polka dancing helps build strong bodies 12 ways … or was that Wonder Bread?
Tim’s Oompah Hour #258 Week of March 3 – 9 2019
Polka DJ (Theme) – Dick Pillar
Mailman Polka – Benny Prill
Pizza Polka – The…[Read more]
My guess it they are Part 15 ( I couldn’t find any info beyond frequencies and power levels, tops out at 50 mW) as this type of device is pretty common in TV and video production, etc. But really, at $2,450 how many Part 15’ers will care anyway?
Remember, in the USA licensing for streaming is different and separate from that for broadcasting over the air.
Although most classical music (at least, in the USA anything written prior to 1924) is in the public domain. And since licensing for broadcast over the air in the USA only covers writers, this music would be clear to…[Read more]
It’s the much anticipated Oompah Hour #257 ready for download:
Same link as always. And probably not any more anticipated than any other edition of the show LOL.
Tim’s Oompah Hour #257 Week of February 24 – March 2, 2019
Polka DJ (Theme) – Dick Pillar
Just Because – Polka Ambassadors
Oh Johnn…[Read more]
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