Interesting article about allowing low power FM stations, Community FM

Interesting article about allowing low power FM stations, Community FM

Post by Jim Dougla » Mon, 23 Feb 2004 23:19:54

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=512&e=4&u=/ap/2004022...
 
 
 

Interesting article about allowing low power FM stations, Community FM

Post by Frank Dresse » Tue, 24 Feb 2004 01:34:49



http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=512&e=4&u=/ap/2004022...
It's interesting that the National Association of Broadcasters is so
concerned about protecting us from harmful radio interference from low
power FM stations.  Too bad they didn't have the same concern around 20
years ago, when so many full power stations went on to fill the FM band.

Frank Dresser

 
 
 

Interesting article about allowing low power FM stations, Community FM

Post by Brenda An » Tue, 24 Feb 2004 05:34:38


Quote:

> It's interesting that the National Association of Broadcasters is so
> concerned about protecting us from harmful radio interference from low
> power FM stations.  Too bad they didn't have the same concern around 20
> years ago, when so many full power stations went on to fill the FM band.

Any bets on how the NAB would feel if they just opened up the band to full
power stations on 400KHz spacing? Bet that interference would be a non-issue
under those circumstances..
 
 
 

Interesting article about allowing low power FM stations, Community FM

Post by Frank Dresse » Tue, 24 Feb 2004 05:43:20


Quote:

> Any bets on how the NAB would feel if they just opened up the band to
full
> power stations on 400KHz spacing? Bet that interference would be a
non-issue
> under those circumstances..

That's a good idea!  Let's double the protected radius, while we're at
it.  And it's so much more "planned" than just letting the excess number
of unprofitable stations go dark, as they were before Congress allowed
the formation of the mega-networks.

Frank Dresser

 
 
 

Interesting article about allowing low power FM stations, Community FM

Post by RH » Tue, 24 Feb 2004 06:00:50

JD,

Sounds Like "Good News" :o)

Maybe Low Power FM (LPFM) will be the DXing Challenge of the Future.

~ RHF
.
.


> http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=512&e=4&u=/ap/2004022...

 
 
 

Interesting article about allowing low power FM stations, Community FM

Post by Frank Dresse » Tue, 24 Feb 2004 15:49:53


Quote:> JD,

> Sounds Like "Good News" :o)

> Maybe Low Power FM (LPFM) will be the DXing Challenge of the Future.

> ~ RHF
> .
> .

Like the college and high school stations used to be.  Around here,
there used to be alot of schools with 10 watt FM transmitters.  They
rarely kept to a strict schedule, especially around holidays.  Sometimes
10 watts of pure mono FM could be heard miles away.

Then the FCC mandated all those transmitters had to be upgraded to
100watts.  Many of the stations didn't bother, they just went dark.
Some of the rest decided to take themselves too seriously, and start
acting like minor league network stations.  Actually, the one college
broadcaster I can think of who made it big, Carl Amare of old time radio
fame, started here at a 10 watter.  I heard him play the old time radio
shows many times!

Frank Dresser

 
 
 

Interesting article about allowing low power FM stations, Community FM

Post by Waterperson » Tue, 24 Feb 2004 18:18:10

Ithinktheyshould have opened up a new radio band exclusively for lpfm
broadcasting.

Then the full-power broadcasters wouldn't be able to use the excuse they're
using now.

Of course then, they would have used some other excuse.

 
 
 

Interesting article about allowing low power FM stations, Community FM

Post by Brenda An » Tue, 24 Feb 2004 18:47:02


Quote:> Ithinktheyshould have opened up a new radio band exclusively for lpfm
> broadcasting.

> Then the full-power broadcasters wouldn't be able to use the excuse
they're
> using now.

> Of course then, they would have used some other excuse.

They would have had to tell the truth.... that they were afraid that
something fresh, new and local would erode their listener base, and therefor
their profits..
 
 
 

Interesting article about allowing low power FM stations, Community FM

Post by Brenda An » Tue, 24 Feb 2004 18:57:17




> > Ithinktheyshould have opened up a new radio band exclusively for lpfm
> > broadcasting.

> > Then the full-power broadcasters wouldn't be able to use the excuse
> they're
> > using now.

> > Of course then, they would have used some other excuse.

> They would have had to tell the truth.... that they were afraid that
> something fresh, new and local would erode their listener base, and
therefor
> their profits..

Of course the licenses the FCC did issue, for the most part, are a total
waste of spectrum space. Who really listens to garbage like TIS and garbage
dump hours, or more religeous stations (seems to me there are plenty of
those already on the air, including about a thousand satelators for a couple
large Christian stations).
 
 
 

Interesting article about allowing low power FM stations, Community FM

Post by RH » Tue, 24 Feb 2004 22:50:08




> > JD,

> > Sounds Like "Good News" :o)

> > Maybe Low Power FM (LPFM) will be the DXing Challenge of the Future.

> > ~ RHF
> > .
> > .
> Like the college and high school stations used to be.  Around here,
> there used to be alot of schools with 10 watt FM transmitters.  They
> rarely kept to a strict schedule, especially around holidays.  Sometimes
> 10 watts of pure mono FM could be heard miles away.

> Then the FCC mandated all those transmitters had to be upgraded to
> 100watts.  Many of the stations didn't bother, they just went dark.
> Some of the rest decided to take themselves too seriously, and start
> acting like minor league network stations.  Actually, the one college
> broadcaster I can think of who made it big, Carl Amare of old time radio
> fame, started here at a 10 watter.  I heard him play the old time radio
> shows many times!

> Frank Dresser

FD,

Before College Low Power FM Stations became so popular.  
I remember back in the day when Pacific Union College in Angwin CA
had a Low Power AM Radio Station and it was quite a catch back then.

~ RHF

.

 
 
 

Interesting article about allowing low power FM stations, Community FM

Post by WShoot » Thu, 26 Feb 2004 14:43:41

It's too bad the NAB doesn't get their members to back off on the modulation,
so that the signal is cleaner and interferes less with adjacent NAB members. I
can't hardly use the stereo lock and AFC features on my receiver anymore. I
have to detune slightly to keep an undesired station from grabbing control.

As for uBC, here's the URL for a new Microbroadcasters Association (It's still
mostly under construction):

http://www.microbroadcasting.us

For the new ones in this group, take a look at the uBC equipment available at:

http://www.ramseykits.com

http://www.rockymountainreliable.us

73,
Bill, K5BY

 
 
 

Interesting article about allowing low power FM stations, Community FM

Post by Steve » Sat, 28 Feb 2004 22:36:17

To me the biggest pisser was that NPR joined the NAB in lobbying
against the LPFMs, fretting about (highly unlikely) interference, even
though most of the stations would be far from their corner of the
spectrum. They added a legitimizing voice to the obviously
self-interested NAB.

On Sun, 22 Feb 2004 14:19:54 GMT, "Jim Douglas"


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