This allows you to form your own opinion about the risk you feel comfortable with. Now you know what the law really is and what level of activity can be described as legal. Prometheus does not endorse anyone who violates broadcasting laws, nor do we support them in this activity. I am of the opinion that broadcasters should also be obliged to identify themselves on their websites with their city and channel call letters in a prominent place on their homepage. My Fox “no matter the city, CBS “whatever the city” NBC “whatever the city” doesn`t cut it. For the same reasons listed in the article above, so that the public….. In addition, articles appear in different places on the net and it is very difficult to find a specific article. It annoys me to first search for their contact page to try to find this information, and then they may not even be there, otherwise, so I have to take the information I have and try to find it on Google. Mad! I haven`t seen this problem with radio stations as often.
It`s almost like television wants to hide this information for some strange reason, it`s beyond me. Is there any indication of why they want to do so from a legal point of view? What are you doing to move things forward, to change that? I worked in radio and television in the 70s and 80s, not only did we have to identify ourselves, but we had to read our minutes and all the news for “x” years for the FCC and other official exams on the air. We were very proud of our call signs, cities, canals and/or polling stations. hmmm lol Well. Translators (amplifiers) for television and radio serve many purposes. Broadcasters often rely on translators to provide services in an underserved area that may be out of range of the broadcaster`s main signal. Radio stations will also use translators for a variety of reasons. Two of the most common uses of using radio amplifiers are: (1) to provide additional service by transmitting a different FM signal that cannot be clearly received due to terrain issues, or (2) to retransmit an AM radio station that is underserved or otherwise jammed. The FCC has established certain regulations in 47 CFR Part 74.1283 to identify these translators for radio and television.
For more information on AM and FM radio programs, visit the Audio Division website and the Broadcast Radio Links page. For more information on broadcasting, visit the Video Division website. FCC > Media Office> Audio Division, (202) 418-2700, and Video Division, (202) 418-1600. In order for the transmitter to best serve the public, the primary function of the stations, correct and correct legal identification must be carried out in accordance with the FCC rules described above. While royalty-free legal FM may seem extremely restrictive, royalty-free AM is slightly less restrictive. The Local Community Radio Act is a U.S. broadcasting law that expressly authorizes the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to license low-power local programming in the FM broadcasting band (LPFM). After five years and four versions, it was passed by the U.S. Congress in 2010, granting community radio stations the same protection in terms of translators and amplifiers. All three types of stations remain secondary to full-power radio stations, which are generally owned by large corporations and not-for-profit organizations. (Previously, this second-class status was only part of FCC regulations, not the law.) The Act overturns the Broadcasting Preservation Act of 2000, which prevented LPFM transmitters due to RF interference. Channels such as the two shown on the right (see note) ARE ILLEGAL FOR SALE OR USE IN THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, JAPAN AND THE EUROPEAN UNION.
All three transmitters were found on amazon.com. Although Amazon does meet them, that doesn`t mean they`re legal. Amazon`s sales rules explicitly allow the sale of “low-power FM stations,” but since there are three different types of low-power FM stations, they do not stipulate that those that are illegal for sale in the United States are not allowed to be sold on Amazon. Unfortunately, Amazon has turned a blind eye to this issue. Note: Since the publication of this page, the CZE-7C (unit shown on the left) has received FCC certification and can be used for use in Part 15. Still, we can`t be sure that the manufacturer has been honest with the FCC. We always recommend that you avoid the device. Be careful if you see channels advertised like “1 watt”, “half watt”, “7 watts”, etc. Despite what you may read elsewhere, FM has no limit of 100 milliwatts (0.1 watts). There is still a lot of illegal waste on Amazon and eBay.
An expansion of the AM or FM radio bands is unlikely. The VHF band is prevented from extending above 107.9 MHz by the presence of air operations on 108 MHz to 136 MHz and is also prevented from extending below 88.1 MHz by the television operation of channel 6 to 82.0 to 88.0 MHz. The AM band was extended from 1600 to 1700 kHz in the 1990s after years of international negotiations. However, these frequencies are reserved for existing stations that have caused significant interference in the lower part of the band. Anyone who tells you they have a device they can sell you that can reach more than half a mile to a mile of SOLID coverage, for which you don`t need a license to operate legally – they`re almost certainly a liar or seriously misinformed. Read our article “Appropriate Channels” to learn more about the feasibility of operating a radio station within such limitations. oldsite.prometheusradio.org/alternatives.shtml If you are the licensee or licensee of a low-power FM transmitter (LPFM), FCC rules require that you use a transmitter that has been specifically certified for low-power FM service. These are transmitters that have been tested in the laboratory and meet certain federal specifications. These transmitters are manufactured by leading manufacturers such as Nautel and BW. Even Part 73 “accepted type” transmitters that do not carry LPFM certification are not legal for LPFM stations and in no case are transmitters sold on Ebay or through Chinese importers legal for use by a licensed LPFM station. Below are examples of stations sold illegally in the United States.
These transmitters claim to operate from half a watt (500 mW) to over 7 watts. While they may claim to be legal by the FCC, they are not: there is no need for legal identification to be sent. Legal identification must be made once per hour of shipment. As people become increasingly glued to their computers and other mobile devices, TV and radio stations often “stream” or digitally encode their content and retransmit it via a website. This happens for a variety of reasons and serves many different purposes. Typically, this happens because the audience can receive more information (advertising and content) at the same time. While not so long ago, the media used their website to supplement the broadcast signal, more and more broadcasters are using their broadcast signal to complement their website. A Part 15 certified AM transmitter like the Hamilton Rangemaster AM-1000 or the ChezRadio Procaster is the best way to go if you want to use AM. It is a rugged unit designed for outdoor mounting. The AM-1000 uses a 102″ CB radio whip for the antenna. The Procaster uses an included antenna mounted on the transmitter.
Then adjust the antenna to your operating frequency. Certainly not. It is legal to make up to 100 milliwatts on AM with an antenna plus a grounding cable no more than 3 meters, or on FM you cannot do the signal strength in the FM band which is more than 150 microvolts per meter. While your results may vary, some Part 15 AM operators have reported ranges of more than one mile with the legal configuration of the Part 15 AM transmitter and antenna.