[amsat-bb] Low-Power FM (broadcast band) Transmitter?
johnbrier at gmail.com
Thu Apr 2 19:54:04 UTC 2020
Generically LPFM could mean something like a part 15 transmitter that would
work for cars in a parking lot, but the term is also a specific FCC license
class up to 100 watts ERP.
For the FCC's LPFM there is not a filing window to get a
license/construction permit and the last one was in 2013.
But maybe we can get Congress to get the FCC to create a new one due to
73, John Brier KG4AKV
On Thu, Apr 2, 2020, 15:20 Robert Bruninga via AMSAT-BB <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
> A fair question. I've been considering something like that for my wife's
> church (outdoor seating very widely spaced)...
> But then we realized it went against another of our goals... that is,
> saving emissions. I have helped our church install solar for all its
> energy and installed 5 EV charging stations in the parking lot and now at
> least 1/4 of our members drive plugins.
> The problem is that the emissions from 60 people driving to services on
> Sunday is much more than the entire energy of the church itself! So the
> consensus was to stay put and use on-line meeting.
> In earlier times we had plotted where all the members live and it turns out
> that there are 3 major groupings (due to rivers and bays). Were we to
> "broadcast" as suggested, one could set up three such short range
> transmtters in those three clusters and then people would only have to
> drive to a home in their local cluster instead of across the bridge and all
> to the same place.
> Just thinking out loud.
> On Thu, Apr 2, 2020 at 2:27 PM Scott via AMSAT-BB <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
> > I hope the group doesn't mind a non-ham question since we're all trying
> > to help our communities in this difficult time.
> > Can anyone recommend a low-power transmitter for broadcast on the
> > commercial FM radio band? An LPFM license can be acquired asap, but the
> > first order of business is finding some hardware.
> > As you can imagine, church gatherings are out of the question so I've
> > asked to see if I can locate a "drive-in theater" type transmitter for
> > short-range broadcasting to car radios.
> > Interested in commercial products only; thanks but not something I want
> > build & be responsible for maintaining.
> > Thanks very much a good wishes to all.
> > -Scott, K4KDR
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