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    Default Pirate Radio

    I had the unpleasant experience of a pirate radio station popping up this weekend on "my" frequency 100.7 FM. Wouldn't mind so much except:

    1. He's interested in his own opinions and he has lots of them
    2. His music tastes run different than mine and I haven't synchronized to any of his music
    3. His station overpowers my little Tunecast II/rabbit ears combo
    4. I was here years ago. Dadgummit.

    I temporarily solved the problem by hacking a $20 TV amp from Wal-Mart and running my Tunecast through it boosting the signal 18dB. I reckon I'll have to purchase a Ramsey or EDM or change my frequency and tune to signs for next year. Sigh.

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    Default Re: Pirate Radio

    Scotty, Maybe he will move on to another frequency?
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    I would change frequency for next year and report them to the FCC.

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    Default Re: Pirate Radio

    This was my first thought, but do you really want to start a pissing contest with someone when some of us could be reported for the same violation?

    Quote Originally Posted by wbottomley View Post
    I would change frequency for next year and report them to the FCC.

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    Default Re: Pirate Radio

    Most of the time, the "smart" pirate radio stations in the US will change frequencies and broadcast schedules on a regular basis. The freq and schedule change is announced to their regulars, and makes it more difficult for the FCC to "catch" them operating.
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    Interesting situation here in Conway...I've been at 89.5 ever since I started transmitting in 2008. So I got the show up and running this year without a problem. Didn't test anything, set it out to go, worked just fine, ran it forever. Not long ago I was driving down 501 toward the beach and saw a sign on the side of a building. Some Christian radio station in the area is now broadcasting on 89.5! I tuned to it that night to see what happened, and up until right in front of my house, I was preached to, then my show came on, then once I got to the next house, back to preaching! So I'm thinking I might have to change next year (not going to this year).

    I also discovered that weather conditions can cause my transmission to vary. On a normal day, once you get away from my house, you can't hear it (which is good...I want it that way so that nobody says anything). One day last week the weather was absolutely terrible. I couldn't even pick it up right by the garage which is where the transmitter is. I finally got it 2 houses down, and didn't lose it until the end of the street. It was like that all day. When the weather got good again, it was back to normal!

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    Default Re: Pirate Radio

    Unfortionately, this will be a problem which will increase as time goes on (people with opinions wish to be heard). You have few other options short of pirating your station to jam the other signal. Changing freq is the only short term answer, but what do you do if he changes to your new freq?

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    Default Re: Pirate Radio

    Quote Originally Posted by wbottomley View Post
    I would change frequency for next year and report them to the FCC.
    Scotty did he come to the same frequency again???
    Or moved to another frequency???

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