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Dan_DeColumna's avatar

What's involved in establishing a low power FM station? The FCC materials are lawyer-speak to me.

Asked by Dan_DeColumna (2425points) January 21st, 2010

If any of you have any experience setting up a radio station and would know first hand the obstacles and expectations I would run into, I would very much appreciate a run down. Also, I’m open to any advice as well.

Thank you in advance,
-Dan

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Cruiser's avatar

Join a local amateur ham-radio club in your area they will gladly help you out. Or just cruise your neighbor hood and look for the tall radio towers in someones back yard and knock on their door. Super open, accessible friendly group of people. You could seach for a club here…
http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/club/clubsearch.phtml

BoBo1946's avatar

Dan, personally have no clue, but checked the net out and came up with a couple of good sites!

How To Create Your Own Internet Radio StationWant to create your own web-based Radio station? ... Whether your goal is profit or fun, this information will get you started on your way to online webcasting. ... Information on Setting Up SHOUTcast • Pirate Radio Software…
www.radio.about.com/library/weekly/aa013003c.htm – Cached – Similar -How to set up your own Internet radio stationNov 5, 2006… So, you want to set up an Internet radio station or streaming webcam like mine? .... Your station should now be online for netcasting…
www.cowboyfrank.net/real/RadioStation.htm – Cached – Similar -

njnyjobs's avatar

@BoBo1946 Internet radio station is different from FM radio station. Internet radio requires a listener to have a computer and an internet connection. FM radio lets you listen in on your good ‘ol transistor radio….

@Dan_DeColumna There are several ways to set up your own radio station depending on your target audience, format, budget, etc.

You need to the right place where your studio will be located and must decide whether your radio transmitter will be placed at your studio or in a remote location.

Next, you appply for an FM radio station license that will allow you to legally broadcast your signal. After getting the FM radio license, you will need to acquire the frequency in which you will broadcast.

When you have your licenses secured, you can now set-up your equipment for broadcasting.

Dan_DeColumna's avatar

@Cruiser Thank you for the connection to those folks. :-D

@BoBo1946 Thank you for the information on internet radio. If I ever scrap the FM idea, then I’ll probably resort to that.

@njnyjobs I didn’t know I could have the transmitter placed at a remote location, although that makes sense now that I think about it. I cringe at the thought of applying for a license; just skimming some of the FCC qualification documents I stumbled across makes me break out in a cold sweat.

All three of you, thank you for your help.
Sincerely,
-Dan

BoBo1946's avatar

@Dan_DeColumna you are welcome Dan..like i said, don’t know much about it. but, tried..lol

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