Category: Broadcast

OneWeb spars with SpaceX, Boeing, SES and Space Norway over FCC coverage rule

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Federal Communications Commission requirement that developers of non-geostationary-orbit (NGSO) satellite systems provide full coverage of the United States to get market access has prospective megaconstellation operators pitted against each other. The FCC, in a notice of proposed rulemaking that closed Jan. 29, asked for input on whether it should maintain the […]

Pirate radio signals in Nederland, Ward go dark in wake of FCC action (Colorado)

A pair of unlicensed radio stations that for years had broadcast music, community events and more from high in the Boulder County foothills fell silent this week after reporting visits by the Federal Communications Commission. The operators of Nederland’s KNED 93.1 FMand Ward’s KWHR 90.5 FM each shut down their over-the-air broadcasts Wednesday following what […]

Pirate radio raises its flag in Longmont — and draws high-level FCC attention (Colorado)

A pirate radio signal that first shot out across Longmont’s airwaves late last year has drawn an unusual, high-level scolding from the Federal Communications Commission — directed not at the illicit broadcasters, but to an online news outlet that wrote about their hijacking of an FM frequency. The letter from FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly raised […]

FCC tries to make Miami pirate radio station walk the plank

“Pirate radio” in 2017 takes many forms, but here’s one: a north Miami couple hosting a transmitter in their backyard shed while a DJ’s signal is piped in over the Internet and promoted on Facebook—even after multiple warnings from the government and a gear seizure by the US Marshals. Oh—did I mention the $144,344 fine? […]

via the ARRL: Norway Completes Transition to Digital Audio Broadcasting

Norway has completed a nearly year-long transition to digital radio, becoming the first country in the world to shut down national broadcasts of its analog FM radio network and move to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB). The three state-run outlets — NRK P1-P3 — and commercial stations P4 and Radio Norge have ceased broadcasting in FM […]

30 Years Later, Notorious ‘Max Headroom Incident’ Remains a Mystery (Illinois)

Chicago television has a rich and colorful history. But few moments are quite as colorful—or bizarre—as the incident that happened to this very station in 1987. It was Nov. 22, 1987—a Sunday night—and “Doctor Who” fans had just settled in to watch a rerun of the episode “Horror at Fang Rock.” Suddenly, the Doctor was […]

FCC Hits at Unlicensed Signals Up and Down East Coast

The FCC continues to call attention to its enforcement activities against alleged operators of unlicensed FM signals that exceed legal limits, including the use of notices to landlords and owners of properties where such signals originate. The latest list includes more than a dozen notices of unlicensed operation in Florida, Massachusetts, New York and New […]

500-foot communications tower collapses in north Lincoln (Nebraska)

A 500-foot-tall communications tower in north Lincoln collapsed Friday morning, knocking out television, phone, internet and other service for some customers. The tower at 4100 Industrial Avenue, near 27th and Superior streets, was leased by a number of companies. “It’s just chaos,” said a woman who works at the tower site who declined to give […]

Radio Caroline Getting Permanent Perch in MW AM Band

Radio Caroline, the latter-day incarnation of the famous shipboard pirate radio station that beamed rock music to the UK in the 1960s and 1970s, has obtained a license to operate permanently on 648 kHz at 1 kW ERP. A transmitter imported from Europe has been undergoing necessary modifications to suit the MW frequency, which falls […]

Radio Stations in Puerto Rico Struggling

It’s hard to determine exactly how many radio broadcast signals still exist on Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. We do know Puerto Rico’s electrical grid is shredded and will take months to rebuild so any radio stations on the air right now are probably operating on a backup power source. Communication to the island is […]

via HACKADAY: RF Noise Floor Concerns From Both Sides Of The Atlantic

Our feed is full of stories about the RF noise floor today, and with good reason. The ARRL reports on the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 president, [Don Beattie, G3BJ] warning that in densely populated parts of Europe there is a danger that parts of the RF spectrum have become so swamped with noise […]

Steps to Lower Noise Floor and Revitalize AM Radio

Background noise interference is degrading the quality of broadcast reception, two-way communications, mobile cellphone services and every other form of wireless communications used today at an alarming rate. The FCC and the ITU agree that the DC to 60 GHz+ wide-spectrum background noise floor is increasing as more and more unregulated electronic devices are used […]