Category: Broadcast

via the ARRL: ARRL Repurposes AM Broadcast Transmitter for Ham Radio Use

Thanks to a joint effort by ARRL and the Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut (VRCMCT), a classic Gates BC-1T AM broadcast transmitter will enjoy a second life on the Amateur Radio bands for occasional use under W1AW or under the ARRL Headquarters Operators Club call sign, W1INF. Spearheaded by broadcast engineer Dan Thomas, […]

via the ARRL: NBC News Left Field Report Says Hams “Could Save Our Lives” in a Disaster

A team from NBC News’ nascent digital news unit Left Field was in Hawaii to visit with some radio amateurs to produce a report when the false nuclear missile alert happened on January 13. Left Field’s report points out how much we rely on cell phones and 21st century technology…and what we would do if […]

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 […]

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