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   Low-wattage FM stations to become a reality for the 400 people who don't have satellite radio

01 Dec 2012 09:49 AM   |   7611 clicks   |   Omaha World Herald
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Andromeda     
Damn, my teenage self would've been ecstatic about this ten years ago. In high school built a very tiny mini FM transmitter that basically only transmitted as far as my street- basically the kids across the street would tune in, I called it Radio Voice of Chaos- but I was a crappy pirate radio station because I was too scared of making it stronger and losing my Ham license.

I might be a geek.

/csb

01 Dec 2012 08:04 AM
OregonVet    [TotalFark]  
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01 Dec 2012 08:11 AM
aimtastic    [TotalFark]  
Fantasy: thousands of music enthusiasts sharing their passion with others
Reality: thousands of paranoid religious zealots shouting angrily while no one listens, and broadcasting on a frequency close enough to a station you actually like to fark with reception in certain neighborhoods

01 Dec 2012 09:22 AM
give me doughnuts     

OregonVet: [www.kcsb.org image 636x348]



And we're done here.
(unless we can get a pic of Samantha Mathis' tits)

01 Dec 2012 09:52 AM
SacriliciousBeerSwiller     
Subby actually pays for satellite radio? Wake me when it's $4 per month (non promotional rate).

01 Dec 2012 09:52 AM
Cereal Fetish     
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01 Dec 2012 09:52 AM
bwilson27     
Excellent! I finally get to use this!
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01 Dec 2012 09:53 AM
moothemagiccow    [TotalFark]  
Why the hell would I pay for radio?

01 Dec 2012 09:54 AM
Enemabag Jones     
aimtastic,
Fantasy: thousands of music enthusiasts sharing their passion with others
Reality: thousands of paranoid religious zealots shouting angrily while no one listens, and broadcasting on a frequency close enough to a station you actually like to fark with reception in certain neighborhoods


This...
Except why care if the classic rock, pop-country or popular youth music station owned by Clear Channel is interfered with.

The internet has the non-traditional music fans anyway.

Doesn't just about every community have some neo-Christian station playing modern Christian music now. Does that nitch really need to be filled?

01 Dec 2012 09:57 AM
Hobodeluxe     
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01 Dec 2012 09:58 AM
Hard Harry     
Sweet maybe now we can get some better music over the airwaves. I have to say I'm pretty sick of the Clear Channel 32 song universal set list.

01 Dec 2012 09:58 AM
belhade     
Satellite? FM? I listen to AM news. I actually like to drive around late at night and see what far-away stations I can catch; I don't know anything about radio waves bouncing off the atmosphere or whatever but sometimes I'll get Baltimore, North Carolina, Detroit, even Montreal and Toronto from New York.

01 Dec 2012 09:59 AM
LazarusLong42     
I know exactly one person with satellite radio. Perhaps Subby should aim for a higher number.

01 Dec 2012 09:59 AM
oukewldave     
Only allowed for non-profit groups. Praise the lord...

01 Dec 2012 10:00 AM
WanPhat     
There are about 300 million people in the US and about 20 million subscribers to satellite radio, so I guess that leaves 400 people who don't have it.

01 Dec 2012 10:00 AM
Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist     
Sirius will not stop hounding you if you cancel. They can not be stopped. They cannot be reasoned with. And they will not stop until you renew or die.

01 Dec 2012 10:01 AM
rocketpants    [TotalFark]  

Hard Harry: Sweet maybe now we can get some better music over the airwaves. I have to say I'm pretty sick of the Clear Channel 32 song commercial universal set list.


FTFY

01 Dec 2012 10:01 AM
give me doughnuts     

Hobodeluxe: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 850x478]

All right now, for all you boppers out there in the big city, all you street people with an ear for the action, I've been asked to relay a request from the Grammercy Riffs. It's a special for the Warriors, that real live bunch from Coney, and I do mean the Warriors. Here's a hit with them in mind.


...come out and pla-yay!

01 Dec 2012 10:02 AM
betelgeux     
Without reading the article, I have to question the claim that only 400 people are not using satellite radio. I had it for a while and didn't find it too valuable. I personally don't know that many people with satellite radio. If they do have it, they're not advertising it.

01 Dec 2012 10:02 AM
Farking New Guy     

moothemagiccow: Why the hell would I pay for radio?


THIS!

/to hear Howard say 'penis'?
//Penis!!
///See it here for free!!!
////

01 Dec 2012 10:06 AM
Benjimin_Dover     
So this guy wants to go to FM to double his range and to get stereo? TFA says he has to use 200 times the power to get the extra distance and AM stereo has been around since at least 1975. I don't understand why he doesn't just get approval to bump up the power a little to get the doubling of the range and add C-QUAM to get the stereo.

01 Dec 2012 10:06 AM
HeartBurnKid     

betelgeux: Without reading the article, I have to question the claim that only 400 people are not using satellite radio. I had it for a while and didn't find it too valuable. I personally don't know that many people with satellite radio. If they do have it, they're not advertising it.


Me neither. The only people I know who use satellite radio is my chiropractor's office. Everybody else I know either listens to terrestrial radio or uses their phone to listen to podcasts and streaming radio.

01 Dec 2012 10:07 AM
SwingDancer     

LazarusLong42: I know exactly one person with satellite radio. Perhaps Subby should aim for a higher number.


Dont know a single person with it, for a second there i was wondering if i was behind the curve. Just tried looking up market share data, but all the data i can find is 4+ years old, And not very reliable.

01 Dec 2012 10:08 AM
Lawnchair     
I just don't know that there are enough empty channels to put stations on. Bott/K-Love/American Family/Air1 have pretty much squatted the damned dial in these parts. And they don't have the same requirements for local programming and control operator that a non-commercial station trying to get the same frequency had.

I guess in really rural America, the foot-washing-serpent-holding Baptists can put up a competing station to the foot-scrubbing-serpent-kissing Baptists. That's nice.

01 Dec 2012 10:09 AM
wallywam1    [TotalFark]  

LazarusLong42: I know exactly one person with satellite radio. Perhaps Subby should aim for a higher number.


Exactly one for me as well. I. Think subby is on a trolling expedition.

01 Dec 2012 10:09 AM
Glitchwerks     

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01 Dec 2012 10:09 AM
rocketpants    [TotalFark]  
I would REALLY like to listen to music from my phone, but I can't. There's an AUX button on my head unit, but no aux port. WTF? Tried a few of those FM transmitter thingies, but none of them worked worth a shiat. So fark it, I might renew the XM subscription.

/ '08 Honda

01 Dec 2012 10:09 AM
hubcity     
Huh - you wanna see a kind of broadcasting nobody's listening to? Try mine.

/WANT.
//even at 100w.

01 Dec 2012 10:10 AM
pdieten     

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Sirius will not stop hounding you if you cancel. They can not be stopped. They cannot be reasoned with. And they will not stop until you renew or die.


Once SiriusXM found out I'd bought a Ford with the built in sat radio I started getting mailings from them wanting to sell me service. The only time I accepted was when they offered me a free 3-month setup so I could use it without giving them my credit card number. I'm pretty sure they're the sort of company that if they ever found out how to get money from me they'd do it until the end of time no matter what I said or did.

01 Dec 2012 10:11 AM
Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness     
Subby sounds like one of the 400 people still paying for satellite radio.

01 Dec 2012 10:12 AM
herrDrFarkenstein     
It's 11:59 on Radio Free America; this is Uncle Sam, with music, and the truth until dawn. Right now I've got a few words for some of our brothers and sisters in the occupied zone: "the chair is against the wall, the chair is against the wall", "john has a long mustache, john has a long mustache". It's twelve o'clock, American, another day closer to victory. And for all of you out there, on, or behind the line, this is your song.

*I will play this on an endless loop.

01 Dec 2012 10:12 AM
Tank_Fuzzbutt     
I had satellite radio as a trial in my new car. SOunds like crap but I'm guessing it's the low bit rate that the signal uses. Unless you listen to sports (I don't) or like listening to black comedians making fun of white people satellite radio is junk.

01 Dec 2012 10:13 AM
Popo Bawa     
Satellite radio?
Pay for radio?
Seriously?
No wonder some people are in such debt.
Fortunately I don't know anyone dumb enough to pay for radio.
I wouldn't want to know anyone that dumb with their money.

01 Dec 2012 10:13 AM
giftedmadness     

WanPhat: There are about 300 million people in the US and about 20 million subscribers to satellite radio, so I guess that leaves 400 people who don't have it.


exactly

subby is a farking moron

01 Dec 2012 10:16 AM
MooseMuffin     
I connect my phone to listen to internet radio when I'm driving. I'd guess internet radio will catch on before satellite ever does.

01 Dec 2012 10:17 AM
cgraves67     
I love my sat radio. I totally can't listen to regular radio any more. Now you may ask, "What about an iPod?" I don't really follow music scenes enough to know what is good from any given moment to the next. That's for people without lives, like college students. Therefore, i would have maybe 50 songs on it and never know any new music because i would never be exposed to it. Itunes probably makes suggestions about what to buy, but i'm old and skeptical of recommendations made by a computer algorithm. So having a wide range of genre-sorted music stations at my disposal is the superior option from my perspective.

01 Dec 2012 10:22 AM
GibbyTheMole     
As a regular radio guy working at a station that doesn't reflect my passion for music at all, I thought about setting up a non-commercial internet streaming station once... I thought it might be fun to share great music that most people never hear with others who might enjoy it. Found out I'd have to pay a hefty fee to the greedy-ass labels whose music I would be promoting without compensation, so that out the screws to that idea.

01 Dec 2012 10:22 AM
de_Selby     
I loved doing campus radio - CKMS, University of Waterloo. Sadly taken off the air by student vote. Morons.

01 Dec 2012 10:24 AM
herrDrFarkenstein     

MooseMuffin: I connect my phone to listen to internet radio when I'm driving. I'd guess internet radio will catch on before satellite ever does.


Never gonna happen. It just won't be as
popular as listening to canned top 40
radio stations that play the excitingly same
asinine crud 24/7 across every time zone
preventing you from even recognizing im-
portant regional differences and tastes.

01 Dec 2012 10:25 AM
TonyDanza     
I got it free for 1 year when I bought my car, and then I let it run out without renewing. Got offers on a pretty regular basis that I ignored until it ended up being extremely cheap for 6 months. It was an auto-renewal but no contract. 6 months ran out, they charged my card for the next year at some crazy rate, I called and canceled it and they refunded the entire amount of the year and canceled my service with no issue at all. Still get offers in the mail but I'm generally listening to local sports radio so have no intention to renew currently.

Point is, it ain't bad at the intro/special rate, and they don't hassle you about refunds if you decide to cancel your account. Or at least that was my experience. At this point though I'd be more inclined to spend money on a new stereo system that has an input for my phone/mp3 player than I would be to go back to satellite.

01 Dec 2012 10:31 AM
WorldCitizen     
Satellite radio? Does subby not have the internets? And the mobile internets take care of travel music needs.

01 Dec 2012 10:33 AM
mycathatesyou     
Had satellite radio for a year(Christmas gift). It sucked.

01 Dec 2012 10:35 AM
WorldCitizen     

rocketpants: I would REALLY like to listen to music from my phone, but I can't. There's an AUX button on my head unit, but no aux port. WTF? Tried a few of those FM transmitter thingies, but none of them worked worth a shiat. So fark it, I might renew the XM subscription.

/ '08 Honda


2008 Honda? Really? I had a 2007 Honda that had an aux port and it was just the LX (not the most loaded model). Are you sure it's not just hidden somewhere? I had a rental Ford a few weeks ago. It had an aux button on the head unit, but for the life of me I couldn't find the actual port. I finally figured out it was inside the arm rest storage area. I was freaked out as I thought I might have to actually listen to the radio as broadcast (as opposed to possibly TuneIn where I don't have to worry about being in and out of range).

01 Dec 2012 10:39 AM
FizixJunkee     
I donate to our local NPR station and it's worth it. I never want to change the station or play CDs.

01 Dec 2012 10:39 AM
belhade     
Granted, I do have satellite radio in the car; my wife wanted to get it when they offered a six-month promo. Since I banned the Pearl Jam station she's not into it so much; but I do listen to some of the jazz and world news channels.

01 Dec 2012 10:40 AM
Endzone108     
I love having Sirius. Howard Stern and Liquid Metal beat anything Atlanta radio can offer.

01 Dec 2012 10:41 AM
Madbassist1     

Popo Bawa: Satellite radio?
Pay for radio?
Seriously?
No wonder some people are in such debt.
Fortunately I don't know anyone dumb enough to pay for radio.
I wouldn't want to know anyone that dumb with their money.


You sound poor.

/has satellite radio.
//drives cross country frequently.

01 Dec 2012 10:41 AM
remotecody     
I've been doing this for over a year now at an even higher wattage.

Satellite radio has nothing to do with it, so forget that for a second.

After shopping for bluetooth, wireless speakers, internet radios etc etc I came to the brilliant conclusion that low tech was exactly what I needed.

I have a transmitter hooked up to my computer.
I can broadcast FM on any frequency, it travels about 2 miles like they say.

So why?

I wanted to get music from my computer (Pandora, Spotify, Internet Radio, MP3s) to my living room, backyard, pool, garage, upstairs, and deck all at once.

Instead of a convoluted network, I use FM which is built into most things.

I use Splashtop2 to control my home office computer from my phone so I don't even have to go to the office to switch what I'm hearing.

My living room receiver plays it inside the house and on the deck in zones, I have a boombox in the garage, I have a receiver under my deck that is connected to underground speakers in my landscaping and if I'm upstairs I can use something as stupid as an alarm clock to play what I want. All synced up, all in stereo.

You can walk across my yard and house when people are hear and it is like a resort or mall... the music never stops.

All for $100.

Genius.

You don't need a license if no one complains. I use a frequency that doesn't have anything on it.

01 Dec 2012 10:41 AM
FizixJunkee     

Farking New Guy: moothemagiccow: Why the hell would I pay for radio?

THIS!

/to hear Howard say 'penis'?
//Penis!!
///See it here for free!!!
////



But I don't have a penis. How am I going to see one?

01 Dec 2012 10:41 AM
British     
I wouldn't mind having a low power FM transmitter that goes no further than my property. Hook it up to a computer playing winamp(or an iPod) and have my music on tap anywhere, like water.

01 Dec 2012 10:44 AM
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