Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: LPFM Anyone?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Constantine, MI
    Posts
    7,888

    LPFM Anyone?

    I'm looking into the feasibility of starting up a LPFM (low power FM) radio station for our church.

    It's a daunting task. Lots of information out there. Is anyone here familiar with this topic or, perhaps, has anyone here ever set up or operated a LPFM?
    Host of the 2017 Family Woodworking Gathering - Sunken Wood

    “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk
    www.wrworkshop.com

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Posts
    12,246
    Way to go Rennie. Used to be a kinda hobby/interest of mine way back when. Its certainly not difficult to do especially in the USA with all the kit that is available today. I am way too far out of it to be of any help but its exciting to hear your idea.

    I would say though that you should be looking to incorporate it onto the web at the same time. Think of this in two parts.

    One the production of content for broadcast and two the various mediums that can be used to reach the audience. FM is only one medium but the web is another just like tv and radio stations have found out. When thinking in terms of a younger audience FM is a thing of the past to some extent given internet radio. So in my view take that into account.
    Last edited by Rob Keeble; 01-06-2012 at 06:32 PM.
    cheers

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Constantine, MI
    Posts
    7,888
    Thanks Rob. We're looking at pushing towards the 100W limit. That should give us about a 4 mile radius (again, if I understand any of this) and reach a potential 60,000 people.

    There is so much available in equipment that it's hard to find a good starting point. There are a few operating in Idaho and I have calls into them for info. Still waiting to hear back. If necessary, I'll make the 170 mile trip to visit two of the closer ones.
    Host of the 2017 Family Woodworking Gathering - Sunken Wood

    “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk
    www.wrworkshop.com

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Posts
    10,600
    I guess that would be similar to what my local drive-in theater has
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Constantine, MI
    Posts
    7,888
    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    I guess that would be similar to what my local drive-in theater has
    Yes, but they probably operate under Part 15, meaning the station is of such a low power and limited range that they do not need a license to operate. Much like the low power transmitters that are used to broadcast information about a home for sale. You can listen as long as you are close to the house, but it fades quickly as you drive away.
    Host of the 2017 Family Woodworking Gathering - Sunken Wood

    “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk
    www.wrworkshop.com

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    new york city burbs
    Posts
    10,184
    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    I guess that would be similar to what my local drive-in theater has
    there are still drivein theaters around?
    Human Test Dummy

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Posts
    13,432
    Can't offer much for you on the topic, just wanted to second the internet streaming option and might even look at doing podcasts.
    Darren

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Posts
    10,600
    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    there are still drivein theaters around?
    One about 20 minutes from my house. $20.00 per car load for 2 movies. I take my grand daughter 2 or 3 times/yr. Lots of fun
    http://www.milforddrivein.com/
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    Posts
    8,529
    Rennie,
    Many many years ago when SWMBO and I were first married we lived in an apartment and upstairs lived two brothers. One of the brothers would come home late at night turn on his stereo and since the speaker were on the floor of his room and the room was above our bedroom it would keep us awake. I talked to the one brother about it but nothing ever happened. I went down to my local electronics store and bought the parts and made a VLPFM transmitter and one night I played with our stereo until I could determine what station he listened to. The next day before he got home I tuned my transmitter to the proper frequency placed it on the night stand. That night he came home and turned on the stereo. I picked up the transmitter, turned it on and said into the mic "turn down that Radio were'r trying to get some sleep" As I recall it only had a few parts and was very easy to build, now if I can just find those plans. Oh BTW it worked so well we never had a problem after that.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •