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From John at

He says someone emailed it to him, not sure who.

All I can say is: Dead on accurate.
Crispy Critter with the complete pirate radio setup

A BW150 transmitter. An IO2 USB mixer. A Dell desktop with 15" monitor. An SM57 Shure mic with stand and cable.

That's it. Of course, there's a cable and an antenna (Comet).

Total cost: $3700 with $3000 of that being the BW150 transmitter. That's a pro top of the line pirate TX. You can do it for far less.

Get your asses out there and set up a station. It's not hard and it's not THAT expensive.


It doesn't get much better than this. This is why I started a pirate station in the first place. I WANTED to create an LPFM station. I got the paperwork, ordered the equipment and bam.. the NAB and NPR (yea.. NPR) closed it down with a few selectively bought off senators.

Now, it's happening. Low Power FM (LPFM) is going to be sprouting up all over the country. Thousands of stations with actual local content, interesting music and local management that give a shit about the community they're in.

It'll actually be worth buying a radio now (I don't know anyone under 30 who even owns one outside of the one they get by buying a car).

This is totally kick ass.

WASHINGTON, DC – Today a bill to expand community radio nationwide – the Local Community Radio Act – passed the U.S. Senate, thanks to the bipartisan leadership of Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and John McCain (R-AZ). This follows Friday afternoon’s passage of the bill in the House of Representatives, l…

"Unfortunately People Go to Jail Now" - Not


Great info on how the FCC really works in regards to controlling Pirate Radio in America.

Chapter 2. Contemporary Treatment of Unlicensed Broadcasting

The FCC has never articulated a very specific policy with regard to unlicensed
broadcasting beyond a blanket commitment to enforce the law requiring a license. Since it is a
cardinal violation of the Communications Act the FCC tends to take such behavior relatively
seriously, punishing those offenders it can catch through a selection of enforcement tools at its
disposal. These range from administrative sanctions like fines to seizure and forfeiture of
equipment,1 injunctive relief, and criminal charges.2

An unlicensed broadcaster’s avenues to challenge these enforcement actions vary
depending on which method of enforcement is chosen by the FCC. The district courts have
jurisdiction to enforce the application of FCC enforcement orders,3 although the avenue of
challenge to FCC regulations begins at the courts of appeal.4 Appeals of …

Is Low Power FM (LPFM) Dead?

From the folks at DIYmedia:

LPFM: Thanks For The Memories? Much was made last year of the Local Community Radio Act's passage in the House of Representatives. But since then, no news: what's going on?

As you may have heard, most of the telecom-policy wonk-world is all agog with the FCC's promulgation of a National Broadband Plan. Some have felt, since Chairman Julius Jenachowski took the helm of the agency, that he'd be much more focused on "new" media than "old." This seems to be playing itself out to some degree.

However, to its credit, the FCC's hands are tied until Congress approves the Local Community Radio Act. This may be a bit more challenging than first thought; one report says a provision has been added to the Senate's version of the bill which would repeal (see bill version #2) the "Rosa Parks provision" of current LPFM rules - giving unlicensed broadcasters a shot at legitimacy provided they voluntarily cease t…

KBFR's Wikipedia Article

Did you know we have a Wikipedia article?

Right Here.

Oh yea.

Uneven Terrain: London Pirate Radio

Open Frequency Finder

This handy little tool was designed for those people using in car iPod transmitters (totally legal) however, it's also a useful tool for finding open FM freqencies in your zip code.

Just put in your zip and state and it gives you great/good/ok frequencies that are open in your area.