Posts

How to set up a pirate radio station- Updated links for 2020

Image
Buy your stuff... I'll go over the list of gear I use for easy setup and tear down.  Obviously, get a transmitter.  I use the  Broadcast Warehouse TX 150 .  150 watts.  It's not cheap though. About $3500 US. And if you prefer, start out with a cheap Chinese knockoff. Here's a list of them (15watts.. which will get you a mile or two no problem, and a lot further if you put your antenna up high). Most are under $200 (and usually include an antenna). Next you need an antenna.  I prefer one of two antenna's.  The first one is an old pirate radio standby called a Comet.  Cheap, easy to set up, easy to tune.   Model number  CFM95SL 5/8 wave. Next, get a cheap laptop.. this is your streaming box.  You'll be streaming from a remote location (i.e. your computer at home or work where you're playing DJ).  I like one with a reasonably big hard drive so I can store music on it that the system defaults to if I lose the internet connection (more on that in a bit). You&#

FCC Shuts down KBFR due to Denver Christen Station (KLDC) complaints

Image
TL:DR: The FCC shut down KBFR and the Denver Christen station KLDC is the reason why. Just got a call from the guy who runs the station. According to the FCC complaint he got, the Christen station owned by Crawford Broadcasting Company, DBA KLZ Radio Inc. that took to the air on 95.3FM in Denver earlier this year, called the FCC on Boulder Free Radio today claiming 'interference'. KBFR shut down at 6pm MST, 7/27/16. What Christen station you say? Why, THIS one: "KLDC - Serving God and Country". We kid you not. 95.3fm and 1220am in Denver. Feel free to give them a piece of your mind. direct message:  http://1220kldc.com/contact-us/ Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/KLDC-Denver-1220AM-and-953FM-3301…/ Oddly, they list NO phone number. http://1220kldc.com/ This is worse than corporate bullshit from the likes of iheartradio types. This is a religion persecuting free speech. The likelihood there was interference in DENVER from a tiny pirate statio

Sub Reddit for Pirate Radio

Image
If you use Reddit, you know this little fellow well. Did you know there is a Pirate Radio sub reddit?  Yep. http://www.reddit.com/r/pirateradio/ I'm one of the mods.  It's been sorta dead, so, let's spice it up shall we?  Check it out, add some piratey stuff to it, make it your own.

How to set up pirate radio station in 15 minutes

Image
Here's a post I put up on Reddit recently;  it's in answer to the question of 'what do you do that makes you stand out in a crowd of 200 random people.. prize is $1 MILLION dollars.  Theoretical, of course,  Anyway.. here's the Reddit post they wanted: All-righty then.  It's really simple, but it took a few years to figure out. First, I'll go over the list of gear I use for easy setup and tear down.  Obviously, get a transmitter.  I use the Broadcast Warehouse TX 150 .  150 watts.  Plenty of power for a small town.  Here's the full list of ones they make: http://www.broadcastwarehouse.com/fm-transmitters/60/cat I use the 6th one down from the top- 150W power.  They go up to 1000 watts and down to 1watt.  UK based company, excellent products. Next you need an antenna.  I prefer one of two antenna's.  The first one is an old pirate radio standby called a Comet.  Cheap, easy to set up, easy to tune.  Model number  CFM95SL 5/8 wave. http://www.

FCC opens up the air for LPFM

Now this is a big deal for the radio world. Maybe, just maybe, we'll get some decent radio stations on the air again. Start your own low power FM station! March 19, 2012 We did it! Today the FCC announced the biggest victory for community radio since we led the fight to pass the Local Community Radio Act more than a year ago. The FCC will dismiss thousands of applications for translators (repeater stations) to clear the airwaves for community radio. Across the country, hundreds of channels that would have gone to giant networks will now be preserved for our communities to use. This victory would not have happened without years of effective advocacy from Prometheus and grassroots activists. And we couldn't have done it without you. Thank you! (Scroll down to read our full press release.) Today's announcement will help hundreds of local groups to build their own community radio stations for the first time. But our work isn't over. We still have another fight ahead a

How to create a Pirate Radio Station

I recently was asked how to do this, with more detail, on Reddit. Here's what I put there (with some additional infos): Transmitter, dipole antenna and cable $3000 Package here: http://progressive-concepts.com/info/item.php?id=812 Mast assembly $150 (base and poles): Insulated pivot base assembly http://www.ebay.com/itm/160748331985?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649#ht_500wt_1125 Military antenna mast support poles (4ft each X 12): http://www.ebay.com/itm/120825971714?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649#ht_849wt_882 Guy-wire and stakes (home depot): $50 Laptop with USB Mixer and 2 mics Laptop (any will do): $400 Behringer 1204BUSB Mixer $200 http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/X1204USB.aspx 2 Shure SM57 Mics with Stands (but any mics will do): $275 http://amzn.to/xSh1bs This is all you need to get going. Total: $4,075 If you want a really small antenna for stealth, go with this 1/4 wave $60: http://www.ebay.com/itm/140695102306?ssPag