Media Freedom, Pirate Radio & The Digital Revolution.
Originally a blog about running a Pirate Radio Station in Boulder Colorado, USA from early 2000 to early 2005 when the FCC finally shut Boulder Free Radio (KBFR) down. Will continue to post though on the developments of underground radio in all forms, analog and digital (from pirate radio to Podcasting). The world is changing and it's going to be interesting.
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
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.
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