Boxford pirate's coax cable cut
Wed Sep 23 14:17:30 EDT 2009
In a message dated 9/23/2009 12:02:18 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
>>>>Hmm. Might want to ask 2nd adjacent WBMT about that. WBMT, is a
operating LEGALLY, using circular polarization. It is not very far from
guy's illegal operation.
It is a class A FM station, therefor, it receives protection to its 1st,
2nd***, and 3rd frequencies.
So the answer is, technically, yes, this guy IS interfering with another
station, 2nd adjacent WBMT.3
And depending on the power he is using, he could be causing prohibited
overlap into 1st adjacent WMBR.
It's probably clear from IF spaced 98.5, but I couldn't tell at this moment
if it is or not.<<<<
Man choosing WBMT vs a pirate was the wrong choice.
First of all, WBMT operates whenever it wants and is hardly ever on the
air. The only station that is interfering with WBMT is WEVS in Nashua at 5KW
operating on the same frequency. WBMT messed up when they sat on their
hands when NHPR signed WEVS on a few years ago. WEVS sounds like a local
station even when WBMT is on the air.
Speaking of irony, WBMT serves no one and is awaiting a hearing for
license renewal for profanity and this guy is serving the area. When I am up
there I listen to it and I know some of you listen to it too.
I am betting that WBMT will loose their license because they have quite a
bit against them including a statement to the FCC stating that they see no
problem with obscenity on the air. That statement alone screams public
service to me. They have been operating without a license for over three years
now ( currently on an STA). You really have to see the documents they
submitted! I have and the off air recordings as well.
I doubt very much that WMBR can even hear this station and if they can
perhaps he could jump down to 87.7 and that would certainly eliminate that
problem. Works like a champ in NYC. Pulse 87.7 Hey let's dance!
Yeah I know. "They don't have a license". Neither do the other unlicensed
stations in Boston but I will bet you they have more listeners for their
coverage area than the licensed stations in Boston and they serve their
Speaking of the Boston stations, I want someone on this list to tell me
that they are not interfering with commercial stations. Pick one and give me
the analysis you just did for the station at 87.9. We both know it
wouldn't be pretty regardless of what unlicensed station you chose. What about the
"licensed" stations that they are interfering with? Where are they in all
ALL of the unlicensed stations in Boston are on the commercial band. Where
is the FCC? I know where the FCC is, they are afraid of what the
ramifications of Radio Goldfield could have on the radio business if one of these
unlicensed station takes them to court.
It seems that whenever a pirate accidentally broadcasts at the end of the
FM band and gets into the aircraft band the FCC and local police have that
station shutdown the same day. So you see it could be done. I just think
that AM/FM Broadcasting is a low priority to the FCC.
Some of these stations have been on the air for years now and they just
keep on coming. Let's all climb all over a station in the middle of nowhere.
I have to ask myself does anyone on this list understand the term
"equality"? Shut one down, shut them all down.
People over 55, when it comes to broadcast media, are also minority because
all of the licensed stations don't program to "dead people". Public
service my a**!
Maybe the future of radio, in urban areas, is lower power community
stations. If a large station cannot make enough money to make a profit, or should
I say what they consider a profit, on a specific format what then? "Well
to hell with the public they will listen to what we tell them to listen to".
Great business model about 40 years ago when the only entertainment was
radio and OTA TV but not anymore.
When pirate stations have more of an audience than licensed stations
something is broken. Licensed stations can do one of two things emulate the
pirate and make their stations better or complain to the FCC and "try" to get
it shut down. Of course they continue to broadcast the same crap nobody
listens too either way. I mean whose fault is it that radio groups over paid for
their stations? Listeners don't give a rat's a**. With all of the media
choices out there radio broadcasters better deliver.
As far as pirates being technically inferior I agree, but what should or
could be done about that? It is a no win situation. Who would step up and
show these guys the way to do it right? I'm not saying getting a license,
because there aren't any to be had in the area, I am saying technically make
it a safe environment. No technically they don't have the skill but if one
of them called you would any of you help them out? Doubtful. You can't have
it both ways.
Bear in mind we are talking about a radio station, licensed or unlicensed,
not a meth lab.
Mike Hemeon - CPBE
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