Haitian Pirate Raided

Bob DeMattia bob.bosra@demattia.net
Wed Mar 13 12:26:37 EDT 2013

And licensed stations have engineers that periodically monitor the
performance and output
of their transmitters.


On Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 12:22 PM, Sid Schweiger <sids1045@aol.com> wrote:

> "Please educate me!
> > I can understand a pirate being shut down in terms of interference to
> > other stations on same freq,
> > but 91.7 being interference to Air Traffic control confuses me, sounds
> > like a "cover" reason. (not that the FCC needs a reason).
> > Possibly excessive power, (harmonics that affect Air Traffic freq's)
> > and/or signals in flight paths could explain this."
> It's not a "cover reason" and it has happened before.  You can't and
> shouldn't assume that pirates use properly constructed transmitters with
> adequate filtering.  They usually go for doing things cheaply.  Such
> equipment is inadequately filtered and can easily spit spurs almost
> anywhere, especially if mistuned or overloaded.
> > "The legal stations on 91.7 in Boston area [SALEM, NEWBURYPORT (kinda
> > distant), MARSHFIELD]  are not reported to interfere with Air Traffic."
> ...which has nothing whatsoever to do with the pirate.  Licensed
> facilities don't generally buy their transmitters off the back of someone's
> truck (figuratively, of course).

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