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We have talked about this in the past, how sometimes our little AM transmitters induce a carrier onto the power lines even though some of us use a radiator and are not intentionally coupling a signal to the power lines via , well a coupling unit.

Since moving to 1620 AM , our coverage has doubled a bit. The weather has been horrible lately, mostly just windy , rainy and just plain miserable to do any kind of work in the yard, that includes the outdoor antenna for AM 1620.

Despite the crummy weather, i have had a chance to listen on the car radio while making our way to town for some grocery shopping and I have been pleasantly surprised by a very nice clear signal for nearly a 1/4 mile from the house, maybe even further than that!

I really don't understand how this can be working so well considering the following conditions involved, you see as long as the listener is in their car or house they have a really good chance to hear Blue Bucket Radio on 1620 AM. Especially if the listeners radio is close to the power lines or better yet, the radio is plugged into an AC outlet. The key is they have to be within view of the power lines which follow the main road that branches off of my short no outlet road.

The conditions in the house, the SStran AMT3000 is using the short wire antenna provided in the kit, the transmitter sits on my desk, the antenna runs up the wall for 2 feet before making an inverted L across the ceiling. The ground (black wire) is not connected to earth ground, it just hangs off the back of the desk.
The only grounding i can think the transmitter is using would be the connection made through the power adapter and the audio chain.

In fact the outlet i am using gets it's power from the house wiring that runs the length of the house to the bathroom which is towards the back of the house at probably 80 feet total length from the studio to the breaker panel in the bathroom. Weird Huh?



Included is a map of the area my signal can potentially cover and if you download the map and enlarge it, you can see where the house's and roads are but it's not that easy to see the power lines. Some of the power lines weave in and out , near the road in some places and then back behind a few houses before going back out to the road and eventually meeting up with 4 huge transformers, from there the power lines go North and disappear into the hills.

I doubt the signal passes through the transformers considering those things put a loud buzz in any radio close to them.

I really hope this isn't some kind of a fluke and continues to reach out there beyond our road, for a good idea what i am rambling on about, view the attached map, download it too for a bigger view. If you download the map, you can zoom in to get a better idea how things are laid out here.

I think 1620 is going to work out just fine for Blue Bucket Radio.
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Questions for the group:

How many here know of a station that has applied for a translator in the recent AM Revitalization window?

Do you think it will help or hurt the community?

Is there enough room on the fm dial in your area for another signal?

My thoughts on the subject, unless you live in an area that lacks more than 5 FM signals or is in a trouble area which includes hilly or dense terrain such as a city or country settings then the extra fm signal is only going crowd the band even more.

Where i live for example, we have i believe 8 signals on FM and a few on AM that serve our area locally, while a few stations in other counties do make it into our area, there is plenty of space for translators or really a dozen more commercial fm's and even more NCE stations.

I am on the fence about this, some places just don't really need another FM signal that relays an AM, what the FCC needs to do is treat the symptoms not cover the problem with a band-aid.

AM can be revitalized IF 1. the FCC cracks down on devices that create interference that renders AM reception useless.
2. Allow AM stations that broadcast below 50,000 watts a chance to build 250 watt AM translators just outside their 60 dbu contours to reach listeners on the fringe of that stations contour.
3. The FCC needs to get tough on manufacturers, force them to create radio's that reject unwanted noise while still offering enough sensitivity to hear a station on am or fm beyond a few miles.

Question for the collective.

What do you listen for when searching the dial for a radio station? Music, News,Weather,Sports, Community News?

Do live DJ's or announcers matter to you?
I guess my question is, jukebox or community driven radio?

As soon as I finish putting my new studio/shop together I'd like to finish building my 13.560 mHz tx and start broadcasting.

I started on it a while ago when it was the buzz at Part15.us. Got side tracked by life...

The high school vo-ed broadcasting classes will begin daytime programming on our WCFI-LP 96.1 January 11th if all goes as planned.

I'll be talking with the vo-ed teacher tomorrow to nail down a schedule.

New Members, please take a moment to introduce yourself here. Welcome Bryson Beal to the Community.
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