[Noisebridge-discuss] NB FM "Hackerspace Radio" Station - FCC links - Re: The Radio gauntlet is now tossed.

Norman Bradley pryankster at gmail.com
Sat Aug 24 19:53:51 UTC 2013

A bit of a follow up.

I am planning on being up at NB this afternoon and doing a preliminary 
interference test. I have a database of all of the FM stations in the 
San Francisco District (which also includes Sacramento) and there are a 
number of frequencies available.

I am planning on bringing the subject up at the Tuesday meeting as there 
are a number of other considerations that need to be discussed and I am 
planning on asking for a noisebridge-radio email list. If anybody else 
will be at NB this afternoon I like to talk about it.

I have copies of the FCC forms involved and it is a two step process. We 
have less than 2 months to get our ducks in a row.


You are entitled to your own opinion.
You are NOT entitled to your own facts.

On 8/23/2013 11:41 PM, giovanni_re wrote:
> If Alameda can do it, NB ought to be able to do it.  ;)
> http://www.fcc.gov/document/creation-low-power-radio-service-0
> http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/low-power-fm-lpfm-channel-finder
> http://www.fcc.gov/guides/how-apply-radio-or-television-broadcast-station
> http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/low-power-fm-broadcast-radio-stations-lpfm
> Sutro tower:
> https://maps.google.com/maps?ui=maps&ie=UTF8&ll=37.755316,-122.452058&spn=0.001735,0.009817&t=h&deg=270&z=18&vpsrc=6
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low_power_radio_station
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_radio_topics
> On Thu, Aug 15, 2013, at 06:22 PM, Norman Bradley wrote:
>> A while back people were talking about getting a part of the Radio
>> Spectrum for Noisebridge. Well here it is. I can work out the technical
>> parts but somebody else needs to take care of the filings. The window of
>> opportunity is October 15-29, 2013 and for the first time urban stations
>> will be allowed. The license holder must have been in the community for
>> at least 2 years.
>> The range is about 10 miles although given our location at the bottom of
>> a valley I wouldn't bet on it. With this power it is line-of-sight. We
>> should be able to hit Dolores Park and most of the Market Street area
>> from the Civic Center North. Bayview and Hunter's Point? Forget it there
>> is a hill in the way. These are just guesses.
>> We need to prove that we won't interfere with existing stations. That
>> starts with just walking around the Mission and listening to your FM
>> Radio. The more technical details I will work out with some modeling
>> software later.
>> The FCC is giving extra points to stations that will be on the air at
>> least 20 hours a day and is "publicly accessible". A good time to reach
>> out to our neighbors. I am assuming that some of that can be
>> pre-recorded or streamed in from the net. If it is coming over the net
>> we will need to be very careful about who has access. There's that whole
>> no profanity rule.
>> So let us get K - - - on the air. KNOS, NBRG, KNOI are all taken and it
>> must start with a K, West of the Mississippi and all.
>> So here are some of the relevant web sites:
>> The original article from John Hightower:
>> http://otherwords.org/get-radio-active/
>> The Prometheus Radio Project, "Freeing the airwaves from corporate
>> control": http://www.prometheusradio.org/
>> More information from Prometheus:
>> http://www.prometheusradio.org/FCC_Update_June2013
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