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  •  Speak for yourself! (2+ / 0-)
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    mataliandy, alizard

    WRFN goes at least in a 20 miles radius and more when the wind is blowing just right.

    And we are powered down because of legal technical difficulties. When we are powered up we have had a 40 mile radius.

    "Blue Dog Dems - putting the ick back in the Democrat(ic) Party."

    by ZenTrainer on Tue Mar 31, 2009 at 04:02:09 PM PDT

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    •  You're probalby violating the range limits... (1+ / 0-)
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      Eloise

      ....set by the low power FM license...  There usually is a power limit and an effective signal limit from a certain range...

      Low power FM is not supposed to go that far AFAIK....

      Comments that say "GM workers should get retraining" without SPECIFIC DETAILS about those "new jobs" that never come are trollworthy

      by LordMike on Tue Mar 31, 2009 at 04:32:14 PM PDT

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      •  Gasp! (2+ / 0-)
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        mataliandy, LordMike

        I will admit that one of my goals for the New Year was to break an FCC rule each time I am on the air. ;-)

        I don't control our antenna though, but I am pretty sure we are WAY powered down, well within legal limits.

        The folks who run the station are a dedicated lot who worked years to get their station and they work hard to keep it and improve it.

        (If they happen to be reading this I want to clearly state I am only kidding about breaking any FCC rules.)

        Reception really does depend on the wind and the weather, the season, and the trees.

        And of course it makes a difference if you're wearing braces.

        "Blue Dog Dems - putting the ick back in the Democrat(ic) Party."

        by ZenTrainer on Tue Mar 31, 2009 at 04:48:23 PM PDT

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        •  Yes, I know.. (1+ / 0-)
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          ...and I have to look up the effective power limits for this license, but terrain and weather do make a great difference.

          40 miles is very good range!  That would be enough to make an useful radio station.

          Comments that say "GM workers should get retraining" without SPECIFIC DETAILS about those "new jobs" that never come are trollworthy

          by LordMike on Tue Mar 31, 2009 at 04:50:06 PM PDT

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    •  2nd the range restriction (0+ / 0-)

      FCC sez

      These stations are authorized for noncommercial educational broadcasting only (no commercial operation) and operate with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 100 watts (0.1 kilowatts) or less, with maximum facilities of 100 watts ERP at 30 meters (100 feet) antenna height above average terrain (HAAT). The approximate service range of a 100 watt LPFM station is 5.6 kilometers (3.5 miles radius).

      If the expected service range is under 6 km, 20 miles sounds like someone is violating the ERP requirement.

      •  We are 100 watts. (0+ / 0-)

        But right now are operating at less. I pick the station up from 20 miles away.

        I don't know how far as the crow flies but that's on the highway in the car.

        Now average terrain for TN might be different from other places.

        Hills, that is...

        "Blue Dog Dems - putting the ick back in the Democrat(ic) Party."

        by ZenTrainer on Tue Mar 31, 2009 at 05:00:15 PM PDT

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      •  And my show is very educational. (2+ / 0-)
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        ainglis, rossl

        It's The Politics of Dogs http://www.zenpaws.com

        I teach how to tell what political party your dog belongs to and how to help your cat become a successful lobbyist, among other things.

        I help our community understand that everything is political and everything political has to do with dogs, including, but not limited to, the quality of air they breathe and the water they drink.

        Today I helped my listening audience pick radio stations for their pets to listen to so they can feel calm while their owners are away from home.

        Right wing talk radio won't do - too much shouting.

        Evangelical religious stations won't do it, again too much shouting.

        Jazz can get on a pets nerves because they hear those pitches that we don't.

        But WRFN has poetry, and storytelling and thoughtful discussions and cajun music (and a ton of other stuff). http://www.radiofreenashville.com

        The perfect way for a pet to spend a lonely rainy afternoon.

        "Blue Dog Dems - putting the ick back in the Democrat(ic) Party."

        by ZenTrainer on Tue Mar 31, 2009 at 05:15:54 PM PDT

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