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Station News Update

***August 13, 2018***

Here is the latest news concerning the proposed Part 15 AM Radio Station planned for Covington, KY.

I am now in the process of purchasing and upgrading audio equipment, computer software and waiting for the release of a new Antenna Tuning Unit (ATU) for the new Talking House/I.A.M. transmitter that I plan to purchase. Once the ATU is released, I will be able to purchase the transmitter and install them here at the current location.

I plan to test the transmitter for a short period of time while I determine if a usable signal can be achieved at this spot. The list of problems that exist at this spot are numerous and even just one or two in combination is enough to potentially and drastically reduce the normal broadcast range for a station of this nature. Most of the problems that exist are listed in the column to the right. Anyone with a background in radio engineering and especially legal, low power AM Part 15 broadcasting will see how difficult it will be to achieve any kind of meaningful range and ultimately, an audience to listen.

Recently a new AM broadcast audio processor was released and I am also planning to buy and use that with the station. I am told that it can help reduce the noise problem that exists on the AM dial in many areas of Covington and hopefully will allow a greater listening range than expected at this time.

That is the latest update right now. I will report back in the not too distant future once I have new news to report.
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***May 20, 2018***

I think I’ve found a FCC Type Certified Part 15 AM transmitter that will at least give me a chance at getting a useable signal out from the current location. Fortunately this unit does not need to be tuned in mid air and instead uses a antenna mounted in the air that is attached to a coax lead to the transmitter on the ground.

In addition to the problems listed below, I also have to contend with the steel siding on my house which is probably going to affect the signal of the station. I can only get the antenna about 20 feet away from it and at that distance I am unsure how it will affect the signal. Either kill it completely or it likely won’t affect it at all. Will have to wait and see.

Will report back in the Summer to let you know how this plays out. Hoping for the best.

The following is a list of technical issues and environmental problems that exist at or near my current location for the radio station. For anyone in Part 15 AM broadcasting please use this list for future reference as a guide to avoid most or preferably all of the following problems to achieve maximum broadcast range. For the uninitiated, it will give you an idea of just how fragile a low power AM radio signal is and how it is easily and negatively affected by so many different outside sources.

1) Taller structures immediately surrounding my property. Blocks the signal path of the transmitter.

2) Small yard making it impossible to get a lift into the property to properly tune a transmitter at 20 feet up in the air.

3) Smart Electric and Gas meters in the homes nearby. They create a lot of noise on the AM radio dial.

4) Grounding problems with some of the utility lines nearby also adding to noise on the AM dial.

5) Radio towers nearby that send out strong signals on many frequencies including those that are best for my station to use. In turn this creates a veil of sorts on that frequency and will inhibit my broadcast signal from carrying further like it should.

6) Tall trees in the immediate vicinity. Branches can fall on the transmitter and also can reduce the broadcast signal range being so close to the transmitter. They can’t be removed since they are on a adjacent property.

7) The property is too small to both live in and have a adequate studio for the radio station.

8) Due to the size limitations of the property, I can’t mount the transmitter above the nearby tall structures to improve the signal.