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[liberationtech] Creating a Pirate FM Radio

Michael Gurstein gurstein at
Sun Mar 6 04:56:26 PST 2011

Hi Walid,
I suggest you contact either or both of Steve Buckley of the International
Association for Community Radio or Ian Pringle of the Commonwealth of
Learning both of whom have very extensive knowledge/experience in this area
and can probably point you to the correct resources.

-----Original Message-----
From: liberationtech-bounces at
[mailto:liberationtech-bounces at] On Behalf Of Walid
Sent: Sunday, March 06, 2011 9:35 AM
To: liberationtech
Subject: [liberationtech] Creating a Pirate FM Radio

Dear friends,

I'm not sure if you are following the news from my home country Yemen.
Demonstrations there have been increasing in number and area and have
reached a stage where demonstrators occupied areas of over one square
kilometer in strategic areas in main cities. I have been approached by
demonstrators who wish to broadcast what is being said at the main stages.
This includes announcements, speeches, songs, etc. A suggestion was to use a
low-budget pirate FM radio solution. I have heard before that this type of
technology is widely accessible but ranges are quite limited. Some
experiments took place in Belarus as far as I know. But if there are ways to
place amplifiers in strategic locations in main cities, I think it could
have a tremendous effect, especially for a population that relies on radio
and TV in receiving information.

Any clues or ideas of where to get information to help in this area? There
is a budget of $5000 for such a solution. Is that enough? This is one of the
websites I found about recently: and it mentioned the
ability to broadcast to a range of 2km. That would be a good start.

Thanks in advance, and do keep a close eye on Yemen as there may be some
surprises in the near future!




Walid Al-Saqaf
Founder & Administrator
alkasir for mapping and circumventing cyber censorship < at> 

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