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[liberationtech] Creating a Pirate FM Radio

Mick McQuaid mcq at umich.edu
Sun Mar 6 10:24:24 PST 2011


This message and the earlier one about AM radio reminded me
of border blasters, high-powered stations operating legally
from countries other than those being served:

  http://www.onthemedia.org/episodes/2007/11/16/segments/89005

  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Border_blaster

Currently it looks like the nearest reasonable place to put
one would be over 500 miles from Yemen (southern Egypt).
In the nineteen thirties, some border blasters could
broadcast over a thousand miles but today there may be
insurmountable technical obstacles, not to mention social
/ legal / political  challenges.

Nevertheless, the nearest reasonable place would have
probably been much farther away just before the Egyptian
Revolution.  It might be interesting to hear about
sociotechnical challenges for high-power radio today.
(Unfortunately, I know nothing about this beyond hearing the
above-cited documentary).

- Mick

... regarding a message from Walid Al-Saqaf on Mar 06:
> Thanks Alec & Michael for your useful tips.
> 
> I'll go ahead and use them. I have just investigated the issue and it
> appears the most critical task is to actual get it into the country without
> being confiscated. Will check our options...
> 
> Wish us luck.
> 
> Sincerely,
> 
> Walid
> 
> -----------------
> 
> Walid Al-Saqaf
> Founder & Administrator
> alkasir for mapping and circumventing cyber censorship
> https://alkasir.com <walid.al-saqaf at oru.se>
> 
> 
> On Sun, Mar 6, 2011 at 2:02 PM, Alec Muffett <alec.muffett at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> >
> > On 6 Mar 2011, at 12:35, Walid Al-Saqaf wrote:
> >
> > >  A suggestion was to use a low-budget pirate FM radio solution.
> >
> > You may find parts of this documentary to be useful for getting a feel for
> > the technology, albeit some of this will be more advanced than your
> > requirements:
> >
> >        http://boingboing.net/2010/03/26/pirate-radio-documen.html
> >
> > I suspect you'll get more mileage from an AM rig, but it depends what your
> > audience wants to listen to.
> >
> >        -a
> >
> >

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