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[liberationtech] Creating a Pirate FM Radio

Mick McQuaid mcq at
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:

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
> < at>
> On Sun, Mar 6, 2011 at 2:02 PM, Alec Muffett <alec.muffett at> 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:
> >
> >
> >
> > 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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