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[liberationtech] Creating a Pirate FM Radio

Walid Al-Saqaf admin at alkasir.com
Sun Mar 6 11:39:58 PST 2011


Hi Mike,

Interesting. But an AM radio would probably cost much more, right? I can set
up one in a rural area in Yemen. But if it is an FM radio, it would be
easier to access and possibly cheaper. I was thinking more along the lines
of purchasing some 5 or so small FM radios and distribute them all over the
place and have them connected through an audio stream from the Internet. I
find that feasible and less risky. But I'll study my options.

Thanks indeed for this valuable information.

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 7:24 PM, Mick McQuaid <mcq at umich.edu> wrote:

>
> 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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