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[liberationtech] Creating a Pirate FM Radio

Collin Anderson collin at averysmallbird.com
Sun Mar 6 12:28:40 PST 2011


This may be a bit offtopic, but since funding is a reoccurring constraint, I
would suggest that the idea of setting up a 'revolutionary pirate radio
station' may be the type of project that would have a great appeal on
Kickstarter.

Assuming, of course, that the increased attention wouldn't endanger your
plans.

CDA

On Sun, Mar 6, 2011 at 2:39 PM, Walid Al-Saqaf <admin at alkasir.com> wrote:

> 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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