Forums Radionics Setting Up an FM Radio Station

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    robdan
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    hi all can you please point me in the right way to start up a fm radio Station

    #1191825
    General Lighting
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    here are some previous threads. I am not sure if the Northern dude mentioned in the posts is still active though – as mentioned there Ofcom are also targeting suppliers of TX equipment.

    The technology involved is far from trivial, if you are not an electronics engineer then find one (shouldn’t be too difficult in Cambridgeshire though :laugh_at:) – whether its a short term legal license or a pirate you will need to ensure there is absolutely no interference to other services.

    if you are talking about a pirate station bear in mind also that people connected to at least one large commercial dance music station monitor are active on forums like this and theres nothing stopping them tipping off Ofcom…

    also another peculiarity of cambridgeshire is there are lots of radio anoraks who were or are engineers for marconi, pye/phillips/simoco/sepura and they obviously tend to side with government and blue light services…

    http://www.partyvibe.com/forums/community/30494-fm-transmitter.html

    http://www.partyvibe.com/forums/community/23013-pirate-radio.html

    #1191831
    robdan
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    Thanks G.L. i am look to start a legal radio for the young people of Nottingham as we have move from Cambs now, so any help you can give in to what i well need to do to get a license would be more that helpful

    i have a full working FM transmitter and all the other bit, mic`s deck`s
    est.

    so if any can help please let me know

    #1191832
    DontBeliveTheHype
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    robdan;306360 wrote:
    Thanks G.L. i am look to start a legal radio for the young people of Nottingham as we have move from Cambs now, so any help you can give in to what i well need to do to get a license would be more that helpful

    i have a full working FM transmitter and all the other bit, mic`s deck`s
    est.

    so if any can help please let me know

    no chance in setting up a legal one … i tried but offcom said that all of the frequencys in the uk are taken up allready for years … dunno if they were just being c*nts (as they have a reputation for this) or it’s actualy true … GL said some thing about them keeping the rest of the fm dial for emergancy use iirc.

    best to phone them and ask them b4 you start spending cash on equipment or you could waste alot of cash 😉

    #1191826
    General Lighting
    Moderator

    rob get in touch with your local ofcom region – check on their website

    Dontbelievethehype is in London where the frequencies are congested – but things may be different in the East Midlands…

    The blue light service radios and the Gas Board etc left the band II (FM band) in the 1980s (they used to have a whole chunks of the band from 100-102 and 105-108!) They were never supposed to be there in the first place – but Britain and France overruled a international agreement as it made the public service radios cheaper to build.. :hopeless:

    The problem today is the BBC! They are greedy and have two or three overlapping TX sites in the same region taking up a lot of frequencies…

    #1191829
    cheeseweasel
    Participant

    A mate of mine was looking into doing this year or so back.

    I don’t know what kind of station you’re thinking of starting, but the community radio route might be an idea. From what I remember, Ofcom seemed quite keen on community stations when I enquired before, the license is a lot cheaper, and as long as there isn’t a community station already in your area you should be OK.

    I guess you’d have to prove to Ofcom that your station will benefit the community somehow, and you’d probably have to go through all the motions of setting up a business before they’d grant you a license. TBH I didn’t really look into it much, so I might be talking rubbish. It explains all about it here Community Radio | Ofcom

    As for buying equipment, this site offer equipment, including some budget broadcast studio packages that look reasonably priced (all the necessary audio and TX hardware for a project (or pirate) radio station, starting from £1500) http://www.radioactive.org.uk and also offers loads of advice to anyone wanting to start their own station

    #1191827
    General Lighting
    Moderator

    There was a reason why I didn’t directly post a link to Ofcom’s site – I’ve never been keen on seeing this site linked directly to the websites of Government agencies with enforcement powers – their IT bods can find out we’ve done it and direct their snoops accordingly.

    However a site like this is scrutinised by the cops and mainstream media as it is – both of them can and do alert Ofcom to anything they don’t like the look of, and this thread is steering people in the direction of legal broadcasting anyway.

    Yes it does have to be run as a “business” or at least a social enterprise but there are obvious advantages in trying to go for a community station – not least that you can put your antenna in a safe place with good coverage, you don’t have to have studios in scummy areas and risk being robbed or having shit confiscated and most importantly not risk knocking out comms for planes or the Fire Brigade which can happen with poor quality rigs…

    #1191833
    DontBeliveTheHype
    Participant
    General Lighting;306372 wrote:
    rob get in touch with your local ofcom region – check on their website

    Dontbelievethehype is in London where the frequencies are congested – but things may be different in the East Midlands…

    The blue light service radios and the Gas Board etc left the band II (FM band) in the 1980s (they used to have a whole chunks of the band from 100-102 and 105-108!) They were never supposed to be there in the first place – but Britain and France overruled a international agreement as it made the public service radios cheaper to build.. :hopeless:

    The problem today is the BBC! They are greedy and have two or three overlapping TX sites in the same region taking up a lot of frequencies…

    ah there was a reason why i said talk to ofcom first as i thought it might not be the whole of england and just london as my memory isn’t too shit hot … sounds like it might be worth a go

    #1191830
    cheeseweasel
    Participant
    General Lighting;306423 wrote:
    There was a reason why I didn’t directly post a link to Ofcom’s site…

    Fair dos, feel free to remove the link if you like.

    #1191828
    General Lighting
    Moderator

    I wouldn’t worry about it now as both Ofcoms own officers and people from legal stations scan sites like this anyway, and it seems to be about 10 minutes before Google indexes any thread on here (before it was a few days)…

    but don’t do things like post links directly to Police force websites or Revenue and Customs as thats just asking for trouble… there’s a Chinese proverb which goes “the mouse that gnaws a cat’s tail invites destruction”. (at the very least its giving them the satisfaction of seeing how much they are controlling us!)

    I used to work in public sector IT and Departments definitely do keep an eye on who is linking to Crown content (not as sinister as you may think as its also done to stop things like logos being used in scams…)

    That said, last time I spoke to a chap from Ofcom (who had to be called to my work due to a bizzare incident where a rogue radio signal had locked all the staff out of their cars!) we were both joking about radio scanners and pirates, and some of the things I used to get up to a few years back…. These days they want to come across like they are not the “feds”, but engineers trying to keep the radio airwaves in good shape just as we should look after the rest of the environment. There are lots of important radio signals either side of the FM band (Fire Brigade and Aircraft navigation)…

    if anyone wants to set up a community station they are quite approachable. They may not say what you “want to hear” (there is plenty of money and bureaucracy involved) but they are at least giving people an opportunity which wasn’t around 10-20 years ago outside London.

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