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Hampered Hobbyists

In the ordinary course of events many of our hobbyists would like to sometimes experiment with greater RF power or longer antennas than the part 15 rules permit, so as to make scientific observations before returning to legal operation.

It has generally been held that such "out of bounds" tinkering is not allowed.

I happen to be in that very position as at this time as tests are being run on the performance of Ramsey FM30b and EDM FM transmitters using Decade GPL32 Horizontal Dipole antennas and so far have been dabbling with small power manipulation amounting to a few feet of coverage difference.

As one final jab it would be fascinating to learn what these transmitter would do at their maximum possible power, but we are obedient to the rules despite complete disrespect for the Commission Chairman.

Perhaps a rare window of opportunity opens on Friday when government funding may end, at which time the federal government "shuts down". Or, there may be a last minute extension of time to December 22 when the government might shut down.

Duriing such a shutdown the government's rule making authority is suspended, no?

Operating on that rare human faculty known as "common sense", KDX will consider full throttle transmitter testing during any "shut down".

Until such time a comment period is open during which your thoughts are welcome.

I belive that last time the

I belive that last time the "government shutdown" occured the Enforcment arm of the FCC remained active as enforcement is a critical need of the FCC.

Druid Hills Radio AM-1710- Dade City, FL. Unlicensed operation authorized by the Part 15 Department of the FCC and our Resident Hobby Agent.  

If a tree falls in the forest

If a tree falls in the forest...

My interests are antennas, transmitters, studio equipment, and setting up a useful Part 15 AM radio station. 

Not a Lot In There

If Im reading the published specs right, the Ramsey is good for only about 25 mW, and the EDM maybe to 100 mW. I don't think there's enough magic blue smoke inside those boxes to go much beyond that.

Darsen the III

THE DMV

From the FCC in 2016

8) EB Field Supervisors* and EB Field Staff to respond to emergencies involving the protection of life or property (e.g., interference with aircraft frequencies)

Druid Hills Radio AM-1710- Dade City, FL. Unlicensed operation authorized by the Part 15 Department of the FCC and our Resident Hobby Agent.  

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