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(TechTV)   Time to pump up the volume: Build your own FM radio transmitter, then go cruising in the Jeep. Chuck U. Farley unimpressed   (techtv.com) divider line 59
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2004-03-27 09:25:33 AM
Fnorgby told me that "Pump Up the Volume" was based on him.
 
2004-03-27 09:29:27 AM
Good luck getting a low-power license. The FCC won't even accept low-power applications lately, much less consider them.

The FCC has been too busy lately consolidating power for ClearChannel's Republican Party message.
 
2004-03-27 09:29:38 AM
Zombie Zero You just won the $2.00 bill first place prize :)
 
2004-03-27 09:34:28 AM
WOW!!!

Great job, poster. I wonder how many will get that reference!

(you are talking about National Lampoon's 1964 Estes Kefauver High School yearbook, aren't you?)
 
2004-03-27 09:35:23 AM
Con-voooy

/it's early, got nothin'
 
2004-03-27 09:35:40 AM
Typical article about the Bush administration and FCC Chairman Powell's moratorium on low-power stations.

It sucks!
 
2004-03-27 09:45:12 AM
I use the FM25B to stream my mp3's off of my computer to all of the radios in my house. It's only a 10 mW signal, but I can pick it up about 2 miles away from my house.
 
2004-03-27 09:45:33 AM
Wait, you're giving out funny money as a prize? What a rip.
 
OP
2004-03-27 09:46:04 AM
Sweet, I'm going to start up my own pirate radio station! Power to the people!!!!

...you know, as soon as I get permission and everything.
 
2004-03-27 09:46:50 AM
"Hey,good-looking! We'll be back to pick you up later!"
 
2004-03-27 09:47:34 AM
fark radio, internet broadcast teh way to go.
 
2004-03-27 09:48:05 AM
Ooooooh! 1 watt!
 
2004-03-27 09:50:58 AM
I have hosted a pirate radio show and the FCC shut us down more than a couple of times, unless you can keep moving your signal forget it. Typical corporate controlled media.
 
2004-03-27 09:52:19 AM
I love that movie. Recently found it at the large blue store for $5.00. Kinda made me sad, but you know I had to get it anyways.
 
2004-03-27 09:54:55 AM
crusing? Am I missing something or did they greenlight a headline with a spelling error?
 
2004-03-27 09:55:06 AM
I'd rather listen to the same 12 songs from 1988, plus my daily dose of Mandatory Metallica on any one of the fine local commercial stations here in mid-Michigan. w00+.
 
2004-03-27 09:56:07 AM
That was truly one of the great movie experiences of my youth. It was no Heathers, but it was really cool and Samantha Mathis was smoking hot in it.

/must find Samantha Mathis galleries
 
2004-03-27 09:57:58 AM
Did the tech tv girls accept playboy's offer?
 
2004-03-27 09:57:59 AM
WsKne:Yeah, I had the hots for Faun Laurel Rosenberg.
 
2004-03-27 09:59:42 AM
Or,

you could AudioEdit all sort of false news reports and wreak havoc throughout neighborhoods.

Considering that people initially believed War of the Worlds, there is no telling what these could be used for.
 
2004-03-27 10:04:37 AM
WsKne: Sweet. They just came out with the 30th anniversary edition with highlghts of the 30 reunion written by Fitzie Fitzerman.
 
2004-03-27 10:05:37 AM
you could AudioEdit all sort of false news reports

FoxNews already does that.
 
2004-03-27 10:05:58 AM
whoops. "Fizzie"
 
2004-03-27 10:24:11 AM
Wait, I thought 1 watt was the maximum you could do. And hobby radio stations are not illegal.
 
2004-03-27 10:26:35 AM
We did this in college with a transmitter no bigger than a pack of cigarettes and maybe $20 in parts. Sure, it was AM but damn if it didn't cover half the campus. Very interesting to have all the local stereos tuned to our station and cranking NIN or Floyd.
 
2004-03-27 10:35:27 AM
Is it bigger than a baby's arm?

/eat-me-beat-me lady
 
2004-03-27 10:45:22 AM
Fark that get this and the 15w booster:
http://www.spacialaudio.com/products/pcimaxultra/
 
2004-03-27 10:52:29 AM
Why am I mentioned in the headline? Someone explain? ;-)

Yay tech tv. Wish my cheapo Communistcast package had it.
 
2004-03-27 11:08:44 AM
Jeep

Sad but true: Comcast is buying TechTV and merging it with their (crappy) all-video-games network, G4. So you may have it soon, but it'll be so bad that you won't want it.

Comcast Buys TechTV
 
2004-03-27 11:31:31 AM
Great Headline. Now I gotta pop in the video so Hard Harry can whisper in my ear once more...
 
2004-03-27 11:38:13 AM
It's moments like these that remind me why I love Fark.

"I mean guidance councellors? If they really knew anything about picking carrers would they have ended up as guidance councellors?"

Nowhere else would people get a Pump Up The Volume Reference
 
2004-03-27 11:41:55 AM
To clear up any flame-fodder so far, a simple RTFA will show the article makes no mention of obtaining a low-power license, but instead explains how the FCC rules explicitly give you certain rights to run very-low power stations provided they absolutely do not interfere with any licensed station.

And at the end it points out this is the best time in history for learning about radio and experimenting, as the FCC has relaxed many regulations regarding unlicensed use. The article also cannot stress enough - don't be a dumbarse.

(Related Articles - "Build Your Own Theremin"... now THAT's what I'm talking about!)
 
2004-03-27 11:45:02 AM
talk hard.
 
2004-03-27 11:46:47 AM
that was my favorite movie for a long time. samantha mathis was smokin, christian slater ruled, and you gotta love the leonard cohen.
 
2004-03-27 11:53:34 AM
"They think you're moody, make 'em think you're crazy. Make 'em think you might snap. They say you got attitude, you show 'em some real attitude."

Words to live by.
 
2004-03-27 12:35:08 PM
That movie's message was that the airwaves belong to the people. This is a fact that everyone seems to have forgotten. I mean, even having an FCC is unconstitutional, isn't it? Someone help me out here.
 
2004-03-27 12:39:19 PM
Damn, that headline made me as horny as a ten peckered owl.

Now if someone would just work Heathers into a headline....
 
2004-03-27 12:44:10 PM
[This is a fact that everyone seems to have forgotten.]

Nope, just ignored. I think alot of people are terrified of free speech. Alot of politically correct types would have instant heart attacks if everyone started saying what was on thier minds. And media pundits would be out of jobs overnight. Politicans wouldn't care much tho, since they ignore the electorate unless it's an election year.
 
2004-03-27 12:46:12 PM
2004-03-27 12:44:10 PM Weaver95
Nope, just ignored. I think alot of people are terrified of free speech. Alot of politically correct types would have instant heart attacks if everyone started saying what was on thier minds. And media pundits would be out of jobs overnight. Politicans wouldn't care much tho, since they ignore the electorate unless it's an election year.


People are free to say whatever they want whenever they want.....but if you give the wrong person a big enough platform, you end up with Germany, circa 1930. Why? Because someone smart enough, with the right platform, can get a majority of people to believe anything they want.
 
2004-03-27 12:49:31 PM
I really hope Comcast doesn't do much to TechTV. G4 is one monotonous, suck ass channel.
 
2004-03-27 12:51:10 PM
[Why? Because someone smart enough, with the right platform, can get a majority of people to believe anything they want.]

If it's really a free and open forum tho, your proto-hitler will be up against hundreds of others who'll quickly point out the fallacies of his/her arguments.

And if you're worried about someone taking advantage of a large and stupid majority of people - too late! Jerry Springer already has that market cornered.

Open up the airwaves. Don't like what you hear, turn the dial. Whatever we get can't possibly be as bad as what's out there right now.
 
2004-03-27 12:52:22 PM
Last time I went to Black Hat/DefCon in Vegas with some friends, we stuck a very low-power transmitter in the back window and piped the output of one of our laptops into it with a big MP3 playlist. Another laptop we set in the back window with the frequency and a cell phone number for requests rotating through PowerPoint.

The drive's a couple hundred miles, and for hours we'd have people pull up close behind us to read the display, then tune their radios in to listen.

Only problem was, the range was so short we had people tailgating us the whole time...
 
2004-03-27 02:42:15 PM
crusing?

I believe that is misspelled. Cruising is correct.
 
2004-03-27 02:46:19 PM
1. Get an FM transmitter, some Jenna Jamerson vids and go to an arabic country.
2.???????
3. Profit!
 
2004-03-27 02:53:59 PM
Eat your cereal with a fork, and do your homework in the dark.
 
2004-03-27 03:24:04 PM
We took my Ramsey FM10a (an analog FM transmitter...not digital like the FM25 Patrick mentions) on a road trip from NYC to Maine last summer. We broadcasted via iPods in one car, and the other three cars in the caravan could listen in. We used walkie talkies to take requests and communicate amongst the cars. It rocked.
 
2004-03-27 04:23:47 PM
b166er

We did this in college with a transmitter no bigger than a pack of cigarettes and maybe $20 in parts. Sure, it was AM but damn if it didn't cover half the campus. Very interesting to have all the local stereos tuned to our station and cranking NIN or Floyd.

As a recovering electronics nerd, I can attest to the extreme level of ease with which working transmitters can be built. In highschool I used to cook up little FM transmitters. The little buggers were great fun - the size of a pack of cigarettes, a range of a half-mile or so and a mike more sensitive than the human ear. Ironically, FM transmitters are much easier to build than AM ones, so high-quality sound can be yours very easily. Build your own bugs for fun and profit...
 
2004-03-27 04:27:27 PM
I'd like to build a mobile transmitter that I could use to overpower some of the farking shiat I hear coming from those stupid boom boom rice boy specials. "Here, you pathetic Asian/Black wannabe: Enjoy some Lynyrd Skynyrd at 1000 watts!"
 
2004-03-27 05:25:03 PM
w00t, this is my first approved link. I still like the original headline I submited,

"Time to pump up the volume: Build your own FM radio transmitter, then go cruising in the Jeep. Ham operators unimpressed."

go to this site here,

www.broadcastwarehouse.com

(HTML not working for me today)

They are a UK company, their 20 watt amp and PLL generator unit work great and it gets through customs no problem, so I have heard.

/sorry about the spelling.
 
2004-03-27 07:02:13 PM
if you use any type of FM transmitter even the lowest powered type in the UK, you can expect to get an unlimeted fine and/or 2 years in prison as well as having all your audio equipment seized.
 
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