Some of the information we've looked at in the last few blog posts indicates it just might be possible to set up a low power radio station that generates a little bit of income through advertising revenue.
I've discovered that two of the most important elements of setting up a money-earning station are publicity and promotion. In my summary of the Oregon Sea Grant research, for example, it was shown that small signs promoting a low power radio station increased listenership a whopping 40%.
The problem is that publicity and promotion will also attract scrutiny and in the radio world that means an FCC field inspection. A great way to have a near a worry free FCC field inspection is to use an FCC certified transmitter.
Here is a quick review of some of the certified transmitters on the market today. Both AM and FM units are shown but keep in mind that a certified FM unit will have more limited range.
|Talking House plug and play AM transmitter. Available in one-each quantities through ebay.||Procaster outdoor AM transmitter, from chezradio.com|
|UX350-EX USB FM Transmitter, Stereo unit, innovative USB connection to a PC, sold by CanaKit.||Info Radio low power FM transmitter, sold by the manufacturer, informative web site.||FMT Digital FM Transmitter , stereo, original product from the C. Crane Company|
|ACC100 FM Mono Transmitter, PanAxis design now sold by Progressive Concepts, available in Stereo.||Hamilton RangeMaster AM1000, a long history of service.|