Licensed broadcasters are covered by publications and web sites that follow the ups and downs of our licensed compatriots.
Perhaps we can be made to feel just a little better by the trials and tribulations of this chaotic industry. Some of my favorite sources for following licensed broadcasters and the radio industry are:
|• Radio 411||• DCRTV||• F.M.B.Q.|
|• Radio Online||• All Access||• Radio Ink|
|• Inside Radio||• Ad Week||• Variety|
The recently relaxed licensing requirements make amateur radio accessible for anyone from 8 to 80 and amateur radio communications have grown rapidly in the last five years.
Handy link amateur radio include:
|• American Radio Relay League||• Hamuniverse.com||• eHam.net|
|• CQ Communications||• QSL.net||• Practical Amateur Radio|
|• Amateur Radio Newsline||• FCC Amateur Radio Service page||• Gordon West Radio School|
No matter the intent of the pirate, the results are usually the same. Radio transmitters are awfully easy to find and computer based RF analysis can even provide a unique transmitter fingerprint. And yes, the FCC even works on nights and weekends.
Publications and web sites for pirate radio tend to mimic pirate radio operations - hard to find and sure to be gone soon. If you are interested in learning more about pirate broadcasting, your favorite search engine will be your best friend.
Read the two following posts to learn more about two (in my opinion) better ways to have some fun on the radio!