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Posted: 13 February 2012 at 8:08pm | IP Logged Quote caveman

If in the future (long time away) I decide to have a go at hi power type broadcasting is it legal to use a lpfm band? re:107.00 fm.    Am I correct in thinking that some full power stations use theese bands now???

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Posted: 15 February 2012 at 2:51am | IP Logged Quote RadioTech

Hi CM,

The General User Radio License (GURL) allows anyone to use the specified frequencies as long as they adhere to the rules, which still limit maximum EIRP to 1 watt.

I am aware that there are a number of commercial (high power) stations using GURL frequencies. However, they are not exempt from the regulations and may only radiate an EIRP of 1 watt - the same as everyone else.

In general it seems that commercial stations which are using GURL frequencies are doing so for 'in-fill' or for a presence in a location where there are no other commercial frequencies available.

This practice has long been an issue of contention, as I believe these stations are effectively 'double dipping' or getting an extra slice of the pie.

A station which can afford to purchase a commercial frequency should not, in my book, also be allowed to use a GURL frequency.

These were made available for people who could not afford a spectrum (high power) license or would otherwise never be able to acquire such a frequency.
They were not set up for corporates to get free access to the radio waves.

I do hope that one day you are able to join the ranks of the medium or high power operators. You just won't be able to do it on 107 MHz.

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Posted: 09 May 2012 at 6:31pm | IP Logged Quote caveman

There seems to be more of this going on RE; comercial stations using lpfm frequencys especially in my area (Gore). It really gets on my nerves. Our local station is not doing this it seems to be outsiders trying to get a foothold in our area. It must be of concern for our local station (commercial) I have no problem with them.

Another questionj please;  RE Admingroup

 I may be interested in hiring/ or purchasing a good limiter/expander

can you contact me at caveman@woosh.co.nz with prices to hire or purchase please



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