Experimental License

I am off to a slow start with obtaining an experiemental license, there is equipment to find, parts list's, rules to review and of course cool weather is upon us now. School has been in full swing here in the mountains too, i have two girls in elementery and one in middle school.

This will be their last year in the old school which is a couple miles from home, the new school is closer to Hazard,Ky which means any school functions or conferences will require a battle with traffic, my wife and i are not looking forward to that.
It's all part of the gooberments plan to consolidate the school districts, one school will cover more grades, with less buildings to deal with.

Plan Of Attack

My plan of attack is to approach this project as if i was building a high powered station complete with equipment list's, antenna plans, frequencies to be used, power to be used and the area in the yard where all of this should take place.

Also, my progress during this project will be shared here on this blog.
One thing for sure, the weather sure has been great, not too hot and not too cold with a few showers here and there.
But, that won't last, Autum is short giving away to Winter which can be unpredictable at times, even the weather guy can miss some details and we get a snow storm bigger than the blizzard of '77.

With that being said, my project might be put on hold depending on the weather in E. Ky, the Farmers Almanac say's the first part of Winter for my portion of Kentucky could start out mild then erupt into a full on ice age....ok not that extreme lol

So that's it, my plans so far.

Barry of BBR World Wide.

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ArtisanRadio's picture

Great news, Barry.

I think that this is an important and necessary step to increase the likelihood of obtaining changes to the existing Part 15 FM rules.

One thing that I had suggested in the past - to supplement real world experiments with simulations from analysis software such as NEC.  From what I have been led to believe, the license to obtain NEC4.2 is relatively minimal in cost compared to equipment (around $200), and the FCC is willing to accept its results in lieu of actual testing.  There is even a free (earlier) version of the software, but I'm not sure if the FCC would accept its results (although it would be ideal for learning how to use the software).

I believe that doing both (which is possible with very low power levels, not so possible with flame thrower power) would be a very powerful statement.

Rich's picture

... One thing that I had suggested in the past - to supplement real world experiments with simulations from analysis software such as NEC. ...


I agree 100% with the clip of ArtisanRadio, above.

FairBol's picture

How's it coming with your project?

Matt Boland

1650 AM, "Radio Free Connecticut"

rock95seven's picture

FairBol, it's going at a snails pace at the moment. I have had to place obtaining the license on hold for now.
Personal matters have come up that need my attention first and foremost. Which reminds me, Neil Radio8z i will shoot an email out to you soon. I think doing NEC models would help more than anything at this point.


 Barry of 1200 AM BBR http://www.geocities.ws/bbrcomms/ - WQYY 664

westfall1982's picture

Talk about slow the FCC Lets face it we wait a lifetime for change. More low power FM stations could be licensed in many atras of the country but when would the next window od oportunity be.  My wish would be to at least allow us one watt. One watt would help somewhat, it woulld especiallygive us the chance to use a wider variety of frequencies maybe. My plan is to eventually have multible transmitters throughout our county to covor villages ect

jeff call