In article <MPG.firstname.lastname@example.org>, Lronscam <NQSPAMLronsscam@aol.comNOTs> wrote:
>The addy of email@example.com, In article ID <mike-
>1BCC66.firstname.lastname@example.org>, On or about Tue, 25 Jul
>2000 15:07:31 GMT,
> Mike O'Connor says...
>>This reminds me. The Lisa McPherson Trust should apply for one of the
>>new low power (100 watts) radio licenses the FCC is about to assign.
>>Seriously. Thousands of applications are in already. I bet you a buck
>>the cult has applied! Perhaps this could be looked up. I hear a large
>>majority of applications are from churches and religious organizations.
>How far will 100watts travel, and what good will it do them?
I don't know the answer to how far. I know that the big clear channel AM station WABC-NY is 50,000 watts and covers 36 states. But I think these are FM which is line of sight. A lot might depend on the antenna height and I don't know what the limits will be. And, I think 100 watts is the highest power station they will allow, you can have less. Maybe you could reach Tampa and St. Pete.
What good it will do is:
Cult members could listen to it under the covers in bed at FLAG, Radio Free Europe-like. Tough to do that with a computer.
Up to 24 hour a day coverage, if you've got the electricity and programming. Tough to buy that much radio time even in a tiny commercial station. No, you can't read OT III and NOTs all day. But there are reams of stuff people have written that they _will_ permit you to read. And you can have discussions. And guests. And music. And news.
If the cult jams it, I believe the FCC _will_ come to the rescue. And such a prosecution would be on the Federal dime, no drain on the LMT.
Plus, I get to produce two hours per week for coming up with the idea, and I have some GREAT plans for it. ;-)