Better Antennas For Low Power Radio

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In order to get the low power radio bill through the political logjam that we call the United States Congress, we had to agree to some pretty draconian standards to prevent interference to existing stations– standards far more stringent than most commercial stations have to abide by.  We accepted this unfair compromise because we knew that in real life, interference from 100 watt transmitters would almost never be

Rootio Builds A New Kind Of Community Radio In Uganda

This spring, Petri traveled to Uganda to work with an exciting new project in community radio, Rootio ( Rootio.org). Spearheaded by Chris Csikszentmihalyi,  this project aims to develop a new type of small community radio station that is deeply conneced to the mobile phone networks. Different stations will take different forms, but the smallest of the new stations will have no studio– all talk shows will be conducted using the

A Two-Hop Link for Radio Voz

Just returned from another round of work on the new radio station for Radio Voz, the radio station of Idaho Community Action Network in Burley, Idaho. This 5600 watt station is a progressive, Spanish language voice in one of the most conservative states. It has an incredibly passionate and loyal audience, even though it is just over a year old now.

Fun in Montreal at the AMARC 30th Anniversary

Pete Tridish and April Glaser drove to Montreal to attend the 30th Anniversary Conference of AMARC, the World Association of Community Broadcasters. AMARC is officially based in Montreal and it was wonderful to see old friends from community radio stations around the world as well as to meet new people who have established exciting stations in places like South Africa, India, and Western Canada.

Radio in Nicaragua for the Mulukuku Co-operative

Our first project in Nicaragua was at the Maria Luisa Ortiz co-operative in Mulukuku, a station that was started with the assistance of our friends at Radios Populares. You can see a great video about the launch of the station here. They run an amazing clinic. They wanted us to check out their antenna, which has trouble when it rains, so we climbed up and redid a bunch of the connections.