Subject: Re: [GlobalRevolutionMedia] Re: Proposal from radio team
From: micah anderson
Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2011 17:01:10 -0400
To: White Hat <>, "globalrevolutionmedia\" <>

Thanks for your reply and comments on the proposal!

On Mon, 24 Oct 2011 13:23:01 -0700 (PDT), White Hat <> wrote:
that said, i would not support a $2,000 budget initially.  i think
better to demonstrably "solve" the open mic problem using minimal cost
equipment and after that is working ask for funds to stream, archive,
etc.  specifically get it working in the square without sound boards,
laptops, streaming, space, storage, etc.

We have actually done this a couple of times, with some people from
media, using the PART-15 transmitters, USB audio devices, cables and
adapters that we have purchased ourselves ahead of time in order to do
this demonstration. 

None of these have been widely announced because the transmission range,
money and space concerns have kept us from being able to reliably
provide something that would work as a demonstration for a larger

The proposal as written is intended for the first phase to be
accomplished in much the same way as you describe, using minimal cost
equipment to just do the FM broadcasting, not doing the streaming,
archiving, etc. 

have you looked at these transmitters:   ($139)  ($209)

Yes, as far as we can tell from the minimal descriptions there, these
are *not* FCC PART-15 compliant, especially with over 3 miles of
transmission capability. This is O.5 W, which is over the limit for
PART-15. This would require a LPFM license, which is not trivial to get.

my suggestion would be to get one transmitter, one wired mic, one
shotgun mic (to pick up audience comments), and ask people to bring

We have two wired microphones (SM58s) donated, but they require phantom
power (ie. mixer board, which can be obtained for ~$120, we heard there
might have been one that was put in a green bin at SIS about 3 weeks
ago, we'd like to find that and use it if possible). We also have a
shotgun mic that takes a battery, but it is suboptimal for the purpose
as the cable lengths are poor, and the pickup very bad, it would not
work for a GA (we've tried). We have already two transmitters, cables,
adapters, etc.  which is over $200 already out of pocket. We can't go
any further without support from an official working group. We need
space, recognition and some resources to take this to
completion. Several of us are hauling a ton of equipment on our bikes on
a regular basis down to the square that I would really like to put
somewhere other than my already bad back.  We've been making callouts to
the local community asking for equipment donations and support, but have
thus far only received one offer that did not come through. The amount
requested is for the full project, but we could easily do phase one at a
lower amount, which I think would be sufficient to provide
demonstrations, but to do that, we are going to need some money to do
it. If I could front the money, I would.