Potential broadcast area near Bevo Mill neighborhood

Researching the feasability of broadcasting in an area of large population density that spans part of Bevo Mill and Dutchtown South neighborhoods.  This is near Gustine and Delor Streets.

To anyone new seeing the blog post should note this is not a pirate radio concept but a flea-powered, legal broadcast idea.

Doing this because it doesn’t look like it will work out in Old North Saint Louis as originally anticipated.



Future of the station after Oct 2017

I’ve been at this for a little over a year formulating a plan and building stuff to get on the air. The transmitter, it turns out, was the easy part.  So at this point I’m struggling with whether I want to spend money on building the necessary antenna or not.  I believe I will build it, but until I do, the station concept is on hold.

Additionally, I am pondering relocating the tranmitter to a south Saint Louis location because I have suitable facilities there to make a studio.  There is also a larger population density for listeners.


1610 kHz broadcast signal propagation

Using a standard automobile AM receiver I have been able to detect broadcast signal dead-zones and hot-zones.  Close to the transmitter an ordinary clock radio is used to confirm a transmitter signal.

At the moment only a wire antenna is attached to the SSTRAN AMT 3000 transmitter. Does not appear the signal goes more than 200 feet.  Best reception thus far is 75 feet or less.

This is a dense, urban area.

I was able to detect a faint signal about 600 feet from the antenna.


[Updated 8-23-17]

Radio PHVERN is now on the air, broadcasting from 1610 AM, July 31, 2017 at 13:04.  It’s been a little over a year after the transmitter was purchased, and about seven months after it was completely assembled.

There will be a fixed program for the time being, and it will repeat itself throughout the day.  Broadcast during daytime hours, hopefully on by 9 am and ending about 3 pm, Monday through Friday.

programming trail run

The broadcast area is quite limited. The permanent, longer range antenna has not yet been constructed.  Range with the better antenna should be at least 1/2 mile away from the antenna, up to a mile under good atmospheric conditions.