Why broadcast on radio?
This is a hobby and engineering project. Nothing more. If you can hear it beyond my yard you have won the lottery!
Why AM and not FM radio?
Licensed FM radio stations are very crowded on the dial. The bleed over of their frequency from spot to spot and distant stations is too great. AM radio, however, is not nearly as crowded. Phvern broadcasts on 1610 kHz, a frequency where there are no commercial licensed stations in the US. Additionally, any Part 15 compliant FM radio station couldn’t be legally heard beyond about 100 feet. That reason is due to the technical difference between frequency modulation and amplitude modulation.
What is “Part 15” radio?
This is best answered by Hobbybroadcaster.net. It is legal broadcasting under FCC rule.
Will you stream on the Internet?
Maybe. If programming is interesting enough, there are requests and sufficient funds, then yes.
Will Radio Phvern be 24 hours a day?
No. The signal will not be able to compete with nighttime AM stations from afar.
Will you compete with other St. Louis community stations?
Not really, unless being on the air itself means “competition”.
Who will run the station?
Broadcasts will be primarily automated and run by KE0JIT.
Will you be commercial or non-profit?
Not either one. This is a hobby station.
Will your signal cover the entire City of St. Louis?
Nope. One transmitter, under ideal conditions, might reach out 3 miles.
How will Radio Phvern make money to stay on the air?
Nobody will get paid to run it. The station will be financed, in its entirety, by KE0JIT.
Will music artist get royalties from broadcasts or Internet streaming?
You bet. Radio Phvern will obtain a low-cost streaming license for Internet, and a separate BMI license for broadcast. This is one of those items that costs money. Public domain material requires no royalty.
Who is Phvern?
Yes, who. Phvern is named for a person. Pronounced – Fuh-Vern.