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Author Topic: Any stations in Los Angeles?  (Read 2784 times)
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« on: January 14, 2016, 0158 UTC »

I'm wondering if there are any FM pirate stations in Los Angeles?
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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2016, 0240 UTC »

I wouldn't be at all surprised if there are at least 3.
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2016, 0549 UTC »

Well, I haven't found any in my area.
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2016, 0603 UTC »

Why not start one!

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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2016, 2252 UTC »

I would love to start one, but i don't have the money for the equipment as of now.
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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2017, 0637 UTC »

So far I haven't received any in the LA area. I'm in the east LA area and so far nothing on the "east side". Tune the lower part of the FM band
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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2017, 1255 UTC »

      Yeah, good luck finding a free frequency in LA on FM. Ya might be better off going onto AM there. But beware, I remember reading that engineers from commercial stations tried to take two Part #15 AM stations off-air, but the FCC actual couldn't do anything, because they were compliant. This was back in the 1990's. So, even if the FCC doesn't hunt ya down, some asshole, brown nosing, commercial station might there.
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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2017, 0615 UTC »

The thing that limits FM pirates is the lowish power of most of their transmitters and the clear height they can get their antennas to. The FCC takes FM piracy very seriously. Successful FM pirates try to be low key and not to be noticed. If they throw up a tower in their yard/or on their apt. building, buy a high powered transmitter, and start blasting away in the middle of a large city, they're going to have Federal visitors on them quick. FM stations are very easy to DF. You've got to be in or near the area where they operate when they're on to hear most of the ones that last.

As the Dood said, the FM band in most large cities is filled cheek to jowl with stations. Even if you run low power and depend on the "capture effect" to hijack a frequency to cover your neighborhood, you're going to be messing with a station who's listeners nearby are eventually going to report you. Management is going to call the FCC, their bosses pay for them, and there goes your station. Large corporations with money and influence give a damn about pirates stepping on or close to their precious station's frequency in the AM and FM spectrum as do their poorer competitors. There's money in those airwaves and pirates take part of the audience that buy the products of the advertisers that keeps the cash rolling in.

MS-13 is pretty heavily into FM piracy in the cities of El Salvador and Honduras. As L.A. is where they formed, I've got to think their doing it there and wherever else they've got a sizable presence in the States? If you run across one of their stations, I'd strongly advise not trying to locate exactly where it's coming from. Stay safe and just listen. Those young men don't welcome strangers.
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