I’ve read about other low-power stations and some in big cities have quite a cult following and run a mix of live and automated formats. I really don’t want to invest too much time in this, but it’s an interesting pursuit. It takes about 30 minutes at the computer to put together a loop of interesting materials and mix in an ID message here and there.
I don’t expect much to come of this but if nothing else I have a nice strong signal around my house where we can hear anything we want from an AM radio!
I got a lot of good tips from other people’s blogs, so here are some notes for anyone looking into a radio project who finds this page on a search engine:
1. My antenna was built from SSTRAN’s modified in-line coil plans. The main antenna section is ¾” and the base is 1” copper pipe. This is said to increase bandwith and it will certainly stand up to the west Texas wind better than the smaller stock. I recommend cutting the clamping notches as wide as 1/8” with an abrasive wheel. This made a much more solid connection than a hacksaw kerf.