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Updated on February 20, 2017
A home fm broadcasting station commonly know as Pirate FM Radio
A home fm broadcasting station commonly know as Pirate FM Radio

DIY FM Radio Broadcasting (Pirate FM)

A science fair was what brought me into the world of home FM radio broadcasting also know in many parts of the world as Pirate FM Radio. I was in sixth grade then and was required to submit a science project. Wait. Hubs are supposed to be short.

Anyway, through the years that followed I became more and more obsessed with owning my own FM station that I literally taught myself the fundamentals of electronics for the purpose of designing one. Broadcast FM radio transmitters were non existent in the Philippines. My only choice was to design my own if I wanted to have one.

My first true stereo FM transmitter was designed around the popular BA1404A. I was then in college and only a few hours ride to Manila, Philippines. The setup was fun it covered three dormitories and everybody loved and hated it. We used a cassette player for input and a small fet mic for voice.

Truth be told, in America, what we were using and so smug about was nothing but a kids toy. You can get them in Amazon. Notice those products I displayed... yep... the book, 3 transmitters based on the same chip. I recommend only the book and the $44 dollar transmitter. The others are grossly priced and with the proper electronics know-how, you can squeeze the performance of the two out of the cheaper one. Hahahaha!!!

But I have a secret. In the course of my search around the internet to find the best bang for your buck in acquiring the best quality broadcast fm radio transmitter, I have found found just one site that can be counted upon. If you have read my story in the link above I think you know it by now.


Oh well the secret is out. Anyway I have presented the Broadcast FM radio Transmitter Setups on that first link. I'd dearly love to create another link here but... I might be breaking a few rules. You can see the setup there.

Anyway once you have your own broadcast fm transmitter you'll also need a quality usb microphone. An old school condenser microphone would also do... but you'll have to spend extra for a mixer and a pre-amp. But chances are you already have a laptop or a desktop so that wouldn't be a problem.

So here's a list of some of the things I think you might need. :-)

You can get your Broadcast FM Radio Transmitter from the Secret Link Above. This List is for FM Broadcast Equipment

Samson C01U USB Studio Condenser Microphone Bundle with Mic Stand, Pop Filter, Shock Mount, and USB Cable
Samson C01U USB Studio Condenser Microphone Bundle with Mic Stand, Pop Filter, Shock Mount, and USB Cable
Samson transformed the process the entire world records audio with the C01U and C03U USB Studio Condenser microphones--the very first studio high quality condenser microphones built with a USB interface . The pak is excellent for many different applications , which range from company activities and demonstrations to music application and portable podcast recording applications . The C01U Recording/Podcasting Pak is provided bundled with Cakewalk Sonar LE , their immensely popular digital audio workstation software system , providing owners increased power and flexibility to digitally record sound in almost any circumstance . Providing more than just the C01U microphone and Cakewalk software , the bundle is provided with a desktop mic stand , mic clip , shockmount and USB cable in a sturdy , light-weight aluminum case . The Paks are geared toward many different purposes , from corporate and business occasions and presentations to music applications to portable podcast recording purposes .

Fm Broadcasting or Podcasting Poll

Given the chance, which would you engage in?

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      8 years ago

      Of course, you should have pointed out why it's called "pirate" radio, because it's totally illegal over about 500 mW. :) But, in a rare area where the FM stations aren't back to back across the band, you can probably get away with it. Thanks for the tips on fidelity and the links to good equipment, it's a well-written hub.

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      8 years ago

      you ok beverley if you are still in need of them here is the link

      filling address ,ring them for advice , mention martin netsims recommened you


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