[AMRadio] FM transmitter

Donald Chester k4kyv at hotmail.com
Fri Mar 3 23:03:45 EST 2006

>From: "Brian Carling" <bcarling at cfl.rr.com>

>(This actually refers to the British licensing of radio and TV
>receivers. Both require a license and they actually go around
>in vans to "ctach" and punish persons listening without a license!)

I have been told that those vans were purely "psychological warfare" and had 
no real means to detect receiving equipment.  It was a scare tactic to 
frighten the public into thinking they had better purchase a licence.

I suppose they could monitor TV sweep oscillator or local oscillators in 
superhets, but with hundreds of sets operating in a city environment it 
would have been difficult to pinpoint an "unlicensed" one.

When I lived in France they had a similar law.  But I went to a fleamarket 
and picked up an old 1930's vintage "tombstone" longwave/MW/SW broadcast 
receiver and used it, and nobody ever said anything.  I remember it was 
quite a novelty amongst tenants in the apartment building, because most of 
them had never before seen one of those old radios actually work (this was 
in the early 70's).

Don k4kyv


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