|[AMRadio] FM transmitter|
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).
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