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Frequently Asked Questions

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Why do you do pirate radio?
Where do you broadcast from?
What sort of power do you use?
Who builds the transmitters?
Why aren't you on more often?
Why don't all the pirates get together and do one big station?
Are free radio websites illegal ?  


 Why do you do pirate radio?
Most people do it for a hobby, but there are a few operators who do it as part of a cause to legalise free radio.


Where do you broadcast from?
Most pirates won't tell you anything about this, but an FM pirate can transmit from practically anywhere, wheras a Medium Wave pirate station needs a much larger antenna .


What sort of power do you use?
Again, we never give any details of  what power we use, but most FM pirates would probably use between 1 and 50 W. This is often subject to exaggeration, guesswork and total bull crap !



Who builds the transmitters?
There are several sources for kits etc. (see our links page). Some people with the relevant knowledge build their own bu when it comes to doing stereo, things can become much more complex.



Why aren't you on more often?
Most people do it as a hobby and just switch on as a sort of an ego trip when it takes their fancy, also their is usually a clique of people who occasionally fall out from time to time.



Why don't all the pirates get together and do one big station?
(See 'Why aren't you on more often?')



Are free radio web sites illegal?
Probably, but there are much worse things being promoted on the internet from organizations who are claiming rights to free speech.
There is an organization called the Blue Ribbon campaign which anybody can join and some free radio sites display their logo.

I would not support that particular organization because of some of the organizations they support who should never have any right to free speech.
Free radio doesn't harm anyone and doesn't pose any threat to licensed stations.



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