According to THIS Radio Billboard Monitor the NAB has conducted it's own tests of FM transmitting devices (FM Modulators) people use to play iPODs and Sat radio signals onto nascent sections of the FM spectrum.
- As for the results of those tests, NAB spokesperson Dennis Wharton says, “Our tests showed that 13 of the 17 wireless devices (76%) exceeded field strength limits set by the FCC. Six of those devices exceeded the FCC field limit by 2,000%. One device transmitted a signal that was 20,000% stronger than allowed by FCC rules. Many of the devices also transmitted signals that were substantially wider in bandwidth than permitted by the FCC, resulting in potential interference to 1st and 2nd adjacent channels as well.”
I'm probably alone on this one – but this seems really petty.
Is this what the NAB is good for? Do they do ANYTHING to actually make what comes off our wonderfully government protected transmitters BETTER – or serve the listeners and communities BETTER?
Or are they only concerned making sure potential competitors have obnoxious burdens and barriers to climb over.
The truth is – most of those FM Modulator devices suck anyway – even if they are operating at 2000% over the FCC Limit.
That fact, in and of itself causes me to assume that the original power limits set by the FCC were probably arrived at by recommendations of people like . . . ohh I don't know . . . say – the NAB?
Afterall – it was the NAB that made sure the charter granting Satcaster sthe right to deliver audio content over satellite DID NOT ALLOW any local generated content of any kind. So for them to have a say in how much power these Modulators could transmit wouldn't surprise me at all.
The NAB is about 1 thing – making sure the Government erects and maintains high barriers and absurd conditions on ANYONE seeking to compete in the wireless audio delivery business.