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The Net's most popular site for Technical information on FM Transmitter Kits.
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Over 12,000 unique hits per month.


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The Pirate Radio Mailing List !
02 June 1999 - 18 August 2001

For 2 years, 2 months, 2 weeks and 2 days, the Pirate Radio Mailing list was the place that over 280 transmiteers turned to for their daily fix of RF advise, depending on the roughly 20 active Elmers who shared their experiences in over 5500 e-mails.

Many thanks to Broadcast Warehouse, Marko, BiasComms, Norm B, those guys from Australia and many, many others for making this mailing list the Internet's liveliest, friendliest and most useful resource for getting technical queries on FM Transmitters answered. My apologies to those who thought my moderation style was Hitleresque, but the ends did justify the means. We did have the highest S/N, lowest spamming, lowest net rage and flames, most newbie-friendly place on the Net !!

Transmiteer (n) : Word coined in June 1999 by Web Surf to signify a Pirate Radio Broadcaster,
inspired by "Buccaneer".

 

Comments on the new ROHM BH 141x Chips
26 Aug 2000

 

HOW FAR WILL MY SIGNAL GO ???
11 Oct 1999

Second Opinion on that 28 Oct 1999

Yet another viewpoint ( The British are using miles again !!!) 08 May 2000

 

Mystereofied ?

See my article on "Stereo for Dummies" 24 Sept 1999

+ Review of the B/W DIGILOG coder 13 Oct 1999

+ Notes on NJM2035 Stereo Coder IC 20 Oct 1999

+ BA1404 BA1404, Black Chip !! 19 April 1999

 

Where do I begin ?
Review of simple 1-3 Transistor FM Transmitters and "Bugs"
09 June 1999

 

Mike Timmer's review of the B/W Limiter kit
20 May 1999

 

My review of the MIGHTY MAX-1 PLL Exciter kit 02 May 1999

 

Alt'F reviews the B/W DIGILOG
Stereo Multiplexer kit
08 April 1999

 

My review of the Wavemach FMS2 Stereo PLL Exciter kit
20 Dec 1998

 

My review of the Broadcast Warehouse 1W PLL Exciter with LCD
08 Aug 1998

Marconi's Kit Reviews

Marconi's review of B/W 1W PLL Exciter with LCD 20 Aug 1998

Marconi reviews the Broadcast Warehouse 1W PLL Exciter (without LCD) July 1998

Marconi looks at the Veronica 1W VCO Transmitter June 1998

Marconi looks down upon the Panaxis Exciter 01 Sept 98
My Review of Marconi's view of the Panaxis Exciter 23 Oct 98

 

Would you buy a kit that did not have a Circuit Dia ?

I cannot believe it, but some top manufacturers still sell kits without circuit diagrams along with the kit. How do you as a hobbyist decide what to buy ? How do you understand what you are building ? How do you repair it ? How do you get parts in case some are missing ? How do you attempt mods ?

But I would rather that Circuit dias were available BEFORE you buy.
Three Cheers to
Smart Electronics for leading the way !!!

Feel strongly about this issue ? Send the manufacturer's mail !!!

Veronica always supplied dias, Smartkit always did, Wavemach always did :)
DIY Electronics has every kit's documentation PDF at web site :)
19 Sept 98 :
Broadcast Warehouse promise to supply schema with all new kits !!

Page started on 25 April 1998. We have had Over 46,000 page loads since counter reset on 15 May 2000.

Counter.com stats since 30 Oct 1998.
23 Sept 98 : Over 100 unique hits in a day, for the first time !!!
13 April 99 : Main page loaded 30,000 times, Links page loaded 19,000 times !!!!
27 Aug 99 : 200 unique hits in a day, for the first time !!!
Sept 00 : 300 unique hits a day is commonplace now
Dec 02 : Regularly more than 12,000 unique hits each month
"User of three web counters never knows correct statistics" - An Ancient Asian Aphorism

Version 1.0 : 25 Apr 98, Very basic site with Main page and Guestbook
Version 1.2 : 03 May 98, Added more links, made color cordination between pages
Version 1.3 : 18 May 98, Added even more links, made Kit Comparison page
Version 1.3a : 01 June 98, Got the push-buttons to work
Version 1.4 : June 98, Working on adding a page with my personal view on kits I have built.
Version 1.4a : June 98, Trying to get manufacturers to give me free kits to review !!
Version 1.4b : 03 June 98, Polished up the Comparison page with lots of hyperlinks to Schematics, reviews
Version 1.4c : 10 June 98, Added comments on pirate gear and kits by the french pirate Alt'F
Version 1.5 : 14 June 98, Trying to learn how to make a Web Ring
Version 1.5a : 18 June 98, 5,000 page loads but only 40 or so comments in Bulletin Board
Version 1.6 : 01 July 98, Reduced preamble and softened down tone. Added link to Marconi's review of B W/hs 1W PLL
Version 1.6a : 04 July 98, Too many people landing on first page were getting carried away by the links, so spawned child windows
Version 1.6b : 05 July 98, All those lovely people, where do they all belong ? Added Web Counters, 6905 page loads as per Tripod
Version 2.0 : 13 July 98 , Lost the original guestbook due to crash at Tripod, decided to change to Guestworld, reset the Web Counters as well
Version 2.1 : 19 July 98, Made separate page for Alt'F, adding the new e-mail he sent re: his broadcast equipment setup
Version 2.2 : 01 Aug 98, Started making new Links Page with collapsible summaries for IE4 users
Version 2.3 : 08 Aug 98, Added my review of Broadcast Warehouse 1W PLL Exciter with LCD, thoroughly enjoyed making/reviewing this kit
Version 2.3a : 24 Aug 98, Home Page sees 10,000 page loads in 4 months !!!!!!
Version 2.4 : 04 Sept 98, Put the Extreme counter on each page so that users get counted (ONCE) irrespective of which page they visit
Version 2.4a : 04 Sept 98, August 1998 Stats : 1932 page loads, 1307 unique hits.
Version 3.0 : 04 Sept 98, Started using new Hypernews forum. Gave up on the Guestworld guestbook
Version 3.0 : 23 Sept 98, 102 UNIQUE HITS TODAY !!!!!! Whoopiiieeeee !!!!!!!!!!!!
Version 3.0 : 01 Oct 98, Sept 1998 Stats : 4019 page loads, 2027 unique hits
Version 3.1 : 01 Oct 98, Made a Poll for Best FM Exciter kit
Version 3.2 : 20 Dec 98, Uploaded my partial review of the Wavemach FMS2 Transmitter
Version 3.2 : xx Dec 98, Finally put in some comments re the Polling pattern
Version 3.2 : 10 Jan 99, Home page loaded 20,000 times while Links page has 10,000 page loads. Wavemach page seen 150 times.
Version 3.2 : 07 Feb 99, Received MAX-1 for review. Jazzed up the Wavemach page which has had about 400 hits
Version 3.2 : 22 Feb 99, Home Page loaded 25,000 times !!!
Version 3.3 : 08 Apr 99, Uploaded Alt'Fs review of the Broadcast Warehouse DIGILOG Stereo Encoder kit.
Version 3.3 : 13 Apr 99, Home Page crosses 30,000 loads !!! Links page crosses 19,000 loads !!!
Version 4.0 : 02 May 99, Uploaded my review of Mighty MAX-1 PLL 4Watt Transmitter
Version 4.1 : 20 May 99, Uploaded Mike Timmer's view of the Broadcast Warehouse High Quality Audio Limiter Kit
Version 4.2 : 02 June 99, Added a Moderated Mailing list courtesy Listbot
Version 4.3 : 07 June 99, Made new format Kit Comparison page
Version 4.4 : 09 July 99, Uploaded review of beginners kits, Canakit CK111
Version 4.4 : 17 July 99, Uploaded review of DIY Electronic' Kit 32 ( 3 transi FM Bug). Home page loaded 37,870 times
Version 4.5 : 19 July 99, Uploaded review of Cana Kit's CK222, a BA1404 based Stereo FM Transmitter kit. List has 85 members.
Version 4.5 : 11 Aug 99, Solar Eclipse : Main page loaded 3988 times in June, Total visits to Main page 39880. Mystical ??
Version 4.6 : 24 Sept 99, Added my erudite look at Stereo MPX
Version 4.7 : 13 Oct 99, Added my review of Broadcast Warehouse DIGILOG MPX Kit. 5121 hits in Sept 99.
Version 4.8 : 20 Oct 99, Added page on NJM2035 Stereo Multiplexer Chip by New Japan Radio
Version 4.9 : 02 Dec 99, Added site search facility. List has 176 members. Main page loaded 50,500 times
Version 4.9 : 03 Feb 00, Links page loaded 50,000 times. Gawsh is this site popular or what ? List has 202 members. 5037 Jan '00 hits
Version 4.10 : 15 May 00, Gawd, they reset my counters !!!!
Version 4.11 26 Aug 00, Added comments on Rohm BH1416 Stereo FM Transmitter chip
Version 5.0 28 Dec 00, Added "Feedback" and "Pass it on" GEAR
Version 6.0 18 Aug 01 Stopped the Pirate Radio Mailing List as LISTBOT shuts down service, got rid of GEAR