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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 2017-07-31, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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Question What are the rules/laws on broadcasting your own fm radio station in Canada?

Hi I'm 17 and I live in Ontario Canada. I've been looking online and I can't really find anything on whether you can broadcast unlicensed if you're under a set power or if you can broadcast legally at all.

Any help would be greatly appreciated and thank you for your time
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While waiting for a direct response here, you may wish to check out the following similar thread.

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Just do not become the next Jayhaed Saadé.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mix_FM_(Ottawa))
and
Broadcaster says teen pirate radio operator threatened to kill him

Industry Canada frowns on Pirate Radio stations.

And the likelihood of your being able to start your own is slim to none.

Instead, look at going the online way. But once again, you have to consider licensing of the music you want to play.

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I was at the Mosport race track (now "Canadian Tire Motorsport Park") in early July, and as they've been doing for many years, the track's public address system was being broadcast on 90.7 FM so that people with portable radios and earbuds can hear it over the noise of the cars. I assume they must have some kind of arrangement that allows them to do this temporarily on race weekends with a low power signal that might reach no more than 1 or 2 km beyond the boundaries of the track property. It's out in the middle of nowhere, but I definitely remember the Toronto IndyCar race did a similar thing for its first few years in the late 1980s and maybe into the 1990s. People who lived in high-rise apartments as far north as Bloor Street could listen to it.
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Drive in theaters used the FM band for some time as well. There must be some provision for uses of this type at public events. The low end of the FM band has always been considered to be somewhat experimental as long as the signals are low power, generally 50w ERP or lower, and don't interfere with other stations or TV channel 6. I believe strict guidelines and licensing still apply though. My guess with venues such as race tracks is that they actually have an FM radio license, or at least clearance, for the frequencies they use. Licensing requirements would be different from commercial radio stations that cover major metropolitan areas and sell advertising for profit.
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See https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gs...f02087.html#q2 for an FAQ on LPFM and VLPFM in Canada.
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Wifi is probably a better alternative than VLPFM for many applications and it requires no special licensing.
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How many WiFi (and repeaters) hot spots would you need to cover the entire Mosport area? I suspect one 50w FM transmitter might be all you need.

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I didn't say all applications. However, how many people carry FM radios with them compared to cell phones? Maybe both would be appropriate in this circumstance. Does Mosport have an app?
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Just about every cell phone (smart phone) can be configured with an FM app.

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Just about every cell phone (smart phone) can be configured with an FM app.
That's false. A good majority of them have the FM completely disabled (the chip isn't physically connected to the headphone jack, so headphones can't act as an antenna).
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Okay that's good info. My understanding was that most cell phone carriers actually lock the FM chip. Their motive is that you stream radio via their network so they can gouge you for more money.
Perhaps when the new unlock law comes into effect this fall it will also include the FM chip.

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The info I read is that almost all cellphone chips have an FM module but few smartphone makers support it in their phone design. LTC is one phone maker that supports the FM tuner in some or all of their phones but they are losing market share.
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My MOTO also has fm in it that works
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