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
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.
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.
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.
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.