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Day of Mass Electronic Civil Disobedience - October 17, 2003
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Day of Mass Electronic Civil Disobedience - What do you think?
I support it - it's in the great tradition of American patriotism.
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I don't care - if it does't hurt anyone, why not?
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I oppose it - any act that breaks the law is a crime no matter what the intension
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I oppose it because big corporations should control the media; they provide the jobs.
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This has nothing to do with music; don't publish this kind of political stuff.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2003 6:44 pm    Post subject: Day of Mass Electronic Civil Disobedience - October 17, 2003 Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Seize the Airwaves!
Break the Corporate Media's Stranglehold on the Free Flow of Information, News, Music, Artistic Expression, and Cultural Creativity

Day of Mass Electronic Civil Disobedience
Celebrating International Media Democracy Day
Friday, October 17, 2003

You go to the demonstrations, write letters and email to Congress; and yet, you feel as if your voice is not being heard. What if there was a way for your voice, and the voices of your compatriots, to actually be heard? There is - it is called micropower broadcasting or free radio.

Micropower broadcasting began as a means to empower the residents of a housing project in Springfield, Illinois in the late 1980's. By creating a low power FM broadcast station, this community established its own voice and a direct means to fight against police brutality and repression. Unlicensed and unsanctioned by the government, Human Rights Radio, as it is now known, continues to broadcast to this very day.

Since then, micropower broadcasting has grown into a national movement of electronic civil disobedience. Based on the principles of Free Speech and Direct Action, micropower broadcasting seeks to reclaim the electronic commons of the airwaves - a public resource and trust stolen by the corporate broadcasters, aided and abetted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other appendages of the US Government.

Continuing in the rich tradition of the struggle to speak freely and be heard, micropower broadcasting has traded the historic soapbox for the FM broadcast transmitter. Advances in technology and design have allowed for the creation of FM transmitters at a very low cost in comparison to standard, commercial broadcasting equipment. An entire FM broadcast station covering a radius of 5-12 miles can be assembled for $1000 or less.

Yes, there are legal risks involved. Such stations are violating FCC regulations and statutes, and are subject to possible legal actions such as threatening letters or fines, and sometimes seizure of equipment. Despite this, at any given time, there are hundreds of stations on the air across the United States. Unfortunately, stations tend to go on the air in isolation from one another, making them an easier target for the FCC.

Despite the somewhat uncoordinated efforts of the last ten years, hundreds of micropower stations taking to the airwaves forced the FCC to respond to a rapidly growing, ungovernable situation. William Kennard, former head of the FCC, admitted this is in a documentary, LPFM - The Peoples' Voice, produced by the United Church of Christ's Microradio Implementation Project. ( http://www.veriteproductions.net/html/awards.html ; http://www.current.org/in/in009LPFM.html ) Adding further legitimacy to the micropower broadcasting movement, the FCC's own study on possible interference issues, The Mitre Study (http://prometheusradio.org/release_71303.shtml), failed to show even marginal interference to full power broadcasters by low power FM stations. It went further to recommend the lifting of burdensome restrictions imposed on the LPFM broadcasting service.

For years, the National Association of Broadcasters(NAB), representing corporate interests, has used interference as a red herring issue in their attempts to stifle the Free Speech Rights of micropower broadcasters. Joined by National Public Radio, the NAB, using bogus interference claims augmented with political grease, succeeded in getting a bill, ironically titled -The Broadcast Preservation Act of 1999, passed by Congress to severely limit the number of LPFM stations authorized by the FCC when they established the LPFM service in January of 1999. Whether it was the Free Speech fights of the Wobblies, folks refusing to go to the back of the bus or hundreds of unsanctioned low power FM taking to the airwaves, mass movements creating ungovernable situations do work.

Therefore, we are calling for a day of electronic solidarity and direct action, marking the beginning of a new chapter in micropower broadcasting by raising the struggle to an entirely new level of engagement. Between now and October, 17th, we are asking you and your community to create your own broadcast station to further empower your vision of a just, humane, peaceful and sustainable world.

Hundreds of new stations going on the air all at once will be a powerful statement to the corporate media and the government that the airwaves belong to the people who have chosen to seize them back, speaking in one strong collective voice. With budgets and resources stretched thin, the FCC will be hard-pressed to respond to such an expression of solidarity. This action will encourage many more communities to set up their own broadcast stations. Schools, arts centers, housing projects, senior communities; all could be empowered with free radio broadcasting. Critical mass can be achieved within a very short period of time.

To further amplify this collective voice, a mass 24 hour broadcast of the same programming by hundreds of micropower stations would meld hundreds of small voices into one giant shout for Free Speech Rights. Using the existing infrastructure of the Internet and audio streaming technologies which have been employed by the Independent Media Centers since 1999, a common audio stream would be created for re-broadcasting. Individual stations would work collectively to create programming for this 24 hour broadcast. Given the number of IMC sites in the US, they could serve as hubs for the audio streams, both incoming and outgoing. And, quite possibly, stations outside the US would join in as well, creating a global movement to reclaim the broadcast spectrum.

Setting up a basic FM broadcast station requires the following items. Approximate price ranges are given.

Transmitter - $150 to $600
Power Supply - $35to $100
Antenna - $15 to $125
Antenna cable - $50 to $75
Compressor/limiter - $80 to $100
Audio mixer - $75 to $150
Microphones $25 to $50 each
Tape and CD players, go to garage sales or get donated units
Donated 300-500 Mhz computer to work as an MP3 sound file jukebox. Allows unattended playing of program material as needed.

Transmitters are available as kits or fully assembled units. Assembled units are mostly available from vendors in the UK. A list of vendors follows at the end of this article. A very serviceable antenna can be built from common ¦ inch copper water pipe for $15 in materials or a commercial unit, the Comet 5/8 groundplane, costs $115-$125.

To facilitate the creation of hundreds of new stations, weekend workshops will be scheduled at selected locations around the country between now and October 17th. At the end of the workshop you will be able to walk away with a fully assembled transmitter and antenna. As an introduction to setting up an FM broadcast station, Free Radio Berkeley has a Micropower Broadcasting Primer available as a PDF document either on their website - www.freeradio.org - or by email request - xmtrman@pacbell.net . Thanks to a collaborative design effort, Free Radio Berkeley will be offering a partially assembled 1-10 watt variable output power transmitter kit for $150. This transmitter can cover a radius of 4-6 miles and will drive a higher power amplifier of 75 watts which is available as kit for $115.

With your own radio station, you will be able to provide alternative programming that is rarely heard in most communities unless they are fortunate enough to have a Pacifica station or an independent community station nearby. Thanks to the internet, there is a wealth of programming available in addition to what you will be able to produce locally. A collaborative web site - www.radio4all.net - established by the micropower broadcasting community in 1997 has over 2000 radio programs available for downloading in MP3 format. New programs are being uploaded daily. Democracy Now ( www.democracynow.org ), Working Assets Radio ( www.workingforchange.com/radio/index.cfm ) and Making Contact ( www.radioproject.org ), to name a few, offer extensive archives of programs for downloading. The Independent Media Center Radio Site - http://radio.indymedia.org/ - not only has a large archive of programming but lists other programming sources, web streams from free radio stations, and a variety of other resources as well.

To paraphrase "Scoop" Nisker, if you don't like the media, go out and make your own. It is time to move from being a passive consumer of media to becoming a co-creator in a movement which gives voice to the voiceless. If you can't communicate, you can't organize. If you can't organize, you can't fight back. And, if you can't fight back, you have no chance of winning.

Stephen Dunifer
Free Radio Berkeley

Resource list

Equipment sources

Free Radio Berkeley - www.freeradio.org
Veronica - http://www.veronica.co.uk/
Broadcast Warehouse - www.broadcastwarehouse.com
Panaxis - http://www.panaxis.com/
NRG Kits - http://www.nrgkits.com/
PCS Electronics - http://www.pcs-electronics.com/en/forums.html
Zzounds, for audio gear - www.zzounds.com

General Information

Radio4all - www.radio4all.org
Free Radio Berkeley - www.freeradio.org
DIY Media - www.diymedia.net/
Hobby Broadcasting - www.hobbybroadcasting.com/
IMC Radio - http://radio.indymedia.org

Programming Sources

IMC Radio - http://radio.indymedia.org
Democracy Now - www.democracynow.org
Radio4all - www.radio4all.net
Making Contact - www.radioproject.org
KPFA programming links - www.kpfa.org/5_link.htm
KGNU program archives - www.kgnu.org/news.html
Pacifica Radio Archives - www.pacificaradioarchives.org
Pacifica Radio - www.pacifica.org
Resistance MP3's - www.geocities.com/resistancemp3
http://www.sozialistische-klassiker.org/dir/sound.html
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2003 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

the day after.....
does anyone know what (if anything) happened?

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The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not mov'd with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils; the motions of his spirit are dull as night and his affections dark as Erebus: Let no such man be trusted. - W. Shakespeare

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 6:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

WOW Shocked
I did not expect this overwhelming flood of replies to my previous message.
May be the days of Mass Electronic Civil Disobedience are yet to come.....aren't they?

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I went to some of the links in the article and couldn't find a thing about it. I've been running a little FM transmitter here at my house so I can listen to electronic music that is on my PC while I'm in the yard on a portable radio. I use this device. It works pretty well, up to about 20 meters, depending on the barametric pressure, humidity, cosmic ray density, and geopolitical strategic situation.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Does it work in a car?
e.g. to listen to a portable mp3 player through your car stereo.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

egw wrote:
Does it work in a car?
e.g. to listen to a portable mp3 player through your car stereo.



Yes, apparently. Here is a link to the vendor, C Crane.

http://ccrane.com/fm-transmitter.asp
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

this fabulous gizmo reminds me of the lyrics of a famous song:

A just machine to make big decisions
Programmed by fellows with compassion and vision
We'll be clean when their work is done
We'll be eternally free yes and eternally young

What a beautiful world this will be
What a glorious time to be free

Anybody remembers it?

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I don't remember the song, but I don't see the connection with the FM transmitter. But don't be concerned, my perception is as bad as my memory. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

mosc wrote:
I don't remember the song, but I don't see the connection with the FM transmitter. But don't be concerned, my perception is as bad as my memory. Smile

Come on Howard.....I was trying to express the enjoyment of living in an era of gizmos like this one Cool
No one else remembers the title of this song?

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Carlo, this is the Day of Civil Disobedience topic. The day that never happened, apparently. Maybe for lack of interest, we can only speculate. Probably not too many people are following this thread. Maybe the FCC busted all the participants and locked them up without due process as is allowed under the Patriot Act. Maybe that's why we never heard anything more about it. If so, there are probably even fewer people reading this.

I would be amazed if anyone else is on this thread, much less someone who has the capability to recognize the aforequoted song.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

OK I give up!
It's I.G.Y. from Donald Fagen's debut album "The Nightfly" (1982)
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http://www.steelydan.com/nightflyrics.html
I have always been a fan of Steely Dan (named so after a dildo in William Burrough's "Naked Lunch"!!).
Do you remember the hit "Do It Again" (1972)?
you should be old enough to recall that song Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2003 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Oh yes, even I can remember this song. It was a bit hit record...

In the mornin' you go gunnin'
For the man who stole your water
And you fire 'till he is done in
But they catch you at the border
And the mourners are all singin'
As they drag you by your feet
But the hangman isn't hangin'
So they put you on the street

Chorus:
You go back, Jack
Do it again
Wheel' turnin' round and 'round
You go back, Jack
Do it again

When you know she's no climber
Then you find your only friend
In a room with your two timer
And you're sure you're near the end
Then you love a little wild one
And she brings you only sorrow
And all the time you know she's smilin'
You'll be the one on your knees tomorrow

Chorus:
Du gehst back, back
Do it again
Wheel's turnin' round and round
Du gehst back, back
Do it again

Now your swear and kick and beg us
That you're not a gambling man
then you find you're back in Vegas
With a handle in your hand
Your black cards can make you money
So you hide them when you're able
In the land of milk and honey
You must put them on the table

You go back, Jack
Do it again
Das Rad Umschliesst den Kreis
Und du gehst back, back
Do it again
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2003 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

HIHI!!!!! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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