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KrakenSDR Low Power FM Transmitter Hunt

In this video we are using a KrakenSDR to hunt for the location of a low power FM transmitter (LPFM) station at 106.7 MHz. These low power FM transmitters are legal as unlicensed transmitters as long as they operate under certain restrictions, the main one being that they transmit at under 1 watt EIRP. LPFM stations are typically operated by local communities or niche radio stations.


Because they are unlicensed, there is no official record and their location doesn't show up in the radio spectrum management database. A requirement of LPFM is that the station broadcast the contact information of the owners regularly, but it can be difficult to locate non-compliant stations that don't do this. But the KrakenSDR makes finding them easy.


The array is 45cm in radius, which is about the maximum that my RAV4 car roof can fit. Some of the antennas sit on a slight curve on the roof, but this appears to have negligible effect. The spacing factor is about 0.19 (optimal is 0.5 - a much larger radius), but even 0.19 is sufficient to find the transmitter fairly easily.



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