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What will it take and what are the general costs to broadcast the music to the street in front of a house, approximately 50-75 feet away?

Thanks, your replies have been very helpful. I've just ordered my first LOR controller.

Tom

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they can go from 20 bucks for a belkin transmitter which for a few bucks you can modify to work. Next is a "whole house transmitter which is like $90 but only transmits from 106.5-107.9fm. Finally you can get a full commercial ramsey transmitter which gets up in the hundreds.

Around a hundred bucks, you looking at 300-400' range. If I remember right, the belkin gets a couple hundred feet, but dont quote me on that.

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I use the Belkin mod. Works great, you might have to play around with the antenna length/placement, but once you do it you have it season after season. it is around 110' feet from the transmitter to the street, however it can still be heard 90+ feet down the street.

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The Ramsey FM25B, FM30, and FM100 are the old standbys that a lot of us "old dogs" use. My own thoughts are the FM25B or FM30 are plenty sufficient and the FM100 is just overkill. I would NOT buy the FM10 (their cheapest one), it is not a digital (PLL) tuner and will drift badly unless you take precautions. Some here use it, but again this is just my opinion.

There's also a transmitter called "EDM" that you can search for here in the forums. I believe there is a group buy on these coming up. I don't know anything about them other than that they appear to be a slightly better value than the Ramseys, and others here say they're great.

Plan to spend around $120-$150+ unless you want to try the belkin mod...

-Tim

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I've been using my Modified Belkin Tunecast I for 3 years now and it works just fine. I picked it up on Ebay for $6 and modified it with a single piece of wire. Which I got from work. Soon after doing the first one I got nervous about it's longevity and bought a couple more for backup......I've never had to use them:)

With this unit you will need a wallwart type power supply.. Radio Shack has them. The Tunecast I only has 4 Channels available for use 88.1,88.3, 88.5, and 88.7.

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The Ramsey FM25B, FM30, and FM100 are the old standbys that a lot of us "old dogs" use.

Even some of us "newer" dogs use them also (the FM30 anyway - no problem getting a few hundred feet out of the box with no obstructions)... :D

I've just ordered my first LOR controller. Tom

Welcome to your new addiction...

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I got my fm transmitter from this person. Came in from China. Worked great almost to well...I could hear my music about 1/2 to 3//4 mile from my house...I think mine is 5 watt though....Great seller. Had no problems, just took about two weeks to receive. I got the power supply, and outside antenna and all cable to plug into my laptop. Personally it was a plug and play and a no brainer. Think I spent like $125 including shipping!

http://cgi.ebay.com/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330322955136

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No, I know it was way over...Like I said my is .5 watts. If you contact him via email he can build/ship you a complete unit for around a $125 for everything...I get great reception! For everythign I thought it was a great proce compared to the ramsey, where you still need to get the antenna and the necessary cables.../

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That one says it is .5 Watt. 500 MW

I have one of these http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&Item=390046401571&Category=4675&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26its%3DI%26otn%3D2

It gets about 1/2 mile in heavy residential area, but it is not PPL and has a dial to tune it. Once warm however it does not drift. It also requires a mutiplexor to transmit in stereo

And I bought another one that is .5 watt but cannot find it listed again. $80 shipped from China

Way to much is put onto the transmitter and not nearly enough on the power supply. Both my units worked and sounded much better with a regulated filtered power supply from Power One than they did with a used computer power supply.

Plan on spending $150 for transmitter, power supply and antenna. 50-75 feet is not nearly far enough, unless you want to put marks down and sign that says "Park exactly here" to listen to the music. 500 feet is more realistic.

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