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    Re: FM Broadcast Band in China - 76-108 MHz

    Is there any cheap Radio's in the US that has the 76-108 FM Band??


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    Re: FM Broadcast Band in China - 76-108 MHz

    If you are able to get hold of an Archos Jukebox FM device and load Rockbox onto it, the FM tuner function in Rockbox can be set to use the American, Japanese and Chinese VHF bands, thus facilitating tuning 76-108 in 50 kHz increments.....

    But from my experience, it does work but is quite unstable.

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    Re: FM Broadcast Band in China - 76-108 MHz

    Most iRiver mp3 player products also can tune the Japanese bad through a setting. It can be done with the default software or with the excellent Rockbox overlay that Mario mentioned.

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    Re: FM Broadcast Band in China - 76-108 MHz

    Quote Originally Posted by Chad-Stevens
    I had originally wondered if a precedent had been set with a country expanding their FM band.
    Here in the UK the FM band I believe started as 88.1 - 97.6 and gradually expanded to the full internationally agreed 87.6-107.9, first with 102.0-104.9 being added (early 1980s), then 97.7-99.7 (mid 1980s), then 99.8-101.9 (late 1980s) and finally 105.0-107.9 (mid 1990s). I'm not sure when 87.6-88.0 was officially added. It was certainly by the early 1990s.

    This was because the band was used by public services for communications (mainly the railways and police - in the clear!). Pirates operated in these bands with impunity throughout the 1980s and early 90s, though. I suspect they were effectively clear of public service comms in 99% of the country a very long time before they were cleared for FM use.

    I think it's fair to say that the government was pretty reluctant to expand FM: until about 1990ish they weren't at all keen on competition in commercial radio (the left wing governments of the 1970s disliked commercial media intensely, and the 1980s right wing goverments were the reverse - very friendly with radio station owners who liked their monopolies). The FM band being too small provided a useful excuse.

    Further expansion, though, is highly unlikely - here in the UK the 76-80 area will continue to be used by the fire service at least until full digital switchover, and 80-87.4 is used fairly heavily by private mobile radio (taxis and the like). These could be cleared, but there's no real interest in doing that. If they did want an extra VHF broadcast band here in the UK, for FM or digital use, 55-68MHz would be much more likely (it's almost totally empty).

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    Re: FM Broadcast Band in China - 76-108 MHz

    @ smorris - I had heard that UK radio was scheduled to go all digital in a different band negating any need for expanding the current band

    @ all - Cowon iAudio MP3 players with built-in FM receivers can be set to tune 76-90, 88-108, or 76-108.

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    Re: FM Broadcast Band in China - 76-108 MHz

    A friend once gave me a Britt radio which went up to 104 on FM.
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    Re: FM Broadcast Band in China - 76-108 MHz

    I also have a UK multiband radio that also goes up to 104 MHz. Made by Hacker

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bongwater
    FM needs to start taking over these frequencies ASAP in this hemisphere to transplant AMs and lighten up the congestion (especially in Puget Sound! It's getting ridiculous here.....)
    Won't ever happen. Look at how great HD is doing. Maybe 10 people in the Puget Sound area have them?

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    Re: FM Broadcast Band in China - 76-108 MHz

    Quote Originally Posted by boombox
    Quote Originally Posted by Bongwater
    FM needs to start taking over these frequencies ASAP in this hemisphere to transplant AMs and lighten up the congestion (especially in Puget Sound! It's getting ridiculous here.....)
    Won't ever happen. Look at how great HD is doing. Maybe 10 people in the Puget Sound area have them?
    What was ridiculous in 2009 (when I wrote that) is utterly insane now......And they're going to pack even MORE stations up here. Roughly as many as 40 (LPFMs, a few Class A's in NW WA ......)

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    Re: FM Broadcast Band in China - 76-108 MHz

    Woops, I wasn't paying close attention to the date of your thread entry....

    Yeah, FM is crowded, one reason I don't attempt to DX it -- I never know whether I'm hearing an image of a local station or a translator. On some frequencies there are more than one translator competing with each other.

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