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Tired of the blocky, JPEG-like resolution of digital television? Do you long for the days of RF modulation and regulated-yet-unregulated content? Do you simply have the desire to toss your converter box out the window and make use of those rabbit ear antennae that are just lying around? If so, then you might be interested in becoming a savior of analog television! This Instructable will show you how to create your own fully-fledged low-power analog television channel, with any video source(including your computer) as a source of content.
We created one that went live the minute analog tv went dead. We're still the only analog station in NYC, but please join us in making more!! Long live analog tv.
http://OMGimon.TV

Step 1: Find A Free Channel.

The first step is to find a TV channel that isn't being used in your general vicinity. Although after the 2009 DTV transition in June a lot of "whitespace"(i.e. unused television bandwidth) became available, most of this whitespace is still legally dubious and many of these channels are still tied to the original owners via legal identity and copyright. However, because of this legal ambiguity a lot of free space is still up for the taking.

The best option for finding free space is the FCC's own search engine for these things:

http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/sta_sear.htm

Simply type in the channel (try a range of 14 to 35) and your state, along with the type of broadcasts available. Try to avoid channels that correspond to channels in your area (i.e. CBS 2 in New York). While they might be free because of the DTV transition and broadcasting in a higher channel range, they are still virtually broadcasting through that channel and might also have dibs on it for visual identity's sake.
Here in the US, the FCC has absolutely no sense of humor if they think you're violating their regulations. As a ham radio operator, I read their enforcement actions on a regular basis so if you're keen on paying $25000 fines or jail time, go ahead with this. Be REALLY sure that you're in the right because even if you win your case if the FCC decides to prosecute, you'll be out thousands of dollars in legal fees, etc. They especially frown on unlicensed broadcasters using the airwaves.
<strong>party pooper.</strong><br/>
Hey, I didn't tell people not to do this. I just warned of the potential consequences if they do. If a person really wanted to do this legally, he could go out, get a Technician Class Amateur Radio Operator's license then can transmit using amateur TV and be perfectly legal. They'd still have to follow FCC regulations regarding amateur transmissions. Our local ham club just had a 6 year old pass the test so it's not that tough.
<p>Please tell me more about this license the community of and how to get started.</p><p>Patrick</p>
Yes, but the moment an Amateur radio operator in the US starts to broadcast content of interest to the general public, they are in violation of Part 97. Most reading this instructable are interest in broadcasting content to the general public not to the niche of amateur radio operators. Yes the test is not that tough, I suggest you take the test before stating what's perfectly legal.
Amateur extra class license here. And I wasn't talking about general interest broadcasting. I was simply talking about what it would take to transmit an amateur TV signal legally.
Ugh. Here we go again...
At last. Another adult.
And how!
... and the worst of it ... they'll CONFISCATE your nice little TV station!
And anything else they think went into making it.
Please may you give me a link to a cheap uhf tv transmitter?
<p>and how about TELETEXT??? first INTERNET WI-FI system from the world!!! And it all began in the 1970!!!</p><p>how to make a full functional TELETEXT internet system manual:</p><p>=== <br>- BI-DIRECTIONAL analog ANTENA - tv || antena || server(s) || antena || tv </p><p>- remote with keyboard <br>===</p><p>CODING LANGUAGE AND &quot;STUFF&quot;</p><p>- Television systems; <br>- Data transmission within Teletext</p><p><a href="http://www.etsi.org/.../01.02.01_60/en_300708v010201p.pdf" rel="nofollow">http://www.etsi.org/.../01.02.01_60/en_300708v010201p.pdf</a> <br>===</p><p>Key words: Broadcasting, data, transmission, Teletext, Radio</p><p><a href="http://www.etsi.org/.../300706/01_60/ets_300706e01p.pdf" rel="nofollow">http://www.etsi.org/.../300706/01_60/ets_300706e01p.pdf</a></p><p>============= <br>next stage of the process: CONVERT &quot;EIA-608&quot; CODING LANGUAGE TO JAVA <br>CONVERT &quot;EIA-608&quot; CODING LANGUAGE TO C++</p><p>ETC</p><p> CONVERT JAVA CODING LANGUAGE TO &quot;EIA-608&quot; <br>CONVERT C++ CODING LANGUAGE TO &quot;EIA-608&quot;</p><p>ETC</p><p>:) ;) (y)</p>
Uhh... &deg;_&deg;
<p>PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS.</p><p>In 2009 Analogue Television Broadcast was moved to several different parts of the spectrum, heres why you should not do this:</p><p>1) Military Passive Radars (foreign ones) were using the 6 Mcs wide TV signals to see even stealth A/C flying everywhere</p><p>2) MANY parts of the UHF spectrum formerly occupied by those noisy NTSC stations are now used for data backhaul for cell towers (LTE-DB) </p><p>3) Those cheap RF modulators are well known for causing fatal interference to the digital systems (APCO25) employed by EMS, Fire, Police, and Municipal services</p><p>4) Amateur Radio is an important service, this will cause severe interference to the 70cm amateur radio band</p><p>If you are unfortunate enough to be an RF experimenter in the USA, REALLY THINK before doing this, think &quot;Do I live near an Air Force Base or Naval Air Station?&quot; If the answer is YES dont even think about powering up an analogue video sender</p>
Doesn't it cost about $500 to get a license for a tv channel/station...
<p>All that !!! I need to save my money</p>
<p>I want my station to be a local PBS Station. I just need to sign a contract with the Public Broadcasting Service.</p>
<p>how far will be the range for a 30watt vhf tv transmitter? in plain terrain and with a good antenna.</p>
<p>+Jim Faust +coolrob73 and how about TELETEXT??? first INTERNET WI-FI system from the world!!! And it all began in the 1970!!!<br><br>how to make a full functional TELETEXT internet system manual:<br><br>===<br>- BI-DIRECTIONAL analog ANTENA - tv || antena || server(s) || antena || tv <br><br>- remote with keyboard<br>===<br><br>CODING LANGUAGE AND &quot;STUFF&quot;- Television systems;<br>- Data transmission within Teletext<br><br><a href="http://www.etsi.org/deliver/etsi_en/300700_300799/300708/01.02.01_60/en_300708v010201p.pdf" rel="nofollow">http://www.etsi.org/.../01.02.01_60/en_300708v010201p.pdf</a><br>===Key words: Broadcasting, data, transmission, Teletext, Radio<br><br><a href="http://www.etsi.org/deliver/etsi_i_ets/300700_300799/300706/01_60/ets_300706e01p.pdf" rel="nofollow">http://www.etsi.org/.../300706/01_60/ets_300706e01p.pdf</a><br><br>=============next stage of the process: CONVERT &quot;EIA-608&quot; CODING LANGUAGE TO JAVA<br>CONVERT &quot;EIA-608&quot; CODING LANGUAGE TO C++<br><br>ETCCONVERT JAVA CODING LANGUAGE TO &quot;EIA-608&quot;<br>CONVERT C++ CODING LANGUAGE TO &quot;EIA-608&quot;<br><br>ETC<br><br>:) ;) (y)</p>
I made one about a year ago but it is a portable model and weighs about 5 pounds. it can also transmitt up to 100 feet.
How do you know if your broadcasting your tv
Fm
<p>Thanks for the instructable.</p><p>Protip: Not everyone here is american.</p>
<p>Quick question, this is technically violating Part 97 of the FCC right?</p>
<p>I'm late here, but I just found out about this. Time to use the attic sized antenna I have upstairs.</p>
<p>can anyone say how to create a new tv channel to show all people's home TV ??? </p><p>please help me as soon as possible </p>
Bottom line is...Get a license for Amateur Radio and do the Amateur TV thing. <br>Its a lot safer to your freedom and Wallet ! <br>
The one thing I <em>don't</em> like about pirate TV is the setup cost. Sure, it's small, but I'm broke.<br/><br/>I've been intending to do something like this for a while now. Planning on using a PC as a source, running through a VGA-to-composite converter, to a VCR to use as a modulator, through to an modified splitter to act as an RF amp, through to the antenna. I've got it all except the antenna, and haven't modified the splitter yet (I hate SMD components, it makes circuit bending so hard..).<br/><br/>Oh, and I'm in New Zealand too. We don't have much of a history of Pirate TV here. Hopefully I'll be a trendsetter.<br/>
you could just use an outdoor analog antenna, or 1(or more)set of rabbit ears...rabbit ears probably wouldnt give ya much distance though, unless you made sure they were waterproof and attached 'em to the roof of your house
Or pump it right into the Cable System where you are....
wut kind of shows do u put on ur channel? me and my friends wanna do this now just so we can brodcast our own tv show ;p
Porn if you like. Or other stuff.
Much has been made about being a license amateur operator somehow means you can legally broadcast content of interest to the general public. Sorry to tell you that Part 97 doesn't not permit US amateur radio operators to broadcast content to the general public. Broadcast content that's intended to serve other amateur radio operators all you want. In the event some members of the public may watch is not a problem.<br>
You are right we don't Broadcast we Transmit to another station, However there is a time when we do broadcast and that is when we call CQ looking for someone to talk to.
Your project should be classified under Technology&rarr;Wireless.
Nice write up. But, there is a much more simpler way. You can build your own channel with a Roku box. They are under $100 bucks. I got my channel up and running in a weekend. Just fyi...
how does it work. im keen, will evry1 that owns Roku be able to watch my channel. does Roku works outside US and UK?
HOW!! D:
Got a VCR that works?<br /> Got an old antenna amp that works?<br /> Got a good TV antenna on the roof?<br /> <br /> Fine!<br /> Hook the antenna amp so that its input is fed from the output on the VCR.<br /> The VCR IS a transmitter.<br /> The antenna amp amplifies VCR output and feeds that signal to the antenna on the roof.<br /> The antenna on the roof is a tuned yagi beam antenna just as it sits.<br /> Hook it all up.<br /> Put tape of some movie in the VCR turn it on and play it.<br /> Your on the air.<br /> Point the antenna in the direction of a lot of other roof top antennas and, bingo, someone is going to receive your signal.
Finally a good and simple advice. thanks mate
Cool! Don't get in trouble though :)<br>

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