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Free Radio Santa Cruz Is Reviewing All Options

At present, the Free Radio Santa Cruz collective is reviewing all options to move forward with our news, music, and artistic programming. We are streaming on the web and encourage you to listen in. We are actively asking for help from our community of friends and supporters. We are only able to remain on the air because of the commitment by our collective members and the help of our community. If you are a listener of Free Radio Santa Cruz, please help us maintain the public airwaves by making a donation. At this time money and free legal help is needed to secure our future so that we may continue to meet the diverse needs of our community.

FRSC is part of a growing micro-radio movement, supporting the work of other independent media and other pirate and noncommercial web and broadcast stations. Our city councilmembers passed a resolution in support of our radio as a vital community resource and Congress member Sam Farr has written a letter to the FCC/congress opposing their misuse of funds and energy. Letters in support of us to the FCC, and local media outlets are much appreciated.

Free Radio Santa Cruz (FRSC) is an unlicensed, low-power FM radio station which began broadcasting in the spring of 1995. Our intention is to encourage independent news, nonviolence and pro-action, ending oppression and expanding respect, independence and open speech. Our quality programming has garnered listeners via our web stream from all over the world.

On Wednesday Sept. 29th at about 9:20 am, agents of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), pulled the plug. The FCC action came about an hour after more than a dozen agents from the US Marshals Office, some carrying assault rifles, "secured" the property of the Zami student housing co-op on Laurel Street, where the station had been broadcasting for about 5 months. US Marshals stormed the building, and forced the residents outside, some in their pajamas.

Within minutes of the shutdown, a crowd of station DJs, listeners, supporters, & local politicians, gathered in front of the house to protest. Food not Bombs, and local chef, Jozseph Schultz, brought hot soup and pastries for the demonstrators. Passing motorists, city bus drivers, garbage trucks, and delivery drivers all honked in support of the station. By noon the crowd had swelled to nearly 150 people.

While one team of FCC agents removed the antenna, a second worked at disassembling the studio, while the Marshals mostly stood around. Some two hours later, FCC agents reemerged from the house with an estimated $5,000 worth of radio equipment packed up in moving boxes. The confiscated gear includes, a transmitter, power amplifier, compander/limiter, power supply, antenna, antenna mast, 200 foot coaxial cable, 1 sixteen channel mixer, 1 two channel mixer, 2 turntables, 3 tape decks, 3 CD players, CD Burner, DVD player, VCR, computer, flat-screen monitor, analog telephone hybrid, 2 microphones, and assorted cables.

In our nearly ten year broadcast history, FRSC broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, in defiance of federal regulations. The FCC is charged with regulating the airwaves in the public interest. We believe that it has failed to do so and has proved itself to be controlled by monied interests.

We are on the air to protest corporate control of the airwaves, to bring local control and local accountability to our community media, to produce and broadcast a diversity of programs that are simply unavailable on corporate controlled stations. We do not air advertisements, we do not do pledge drives, we do not have sponsors or underwriters.

At present, the Free Radio Santa Cruz collective is reviewing all options to move forward with our news, music, and artistic programming. We are streaming on the web through our website and encourage you to listen in. We are actively asking for help from our community of friends and supporters. We are only able to remain on the air because of the commitment by our collective members and the help of our community. If you are a listener of Free Radio Santa Cruz, please help us maintain the public airwaves by making a donation. At this time money and free legal help is needed to secure our future so that we may continue to meet the diverse needs of our community.

FRSC is part of a growing micro-radio movement, supporting the work of other independent media and other pirate and noncommercial web and broadcast stations. Our city councilmembers passed a resolution in support of our radio as a vital community resource and Congress member Sam Farr has written a letter to the FCC/congress opposing their misuse of funds and energy. Letters in support of us to the FCC, and local media outlets are much appreciated. To support the station financially, send checks payable to Free Radio Santa Cruz, or simply "FRSC," to PO Box 7507 Santa Cruz, CA 95061 or visit our website to donate through a safe and secure credit card transaction.

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Free Radio Santa Cruz
Email: frsc (at) freakradio.org
Studio Line: 831-427-3772
Voice Mail: 831-427-4523
Address: P.O. Box 7507 Santa Cruz, CA, 95061
Website: FreakRadio.org

 
 


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Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz Is Reviewing All Options

If PCI MAX computer cards were installed in a number of computers throughout the area, each repeating the same signal, no one individual broadcast violating signal strength regulations yet altogether creating a massive signal, the FCC would not have authority to stifle such broadcasting.
PCI MAX 2005 is a computer card that will change the way you listen to your MP3's or other audio via PC. It will effectively change your PC into a FM radio station. You will be able to play your audio files (CD, wav, MP3, real audio etc.) from your PC through radio waves directly to your household radio receiver in the next room, in the living room, across your yard, in whole block of flats....or for the entire village/small city. I repeat, you need just an ordinary radio receiver to receive your signal. The included software (also available at the link below for a quick DL) lets you set the frequency and the output power. You can either service your living room, garden or an entire community. Get rid of these pesky cables!

It can never be easier that this. Install this card into your PC as you would any other PC card. Install software and you're ready to broadcast! Software gives you full control over frequency. Power can be changed with an onboard jumper (Lo and Hi setting). Coupled with MP3 player and scheduling plugins this becomes a fully automated radio station! Perfect for fully automated guided tours, small scale advertising, wireless link from your PC to your stereo... You're only limited by imagination.
Just a thought...
see:
tinyurl.com/3b8xj
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz Is Reviewing All Options

If FRSC hadn't run their transmitter in the same spot for a year, the raid couldn't have happened with such ease. I'm all for ya guys, but don't underestimate the Powers That Be. Better Luck Next Time, as they say...
 

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