Matthew relives some of his youthful hacking by dabbling in a little “pirate radio” broadcasting. In this video, he builds a handheld FM transmitter from some salvaged parts and a Raspberry Pi. The Pi uses a piece of software to convert wav files to frequency-modulated signals emitted from GPIO pin 7. To improve transmission quality and prevent undesired signals, Matthew also designs and builds a band pass filter and seals everything in a shielded case.
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B98.5FM-Atlanta used to run a contest during the weekday 9-5 slots, to increase listenership during sweeps, giving away $1000 every hour.
Anyone in the A know if they still do this? I remember it was a big deal back then!
My name is Matthew Eargle, and I am–and always will be–99X.
God bless him. We miss you, Skipper! Happy Opening Day, everyone!
As someone who listens to NPR podcasts on a regular basis, I can’t help but laugh heartily and agree.
All my favourite US podcasts are being ruined by this universally adopted affectation. Planet money, This American Life, Radiolab, Startup.. Why? Why would you do this? Please stop. It’s so boring.
I feel like I really missed an opportunity to do an Airheads-style holdup of a radio station to save the rock format.
Oh, God! I just heard about Project 9-6-1! I’m sorry, Atlanta. I’m so, so sorry.
I wasn’t a UGA fan, but I was a die-hard fan of Larry Munson.