5 Things to Consider before Buying an FM Broadcast Transmitter


FM radio transmitter is a kind of electronic device, which achieves the purpose of providing broadcasting services to the listeners in the coverage by transmitting radio waves. It is practical, affordable, and widely used, and gains favor from a lot of radio broadcasting workers. If you are ready to buy your own FM broadcast transmitter, are you clear about what parameters should be considered? This share will tell you 5 key points that must be considered to help you make your best choice.


Consider Your Budget


The budget issue is very important. Because your budget determines the scale of your radio station. When you are considering your budget, you should determine how much budget is allocated to each piece of equipment. Then you can confirm the budget for buying an FM radio transmitter. At last, you can check if the purchase budget is reasonable and if it can meet the requirement of running your radio station normally.


The Functions of the FM Broadcast Transmitter


It is no doubt that the functions of the FM broadcast transmitter are the top priority. Because FM radio transmitter is the core of a radio station, if it has a poor performance in functions, your radio station can't work normally. And we think these five key points are the most important, the transmitting power, the range of frequency response, the quality of audio signals, the audio functions, and safety protection programs.


Enough Transmitting Power


The number of listeners your can serve depends on the coverage of your FM radio transmitter. Here are some rough data for reference when you are trying to determine the transmitting power of the FM transmitter. A 50w FM transmitter can cover a radius of about 6 miles. A 100w FM transmitter can cover a radius of about 10 miles.


Extra share: The transmitting power of the FM broadcast transmitter is not the only parameter that affects the coverage. Weather, the height of the transmitting antenna, the obstacles, etc. all affect the coverage as well.


Appropriate Frequency Response Range


Do you know that different countries have different regulations on FM frequencies ranges that can be used legally? For example, it uses an FM frequency range of 76.0 - 95.0 MHz in Japan. Some countries in Eastern Europe use an FM frequency range of 65.8 - 74.0 MHz. Most countries all over the world use an FM frequency range of 87.5 - 108.0MHz. Therefore, you need to choose the FM broadcast transmitter with an appropriate frequency response range based on your local regulations.


Excellent Audio Functions


If you want to provide your listeners with ultimate hearing experiences, you should choose those FM broadcast transmitters with various audio processing functions and being able to transmit high fidelity and low loss audio signals. You can focus on these technical indicators: Pre-emphasis, SNR greater than 40dB, Stereo separation greater than 40dB, and Distortion less than 1%. These technical indicators can help you to choose an FM radio transmitter with excellent audio functions. If it is a little abstract for you, let's take an example, FU-50B 50w FM transmitter from FMUSER. It performs well in drive-in broadcasting services, community radio, and school radio as its excellent audio functions.


Reliable Safety Protection Programs


Your FM radio transmitter probably will work continuously for a long time, which will increase the possibility of the equipment breaking down. Therefore, selecting an FM radio transmitter equipped with safety protection programs can reduce the possibility of equipment damage and your use cost. 


The Matched Equipment


Generally speaking, only a single FM broadcast transmitter can't work normally. You need other matched equipment to work together with the FM radio transmitter. Here are the lists of equipment used in some common scenarios.

Drive-in Broadcasting Services

These pieces of equipment are usually used in drive-in broadcasting services:

  • FM radio transmitter;
  • FM antenna;
  • The external equipment as audio resources;
  • Other necessary accessories.


Community Radio&School Radio

In community radio and school radio, these pieces of equipment are necessary:


  • FM radio transmitter;
  • FM antenna;
  • The external equipment as audio resources;
  • The microphone;
  • The mixer;
  • The audio processor;
  • The microphone stand;
  • Other necessary accessories.


Professional Radio Stations

In professional radio stations, the equipment will be more complicated, they are usually:


  • FM radio transmitter;
  • FM antenna;
  • A customized computer;
  • The mixer;
  • The audio processor;
  • The microphone;
  • The microphone stand;
  • The headphone;
  • Other necessary accessories.


And it probably includes the equipment:


  • The transmitting tower;
  • Studio Transmitter Link System;
  • etc.


Find the Best Radio Station Equipment Supplier


If you buy radio broadcasting equipment from reliable suppliers, the quality, reliability, and durability of the equipment can be guaranteed. Even if your equipment breaks down, you can get perfect after-sales service. This means that your problem will be solved as quickly as possible and minimize your losses. Moreover, reliable suppliers can offer you high-quality radio broadcasting equipment at a budget price.


Inquire about Relevant Laws and Regulations


You need to inquire about laws and regulations about FM broadcasting. Although it is boring, it is very important, otherwise, you may face unexpected fines. For example, in the United States, if you want to use an FM radio transmitter from 0.1w to 100w privately, you need to obtain the FCC certificate, otherwise you will be considered to interfere with the signals of other working radio stations and be fined by the FCC.



Enjoy the Fun with Your Own FM Radio Transmitter


We think these five things are the most important key points to consider when you buy an FM broadcast transmitter. We sincerely hope that this article can really help you. After careful consideration, have you decided what kind of FM radio transmitter to buy? If you have any uncertain questions and doubts, please feel free to contact FMUSER for help. We are experts in radio broadcasting and can offer you FM radio transmitters with abundant functions, high quality, and affordable prices. And we will provide online support in the whole process of purchasing.








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