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UK Makers, good news you can now legally use a FM transmitter starting 12/6/2006 -

“The devices fell foul of the Wireless Telegraphy Act of 1949, which forbids the use of radio equipment without a licence or an exemption. But strong consumer demand for the devices led Ofcom to rethink the legislation. Liberal Democrat MPs were also prominent in asking for iTrips and similar devices to be legalised. The new Wireless Telegraphy Regulations 2006 mean that certain low-power transmitters will now be legal. “Link.

But you don’t need to go out and buy an FM transmitter (well, the iTrips is fun to mod, so that’s OK) – anyway, there are tons of kits and how-tos that are really easy to make…

Get your FM on:

  • HOW TO – Make a low power FM transmitter – Link.
  • HOW TO – Make a telephone FM transmitter – Link.
  • DIY FM Transmitter – Link.
  • HOW TO – Build an iPod Shuffle FM transmitter – Link.
  • HOW TO – Make a HI-FI Stereo FM transmitter – Link.
  • Homemade FM transmitter in New Orleans – Link.
  • HOW TO – Make a low power FM transmitter – Link.
  • HOW TO – Increasing the iTrip’s range – Link.
  • Extending the iTrip’s Range – Link.
  • iTrip for iPod nano – neat hack… – Link.

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And here’s a fun tip, when I visit cities where I’m going to be in a taxi I bring a FM transmitter and have a “blank” track on my MP3 player – usually the taxi drivers have a radio station blasting really loud and this is an easy way to get rid of it – oddly enough, the driver usually starts talking and we have a great conversation. Sure you can ask them to turn down the radio, but usually after that they’re mean. I suppose you could also record your own fake news and broadcast it, like “today is taxi day” – but that might not go over that well…

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. xSmurf says:

    Actually you do need an iTrip:

    All approved transmitters will carry a CE mark indicating approval for sale in the European Union.

    Meaning homebrews will still be illegal unless they are CE approuved. Although I’m unsure if that’s only for sale or for actual use.

  2. tomaco59 says:

    Also check out the Make 02 article:

    irock Broadcast Boombox

    -Tom

  3. Jkx says:

    I recently tested a mp3 transmitter which come form China, and cost around 7$ .. This works really great.

    You can check out this here: http://www.larsen-b.com/Article/245.html

  4. philliptorrone says:

    thanks tom, updated!

  5. -soapy- says:

    I had one ages ago for my Gen 1 iPod. It died long ago, and the sound was rubbish compared to the rather cheaper and easier tape cassette adapter.

    You can get better sound out the tape cassette adapter by taking it apart and removing the gears (assuming your system doesn’t need them, but few do!)

    Of course, the jamming idea is a great one. ;-)