AM 1700 Radio Richmond is a super low power Part 15 neighborhood AM radio station that can be heard in parts of San Francisco’s inner Richmond and Lone Mountain neighborhoods.
We’re nuts about radio around here. Or maybe we’re just nuts. But we haven’t met a radio we didn’t like and we love to broadcast. Our program consists mainly of Big Band and Swing – the kind of music you will not hear on any other station in the western half of San Francisco.
You’ll also hear classic, old radio broadcasts from Jean Shepherd on WOR AM from the 1960s and 70s.
We broadcast with a pair of FCC Certified Hamilton Rangemaster AM1000C transmitters with certification id: NWXAM1000.
- Orban Optimod-AM 9100A
- Sparta AS-30B Console
- Aphex 323A Compellor & Aural Exciter
- Inovonics 222 AM Preemphasis/Lowpass Audio Processor
- Zara Studio automation software
- Inovonics 520 AM Broadcast Modulation Monitor
- Fostex 6301B Studio Monitors
The station is mostly automated, but we do occasionally break into the schedule and go live from the studio.
How To Listen
Because our station is so tiny, your best chance to hear us is actually on your car radio. Our one-tenth of a Watt signal has hard time reaching inside buildings where there is a lot of electrical noise from everything from light bulbs to phone chargers.
If you want to try to listen at home, your best chances are with a battery powered portable AM radio (you do have one, right?). Set your radio to 1700 AM then rotate your radio for the best signal. You might find better results in different parts of your home, experiment to see what works best.
Your best bet for picking up our micro-station is during daylight hours on the west side of Lone Mountain and the southeast part of the Inner Richmond. At night you’ll only be able to hear our signal if you are very close to the station on account of a big 10,000 Watt station that skips in on the skywave from northern Mexico; they pretty much kill our fringes.
Why do we broadcast if it is hard to hear the station over-the-air? We are radio people. This is what we do for fun.
Where is the internet stream?
There isn’t one*. We are radio people.
* Note: we have it on good authority that there is now an internet connected AM/FM radio tuner located in the neighborhood that picks up AM 1700 quite well. The caveat is that this remote controlled radio may be tuned to other stations at any given time, so there is no guarantee that you’ll hear us.
Are you guys radio pirates?
No. We are legally broadcasting without a licence by adhering to the limits set forth in 47 CFR Part 15.219