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The Find Unused FM Frequencies in Your Area Web page

If you have an FM transmitter for your iPod, allow me to introduce you to a Web service that helps you find the best unused FM radio frequency in your area quickly and easily.

It's the Find Unused FM Frequencies in Your Area Web page offered by radio-locator.com. It's fast, it's easy, and best of all, it's free. Just type your zip code or city and state and click the Go button. In seconds you'll be offered a list of the best vacant channels, the next best channels, and some other channels that may work decently as shown here:

If you've ever wasted time looking for the best FM station for your transmitter(s), give it a try. It worked great for my area (Austin, TX) but your mileage may vary.

Here's a tip: I recently drove from Austin to Houston and back (I took my 15-year old to the DUB Car Show & Rap Concert). I looked up the best stations for the major cities and towns on the way -- Elgin, Giddings, Brenham, Tomball, and Houston -- before I left home, printed them, and took them in the car with me. And we had fabulous iPod-to-FM radio reception all the way to Houston and back. So if you're planning a road trip, look up some cities on your route and enjoy high-quality tunes the whole way.

One last thing: I would never have discovered this site if I hadn't received a press release from Belkin directing me to their My Best FM page. While messing around on Belkin's page I noticed that it said, "radio frequency data provided by Radio-Locator.com," so I checked out that site and found that while both sites reported the best channels in the three column format you see above, only Radio-Locator.com included the cool graph of predicted signal strength. They're both free and both supply the same info, so if you don't care about cool graphs, you can use either one.

The Bottom Line

If you have an FM transmitter for your iPod and want to find the best FM stations to use with it, the Find Unused FM Frequencies in Your Area Web page at radio-locator.com does the trick quickly, easily, and for free. How could you not love that?

Just The Facts

Pros:Makes finding the best FM station for your transmitter device(s) fast and easy.

Cons:none

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