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Friday May 31, 2019 12 MIDNIGHT -- The Blare Blog is Expired

Friday May 31, 2019 9:20 PM CDT -- Member of KDX Staff on the Forefront of Space
Stag Pinstripe, attorney-at-law with the law firm of Pinstripe, Stripmine & Shaft, legal counselor to KDX, went to the junior college to sign up for a course in Space Law and was told no such course exists but if he wanted to prepare a syllabus he could start and teach a space course. KDX is contemplating moving up to a saucer hovering in a cloud above the school. The location is presently not served by public transportation but something might be worked out involving drones.

Friday May 31, 2019 8:29 PM CDT -- Technicians Like the Rear View
Seen from behind

Friday May 31, 2019 7:02 PM CDT -- Slogans Are One-Line Mission Statements
The slogan generally used by KDX is "The Talking Point". Years ago we briefly identified as "The Official Station of the New World Order" until we figured out that Nazi Germany used much the same thing. Last night about midnight I came up with "KDX is the Master Station of the Known Universe", which is probably true.

Friday May 31, 2019 6:45 PM CDT -- Is It Possible?
Two spectrum topics recently blogged include the 5G frequency use of 23.8 GHz  and the Wi-Fi use of our "broken" studio-transmitter-link at 2400MHz-2483MHz. Aren't those in fact the same frequencies simply expressed in different terms? Is it possible that my Wi-Fi device is being blanked out by new 5G equipment out on the poles? It IS a possibility and I'm fit to be tied!

Friday May 31, 2019 5:29 PM CDT -- Honesty is a Big Mistake
For most of a lifetime I was a very successful hypocrite until the self-confidence of success turned me honest. I started telling people "I am a big hypocrite", thinking they would admire my honesty, but it all backfired. I am reminded of all this by having just broadcast the Blare OnAir program titled "The Year is Half Full" in which I shared a load of true beliefs, findings and opinions which has resulted in being gruffly excoriated and ostracized, including ouster from the ALPB by its owner. Don't make my mistake. When people suspect you of hypocrisy shout at them angrily: "No I'm Not!" Hypocrisy depends on denial.

Friday May 31, 2019 2:48 PM CDT -- Things That Are More Equal
Representative Steve King of Iowa makes it clear what is superior about white racists:
Rep. King, Iowa, on CNN
We would go on to say that not all fruits are equal. Not all birds are equal. Not all mail is equal. Not all dicks are equal. Not all instants of culture are equal to all instances of that same culture. Not all stupidity is equal. Not all state representatives are equal. Equality depends on relativity which itself tends not to be equal. Not all expiration is equal but we all face it equally sooner or equally later.

Friday May 31, 2019 1:50 PM CDT -- Shooting Trouble
For reasons that were discussed previously the media player VLC was added to our signal distribution chain to route Virtual Cable 2 out the USB Audio Output, and at the same time the incoming stream connection from The Thom Hartmann Show became eratic. Up until that change the Hartmann Stream was solid and reliable for many weeks, but another coincidence became part of the picture as Thom began expressing frustration over a failing telephone system making his listeners' calls either drop away or sound distorted. We realized the stream irregularity might be related to his phone situation and have nothing to do with our hookup, and today a different set of coincidences serve to compound the mystery: on the same day we stopped using VLC because the Wi-Fi Audio Device it was serving is malfunctioning as earlier described, and Thom Hartmann's stream is rock solid just like the old days, except that he also mentioned his telephones are now working. Therefore the mystery lingers and we plan to stage an experiment to find out what is what and which is which. Hand me that revolver. No no, but Thom's show is over until Monday so it'll have to wait.

Friday May 31, 2019 10:25 AM CDT -- It Always Happens
We talk a lot about having plenty of backup systems so we can breeze through any kind of equipment malfunction then we get caught with our backups down. It happened yesterday when both KDX AM and FM went silent and lost audio. We talked just the other day about our amazing string of  software and hardware and how well it all works. But when part of it fails it all fails, so we sit blinking at the computer screen trying to diagnose the situation which requires being hopelessly baffled before effects and causes can be put in the right order. The problem this time turns out to be failure of our Wi-Fi Wireless Audio Device, which was marketed by MCM Electronics under the name "Wireless Stereo Audio Kit" operating at a frequency of 2400MHz-2483MHz, consisting of a USB Dongle and blackbox receiver, used to deliver audio between control room and transmitter room without the use of wires. KDX has the last one ever produced before they were discontinued, and it has worked reliably for several years. This device was a replacement for a previous signal delivery system using a C.Crane FM1 Transmitter and Panasonic FM Tuner which had several imperfections which resisted attempts to improve and resulted in ruling out standard FM as a signal delivery method based of two inter-acting facts: the FM band has become overly crowded in our area and indoor send/receive antennas cannot compete with moving and stationary physical objects which interfere.

Thursday May 30, 2019 2:38 PM CDT -- Expiration Update
The decision to expire The Blare Blog makes 12 Midnight CDT Friday May 31, 2019 the designated time. More about it to follow.

Thursday May 30, 2019 9:18 AM CDT -- Weaponized Radio
Thus far The Blare Blog has quoted frequently from the philosophy of Frederick Nietzsche who may never have mentioned 'radio'. From the book shelf here's Marshall McLuhan's "Understanding Media" quoting sociologist Paul Lazarsfeld in discussing the effects of radio:
The monopolistic effects of radio have attracted most public attention because of their importance in the totalitarian countries.
If a government monopolizes the radio then by mere repitition and by exclusion of conflicting points of view it can determine the opinions of the population.
When those words were published in 1964 America was not considered among the 'totalitarian countries' but in 2019 a nationalist right-wing monopolizes the radio media and KDX is stigmatized and ostrasized for its "conflicting points of view".

Thursday May 30, 2019 8:51 AM CDT -- Insanity in individuals is something rare-- but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.
- Frederick Nietzsche "Beyond Good and Evil"

Thursday May 30, 2019 8:11 AM CDT -- On Expiration
By midnight May 31st  we plan to set an Expiration Date for The Blare Blog. One likely date will by Friday, June 21, 2019, the Last Day of Spring. More will be said about it.

Thursday May 30, 2019 7:57 AM CDT -- John Bowlbrush likes war because it's legal to hurt people in war. We could hurt Iranian people and have blood everywhere.
It_is_fun_to_hurt_people_in_war

Thursday May 30, 2019 7:42 AM CDT -- Mixed Messages
On Memorial Day we remembered those who gave their lives to defend our freedoms. The day after Memorial Day I was advised to keep my mouth shut and avoid speaking so freely.
Journalism_Legal

Jullian Assange & Chelsea Manning merit our respect and gratitude

Thursday May 30, 2019 6:29 AM CDT -- Alert! Urgent! Vital! Trouble! Warning! Oh My God!
We Are Running Out of Spectrum!

Thursday May 30, 2019 5:42 AM CDT -- Quotes and Sayings
You can only escape reality while it exists
- said by Carl Blare

It is a curious thing that God learned Greek when he wished to turn author-- and that he did not learn it better.
- F. Nietzsche "Beyond Good and Evil"

If man is built in God's image then God must be on the stupid side.
- Carl Blare moments before being struck by lightning

If this can be put off until tomorrow why are we doing it now?
- C. Blare

There are many questions and many answers. You've just got to match them.
- C. Blare

Thursday May 30, 2019 5:30 AM CDT -- Off the Radar for 24-Hours
Just after writing "Storm Time " KDX did shut down and seek shelter from a thunderstorm with heavy rain, following which the decision was made to remain silent until 'tomorrow', and here we are. Cooler weather expected today as we start the 'turn on' procedure. Good morning! And now the sports.

Wednesday May 29, 2019 5:22 PM CDT -- Storm Time
The afternoon has turned very dark and thunder is circling closer. Next comes the decision whether to shut down as a safety precaution.

Wednesday May 29, 2019 5:09 PM CDT -- Radio & Mental Health
These first hot days easily result in emotional flare-ups and it's easy to lash out at anyone who happens to be around and today it was a staff-member who lectured me for the 5th time about how much better The Blare Blog would be if it refrained from political commentary. Having explained why The Blare Blog touches upon what might incorrectly be called "political speech" has to do with our program format: journalism and intelligent talk, subjects and topics banned at the other low power forum sites because they exceed the IQ limit of the moderators. By getting all steamed up about it I risk hurting the emotional feelings of a co-worker, something I'll later regret. So let's come to a solution right away and put this to rest.
A Solution

Wednesday May 29, 2019 2:46 PM CDT -- The Repair of Vintage Reel-to-Reel Tape Equipment
Tape Deck Refurbishment

Wednesday May 29, 2019 11:15 AM CDT -- Things Go Well Until They Don't
The internet streaming done by KDX Worldround Radio exists in a perpetually experimental state, as we are one of few stations utilizing open source software applications to define a portion of a computer's CPU as a virtual stream server, while another fraction of the same CPU functions as a website server, also an experimental endeaver. Approximately 7 individual software apps strung together form the radio server and from what we learned this morning it seems to matter in what order these apps are initiated at startup. More about that in a moment.

Our setup is unique compared to the more typical arrangement practiced by the majority of streaming stations and their websites, relying as they do on outboard services that provide price-tiered server packages based on projected audience size.

As a rule KDX goes offline overnight requiring a complete re-boot in the morning. Control of the server-computer is done from a 2nd computer via a VNC Network within our router's LAN, and consists of opening a port and switching from the cloud-based "parking page" to our internal website. Zara is opened and set to generate our trademark 333 Hz test tone, the signal path is established by Virtual Audio Cable, Sonos Compressor/Limiter, Icecast Server, Altacast Encoder, and VLC Media Player linking VAC 2 with USB Audio Outputs sending Wi-Fi audio chain to our AM & FM transmitters. For many months this has all worked very well but not this morning.

We noticed periodic audio dropouts and other digital artfacts so had the thought that perhaps it matters in what order all these apps are started. Recalling that we had in fact deviated from the usual startup-pattern, a moment was spent sketching a starting-order that seemed logical, shut it all down, reboot, rebuild, pudding of proof! Solid audio the way God intended!

Tuesday May28, 2019 8:50 PM CDT -- More CB Rules
FCC Part 95.413 contains CB rules in addition to the few discussed earlier here in The Blog. We're chuckling over this one: (a) You must not use a CB station (1) In connection with any activity which is against federal, state, or local law. Think about it. If someone were planning a bank hoist would they not hesitate to use CB for communication?

Monday May 27, 2019 2:20 PM CDT -- Heroes Forgotten & Ignored
Remember also the Great American Heroes who have sacrificied everything to report the truth for the benefit of an informed society. Chelsea Manning & Julian Assange have been put to civil death by criminals in our midst intent on lies, cover-ups and deceptions. Don't let the flag wave goodbye.

Monday May 27, 2019 8:28 AM CDT -- Memorial Day in the United States
As an International Broadcasting Station KDX Worldround Radio takes this opportunity to inform the world community that today is a National Holiday at our home campus in the Center of North America. Many U.S. citizens mowed their grass Friday or Saturday and stocked up on select dead meat for today's backyard bar-b-q with American flags waving on front porches in every state, district, and territory. Parades with marching bands have wended through many towns and cities and at least two of these parades have been broadcast on low power radio stations authorized under FCC Regulations Part 15.
Memorial Day in the U.S.

Sunday May 26, 2019 6:31 PM CDT -- After a day of HAMs we have learned that amateur radio hobbyists are 10X more talkative than ordinary radio broadcasters. It was a joy ride and perhaps we'll do another day of All Amateur on the next holiday, which is probably July 4th. Oh, before I forget to mention it, tomorrow (Monday Memorial Day) we're thinking about having several hours of Blare OnAir. The Objection Line reopens Tuesday.

Sunday May 26, 2019 10:45 AM CDT -- Amateur Radio Day All Afternoon
This afternoon from 12 NOON to 6 PM CDT KDX Worldround Radio will deliver continuous Amateur (HAM) Radio Shows. Listen online at KDX-OGG.

Sunday May 26, 2019 9:29 AM CDT -- An AM Antenna To Go
Low power stations awake!
We Told You This Day Would Come

Sunday May 26, 2019 9:09 AM CDT -- Radio Friction
There are no rumors regarding the unexplained disappearnce of electric cars and their drivers who keyed in on CB truckers' channel 19, although the idea might serve as the premiss for an Alfred Hitchcock Hour, but for that program having been off the air since the 1960s.

Sunday May 26, 2019 8:42 AM CDT -- Sending Out for More Transmitters
KDX Worldround Radio is going to need 12 AM radio transmitters, 10 FM transmitters and 6 shortwave to achieve goals and objectives. Once all these transmitters are in place KDX will control them from a central Remote Control Desk being built alongside the Master Program Desk. There will be two modes of operation made possible, for example KDX will be able to broadcast simultaneously on 6 AM frequencies, 5 FM channels, and 3 shortwave frequencies, allowing a sort of "dial dominance" to compensate for the relatively low power of authorized operation under FCC Part 15. A second mode will activate "high security" as KDX "frequency hops", changing dial positions at intervals to reduce the station's presence in a time when legal behavior is cause for suspicion. Each transmitter will have its backup. We'd hoped to employ kits from SSTran for this expansion, but that avenue being blocked we turn attention to the i/AM Transmitter and its Range Extending ATU presently being wheeled out by ISS (Information Station Specialists).
ISS (Information Station Systems) Website

Saturday May 25, 2019 1:26 PM CDT -- Righteousness speaks aloud however ignorant.
Carl Blare Nov.26, 2013 "Seeing Ahead"

Saturday May 25, 2019 12:53 NOON CDT -- Being born again may be a fertility problem.
Carl Blare  Jan. 13, 2012 "So Far As We Know"

Saturday May 25, 2019 12:46 NOON CDT -- The time to depart may be best before ever arriving.
Carl Blare Mar 19, 2012 "So Far As We Know"

Saturday May 25, 2019 12:39 NOON CDT -- It is the nature of government to find out what you are doing and then prevent it.
Carl Blare Apr. 12, 2012 "So Far As We Know"

Saturday May 25, 2019 12:31 NOON CDT -- Many persons are as cruel as the God in which they believe.
Based on something said by Bertrand Russell on p.30 "Why I Am Not a Christian"

Saturday May 25, 2019 8:06 AM CDT -- The Truckers' Channel
Citizens Band Radio Channel 19 is used by truckers out on the interstate highways for talking with each other and giving heads-up on conditions along the way. Use of this particular channel is a "gentlemens' understanding", as the actual FCC rules for CB Radio say: "95.407 (e) You must share each channel with other users, and (f) The FCC will not assign any channel for the private or exclusive use of any particular CB station or group of stations. An exception to this is (b) Channel 9 may be used only for emergency communications or for traveler assistance. Being within 1,000-feet of an interstate highway we monitored 27.185 MHz (CB 19) this morning for 2-hours, nothing heard.

Friday May 24, 2019 2:07 PM CDT -- Free Banders
Conversation turned to "free banders", a desciption of unlicensed radio venturers who transmit on the band from 27.405 to 28.0 MHz, top of the CB band and bottom of the 10-Meter HAM Band. Surprised to find that "free banders" have not earned an entry at Wikipedia, although several music groups use names like "free band". That was about it, it was a short conversation.

Friday May 24, 2019 12:22 NOON CDT -- Fair Outcome
Electrical equipment may be part of the problem.
They Had It Coming (no pun intended)

Friday May 24, 2019 9:09 AM CDT -- Brainwaves Converted to Words
An imbecile of my aquaintaince fisted skyward and declared that all immigrants crossing the Mexican border should be required to speak American! He was quickly disgruntled when I mentioned that all such immigrants, including refugees, are Americans since they arrive from North or South America (Mexico, by the way, is located within North America). Of course I knew what the fool meant, he was talking about the English language, which is not an American language, so I mentioned this, and the idiot agreed and said, "Yes, the King's English". At that point I refrained from pointing out how that was a stupid thing to say given the point he was trying to make. Getting along with morons requires delicate steps.

Thursday May 23, 2019 1:01 PM CDT -- We Have Talked About Kits: Correspondent Boomer Reflects
I have a Sean Cuthbert AM stereo transmitter kit, and it's a great thing! The amount of care that went into making the kit, and the building experience, with the attention to detail made me get emotional, and this is over an electronics product! I've been doing electronics for many years, and that was beautiful, and fun to put together over a week's time. As for SSTRAN, I almost ordered one of their kits, and was in the process of researching it, and found a video and a blog talking about how long they had to wait for their kit to arrive, and mention of bad service, so I put off my order, thinking they must be having trouble getting supplies. When I checked back a few months later, the company was closed! I hope they could sell the company or design to someone else who would work to put it out again. By this time it would likely have to be redesigned somewhat, since parts availability is always changing. Maybe a new kit could come out that's designed using principals laid down by SSTRAN, but updated.

Some feedback from Home Base: There is suspicion around the "bad press" so energetically leveled against SSTran and its products by a forum site and its commercial partner, a distributor for certified transmitters. There are also unconfirmed stories circulating about Sean Cuthbert being driven to move geographically ahead of threats against him regarding production of his kits.

Thursday May 23, 2019 12:06 NOON CDT -- Nature's Revenge
Two days in a row we've had tornadic activity here in the midwaste so violent it spewed debris up to 13,000-feet into the sky! By sheer chance our Internet Building, home of KDX Worldround Radio, has managed to be off the path of these colossal events, which of course are attributed to climate change which also overgrows our garden campus with super vegetation and buzzy in-the-face pests which will soon require goggles. The tone right now is tropical and I'll be leaving this keyboard to hack a path through the folliage before the next round of storms The coming extinction is getting bumpy.

Thursday May 23, 2019 11:11 AM CDT -- Coming Up
With a 3-day weekend before us KDX will be rolling out several new games and rides for this low power radio theme park. Starting Fridays at 4 PM CDT Blare OnAir launches a  weekly show with two main topics: low power radio and existence. This website will expand as we bring back the Demand Radio page, offering a number of programs for downloading or listening on demand as well as links to recommended low power broadcast streams operated in conjunction with low power transmitters under the rules of host countrys; FCC Part 15 in the case of the U.S. and Industry Canada across the northern border. And this weekend we'd like to pursue a discussion about the desirability of journalistic review and criticism of the various low power forums and sites which have tended to discourage internal deviation from narrow and often shallow views of particular anti-intellectual moderators. Obedience and conformity is demanded of the membership at each of these sites, with many having been banned over minor disagreements. Ironically the low power hobby is arguably the most intelligent hobby extant, served by forums that oppress freethought.

Thursday May 23, 2019 8:22 AM CDT -- ACLU Airs National Ad Campaign Targeting Restrictive Abortion Laws
ACLU National Ad Campaign

Thursday May 23, 2019 8:11 AM CDT -- Late for Work Award
This morning KDX Worldround Radio started the day's schedule one hour late because Carl Blare, the morning man, felt like getting extra sleep. Having started late almost every morning in recent memory, Carl  has become eligible for the Late for Work Award, a handsome wall plaque which will go well alongside the oversized desk. According to the terms of Blare's contract he is allowed to choose his own hours, skip work without notice, and change programming to suit his mood. Being late for work counts toward merit points resulting in various awards and commendations.

Wednesday May 22, 2019 11:35 AM CDT -- A couple of us got to talking about the old FM band started in 1945 and closed in 1947, but for which some of the antique radios will always tune 42 to 50mHz. The band was subject to attacks of sporadic E-skip, conditions by which stations from over a thousand miles away bang in right on top of local stations. This also sometimes happens on the CB band, where Channels 6 & 11 (27.025 & 27.085 mHz) are known as "the nut-job channels" because Trumpian morons speak in gutteral outbursts intended to resemble English, often with thousand-Watt boosters that resound across the continent. What else goes on in this frequency zone somewhere between shortwave and the FM band? There are a few Part 15 openings for "intentional radiators", such as Rule 15.227 allowing operation on a band from 26.96 to 27.28 mHz with 10,000 microVolts/meter, smack among CB channels 1 through 28! Of course CBers have the power advantage at 4-Watts, but cannot broadcast music the way Part 15ers can. Rule 15.235 gives 10,000 microVolts/meter in the band 49.82 to 49.90, the top of the old FM band. It would be legal to say, "Broadcasting on the Old FM Band, this is a guy in his mom's basement using a microphone with a previous owner who wonders what happened to it".

Wednesday May 22, 2019 7:44 AM CDT -- The NPR Style
During this morning's mirror time before going on the air we heard flutey voices from NPR weighing chances of war breaking out in the Persian Gulf. It wouldn't have surprised us if those dainty men with their prominent public radio microphones might offer fashion suggestions toward dressing for war.

Wednesday May 22, 2019 7:15 AM CDT -- KDX Was Down in the Basement
Tornado sirens blared repeatedly throughout last evening as a potentially dangerous weather system moved through the KDX signal area. The Internet Building, home of Worldround Radio, was disconnected and kept out of service until this morning. During the heart of the threat the washing machine became our operations desk alongside the water meter, where we were prepared to read from "Beyond Good and Evil" by Frederich Nietzsche, but attention was taken by the TECSUN PL-310 bringing storm coverage from local storm-spotters out in the field tracking the fury for both television and radio listeners. Had I taken the moment to read these are words we'd have encountered: "Woman has hitherto been treated by men like birds, which, losing their way, have come down among them from an elevation: as something delicate, fragile, wild, strange, sweet, and animating--but as something also which must be cooped up to prevent it flying away."

Wednesday May 22, 2019 7:14 AM CDT -- One of the Most Beautiful Features on Earth is Dead
R.I.P. the Great Barrier Reef

Tuesday May 21, 2019 11:29 AM CDT -- Report from Hartford
Look down at May 10 for a pic showing Brooce's Zenith Holiday Tip Top Radio with the Top Flipped Open (Tip Top Flip Top).

Hartford is the Capital of Connecticutt, and to get around town Brooce uses back streets by bicycle.
Brooce_Bike

Monday May 20, 2019 5:08 PM CDT -- Later That Same Day
There's a communique coming in from Correspondent Boomer. Hi Boomer!

It would make sense that if pirate radio is out there in large quantities, and a growing problem, that there must be a need for the service it provides. It seems that pirate radio in years past was a teenage hobby, where electronics-minded guys wanted to be DJs and play records for their friends from school. From all accounts I've read, the new breed of pirates are community stations for small groups who can't get access to commercial radio.

Established radio has been looking for someone to blame for its declines as media has been spread out by the many choices and outlets we have now, but... They would always look to stamp out competition if they can get some leverage with some 'problem' and I'd guess that pirates are enough of a sustained service now, for broadcasters to put the FCC's focus on at the moment. At the same time I don't think the FCC really could care as much about AM and FM at this time, when they are working to set policy and broker many gigahertz of radio spectrum in the upper ranges, where the competition and money is right now. Passing the problem of pirates on to someone else makes sense. Upping the stakes with new laws might also allow for more access to low power broadcasting to be considered, because it will make it a serious thing out of the idea that there's still little access to the airwaves. Just like the law change that allowed consolidation created less access and a rallying point for low power FM (LPFM). It draws a line in the sand that people can organize around.

I think so too standing by this line in the sand.

Monday May 20, 2019 4:40 PM CDT -- Scientists Seriously Concerned as 5G Goes Up Nationwide
5G Going Up

Monday May 20, 2019 9:11 AM CDT --
Lucid Moment One Morning
Carl Blare standing at the control desk as today's programs stream to the world and spring greens the window, looking around at the station volunteers each concealing whatever they are doing on the internet. None of them are real, I know that, these volunteers are made-up radio characters that save me plenty on office furniture because the theater of the mind is all free. There's Flotilla DeGlued, my impersonal assistant, either playing spider solitaire or shopping at Amazon. In the corner is Rock Jocko, over-cover detective moonlighting here as Commanding Director of Security Supervisors, catching up on his forensic examination of porn confiscated during no-knock raids. Then there's Ned Stedy, audio operator, paging through video catalogs dreaming about his television ambitions. Morgan Ford, special events announcer, rehearsing scripts for possible program interuptions in case of tornadoes, air raids or panic in the streets. But aside from all that what I'm really thinking about is the corruption in the part 15 radio community, which I mentioned the other day but deleted because a reader objected. What we'll do is wait awhile before mentioning it again, also we're out of oatmeal so will probably head over to Save-So-Much...

Sunday May 19, 2019 8 PM CDT -- A large jolt was experienced this evening when Harry Schearer opened his show by declaring this as Memorial Weekend. What? Whaaat? I quickly double-checked my math and from what I can tell next weekend is Memorial Weekend. Mr. Schearer does le Show from New Orleans (on weekends when he's not in London or Santa Monica) and maybe they have a different holiday schedule. I think it's a week too soon to have any memories. While we're talking, some things are going on with the KDX Schedule... the station has finally given me an air time for my radio show, Blare OnAir will be heard Fridays at 4 PM CDT. Another change is the new daily shut-down from 4: 30 to 6 PM. Our weekly Sunday shut-down from Noon to 6 has been very, very um, just very.

Sunday May 19, 2019 12:44 NOON CDT -- Know More by Looking Beyond the Usual
Looking Toward Mexico
Looking Toward Ecuador

Sunday May 19, 2019 10:44 AM CDT -- Paid a visit recently to REC Networks? Let's go there now for this well worded roundup about legal part 15 broadcasting.
Well Worded Roundup

Sunday May 19, 2019 9:02 AM CDT --  This is the radio I've talked about as the official KDX "Yard Radio" or probably even better would be "Campus Radio", used during my work as landscape architect. I've been calling it a "Grundig" but the front is labeled "Sangean", but either way it's a radio that incessently drifts and requires re-tuning all the time. Also they built in a thumpy disco-lounge bass-boost which burns up battery time and obscures speech, but we took care of that by setting a special equalization-curve using VLC Media Player and now the radio sounds so good that I find myself sitting outdoors every evening listening raptly. The amplifier/speaker in this set has "throw", meaning it can be distinctly heard over a wide area. By comparison the small TECSUN PL-310 can only be heard very locally; within a few feet. One thing about this radio is that it resembles a gas meter and could easily raise suspicion if it were carried in public.
Campus Radio

Saturday May 18, 2019 6:15 AM CDT -- Brooce sent a picture of his Litz Crystal Radio, an imitation of the Heathkit Crystal Radio. Both of them can be seen together at the May 15th llinks titled Bomb Shelter Radio and  Convincing Imitation. One slight difference between them is the special markings on the Heathkit at 640 and 1240 kHz designating the CONELRAD frequencies for national emergencies. We asked Brooce how the authorities could come up with signals on those frequencies upon short notice, and what he told us sounded like a real debacle. It seems that stations on nearby frequencies needed to hastily re-tune their transmitters and towers, a feat that cannot be done hastily. To make it even more prone to mishap the first station to manage a CONELRAD signal only operated for a brief time until a second station took over, moving the geographic locations around to trick incoming bomber planes from being able to home in. So far as we know CONELRAD was never activiated and would easily have gone all helter skelter. But consider this... today, with some of our part 15 stations being concerned about being unfairly targeted as "pirates", they could put "PLAN CONELRAD" into effect, changing frequencies all the time as an evasive strategy! KDX will be experimenting along those lines.
CONELRAD
CONELRAD MEMORIES

Friday May 17, 2019 7:28 PM CDT -- At one time in the fading past KDX was an active promoter of the Part 15 radio hobby, resulting in this massive Central Repository of  resources.
Low Power Radio Resources

Friday May 17, 2019 10:46 AM CDT -- Why We Care About the Pirate Radio Act
This Blog Site is part of the media enterprise surrounding KDX Worldround Radio, authorized under FCC Rules Part 15, defining the lowest tier of  approved stations based on low low power. There are several thousand Part 15 stations operating in the U.S. complying with Federal technical requirements. Meanwhile there are unlicensed radio stations employing field-strength in excess of Part 15 levels and it's this gray category being targeted by the Pirate Act. The Problem as we see it is that the Act does not specify or clarify what I have just told you, leaving the likely impression that Part 15 stations are pirates for not having licenses that they can't get in any case. But that's only one thing wrong with this Act, which is altogether unnecessary for the reason that the FCC is already obligated to police the airwaves and seek out illegal signals, which they do as a routine. The real problem being ignored by all this is massive growing interference from electronic devices ranging from home computers to radar installations and including light bulbs. Too many legislators have learned how to tie neckties while believing that this earthly life is only an interlude before the Apocalypse and coming Rapture, which they strive to provoke. First they came for the women by outlawing reproductive health care now they're coming for hobby radio.

Friday May 17, 2019 10:39 AM CDT -- Another Poorly Written Piece RE: The Pirate Radio Act
Poorly Written Piece

Friday May 17, 2019 9:47 AM CDT -- The Pirate Act -- We are all actors upon life's stage but we are not all pirates.
Radio World on the Pirate Act
Did you notice Line 6? "The PIRATE Act also defines pirate broadcasts as “ the transmission of communications on spectrum frequencies between 535 and 1705 kHz, inclusive, or 87.7 and 108 MHz,” meaning compliant Part 15 operators are clearly excluded."  Clearly excluded? Where is that said? I don't see it. Do you see it?

Friday May 17, 2019 8:49 AM CDT --  RT America's Rick Sanchez on What's Behind the NYT 5G Hit Piece

Wednesday May 15, 2019 10:23 AM CDT -- Side Jobs in Radio
We think of the radio profession in terms of particular job descriptions such as announcers, DJs, engineers, sales people or fund raisers and managers. What else could there be? Truth is there are side jobs one never hears about and I've had several of them.

New owners of an AM station where I hosted a daily program also hired my recording services to record "air checks" during certain hours of the day delivered on 7" reels of tape. An FM station where I worked a night show gave me a side job voicing sample commercials onto casstte used by the sales force to entice prospective advertisers. Oh, and another FM station booked my studio to pre-tape hours of programming including DJ and music on large 10.5" metal reels.

Brooce in Hartford does side work too as a Monitoring Station. The manager of WAPJ in Torrington, Connecticut, relies on Brooce for feedback on stream quality.
WAPJ Website
We here at KDX hear from Brooce about our own stream broadcasts and the vast assortment of radios used to listen from various low power transmitters all over the AM & FM dials.
Bomb Shelter Radio
Convincing Imitation

Wednesday May 15, 2019 9:49 AM CDT --
In response to my lamentation over the absence of great low power transmitter kits, Boomer mentions several catalog items currently available for learners and beginners: Vectronics has had this kit available for years, I found it again through your link:
VEC-1290K
I've looked but haven't jumped on it yet. It's supposed to be one of the better beginner kits out there, and antique radio collectors seem to talk about it to use to run programming to their radios. It's VFO tuning, not locked to a crystal, so it might be better for analog radios, and might cause heterodyne squeals if it drifts off frequency. The enclosure is separate.

Here's probably one of the best values in a frequency locked PLL kit today:
AM-PLL Transmitter Kit for Learners
I got one of these and built it last year, the earlier model without the final amp booster transistor which they say is good for coverage in a room, which I found to be true. I assume the transistor boosts the signal up closer to 100 milliwatts since the 2N3904 is a low power part commonly used in Part-15 antenna transmitters as a final amp. I think it's the best deal out there right now, and for better or worse you order it from Asia directly, and may not have the service of a US company to call with questions or for repairs, but when I ordered mine, I sent a note that they could offer the 10 khz spaced version for US builders with the option of sending a 10.240 khz crystal. Now they include it, and I guess they got some other requests for it. Mine came with the crystal for 9 khz spacing, but I had a 10240 and it worked fine in the circuit. Another thing about the kit is it's not always in the listings, so maybe they do different production runs.

I also note that the Spitfire 100 mw pre-built transmitter is back on Ebay. It's another I haven't tried, but it seems to get good marks from users.
Spitfire 100 mW Pre-Built Transmitter

I've also seen the 'trolling' of transmitter kits across different forums and video demos over the years, trying to sow the seeds of doubt, and push people to expensive commercial solutions. We must always be aware that when you're seemingly having more fun, or getting more value for your money than someone else had, certain minds will find resentment in your good fortune and try to bring you down. Sometimes folks just want to start with a simple kit and have some fun with broadcasting, and I have to wonder how many have turned their backs on hobby broadcasting after meeting those trolls that want to make it too hard.

Boomer mentioned the "expensive commercial solutions" and here's my (Carl's) beef with them... for that much money, average $1,000, they should do more. Paying that much for small part 15 range is absurd.

Tuesday May 14, 2019 2:39 PM GDT
-- Brooce shares a glimpse of his faithful Akai reel-to-reel which still runs but has a scraping noise. Back when I operated a whole room full of tape decks I used a stethoscope to locate noises inside the machines, such as roller-bearings and other moving parts.
The Akai

Tuesday May 14, 2019 12:21 NOON CDT --
Another problem solved in the KDX Worldround Laboratory! It was 10-days ago when I explained the destructive bass-boost built into the Grundig U1 Construction Site Utility Radio. By experiment we found that inputting the audio feed from the output-side of the audio processor before stream encoding straight into VLC Player there is an equalizer for tailoring the sound, connected to the the USB audio-out from the computer which sends a Wi-Fi signal to our AMT5000 transmitter. Happiness has been recovered.

Tuesday May 14, 2019 10:57 SM CDT --
Boomer has been watching the 5G situation: It looks like that New York Times article wants to convince me that RT is trying to sow fear of 5G. I've had more of a fear of the uses 5G could be put to in the future, especially constant and invasive surveillance that seems to be possible when everything is connected to everything else. Already we have that with phones, TVs, and our internet connections, but what about when smart refrigerators, cars, and any electronic devices can talk to each other, getting privacy might be hard and might have to involve going to live in the woods. I also have concerns about the amount of bandwidth being taken, essentially using the RF spectrum all the way to the top. I also note this from the Times article, "In January, The Times announced a joint venture with Verizon to build a 5G journalism lab." Hmm.

I've also noticed wireless nodes popping up in my area, looking like a bucket mounted to the top of a telephone pole, with a big box about half way down the side of the pole and connected to the 'bucket' by cabling, with lines going to a nearby power pole. It seems that when a node is put in, they also replace the power pole that feeds it with a new one. I've taken photos of several nodes, as they've started to pop up everywhere in my area, like mushrooms. I know of two that are across the street from each other in the center of town, maybe 100 feet apart. There are dozens of them that I see on my Dog walks, with the first appearing several years ago, I found it in June 2016 along a main road. Could the antennas have something to do with 5G that far back?

I don't know who runs them, there's no company name, frequency, or other details listed, like we're not supposed to notice, the right ingredients to get a conspiracy going. Where is Art Bell when you need him? He's out partying with aliens.

Pictures of the first node I found, in 2016:  Serious Mushroom Outgrowths by Boomer's House

By the way, Boomer's dog was first to sniff the pole.

Monday May 13, 2019 3:03 PM CDT
-- Poca, West Virginia, signs in with this message from Tha Dood: "Hey Carl? Boomer read your blogs 'n the decline of kits today, but they are still out there. Maybe we don't have what Heathkit, Knight, and even Lafayette use to be, but if you search there are some neat kit offerrers out there. Look at..."
Elecraft
Vectronics
Heathkit
Kaito
Carl speaks in reply... First of all, good to hear from you Tha Dood! You are one of the only other carrier current radio operations along with KDX. Second of all, it is important to mention the kit makers of the present day so you are to be thanked for doing so and Third of all may I say that I was talking about transmitters when I brought up the sorry state of kits in that category. The great transmitter kits have been run out of existence.

Sunday May 12, 2019 9:06 AM CDT -- A Liar Calls "Liar!"
The New York Times has that reputation among journalists; It tells lies on behalf of special interests.
An Example
The sly headline is true: 5G phones will not hurt anyone, at least no more than cell phones already pose a risk. But that's not what RT America said in their reports, as carried on KDX Worldround Radio. 5G will be implemented from cell antennas located nearby everywhere, poles on the block, by schools, every street, plunging the population into a bath of 28 GHz millimeter wave spectral energy. There's the danger.

Sunday May 12, 2019 8:52 AM CDT
-- Mothers Day is a time when seeds should remember their pod.

Saturday May 11, 2019 3 PM CDT
-- Only indoor activity at KDX today with cool rainy weather on our campus. Good time to send Brooce some technical data regarding internet streaming radio,  addressing why some of the streams heard at his east coast Monitoring Station remain reliably connected while others drop out after a short length of time. It probably has to do with the settings of the sending station and the ability of the home internet connection and computer to maintain continual response to those settings. For example, we are told that KDX is reliably received there in Hartford, while another station frequently monitored drops out after half-an-hour. We'll take the settings one at a time:

There's the Codec, which can be a hardware or software device/application which determines audio format, including MP3, OGG/VORBIS, OPUS, AAC+, or FLAC.

The sample rate determines audio quality in either stereo or mono with standard settings of  8, 11.025, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, or 48 kHz.

Bitrate determines digital speed/bandwidth with settings 8, 16, 24, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 112, 128, 160, 192, 224, 256, or 320 kbps.

KDX sends medium quality which establishes reliable connections on most home systems: OGG/VORBIS, 22.05 kHz, 40 kbps.

Many streaming stations use high quality settings such as MP3, 48 kHz sample rate & 192 kbps which requires very high speed internet and extra-swift computer power to receive constantly.

The software player at the receiving computer adapts automatically to the incoming format, and VLC Player is one that provides a way of observing the codec settings of the sender.

Sarurday May 11, 2019 9:30 AM CDT --
Hi Carl, Boomer here. I saw on the Bla Blare Blog your thoughts about the Knight type of transmitter, and it's something I have experience with, so I can yipe. I think Knight engineers wanted to keep things simple for hobbyist builders, inexpensive, and also have the tube filaments in series across the AC line, adding up to near 120 volts (50+50+12), which is nice and convenient. Using a self-excited oscillator is something early broadcast transmitters used, and some of the beginner kits have kept using it to this day. Early broadcasting circuits were similar to what the Knight-3 uses, Heising modulation with a choke coil and the modulator and final plates connected across each other. Free running oscillators like the Knight and others have unwanted, incidental FM because anything that changes the voltage on some element of the tube changes the operating conditions and causes a drift in frequency. Modulation changes the voltage and current through the oscillator tube, so the frequency bobs around a bit above and below the dial position it's set to, in response to the audio swings. Incidental FM isn't the worst thing that can happen in an AM transmitter, but it's a parasite that you want to account for. It can make the signal take up wider bandwidth on the radio since it's spreading out the RF power. It also usually limits the modulation capability of the transmitter, since the more modulation you use, the more FM you get, and too much FM will cause distortion in the receiver. If the FM is kept down to no more than 2000-3000 hertz, then distortion shouldn't be too bad, but it also depends on the receiver bandwidth too, a wider bandwidth receiver should have lower distortion, since it accepts the wider signal produced by the phantom FM. Other than those issues, an AM detector, like a diode, is insensitive to the actual FM; it just doesn't respond to it.

Technically it is better to have separate tubes, so that the oscillator has steady voltages on it for stability and sends the signal on to the final to do the modulation job. One way to use a single oscillator tube and make it more stable is to use a crystal to set the frequency, making it a modulated crystal oscillator. That should cut the amount of FM down to a low level where it won't get in the way. As for harmonics, I've built similar oscillators with tubes in the past, and I didn't find them to be too harmonic. The oscillator can make a fairly clean sine wave by itself, but it's something that would have to be tested if you fire up a Knight, seeing how strong the harmonics are, compared to the fundamental.

An isolation transformer can help on the AC line. I don't think the Knight is much more dangerous than a tube table radio of the same period. It sets up an internal RF and DC ground that's isolated from the chassis by resistors and capacitors. The best thing to do for an original Knight experience is use a polarized plug so that the internal ground is set to be on the wide blade, neutral in the socket.

I also think the Knight 3 has the potential for more power output than the others, looking at how its wired and the voltages on the plates of the tubes. When people talk about putting long antennas on their Knight and reaching their whole town and their friends from school, that's probably the model they were using.

Friday May 10, 2019 2:35 PM CDT --
As the weekly chamber music concert from Music Mountain, Falls Village, Connecticut, streams out of KDX Worldround Radio, listener Brooce in Hartford Connecticut, is about to open his Zenith 1949 Holiday Tip Top Receiver.
The Famous Transoceanic Luggage Look
Flip Top Tip Top

Friday May 10, 2019 12:02 NOON CDT -- What does the FCC actually say about kits? -
FCC Rules and Regs Part 15 - Radio Frequency Devices Subpart A - General, Section 15.3 Definitions (p) Kit. Any number of electronic parts, usually provided with a schematic diagram or printed circuit board, which, when assembled in accordance with instructions, results in a device subject to the regulations in this part, even if additional parts of any type are required to complete assembly.
There we have the authority granted to manufacturers to offer kits on the legal market.

Friday May 10, 2019 11:11 AM CDT -- The Kit Konspiracy -
Transmitter kits have joined the extinction trend and become something remembered from another time. What happened to them? When Ramsey ended their tradition of supplying excellent FM kits they said something like "kits are no longer popular" but avoided mentioning that their message board, also closed around the same time, was pestered by a nut who persistently claimed the kits were not FCC compliant. During the same period the outstanding AM transmitter kits from SSTran abruptly ceased production with no statement. This followed months of harrassment by a self-proclaimed "hobby forum site" which staged transmitter comparison field tests with two objectives determined in advance - The "winning" transmitters certified types distributed and installed by the commercial engineering company that operates the "hobby" site as an advertising arm, the "losing" transmitter being the AMT5000 from SSTran, resented for equalling in quality the higher priced certified transmitters but at significant savings. The owner of SSTran was personally ridiculed for a whole year for not "donating" a free transmitter for the comparison tests, the kit manual was even attacked on grounds of being deceptive, incomplete, and confusing. But now that SSTran has closed, all is quiet on the subject like it never happened. Then there's the case of Seth Cuthbert and his growing fame as maker of a stereo AM transmitter kit and companion mono kit, but suddenly moving physically into silent exile to escape alleged threats from anti-kit terrorists.

Friday May 10, 2019 8:45 AM CDT -- What I think I know about shortcomings of the KnightKit AM Transmitters -
While it is efficient to use a single tube to generate the RF operating frequency, inject modulation onto the carrier and provide output at the desired power level, somebody once said that unwanted frequency modulation is introduced, but I can't remember why this is a bad thing. Anyway, the recommended way to "do it right" is to add a buffer stage and a final RF amplifier. The modulation would be applied to the final tube, keeping the oscillator stage "pure" with the buffer serving to avoid backward interaction between the amplitude modulated final and the oscillator. Another problem in the original design is that the KnightKit outputs plenty of raw harmonics which predictably go against 15.209, so adding a filter between the output and antenna is recommended. One other thing that has been recently discussed at the part15.org forum is the desirability of using an AC isolation transformer to which I'd also suggest adding a full-wave rectifier.

Thursday May 9, 2019 6:28 PM CDT -- Boomer in Pittsburgh responds: "Thanks for archiving the Knight Wireless Broadcaster manuals, I don't think I'd seen any that were complete before, usually just the schematic being shared on line, or an electronics magazine article about construction. We can see the circuit evolve through the versions, starting with octal socket tubes, with a tube rectifier, to going to miniature tubes and a selenium rectifier and adding more features."

Tuesday May 7, 2019 2:55 PM CDT -- Our correspondent in Saint Leo, Florida, sends notice that the Range Extender for Talking House / iAM Transmitters is getting ready to ship. For ordering information contact Bill Baker.
Information Station Specialists

Tuesday May 7, 2019 2:50 PM CDT -- "Radio Song" composed by Mike St. Clair of Austin
"Radio Song" by Pocket Sounds

Tuesday May 7, 2019 1:19 PM CDT -- Knight Kits
Knight Kit Wireless Phono Oscillator Model 760
Knight Kit Wireless Broadcaster 38K051
Knight Kit Wireless Broadcaster 83Y706


Monday May 6, 2019 11:55 AM CDT -- Mysterious Force Baffles Small Ohio Town
What Is This Thing?

Monday May 6, 2019 11:27 AM CDT -- Sunday was the final day for this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and listener Brooce in Hartford added a 3rd Radio to his Monitoring Station, sending a note along with some pictures: "The New Orleans jazz celebration was streamed from KDX and also transmitted through this radio on both FM 92.9 MHz and AM 1580 kHz. We are a jazz family here, by the way. My son is a jazz musician and we have jazz on fairly often. About the radio: A Radio Shack Patrolman SW-60 from the 1970s. Not a great radio - but I started out with multiband analog portables. I love the way it looks, and it's still fun. Best Regards, Brooce."
3rd_RadioKDX Not Responsible for Wrenched Neck

Monday May 6, 2019 7:55 AM CDT -- Message to the Digital Gentry: Radio is already invented. Stop trying to invent it again.

Monday May 6, 2019 6:39 AM CDT -- Life Without Weather Forecasts
5G for Speed and Profit

Sunday May 5, 2019 10:05 AM CDT -- KDX Worldround Radio provides programming from and to the International Civilized Community, not the easiest thing against the debased authoritarian carnival rejects and their stupid nationalism, but today we'll take a break from all that for Cinco de Mayo, the 5th of May, honoring the Hispanic Peoples for all they offer. The lovely song linked here is played throughout the day every May 5th on KDX, and is presented for you under a Creative Commons License.
The Cinco de Mayo Song

Saturday May 4, 2019 6:40 PM CDT -- Some highlights of the broadcast day today here from the Center of North America. The Jazz Festival was delayed again by rain but this time WWOZ started the broadcast promptly at 11 AM and shared recordings of yesterdays performances that were not previously aired. The New Orleans Fairground opened at 12:30 NOON and attendance  built steadily throughout the day. Again the VLC Player has kept KDX solidly connected across the internet, and one of our correspondents explained why VLC does such a good job: at instances when the stream drops VLC goes to work repeatedly trying to reconnect until it gets its way, whereas Zara and Winamp move on to the next item on the playlist whenever a stream fails. I actually saw it work a few times when VLC opened a window and showed itself trying to reconnect. At 2 in the afternoon the Jazzfest host identified us as KDHX St. Louis and that made me very nervous because there is a KDHX but they are unrelated to KDX. The Festival Coordinator made sure her hosts would not repeat the same mistake. While all this was going on I put new D-Cells in the Grundig U1 Utility Radio and went to work trimming hedges and grass, reminded that the Grundig has an unfortunate bass-boost that is not user controllable and 2 things make that unpleasant: bass eats up more expensive battery juice than any other part of the audio band and muddles speech clarity. Previously I used the EQ on Winamp to correct the audio curve being sent to the radio from our AM transmitter, but this newer setup has no convenient way of solving the problem. We'll eventually open the radio and surgically remove the bass-boost parts. Brooce in Hartford has put KDX on a second rare and unusual radio, which I'll post for you in a short time. Just sit right where you are.
Mystery_RadioHas 6-Transistors Claims to Have 14

Friday May 3, 2019 3:44 PM CDT -- Yesterday the Jazzfest stream coming from WWOZ in New Orleans went silent a number of times and took awhile to re-establish. Speaking by telephone the coordinator told me one other station was having similar problems and she asked what software we use to capture their stream. I explained that our main control software, Zara V 1.6.2, would not accept the WWOZ stream but by grabbing it with Winamp we could port it to Zara. She then advised we use the VLC Media Player which her experts find more reliable, explaining why today's Jazzfest is flowing undisturbed with VLC newly installed, free by the way. Along for the ride is Brooce MICRO1700 in Hartford, Connecticut, listening on his refrigerator.
Brooce_Refrigerator 1959 Zenith AM/FM Tube Radio

Friday May 3, 2019 9:56 AM CDT -- As several recently told at the part15.org forums I also started with a Knight Kit AM Transmitter assembled from parts in the 1950s and beaming KCAM at 1620 kHz, just on the last edge of the AM dial squeezed above local 1600. That was more fun than sex and obviously has lasted longer since we're now broadcasting from an AMT5000 kit made by SSTran. It was the tubes that made it a living experience in those days and I've even considered hiding the AMT5000 inside a fake tube transmitter with glowing filaments. Over the course of years there were 3 different Knight Kit versions and I promise to give you the manuals for all 3 in the very near future as a reward.

Friday May 3, 2019 7:46 AM CDT -- Like any justice on the supreme court what I have in common is this appointment for life as the curator of KDX Worldround Radio, all at once non-commercial or possibly commercial, we can talk. But where are we? Another interesting difference with licensed stations which must identify their city of license is that mere part 15 stations have no requirement to declare any particular locale affiliation. It would not matter if we claimed to be aboard a giant kite sailing in the clouds or coming from the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica. The only reason we are announced by WWOZ as "KDX Worldround Radio St. Louis" is for their benefit in demonstrating connection with the major cities. Otherwise we are "coming from FEMA Region 7". Fact is we're "practically within sight of the city limit of St. Louis", but otherwise neither represent that city nor have much to say about it at all, except that I believe the Pope decanonized Louis XIV making the "Saint" part of the name defunct but the cost of re-printing all the stationary, you understand. So figure this into the legal maze: "Users of nonlicensed, low-power devices operating under part 15 may use whatever identification is currently desired, so lomg as propriety is observed and no confusion results with a station for which the FCC issues a license". What? What? But I've never seen that in the part 15 rules!? Of course not, because it's rule 73.3550 (1). Makes perfect sense.

Thursday May 2, 2019 1:53 PM CDT -- While exciting jazz music streams from the Jazz Tent at the New Orleans Fairgrounds we'll spend a moment talking about radio stations authorized under the FCC's Part 15 Rules, of which KDX AM & FM are two examples. In fact, Part 15 encompasses many important technical rules with the main theme being prevention of interfernce to the many licensed forms of radio that occupy the electromagnetic spectrum. It takes getting used to, but KDX is classed based on limiting the "interference" which might ensue if we exceeded the boundaries of our allowance to exist. Before turning on the transmitters we search for the quietest unused dial locations so that our signal does not block an existing licensed station, and once transmitting we watch the modulation level to avoid "splashing" outside of the designated bandwidth which on AM, for example, amounts to 10 kHz of space. Powerwise our AM facility cannot exceed 100 mW (1/10th Watt) and the physical antenna is confined to 3-meters (10-feet). What we call "transmitters" are referred to in the rules as "Intentional Radiators" and in early history were first marketed as "phonograph oscillators" which saved the cost of a good audio amplifiier and played records over radio sets. Streaming on the internet is a whole other class of radio service not covered by FCC rules.

Thursday May 2, 2019 8:13 AM CDT -- Week 2 Jazzfest picks up at 11 this morning and runs through Sunday.

Wednesday May 1, 2019 3:30 PM CDT -- Quite a length of time can be spent wondering about the definition of "community" and the reason one might wonder is that radio is often seen as "serving the community". Of various possible definitions we like this one: Community = A group of interdependent organisms inhabiting the same region and interacting with each other. Going a step further, we view "the same region" as that penetrated by our signal. It is a truism that licensed radio holds the mandate of serving the "public interest, convenience, and necessity" which imposes a community service obligation of sorts, but the small stations authorized under FCC Part 15 have no content mandates nor responsibilities outside of the purely technical restrictions, yet so many individuals embark with the notion of serving the community where their community amounts to one or a few blocks. My question to the small stations is, why would you take on a project you're not legally obligated to offer? If small communities might benefit from some bit of service from radio announcements send them a bill. You're not providing them with free lunch, are you? Free shoe shines? KDX never serves the community and no one complains.

Wednesday May 1, 2019 9:34 AM CDT -- The article linked at the tail of this entry talks about the peer pressure either felt or displayed when neighbors gawk at each others' yards. The common  person seems to think that what they survey on their immediate horizon is somehow an extension of their own kingdoms and there's a tradition of  green lawns spread like outdoor carpet and this custom applies to front yards, spaces that extend from the parade review stands known as "the front porch". Somehow the streets and automobile traffic are not seen as the eyesores they definitely are nor do average people find the din of constant lawn equipment to be the ugly pollution of serenity that it is. Things are quite different here on the campus surrounding KDX where a bamboo forest and floral trails provide home to a menagerie of assorted wildlife with silence enforced by use of our precision Brill German Manual Mower, so quiet we're able to hear the radio station from our Grundig U1 Construction Site Radio.
The Rule of Lawn

Tuesday April 30, 2019 1:37 PM CDT -- So much for campus landscaping surrounding the Internet Building, home of KDX Worldround Radio, it's pouring out there with flash-bang lightning. It's an unexpected change of events given the original forecast for storms "after 3 PM". KDX-AM is disconnected to prevent lightning from entering through the ground-radials which would likely fry the transmitter. Meanwhile, The Thom Hartmann Show continues on KDX-FM and KDX-OGG, the latter of which is our online stream which will also be closed if the winds get furious. More information about going silent during storms can be found on the Technical page.

Monday April 29, 2019 9:33 AM CDT -- As a News Talk radio station KDX has not always been shown the respect that a journalistic organization in the U.S. should expect, precisely because we happened to post about central issues on forum sites controlled by radical right wing extremists determined to control the narrative. Without delving any deeper into it on this rainy morning, it all comes to mind because of this image borrowed from thepolemicist.net:
 We_Don't_Know_What_Happened

Sunday April 28, 2019 8:12 PM CDT -- The earth has rolled eastward leaving the sun out west somewhere and both New Orleans and St. Louis dark on the Mississippi. The close of today's Jazzfest led into the weekly Sunday evening concert from the Deutsche Welle Festival on KDX and the first work up was Brandenburg Concerto # 5 by Johann Sebastian Bach, excellent transition as the harpsichord soloing in this work foresignals modern jazz by the incredible excursion the keyboardist takes when the notes depart the orchestra and rise above the stage circling like bat-birds until the strings and flutes regain control. Other Bach concerti followed and eventually will yield airtime to this week's le Show hosted by Harry Schearer, himself a New Orlean jazz musician, speaking from his flagship station WWNO. If I describe the evening's programming with enough detail it will save anyone from listening.

Sunday April 28, 2019 9:24 AM CDT -- With 1-hour to go before sign on we decided on re-patching our entire streaming network so we could recover "normal" operation that got ripped apart fixing problems experienced with stabelizing the Jazzfest network connection and it began looking like we wouldn't make it until that one elusive bit of code got tried and we were good to go with 10-minutes to spare, just enough time for hot chocolate.

"Big Picture Science" from the SETI Institute, as heard Sunday mornings on KDX, brought an interesting question into discussion... how can AI (artificial intelligence) be made to recognize humor?

Turning to the morning news, more talk of coming 5G:
Plugged In Wirelessly

Host station for Jazzfest is WWOZ with 100,000 Watts at 90.7, and other stations carrying the Festival in addition to KDX include KFCF Fresno, California; KGNU Boulder, Colorado; KPOV Bend, Oregon; KVMR Nevada City, California; KVRU Seattle, Washington; KMNO Wailuku, Hawaii; KZCT Vallejo, California; WJSU Jackson, Mississippi; WPKN Bridgeport, Connecticut; WRFY Reading, Pennsylvania; WMPG Portland, Maine; WTJU Charlottesville, Virginia, all of them either LPFM or full power FCC licensed stations, leaving KDX as the only station FCC authorized under Part 15 of the regulations with of course KDX-OGG streaming to all 400 countries of the world. Hold up for Radio Phoenix in Arizona, joining the lineup later in the afternoon, an internet radio station serving the Phoenix community.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week Jazz Fest takes a rest while KDX returns to regular programming and catches up on programs displaced by Week 1 of Jazzfest. Week 2 starts Thursday for another 4-days of Jazz Heritage.

Saturday April 27, 2019 4 PM CDT
-- For 8 fertile spring days the 50th New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is broadcasting live on a network of stations across the Nation including KDX Worldround Radio here in FEMA Region 7. This is about the 7th year KDX has been part of the hookup. Our own group of stations consists of KDX-AM, KDX-FM and the global stream KDX-OGG.

The Festival was greeted by a Tornado Warning Thursday, April 25th, postponing the start by almost 2-hours, and when things got underway from the fairground tents rain was pounding down but a massive crowd was no bit discouraged.

The 2nd day, Friday, was sunny and perfect for the entire 8-hour broadcast.

Now we're midway into Day 3, Saturday April 27th, and while KDX emerges from a cool rain, Louisiana is enjoying another perfect weather day.

In our control room inside the Internet Building the start was challenged by failure of our automation software to respond to the IP address linking to the Fest audio, but we feverishly rigged a substitute system and logged on with everyone else just at the right minute.

We interrupt the Blare Blog for news about a new Laser Radio!
Wi-Fi, You Ask?

Now, what was I saying? Oh ya. The Jazz Fest. We've turned on the Strereophonic Sound for these 2-weeks which contributes greatly to the sense of a LIVE broadcast. We should have employed stereo for those many years as a WFMT affiliate when we carried so many major orchestra series including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Milwaukee and Dallas, but our monaural signal is so crisp it was still the best radio in the world. Which begs the question, why did we withdraw from the World's Major Classical Network? It was me. Just me. The music and technical quality from WFMTwas perfect, but as the Main Listener here at KDX I decided on the change for highly personal reasons which maybe we can talk about sometime.

KDX has not abandoned classical music entirely. Right now there are 2-orchestra series and 2-chamber music series running weekly.

KDX Worldround Radio is mainly a News, Talk, Think station, and there are certainly many vital things to think and talk about, and it explains the mono sound; the human voice is a monaural instrument.

U-TURN