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THE BLARE BLOG Autumn 2019

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Friday November 15, 2019 9:01 AM CST -- Veterans' Week
The recent week began with Veterans Day and our respect for military veterans is well reflected in this link:
Veterans Link

Friday November 15, 2019 7:29 PM CST -- A Complete Guide to Impeachment Podcasts
We realize most low power radio stations only bring hit music as if the world was young and had a future, but in an alternate universe a mythical radio station might want to bring the listeners an actual glimpse of the adult world.
Impeachment Podcasts
Thursday November 14, 2019 10:18 AM CST -- House That Talks
Made the national network news.
NBC Report

Wednesday November 13, 2019 4:15 PM CST -- The Contradiction in the Room
According to authoritative sources the "forums" that once served specialized interests have become passe but not all forums realize how arcane they are, including the 4-member part15.orgy forum where a gentleman nicknamed "TheLeg" reports that the Ibiquity (IBOC) Digital Radio format is a complete failure. Because of it he intends to acquire the code so he can transmit in low power IBOC.  We believe it is noble to align with failure.

Wednesday November 13, 2019 4:02 PM CST -- Comfort Station Out of Service
The Blare Blog closes for days at a time but we wonder if possibly we should keep the light on during Climate Emergencies such as the Arctic freeze presently gripping much of North America. The Blog might be a warm place to spend sheltered hours while waiting for normal days to return. While it would be better to spend cloistered time reading books, nobodys going to do that. Perhaps The Blog is as close as most browsers will ever come to reading a book, and we do share little tiddy-bits from our book collection. Think your opinion over to us via the telepathic corridors and we'll be perceptual through remote viewing.
Deadly Cold

Wednesday November 13, 2019 11:03 AM CST -- Required Behavior
People should be peaceful.
If people are not peaceful they should be beaten, humiliated, and shot.
- C. Blare

Wednesday November 13, 2019 10:57 AM CST -- All Indications Point to a Brief Power Outage
Following a marvelous night aboard dream pillow we arrived at the KDX work station to find a blank screen. "Well, that's odd," we said, thinking back to last midnight when the computers were left running for the 1o of heat they contribute and their continuous streaming of KDX-OGG for overnight visitors. Puzzled, we explored further and realized both machines were completely turned off indicating only one thing: there must have been a power outage during the night.

Tuesday November 12, 2019 4:10 PM CST -- Call It Luck
Knowing that the forecast called for abrupt temperature drop and possible snow by 5 PM I arranged for an 11 AM errand tour to stock up on supplies. But the Arctic front arrived early and I faced snow-rain so intense that car windows were covered within seconds of being cleared and once backing out of 1 Wireless Way we noted a severe lack of visibility with windows steaming up both inside and out, so we moved cautiously. Once on the road we took maximum care to observe the road ahead and behind and by sheer chance encountered virtually no other traffic. It was noted that the few moving cars we passed hadn't the sense to light their lights and became nearly invisible in the gray. The 1-mile trip was accomplished and we dilly dallied in the food market as though on a cruise ship miles from dock. The return trip was different in that it was clearer but colder and the ground was still sloshy but in 20-minutes would turn to ice. That all happened yesterday, by the way, and today the frozen world is almost at the bottom of the thermometer. In reading about yesterday's other traffic, there were hundreds of sliding accidents and normally short trips lengthened to more than two hours. It's good to be the lucky one.

Tuesday November 12, 2019 2:45 PM CST -- Monument to Beautiful Grotesquery
At an early age a particular piano concerto captured my fascination and I adopted it as an all-time favorite, the Piano Concerto # 2 by Sergei Prokofiev. It is sarcastic, unruly, disfigured, misshapen, crotchety and malcontent. Like a clear mirror of the human soul. It is performed on this week's SymphonyCast, available free to noncommercial stations.
This Link May Expire After This Week

Tuesday November 12, 2019 8:31 AM CST -- Self Imposed Competition
It's always a matter of time before I once again bring Arthur Schopenhauer into it, but his precept on the world as will and idea is often proven in ordinary daily experience. Take coffee for example. And addiction, which is certainly a contest of will in which the individual simultaneously wants to do and not to do; the idea being to have that cup and decline it. Who cares? Oh, that depends on social intersections in process at the time, such as, uh, ok, an important meeting on essential business. Perhaps at the morning table with the wife in discussion over holiday shopping plans. Understand me, I don't have a table or a wife for that matter, so, ok, let's make it the boss at work over the question of a pay raise. Well again, I don't have a boss or a job, but maybe you get the drift. In the middle of something important you abruptly walk off leaving the conversation unsettled and when you return it's only a few minutes before you're up again and gone for another 5-minutes. Your will is being overtaken by the will to pee, brought on by the coffee, a known diuretic, which you decided to drink because of giving in to your will for a slug of java. A better idea would have been to abstain, but how many abstinences should one person endure? There's the matter of the secretary sitting out there where she could be invited to lunch when both of you know it's not about lunch at all.

Tuesday November 12, 2019 8:10 AM CST -- The Process of Younging
Fellow humans have always sought a way of becoming younger and going back in time. While those are really two different things they are intertwined as observed in the newly discovered technique of time/age regression by turning counter-clockwise while standing in place. However, so far the law of diminishing returns has kept this method of reverse aging from achieving useful results. For example if one were to spin herself counter-clockwise continuously for, let's say, a week, she would become 2-seconds younger, except that regular time would continue advancing around her and the 2-seconds would become spread over the total number of days spent spinning which would give a net age reduction of the smallest fraction of a second and be scarcely noticeable in terms of facial wrinkles or other age indicators, not to mention the setbacks brought about by skipping school or work for time spent spinning at home. There is more to be said about all this, but it's difficult writing while engaged in the act of turning.

Tuesday November 12, 2019 6:34 AM CST -- The Wrong Room
"The Wrong Room" is a new feature of The Blare Blog describing ink space where we rant about things that are wrong with the world, the radio industry, and individuals we run across and observe. In practice "The Wrong Room" is no different than The Blog was already, it's just that I like the sound of saying "The Wrong Room".

Monday November 11, 2019 4:52 PM CST -- The Difference Between Studios and Pods
For the first 100 years radio programs were produced in studios, which consist of acoustically treated rooms with microphones, tables, chairs, and plate glass walls for visual contact with the control room. Radio programs were not called "studio-casts", they were "programs" and made up the contents for ongoing "broadcasts", referring to a continuous string of programs sent over the air. The internet age has brought some changes as the production of programs has done away with old school lingo and settled on the compact term "podcast" to describe in one simple word where the program is produced, the fact that it is a program, and the intention of "casting" that program by whichever medium, be it online or over the air. So, what is a pod? The word originates in regard to the containers for legumes such as peas and beans but has taken on a number of other meanings such as: 1.) A small section of a larger office, compartmentalized for a specific purpose; 2.) A subsection of a prison, containing a number of inmates. It is that second definition that best applies to podcasts produced in the Police State of America where podcasts are surveilled to weed out all anti-Trumpers. At KDX we produce no podcasts and what few radio programs we have are completely ignored by the authorities and by the general listening public.

Monday November 11, 2019 12:40 NOON CST - Wait 'Til You Hear the One About the Unfortunate Truth
There is some benefit when the truth is funny, but certain truths are also god awful. This example of both sides of certain truths is submitted by radiot Artisan Radio.
Cried So Hard We Laughed

Sunday November 10, 2019 7:43 PM CST --
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

Sunday November 10, 2019 4:37 PM CST -- Look See the KDX SDRuno Screen
What we are seeing is the spectrum view of KDX AM 1680 in our SDR Play RSP1A Software Defined Receiver. You agree that it's very beautiful, right?
Playing with SDR Play
SDRuno in Action

Saturday November 9, 2019 8:42 PM CST -- A Radio Movie
We ran across a 1956 film about the radio business starring some of the best voices in movies. It's a strong story and happens in the offices and studios of a radio network with local affiliates and all the interchange among management and air talent.
A Great Man

Saturday November 9, 2019 6:45 PM CST -- I'm Not Superstitious But
Strange things sometimes happen with no obvious explanation. Take what just happened with the Zara Automation System on KDX. A program called "Mystery Science Theater" produced by Frederick Moe was in its last 5-minutes when the next items in sequence began playing at the same time and two different audio streams went out over the air and what's more we could not find a way to stop Moe's program. We deleted it from the playlist but it kept playing anyway. We hit the STOP button which shut-down the second programs that were running but Moe's program wouldn't stop. No such error has happened before in our many years of using Zara and we cannot imagine a way in which to replicate the event. But of course there is a rational and scientific answer to the situation but we are so shook up that we suspect helicopters in the sky sending disruptive commands into our electric wires or possibly the witch woman we met a few months ago who mixes potions and delivers them at holiday time.

Saturday November 9, 2019 12:29 NOON CST -- SDR Play Is Back On the Air
Here inside the Internet Building KDX AM 1680 is being received on a software defined radio SDR Play RSP1A and streamed on KDX-OGG.
The Icecast Radio Server from KDX

Saturday November 9, 2019 11:02 AM CST - Marriage License
Bestiality is legal if you're married to the beast.

Saturday November 9, 2019 10:52 AM CST -- Ferrite Rod Loopstick Antenna Notes
We may have gone over this ground before.
Loopstick - Electronics Notes
A Loopstick That Looks Interesting

Friday November 8, 2019 10:06 AM CST -- An SDR Phase II Plan is Forming
In a burst of inspiration we know where to go from here regarding the SDR Play RSP1A Software-Defined-Radio recently placed in suspension here at KDX due to indecision about what to do about it. Here are facts that play into what we will do next - this particular SDR has one antenna input which can only be changed manually given the reality that no single antenna covers the full spectrum from 500 kHz to 2 GHz. That being true, we will employ several different antennas and periodically change the configuration featuring different portions of the spectrum at any one time. The main emphasis of the SDR will be streaming of signals received from our low power radio transmitters, eventually adding the means for visitors to tune around and hear other stations local to this area. Distinct bands will include long wave, medium wave, shortwave, FM band, and the 1 GHz region. For the two lower bands we'll install loopstick antennas outdoors with ability to physically re-aim them to favor any direction. Further, we'll want a loop good from 1.7 to 30 MHz for shortwave, and higher-band antennas yet to be determined. All this will be done under the guidance of Bruce's Radio Monitoring Station in Hartford, Connecticut, consultant. As always input from our radiots will be welcome.

Friday November 8, 2019 9:52 AM CST -- Be Ahead of Your Backups
I have long advocated for backups to all broadcast systems, from the transmitter to the computer. The purpose of backups is rapid recovery from breakdowns. A friend of mine also in the media business said that he purchased two of everything so he'd always have a spare to keep his business open in the event of equipment failure. I quickly adopted this policy and purchased a second car, second building, and started living in two states. That was before I became broke and homeless which has no backup plan. There may be some hyperbole in what I blog but finding ourselves in the year 2019 the wisdom of backing up still holds true yet we were caught again when our AM radio transmitter failed and nothing was ready to take its place. That's why today or soon, whichever comes second, we might order an iAM FCC certified transmitter. I'm going to sit here until I decide. On second thought I'll sleep on it. On third thought I'll table it except that all the tables are in use.

Friday November 8, 2019 8:05 AM CST -- Something Else Happened
KDX has been churning along for weeks, no, more than four weeks, spewing the finest website, blog and radio, until moments ago when our server abruptly stopped serving. Everything stopped all at once including the website, the radio stream, and the local network connection to our controlling computer where I was busy doing stuff. What did we do in response to the crash? Well, we did what would be expected if this were the real world; we began to make observations to assess the situation. Now it's all back up, if not backed-up as we say, but there's a lesson to be learned. And that is, no matter what we do, something else happens.

Friday November 8, 2019 4:40 AM CST -- A Message to Fellow Radiots
The main reason for this message is to tell our fellow radio enthusiasts that you are radiots. If you like radio you are a radiot. If you broadcast with low power you are a radiot. If you worship towers and mess with loops; radiot. It's one of those words that came into mind quite early in the A.M. and F.M. with outdoor temperature 24o. If I hadn't written it down right away it would have been forgotten. So this message is the Official Birth Notice of the new term: Radiot. Any other use of the the word without express permission of KDX Worldround Radio requires attribution to its coiner, Mister Carl Blare of 1 Wireless Way, Average Terrain Park, Missouri, U.S.A., a location so hidden not even the postman knows where it is.

Thursday November 7, 2019 CST -- Thrown Bone
Word from Boomer:

I had to check in when I saw on the blog front cover that there's a 'Human Girlfriend Day.' That's funny, when people think I am close to Dogs so much, sending pictures of me interacting with different pooches and I've been told I should get married to one, or why not get a human girlfriend? It's mostly fun needling between friends.

I've thought, as far back as maybe junior high that it might be a good idea to allow marriage between humans and other animals. As I think about it now, it might be seen to dirty both marriage and Dogdom. Still, there are marriage ceremonies between people and their pets, something that makes the newspapers from time to time.

So much to comment about the Blare Blog from 1910.html. I have to get to radio, I'm so close to getting AM stereo back on my station. How have you been doing at getting your station up at 1510?


Carl Replies:
Hello Boomer, I've been reading your well reasoned contributions to one of the smaller radio forums. And of course yes, a large portion of the human public would line up for inter-species marriage licenses and KDX is in favor of it. In my experience several observations come to mind... a freelance artist I commissioned confided to me her intimate dogplay involving peanut butter, a widow said to me, "I don't know what I'd do without Minkee", her small dog, and for the flash of a moment her face registered a nearly guilty look, and finally there are Missouri politicians whose faces reveal a distinct crossbred resemblance to farm livestock.

If it's a role model you want then take Almighty God. He, a one-gendered specie of One, ventured with an underage, unmarried, engaged human girl and produced a hybrid son who, like a mule, would never progenitize but became the special friend of twelve swell guys.

As to 1510, while we do have an LPB carrier current transmitter outfitted for 1510 kHz, and a regional station on that frequency has gone silent, that station being perhaps 40-miles outside of town, the fact is we have a local station on 1490 kHz which is closer on the dial than would be preferred. What would you do?

Tuesday November 5, 2019 6 PM CST -- Tongues
Talking and Otherwise Sticking Out
A white nationalist said "dem furners comin' crossa barder oughter spik Marekin" (translation: foreigners coming across the (southern) border should be capable of speaking the English language, sometimes erroneously referred to as the "American" language).
As a cosmopolitan I believe that white nationalists should be able to speak a language.

Tuesday November 5, 2019 3:27 PM CST -- Guy Fawkes Night
The Blare Blog was closed while I happened to look around the web and came across mention that it's Guy Fawkes Night so we've opened The Blog!
Remember the Fifth of November

Tuesday November 5, 2019 2:50 PM CST -- SDR Reflections
Our SDR (software defined radio) is put away in the toy box, but after having fiddled with it for a few days we have some lingering impressions. It is a very appealing way to listen to radio because one views the entire broadcast spectrum on the computer monitor and can watch each station's relative power level and changes from day to night patterns. This way of "seeing" radio means a lot more than the silly text and 2-D still-pics on FM whadayacallit which is no more than the reinvention of old-style slide-shows which is very 50s. In fact, portable and table radios would do well to include spectrum screens on deluxe models. If you have an opinion write it on a piece of paper and recite it to the family at the Thanksgiving table.

Tuesday November 5, 2019 1:51 PM CST -- Aaron Swartz Day November 8th
Creative American internet hacktivist suicided by overly zealous prosecution.
Aaron Swartz Story
International Hackathon

Tuesday November 5, 2019 1:42 PM CST -- Thinking About One of These
One of These
It would be used with the SDR Play RSP1A for 500 kHz - 30 MHz reception. Then we'd need a 2nd antenna for 30 MHz to 2 GHz, which can be shopped later.

Sunday November 3, 2019 3:49 PM CST -- The Entertainment Hour
Yes, every week at this time we turn the microphone on our listeners and let them entertain us! Alright everybody, pause listening to us because we're listening to you! What might you have in store for us this time?

Sunday November 3, 2019 3:32 PM CST -- SDR Phase 1 Complete
It can now be said that we installed and tested a software defined radio (SDR), which was streamed on the KDX-OGG Server for several days in reception of the KDX AM 1680 signal by way of a hatchy-patchy antenna strung up on the curtain rod including two dangly Slinkys. We got as far as we're going to get at this time, not knowing what to try next, so the test is officially concluded and you won't hear about it again until we come up with a new plan. We proved the common knowledge that indoor antennas located in a computer environment are too noisy to be of much use.

Sunday November 3, 2019 12:48 NOON CST -- Nice Day Except for the Barking
I'm not superstitious but all you've got to do is let the universe know "I don't have any problems right now" and problems come buzzing around like a bunch of buzzards. I probably shouldn't put it that way because I'm quite fond of buzzards, vultures and condors, so let's say a bunch of dying bees buzzing on the ground poisoned by weed-killer from Monsoon Chemical Company. I also like bees very much and can't really speak of the chemical giant because they were a client for many years employing our skills as film-strip narrator, so we're still groping for an action word to connote annoyance. "Like a barking dog" is out of the question because we have correspondents who are more defensive of dogs than they are of humans and when you approach them with a problem like "Your dog ate my parrot" they'll say "dogs are like that - very territorial". To them it makes perfect sense that a dog would eat a parrot it's just a risk parrot owners take. Luckily I don't have a parrot. Anyway, on this otherwise peaceful morning, given an absence of trouble, our AM radio transmitter after many years of excellent stability and robust performance sounds distorted and undermodulated. It's not a problem we look forward to solving with no clue as to what might be at fault. We've naturally begun preliminary contemplation about what the problem could be. Possibly karma in some kind of diabolical payback for those things we did in a previous life which are best not talked about. So we'll let it go at that.

Sunday November 3, 2019 7:15 AM CST -- Fermentation of Thought

After days of tinkering with this new software defined radio we reached a limit and decided to stuff the whole project into a storage closet. Originally we wanted to be like the HAMs who put their slick SDRs online for the world to enjoy but we reached two stumbling blocks and began bridling. Stumble number one is the matter of learning the "how to" aspect of software/hardware; this is a very complicated project. The second stumble is the fickleness of building a wideband antenna with all its physical demands. Enthusiasm gave way to a dark cloud of pessimism and negative thinking. Yesterday we became convinced that this SDR idea was too far removed from the mission of KDX and would be more appropriate for some amateur radio hobbyist. Then along came the gudamn stupid clock mess as so-called "daylight time" jerked back to standard time shifting our negative outlook toward a different target and the SDR took on an aura of familiar nostalgia. An extra hour of sleep produced a string of dreams in which solving small problems became increasingly impossible until waking up and thinkng about the SDR brought the feel of something actually doable. We have turned in a full circle, seen our tail directly ahead, and believe we can catch up to it.

Saturday November 2, 2019 6:15 AM CDT -- Bruce's Radio Show
In addition to operating a Radio Monitoring Station on the east coast, Bruce has many radio related devices to show.

This is my C Crane FM transmitter (version 2.0, I think) which I bought about 16 years ago, if my memory serves me correctly.
The green "triangular symbol" means that I use rechargable batteries in this - it's practical because the unit doesn't consume much energy. The green triangle helps me remember that 2 of my zillions of batteries are doing a job in the C Crane transmitter - some other radios or radio accessories have red triangles - which means - not rechargable - i.e., check the batteries often and replace before it becomes necessary. I have yet to lose a radio to the dreaded battery leakage.
The transmitter whip antenna became intermittent after 15 years of use. One day the whole thing fell off - swivel joint and all. I gave up trying to fix the whip.
I made an imitation "rubber duck antenna" with a plastic soda straw, some wire, and different colors of electrical tape. The rubber duck isn't really done - it needs a little more work. OR maybe a lot!
The transmitter "audio in" cable also became intermittent and was replaced by a straight audio cord.
The transmitter was heavily used and abused.  It was used inside and outside in all kinds of weather. It hung from a ceiling. It was carted all over the place.  These "repairs" were made only a year ago.
My C Crane transmitter was also modified to transmit mono, instead of stereo. It was done on a whim. I just took the FM pilot crystal out. Is that helpful with range? Well - SOMETIMES. That subject is beyond the scope of this little narration.
So - attached is a photo of the C Crane FM transmitter doing it's job. It is relaying audio from an ICOM shortwave receiver to an FM radio in another room in the house.
I am very glad to have this transmitter!.
Carl's Comment -- The green triangle looks like a PLAY button for a video.

Space Patrol Walky Talky
For 3 weeks after CB day (10/25/19) here is a Radio Shack Space Patrol Walkie Talkie. I bought this one in 1973.  However, Radio Shack started making this in or around 1965.
I had another one somewhere around 1965 or 1966, but it was lost in the shuffle somewhere.
This 1973 unit is a wonderful keepsake for me.  It is pretty banged up on the outside but works OK for what it is. And what it is - is not too much!
100 mW or less of DC input power and a stone-deaf receiver.  The transmitter section has a crystal for CB channel 14 (27.125 MHz.)
The receiver is optimized (ha ha) for channel 14 but doesn't need a crystal because it is a Regen. I still had fun with the radio by using it with a random long wire antenna.
A minimalist set-up here, which is probably why I enjoyed it so much!
I was able to make contacts out to about a half mile or so with the wire antenna in those years.
Later on, when I learned about ionospheric skip, I was able to hear CB stations out to about 1000 miles away from home.  Of course, I always needed an external antenna.
Those were great memories and I'm glad I still have the radio!

Flavo Radio
Here's the yellow and (recently acquired) orange Flavoradios.
The orange one I just received in the mail doesn't work.  But I know what's wrong with it and I think I can fix it. If not, it will still look cool.
Carl comments: They look like travel containers for bars of soap. "Hey Millie, there's a good program on the soap dish!"

Friday November 1, 2019 7:17 PM CDT -- Wonderful Music
This performance was recommended by Bruce and presents the music of Jacob Collier with his Maro Band and the Sydney Strings.

Friday November 1, 2019 2:47 PM CDT -- The Written God
Following a conversation about love of writing I set out to show a style that's influenced how I write. These words of R. Buckminster Fuller come, not from what he wrote, but from a transcript of what he said in a free form improvised lecture:

No scholars have published refutations of my widely publicized conclusion that all of the foregoing brain-recorded, mind sorted and comprehended experiences clearly disclose an infinitely greater a priori, omnianticipatory, intellectual integrity embracing and permeating universe than that demonstrable or suggested by any known capability of any individual human intellect --nor of the integrated, cumulative capabilities of all of history's human intellects--to control total universe in such a manner as to account for all the foregoing experimentally evidenced , omni-integrated, complex behaviors of universe. Wherefore the comprehensive, superhuman, nonanthropomorphic, Universal Intellectual Integrity thus altogether manifest to man by the integrated discoveries of experimental science may be spoken of as God, for that is the most economical term thus far intuitively formulated by humanity to identify such a macro-micro, human capability transcending, anticipatory, embracing, and inspiring relationship.

-- R. Buckminster Fuller "Utopia or Oblivion: the prospects for humanity"

Friday November 1, 2019 1:49 PM CDT -- Today's SDR Progress

A second Slinky has been attached to the makeshift receiving antenna on the SDR Play RSP1A software defined radio, visibly boosting the received signal levels from local AM stations. The result can be heard by listening to KDX-OGG.
KDX Icecast Server

Friday November 1, 2019 6:17 AM CDT --MONTHLY REQUIRED SIGN ON MESSAGE
This is The Blare Blog, the Official Blog of KDX Worldround Radio operating on AM & FM under authority of FCC Rules Part 15 and Streaming the Planet from servers located in FEMA Region 7. The Blog is written by a Committee of Self-Wise Elders comprised of Carl Blare and Correspondents. The Blare Blog is politically independent, religiously disaffiliated except to the degree that large infusions of cash may influence and we regard ourselves as scientifically in touch. Anything else that might hold true may be considered held true even if it doesn't come to mind right now.