February 15, 2020 10:40 PM CST -- Mysterious Carrier at 105.3 MHz
we do from time to time we viewed the electromagnetic spectrum to
observe signal levels from our KDX AM and FM transmitters, and
noted them all steady, on-channel, and looking healthy. But we also
found a silent carrier at 105.3 MHz and naturally wondered if we were
causing that signal in some way. A quick look at Radio Locator's
website showed that 105.3 is a 99 Watt translator station for AM 1380
and is located on a tower less than 1-mile from us. We checked 1380 and
heard normal program modulation, suggesting that the station had lost
audio to its translator. It's been over 24-hours and the situation
February 15, 2020 12:26 NOON CST -- FreeThought Matters
Added to KDX-TV
kind of half-exists. First, KDX-TV is a webpage on this website
peppered with links to select video programs around the internet.
Perhaps second, KDX-TV is a low power TV Genie
UHF Channel 14 transmitter once advertised in TV Guide and on the back
of matchbook covers but which fell outside of FCC rules and was
confiscated by the FCC except for those already sent to customers,
therefore ours cannot legally be turned on but we have it ready to go
in the event of a change of regulation. Third, KDX-TV is a would-be
video stream which exists as a future potential pending further "how
to" education on our part. In the meantime KDX-TV is a webpage where
visitors become TV engineers able to click links.
is the weekly TV show of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the
Nation's watchdog for separation of state and church. The audio version
is now part of the weekly schedule on KDX Worldround Radio.
Saturday February 15, 2020 12 MIDNIGHT CST -- KDX is Transmitting On
not quite. Some of our channels are awaiting repair. For example, the
Carrier Current Channel is waiting for the head technician to order and
install parts to get the LPB transmitters back in operation. KDX AM
1550 needs antenna repair and re-tuning. KHZ AM 1640 is laying around
the room waiting to be installed on the indoor bamboo tower. KDX AM
1670 doesn't exist (yet) because it will need a transmitter.
KDX-Shortwave depends on circuit cards being installed in a metal case,
everything neatly lined up down on the workbench. And so on.
KDX-OGG is now sending Radio Sputnik 5-overnights a week and soon
KHZ-MP3 will be sending a 24-hour string of programs and The
Blog, which is very much considered a "channel" is going public after a
month as a Private Key Affair for our trusted confidants.
February 14, 2020 11:57 PM CST -- Friday Night Beer Blog
Friday February 14, 2020 8:53 AM
CST -- Laptops vs Desktops
Artisan Radio Responds --
I'd drop you a line to let you know that I've been reading
your blog. I
haven't felt much like commenting on anything until I read the
latest plea from a
fellow Part 15 broadcaster for a rather large
donation to purchase a
I'm not sure why there
are those in the Part 15 world that believe that
laptops make suitable
Laptops are NOT
designed for heavy duty, 24/7 operation.
Laptops ARE designed
for intermittent, portable (size & weight)
operation, and often
for fashion as well. The portability factor
generally means that
you're getting a slow and flaky (due to poor heat
all other things being equal. Laptops are a
compromise solution at
best for non mobile computing. It has to be
recognized that there
are many more factors that make up a fast and
stable computer other
than the CPU brand and memory size. Plus, the
only way to expand a
laptop is via USB, which can be problematic at best.
There is no doubt in my
mind that a desktop computer is the only way to
go for radio
automation, preferably a tower solution that allows for
plenty of ventilation
and room to expand. The added bonus is that
computers can be found dirt cheap - my favorite computer
store is the local
thrift shop. I don't think that I've paid over $20
for any of the
computers that I'm currently using (including monitors).
My general purpose
computer is an i5 SFF tower, running Windows 10 with 4GB
of memory. It
easily handles any video or audio
processing that I throw
at it. I've added a 2TB HDD and even though it
has built-in graphics,
plan to add a low profile graphics card at some
also probably add some more memory, just for the heck of it.
My automation computer
is an Intel dual core Compaq tower with 4GB
memory, running Windows
7. There's more than enough power in the beast
to handle any
automation software. I've upgraded the power supply,
graphics, and added a
1TB HDD to hold programming material.
All in all, the cost of
both was under $100. And that's Canadian dollars.
The only downside to
desktop computers is the space required to house
monitor, keyboard, etc.). If you have the space, you'll
get a stable, long-term
radio automation solution (and more).
The money that this
individual wants to spend on a laptop would be much
better spent on getting
some test equipment to monitor his signal and/or
to ensure that it is
legal. But then, he wouldn't have a sexy new
laptop to play around
with and show off.
- Artisan Radio
Wednesday February 12,
2020 3:38 PM CST -- Great Stuff
Great stuff from the blog, as I
read it at almost 4:AM local time.
Thank you for putting in the link
(and info) about the C Crane FM transmitter. The new one is
packed with a bunch of other
stuff bound for the new location.
I am still using the old one because it works most of the time.
Very Best Wishes!
February 12, 2020 2:14 PM CST -- Dire Emergency
Brother Mouw's missionary effort to benefit a fellow broadcaster passes
along this down-on-the-knee appeal:
Dire Emergency Donations
ons Needed for a New Computer for The Legacy. because our system is
showing signs of failure. As most Should Know we have over 1 Month of
NO REPEAT Album Oriented Rock. This requires serious hard drive space.
NextKast requires serious RAM to run it. Our station is ran on two
sound cards one for the main Internet stream and the other for the AM
NextKast is a Radio
Station program that is highly dependent on a High performance PC or
Laptop and as some should know this cost between $700-1K+ for a good
system. Renting from Aarons rent to own is not possible because of our
$140/Mo car payment we Had to buy a car because of our area its
impossible to go without transportation.
I have the station
running on a string and we are both on disability and its tight after
my Wife got sick and still has poor health. Those who enjoy True Album
Rock can donate at our website. You will be surprised how $20 can go
when several loyal listeners do so. Satellite Radio may have some of
what we play but remember you are Forced to pay not a choice rather you
want to donate to the Radio or not. Ours is a choice and it doesn't
have to be monthly though I see some listeners have set a monthly
donation. We will immediately purchase a high end machine when we
receive enough donations and so Deltaville doesn't always have to
listen to PSA's from time to time until the old computer goes dark for
good we'll run that separately while away so you get full time music
for 1640 AM only.
February 12, 2020 1:34 PM CST -- What Difference Does It Make Whether
We Have Listeners
desire to operate a radio station has to do with many things that
interest us. For many there is a drive to "be heard". For the most
egocentric it is we ourselves who wish to speak and be heard because we
feel strongly about what we have to say and believe it important to be
agreed with by others. This is part of a species instinct starting in
early childhood when we want to demonstrate to our father that we can
throw and catch balls. As social animals we naturally seek
approval from peers which bolsters our self confidence. More common
among the low power radio crowd is a desire to be admired not for what
we say but for our wonderful taste in music. This primal instinct often
goes frustrated among micro-broadcasters because there's no definite
measure of who's listening or whether they're paying close attention to
our brilliant playlists. Therefore the radio forums overflow with
wistful musings about building an audience, attracting ears, being the
better station among those available. Expecting
others to provide the feedback we crave can be a rut into which we
invariably slide, never achieving the dream.
people fail to gain the critical-thinking and self-analytical skills to
recognize the handy way of short-circuiting the endless disappointment
of feeling ignored by simply realizing that the approval we seek
ultimately must come from ourselves. It is possible to go on for
decades without recognizing that we are striving to please ourselves;
that we are the ideal listener; we are the judge and jury of our own
art. The most successful radio station is broadcasting for its own
sake; great without need for the approval of strangers. If you approve
of what you're doing, the unknown population is lucky if they happen to
find it on their radio dials. If they don't find it it is they who are
unlucky, not you.
Broadcast programming is a generosity, not a plea for approval.
February 10, 2020 11:04 AM CST -- The S___ and F___ Words Cause for
of the programs heard on KDX originate as podcasts, and as such there
are no language restrictions as evident in the frequent use of F___ and
S___ mingled with otherwise informative and intelligent discourse. Our
re-transmission of these shows on the KDX internet stream is not
worrisome but what goes out on AM and FM is discomforting because there
are always persnickety types who might raise a fuss if they happened to
tune in. If our station was licensed we'd be required to avoid such
language on air but under part 15 authorization there are no content
rules but the average citizen is ill educated to make such distinctions
and would be equally inclined to complain about language on cable
television or any other medium. Public bureaucrats are not apt to think
in terms of rights or rules and are typically inclined to react to
complaints by putting a stop to perceived "offenses" even when it goes
against individual liberties. We have three choices in dealing with the
language question: 1.) KDX can continue as is and carry the risk of
allowing "free speech" of program hosts and their guests; 2.) KDX can
exclude discretionary programs from AM FM and send them only online;
3.) KDX can refrain from carrying any programs that cross the language
barrier. What would be best is if the FCC lifted the word bans which
they have talked about doing.
February 8, 2020 2:30 PM CST --Greydon Square Joins KDX Program Lineup
earned a worldwide reputation as a gifted artist on many levels over
the past several years Greydon Square occupies a singular place
in hip hop as an atheist rapper. Greydon first came to our
several years back when he guested on one of our regular skeptic shows
and we've been waiting for the chance to place some of his work on KDX.
That chance came today when he guested on FreeThought Live with
co-hosts Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker. A quick web search turned
up all kinds of work being produced across the media on YouTube and
other platforms. As I round out this Blog-mention Greydon Square's
podcast is premiering on KDX from his home studio in Arizona.
February 8, 2020 1:04 PM CST -- Things Are Set to Happen Following a
The Blare Blog
is going public! The decision is final and starting soon The Blog
will welcome everyone and anyone to these writings about low power
radio and intellectual thought. There is an equal chance that a
Private-Vintage Closed-Circuit blog will also be kept, we have yet to
return to this website, a page devoted to contact links to select radio
stations and programs. Artisan Radio's forthcoming public-domain opera
station will be among the premier offerings.
KHZ-MP3 will sign
on a second stream from Worldround Radio presenting a rotational
24-hour string of the very best in progressive and alternative
programming, coupled with KHZ AM 1640, an experimental station
dedicated to indoor antenna development utilizing an AMT3000
February 8, 2020 11:35 AM CST -- C.Crane FM Transmitter Mod
Brooce received a new C.Crane FM2 Transmitter which has three
differences that I know of from the earlier Model FM1:
1.) FM2 has an entirely re-designed circuit;
2.) a small audio background hiss has been eliminated;
3.) the modulation LED now has two colors - green to show modulation
& red to show over-modulation.
A secret power adjustment control exists in both units (to the best of
my recollection) accessible as described in this link:
February 8, 2020 11:21 AM CST -- Likes
I liked the
writings about Hypersanity, a new term, but instinctively it feels like
I understand it. I've met people who seem to be numb to the world, and
hoped that they had some kind of fantastic outside life I didn't know
about. Even if you're not into Hypersanity, you have to like an article
that mentions the Bird Of Paradise and Diogenes the Dog, it mentions
I'll see what Larry
King has been doing with the human-Dog relationship experts. There's a
name from past media, Larry King, on late night radio doing his
interviews, and Art Bell would be on too, kings of late night AM radio,
though in these past few decades he's dropped off my radar.
Art Bell has left radio earth while Larry King is in his 90s
and doing shows for RT America.
Friday February 7, 2020
1:18 AM CST -- Hypersanity
February 6, 2020 6:47 PM CST -- Blare Blog Internal News
The Blare Blog is Closed-Circuit Only not open to the general public
and available only to our Designated Correspondents by Exclusive
Executive Password-Key. Yesterday we decided to open again to public
visitors but a busy schedule kept us from getting around to it. This
morning we again felt that perhaps being private is good for now
and delayed taking further action. The fact is we want to
both dimensions, public and private, but believe that maintaining two
separate blogs would over-tax our minimal staff. Previously we used the
"designated holiday" method of switching from one mode to the other but
that became too demanding and didn't resolve the matter of keeping
certain information available only for discretionary viewing.
we enjoy this kind of extraneous minutia and will endeaver to extend
the explanation as long as possible. But not right this second.
February 6, 2020 6:44 PM CST -- While Aijet Was Listing His
Accomplishments His FCC Undercounted the Number of People Without
February 6, 2020 6:28 PM CST -- Spies on Shortwave
February 6, 2020 3:29 PM CST -- Word On Brooce
good correspondent Brooce is in the process of moving and
expressed confusion as to all the details involved, so we
some advice that simplifies the process:
Put things in boxes,
put boxes in truck, drive truck to destination. Once you get there
you'll know what to do. Couldn't be easier.
February 6, 2020 3:06 PM CST -- Innocent Sun
our time the public is warned to "avoid too much sun" because skin
cancer. But I have never believed such unfair scape-goatage of our
nearest star and giver of life on earth. It has been my suspicion that
increasing numbers of microwave radiating satellites are the true cause
of human risk in full daytime AND NIGHTTIME!
The story picks up from there...
February 5, 2020 12:19 NOON CST -- Creative Bloggery to Come
this Blog could use is a cartoon series. We have been kicking around an
idea for a Bob Fwordly Cartoon, based around the exploits of a hostile
takeover troll who is to the low power radio community what Juan Guido
is to Venezuela. The challenge comes in the fact that there is nothing
funny whatsoever about Bob and his two followers (the submissives),
together known as Bob's Mob. What we know so far is that unfunny people
hate being the butt of jokes, which explains why Trumpy looks so grumpy
all the time, being the unfunniest butt in the Nation made fun of on an
international scale. Fictional though he may be, Bob Fwordly emulates
Trump and has even experimented with strangely long neck ties made from
the scrap rags left over from cutting Klan sheet outfits. Still not
exactly funny, but we're on the scent of something that could rank as a
reference for classic failed cartoons.
February 5, 2020 12:14 NOON CST -- We Wouldn't Know About Aijet's
Accomplishments if He Didn't List Them for Us
any other person known mostly for their srew-ups and misdeeds, FCC
Commissioner Aijet Pai wants us to also know that he claims to have
accomplished something. What? I personally don't know what, so let him
February 5, 2020 10:40 PM CST -- Signal Booming in from the East
Hi Carl, some fodder for
Thanks for putting your
blog up this month, and on with some replies to it.
It's been a problem to
find a Part-15 AM antenna transmitter with a 50 ohm output, since for
convenience most transmitters have built-in loading coils and tuning
made for 10 foot wires and rods. Having the loading coil in line is so
important, it makes the ten foot antenna about a thousand times more
efficient than if there was no coil between it and the antenna.
With a 50 ohm output
transmitter, you can make a loading coil on a piece of PVC pipe in an
external box. That's how it was done when Ramsey made AM transmitter
kits, their models were 50 ohms output, and the instructions showed how
to wind a loading coil to put between the transmitter and antenna for
extra signal and serious broadcasting.
As for sewer gas as a
source of fuel, in these environmentally conscious times, that's
something I'd like to see research on! We surely need natural gas in
America, and why not get it from sustainable sources. I might draw the
line at putting poop out on the curb for recycling services though.
Maybe start with pet poop harvesting.
"Everyone Needs One. Or
Two. Or Three." I've done every part of that entry, using small
transmitters on several computers to allow listening around the house.
It frees you from being tethered to a PC and its speakers or
headphones, and you can tune the audio on any radio on the property,
just like any other radio station. Maybe people don't think about
transmitting to convenient radios, because they're marketed more high
tech solutions like wi-fi, infra-red, wireless speakers and Bluetooth.
I like using different
radios to listen to shows and music. Each one has a different tone
caused by the amplifier, speaker and cabinet, and also where it's
placed in the room. I find that after listening on one speaker system
for a while, it's refreshing to switch and hear programs and music on
I've thought of the
same thing, if I bought a house with a Talking House in it, I'd want
the transmitter, and the realtor would say, 'That transmitter is for
OUR use', and you'd have to convince them. I've gone by to DX Talking
Houses when I'd see the sign, AM and FM.
The blog of William C.
Walker that you found. I like the honesty about his own situation, it's
the way to do it, put it all out there, that was a great read! I care
now, and hope he does find a good spot for his transmitter.
That's a new twist, to
have emergency networks being deployed on regular wi-fi networks,
something I hadn't heard of before, but I'm glad you uncovered it. It
seems like technologists trying something new and to add a feature with
value to wi-fi, which has been around for a long time.
I still wonder if
politics is involved somehow. I've been pondering why the Emergency
Alert System is being held up as a ever larger issue for radio and TV,
at a time when traditional broadcast is losing ground to newer
technologies, and there are many other routes to getting mass messages
to the public.
You hear a lot about
EAS, and the regular failures, and broadcasters being fined for fake
alert tones being used as props on shows. Now someone wants to push it
on to wi-fi internet connections, well what about wired computers at
home, there are no alerts there, as far as I know. I just wonder what
the big picture is in pushing for alerts everywhere.
February 5, 2020 10:15 AM CST -- 51st New Orleans Jazz Festival
has it been, maybe 10-years that KDX has carried live the Annual
JazzFest? And again this year, expanded to 8-full days of live music on
a national network of radio stations originating from WWOZ with this
year's sponsor Shell, in April and May.
In 2019 WWOZ aired
45-live sets from such artists as Irma Thomas, John Boutte, Mavis
Staples, Jason Marsalis, Terrance Blanchard, Mdou Moctar, and Gerald
French & The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band.
February 4, 2020 5:06 PM CST -- Emergency alerts using Wi-Fi
Could Wi-Fi networks be used for
emergency alerts, like systems used by cellular, television, and radio?
There’s some interest in doing so in IEEE Working Group 802.11.
Last week, 802.11’s Wireless Next
Generation Standing Committee (WNG) saw a presentation
from India’s Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) on alerting
technology it’s developed. It’s intended for users who have online
access through Wi-Fi but no cellular connectivity. C-DOT notes there
are over 43,000 villages in India without cellular service.
In C-DOT’s plan, when users are
connected to Wi-Fi, an application on the user device conveys the
When users aren’t connected to Wi-Fi,
emergency messages are carried on an additional SSID that has, as its
name, the alert (“Tornado warning”). The alert would thus appear in the
device’s list of available Wi-Fi networks. Presumably, there’d be a
mechanism for notifying the user when they’re not looking at that list.
Access Points would need to be appropriately configured; C-DOT proposed
that 802.11 determine whether any changes to the standard are necessary
to do this.
Elsewhere in 802.11, Task Group bc has
started the development of an amendment
to the 802.11 standard for Enhanced Broadcast Service. The service
would provide for more efficient distribution of local information,
such as announcements or multi-media broadcast. Importantly for
emergency alerts, the information could be received if there were no
association (connection) between the Access Point and the user device.
Emergency alerting wasn’t initially a priority in the Task Group, but
there’s more interest now, in part because of the C-DOT proposal.
This is the first time I’ve seen this
level of interest in emergency alerting in 802.11, but it’s still
relatively little interest. If there’s nudging from other industry
interests or policymakers, it could get traction. There’d be work
required outside 802.11 to make an end-to-end emergency alert system.
- Steven J. Crowley, P.E. - Consulting
February 4, 2020 2:23 PM CST -- Station Tours
Blare Blog takes us today to Covington, Kentucky, latest resting spot
for broadcaster William C. Walker, recalled for his
guest appearance on Low Power Hour No. 1.
As you may not recall, it was William's hope, even from so many years
ago, to one day find an ideal location for a low power radio station.
Upon browsing his current website we regret that Covington is wimping
out, but The Blare Blog gives high marks for persistence as Will's
search will continue. As
confided in his Blog, we note that radio operators have personal lives
Tuesday February 4, 2020
9:35 AM CST -- Everyone Needs One. Or Two. Or Three
who find streaming radio stations on the internet would love the
freedom of mobility brought by simply attaching the audio out from
their computer to the audio in of a *legal* low power radio transmitter
and listening to the stream on portable radios inside and outside the
house or apartment. It's not necessary to do one's own programming when
the streamer is doing all the work and sending it to you. In the
business this is called a "relay station".
Podcasters are the
radio program producers of the internet age and would benefit all the
more by running their podcasts into a *legal* low power radio
transmitter for mobile listening all around the office, house, or
of their facility. Hearing the podcast through the prism of radio
allows for even greater editing perspective.
take fuller charge of the world at large by installing a personal
*legal* low power transmitter because only then are they able to decide
and control what gets heard on home radios indoors and out. When
shopping for a new house make a low power transmitter a make or break
stipulation before placing a contract for purchase. If the realtor has
used a "Talking House (T)" type transmitter as part of their sales
promotion, require that it become a permanent part of the Property
Don't let lazy bums dominate the dial. Claim your part of the
electromagnetic spectrum as a low power station.
February 4, 2020 9:30 AM CST -- Free Power Under Our Feet?
gas is created by the decay of refuse flowing through city sewer
systems and is vented into the air. It seems to us back here in the
control room of KDX Worldround Radio that we should be capping this
free and inevitable gas and using it as a fuel. What I suspect is that
the gas company has very effectively prevented the public from knowing
about this resource now being wasted up through the wall out the vent
February 4, 2020 7:09 AM CST -- Caws and Curses at the Iowa Caucuses
Having a catchy headline is a time honored way of drawing attention to
a news story, but if there is no story, the second best thing is to
place an advertisment.
Support low power radio suppliers and programmers.
February 3, 2020 4:26 PM CST -- Project in Mind
After talking about it for several months KDX still does not have a
backup transmitter for AM 1680. The original plan was to use a second
AMT5000 from SSTran, but you know why that can't happen.
More recently our attention has been drawn to the iAM Transmitter with
the intriquing Range Extender, and days ago we also began to look at
the Mosquito Transmitter, and something Boomer said has us thinking
about all of the above!
The Range Extender requires a 50-ohm RF input which rules
out the usual AM transmitters, but both the iAM and Mosquito
include 50-ohm outs. See what I'm thinking?