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Wednesday July 1, 2020 8:38 AM CDT
The Louisville Orchestra At Distance
Wednesday July 1, 2020 8:46 AM CDT -- On Further Thought
I rather think that some of
those who call themselves 'conservative' picked the word because it
sounds good to them without taking the trouble to Google it. In the
same way I chose 'progressive' because it sounds less lazy and gives
the sense that something's going to get done.
Wednesday July 1, 2020 8:52 AM CDT
The Story of KDX
As a retirement pastime I decided to
found a bird sanctuary and while constructing birdhouses I wanted
something worthwhile to hear on the radio so I threw together a
radio station and today birds have their song and I have mine. That's
Wednesday July 1, 2020 9:28 AM CDT -- Reaching Into Fire
Another newsman has been pulled from service at a major news network (Fox) over alleged sexual misconduct from years ago.
We all look over our shoulders when we hear about these career enders
and wish that so many women in tv news would stop dressing like
hookers, but they've got ratings to consider and for a fact they're hired to look sexy on camera. The main thing news men
need to remember is that their female counterparts aren't hookers and
their outfits are not meant personally. During our tv years there was
sexual conduct at least rumored at the stations but most of it seemed
to be consensual with only one mild complaint coming to memory... a
female reporter complained that the male anchor eyed her "as if she was
a piece of meat". This has always puzzled me because I myself have
never eyed meat the way one might eye an attractive woman, so I never
understood the comparison and have never asked her about it.
Thursday June 2, 2020 8:12 AM CDT
The Room Where It Happened
Worth the Watch
- Randy Rainbow
Thursday July 2, 2020 8:42 AM CDT
The Story of KDX
Today's Radio Special
- delivered by Justine
Thursday July 2, 2020 10:28 AM CDT -- Did You Know?
The U.S. this year celebrates
'Independence Day' July 4th on a Saturday, and we at KDX supposed that
Monday might be designated part of a 3-day holiday-weekend but one of
our radio commentators referred to Friday, tomorrow, being a federal
holiday. Another thing most people don't know is that the
'independence' being honored has nothing to do with personal liberty
but rather marks the Nation's independence from Great Britain,
originally the conqueror of the north american continent taken from the
indigenous peoples mistakenly thought to be "Indians" as Christopher
Columbus and his pirates believed they'd found a shipping route to
India. Regardless of all that the U.S. citizens today get drunk and
gaze at replications of warfare by fireworks exploding above waving
flags. This year's added attraction will be the massive spread of
COVID-19 through close crowding and independence from masks.
Thursday July 2, 2020 11:51 AM CDT -- What Spinrite Exactly Does
Spinrite Disc Recovery Tool
Thursday July 2, 2020 12:40 NOON -- Lots of Sitting Increases Cancer Chance
CNN Health Report on Sitting and Cancer
Thursday July 2, 2020 2:44 PM CDT -- KDX Federal Friday Plans
The usual live talk programs carried
weekdays on KDX Worldround Radio will not be on the air Friday July 3rd
which is part of the July 4th Weekend. Those include 'Fault Lines',
'Thom Hartmann' and 'Loud & Clear'. Radio SuperStream KDX-OGG will
remain off the air Friday as we catch up on technical improvements
being made within the station. The 'No Agenda' show will be moved to
Saturday morning between 9 and noon CDT. Our website at kdxradio.com will be online except for brief possible interruptions.
Saturday July 4, 2020 11:00 AM CDT -- Set Down the Drinks and Grab the Guns
On the Artisan Radio Blog dated July
2nd is reference to a news story regarding a husband and wife attorney
team who stood their ground, or really, stood their lawn, pointing guns
at BLM (Black Lives Matter) protesters who were passing by. The gun waving couple quickly
became international news and will possibly face criminal charges if
what they did turns out to be illegal. From my point of view the
episode has the earmarks of drunken response, as I don't think the two
would have done it if they weren't soused. Their towering mansion
looked already like a fortress so if they really felt threatened, as
they claimed to be, staying indoors would have been more secure. The
woman at one point pointed her pistol south while she looked west and
the male swung the tip of his assault rifle frequently in the direction
of his wife. Very likely the following Monday many of their clients
phoned to cancel. And to me a significant part of the story is the
private gated neighborhood they called home.
Private gated streets exist in many
American cities and represent a legal category most people are not
familiar with. The physical land of private neighborhoods belongs 100%
to the home owners and the walls and gates bounding the area literally
define the limit past which the public is technically barred. Some such
neighborhoods have their own security staff complete with guard houses.
In strict legal terms the private residents of such places are
responsible for their own street maintenance, sewers, trash collection, and
other services. But it's very common for many of them to enjoy the full
benefit of public support services at tax payer expense because of
back-room arrangements since so many upper-level government elites
reside within the gates. These places, and many of them use the word
"Place" as part of their name, as in "Portland Place" where the gun
slinging attorneys live... As I was saying, these places have legal
existence as "Homeowners Associations" with their own set of
regulations which are very sharply weaponized to keep out the riffriff,
down to such petty detail as describing permitted style and color for
houses and limitations on what can be done in each others homes. These
documents are hidden from public view to the extent possible and would
serve as grist for books and news reports on the kind of societies they
Saturday July 4, 2020 3:08 PM CDT -- Not Too Bad How About You?
Sort of a hot day here in the
midwaste, little activity that we're aware of from deep inside the
Internet Building with KDX-OGG Radio SuperStream carrying "At the Tone"
by D.J.Frederick, a program of novel records he's collected. At the
same time I'm exploring the SpinRite disc & data recovery program
from GRC.com and came across an unusual project on their website, a
noise making circuit intended to disuade barking dogs.
The Quiet Canine
I relayed the circuit to dog expert Boomer and he had this response:
I have found that interesting noises will throw off Dogs who are in a
barking cycle, in the past I've whistled or barked back, or even used
the Dog's name, and they might stop barking, even for a bit. I think 'no
bark' collars do the same thing, if they detect a loud bark, they emit a
I was listening to KMOX last night, great signal here in the early
morning hours, and they are a station that for AM, has good sound, not
aggressively compressed, but dynamic and smooth, like WSM has been
sounding this year. Another good sounding station is KB 1520 from
Buffalo NY, that might be in AM stereo, the stereo light goes on for
them here. Pittsburgh's KDKA has ugly sound to my ears, distortion, and
with some announcers, you hear each breath that they draw at full
Right, since I'm not politically advanced, I wouldn't be good at
explaining conservatism, my knowledge is mostly at cliche level where
national politics are concerned.
I have to defer to Mister Dog, his story could be how I would want to
see conservative things in the world, and here's a link for when you
have about 5 minutes. - Boomer
Mr. Dog the Conservative Dog
I took the 5-minutes and saw that
conservative dogs have nicely made furniture and neatly kept houses.
That's hard to keep up with, which is why I can't be conservative.
One past year I applied as an announcer at KMOX but was turned down because I have no interest in sports.
Saturday July 4, 2020 5:08 PM CDT -- He Doesn't Wear Masks or Rubbers
As we've heard Donald doesn't like to wear protection during sex
and he dislikes it also in pandemics.
He's grabbed America by the pussy
and contamination is spreading.
Saturday July 4, 2020 8:03 PM CDT
Sunday July 5, 2020 8:50 AM CDT -- A COVID Fourth
Thinking little of the soaring rate
of contagion and death many citizens populated the night with exploding
money during a time of uncertain economics. KDX was there with our
precision recording equipment capturing the senseless disturbance.
Playback of the bangs, booms and pops is scheduled today between noon
and three central time on KDX-OGG streaming from kdxradio.com,
dir.xiph.org and steamcast.com.
At 3 PM CDT KDX will bring a Special
Concert in Memorial to the 525,000 COVID Dead with many more dying
during the performance. Other radio stations will continue debating
sports openings, movie attendance and popular music choices.
Tonight starts a shorter Sunday schedule with KDX-OGG signing off at 7 PM CDT.
Sunday July 5, 2020 10:23 AM CDT -- You've Got to Be Crazy to Hear This Station
Takin' Over the Asylum Episode 1
For about the 4th time we paid
a visit to Boomer's Dog Blog and re-read the item about "hospital
radio" then followed the link to discover a British TV series about a
radio station inside a psychiatric hospital.
Sunday July 5, 2020 12:49 NOON CDT -- What a Night It Was
Now that we're hearing last night's
three-hour recording of the illegal July 4th firework barrage filling
the sky from surrounding city and county it's somewhat discomforting
how little we're able to hear from inside the fortified sound-proofed
security of the Internet Building, home of KDX Worldround Radio. We
were in here watching movies while out there on the parade review stand
our sensitive PZM microphone was hearing a veritable war or two of
non-stop bomb-bursts echoing and ricocheting off of buildings and
Gateway Arches. Probably we should place a full-time outdoor mic so we
have some idea whether escaped zoo animals have come to reside in our
forested bird sanctuary, they'd growl or howl so we'd know not to take
out the trash at certain moments. In fact at one moment when I'd
quietly stepped out to check on the red LED light that shows our
machine is still digitizing, an opossum ambled by in front of me
seemeingly uninterested by my presence, and I didn't notify the zoo
I recognized it as a regular neighbor. My many birds crouched nervously
in their respective shadows wondering what the humans were up to with
all the bombast. I know and a few others know that patriotism has
become a perversion and the people that tend to get killed because of
it have the temerity to complain about it (getting killed, that is).
Monday July 6, 2020 1:58 PM CDT -- 20-minutes from the Night of July 4th
Pandemonium in a Pandemic
Thursday July 9, 2020 4:15 PM CDT -- Scrambled Head
All kinds of ideas for blog entries flood through the mind but given the heat it's so much easier to do nothing.
One continuing concern is the
COVID-19 predicament that diminishes prospects for a human future but
it's also true that we've allowed the size of population to go out of
control where it would have been so rational to get a grip on the
situation through sex education and planned parenthood, but we allowed
the religious scamsters to prevent reason as a guiding influence, so
therefore COVID-19 might be stepping in to balance the equation.
At such an inconvenient time a few
macho cops took the moment to prove that whites haven't evolved very
far from primitive cave ancestors who express dominance by murder and
with justification the black people are angry and want their
mistreatment stopped, but not always having the best organized
arguments they set themselves back from time to time with broken
thinking. In particular a spokeswoman appearing on public radio upheld
blocking highway traffic and looting as "strategies" as if somehow that
qualified unlawful conduct which can only give whites "probable cause"
to distrust black thinking.
Everybit as serious as the foregoing
is our ridiculous predicament at the hands of an evil baby president
and his criminal gang of hitsters carrying out contracts to harm the
environment and citizen welfare in service to a small oligarch of
billionaires, a double-barreled assault on humanity and the planet.
At the end of the day we wonder why we'd draft a Last Will and Testament in a life where no one may survive.
Thursday July 9, 2020 5:16 PM CDT -- Activity On the Artisan Radio Blog
"Artisan Radio" is both a radio
station and a person, and it/he publishes a blog in the same league as
our own, speaking from the position of a low power radio station
owner/operation. Here is a reprint of a recent posting:
July 9, 2020 10:54 Pacific -
They Just Don't Get It
A statement was made recently on
one of the Part 15 forums that using an ATU on an otherwise Part 15 compliant
transmitter was legal.
Not true, except in the case of the
Talking House, which somehow got their transmitter/ATU package certified.
You cannot use an ATU on another
transmitter. Part 15.219 states that the length of the antenna, ground
lead and feedline cannot exceed 3 meters. Unless you're going to use a
coax feedline several inches in length, you will violate that rule.
The only issue is whether you get
caught and punished by the FCC. In this age of the Pirate Act, I'm not so
sure I'd take that chance.
In Canada, using an ATU is
definitely outside the rules. The maker of the Talking Sign attempted to
get an ATU certified here, and failed.
is a topic I've written about during the days before I was
unceremoniously ousted from the part 15 forums, and my remarks add
complexity to the discussion but are not intended to disagree with
Artisan's point-of-view. I would emphasize the statement that "They
just don't get it", and I have in mind two things: the FCC Rules and
the technical factors involved.
Rule 15.239 states that the output to "the final RF stage" in an AM
transmitter cannot exceed 100 mW. Almost everyone I've argued with over
this point believes that the "final RF stage" is the final amplifier of
the transmitter, be it transistor or tube. The reason I've "argued"
about it is the possibility that one could legitimately believe that the
antenna itself is the final RF stage,which, in strict terms, it is. It
is theoretically possible that the iAM/Talking House Transmitter
managed to become certified based on that very conclusion. The rules do
not prohibit using any lengths of wires or coaxial cables prior to the
final RF stage.
question of what qualifies as a "final RF stage" opens anew if using a
different transmitter other than the one named in the certification and
it would be frivolous to declare it legal when the reality is that an
FCC inspection may or may not allow such a definition.
Thursday June 9, 2020 6:09 PM CDT -- Inches and Feet
Perfectly natural in the experience of operating
low power (Part 15) transmission systems is the curiosity of what more
could be achieved if antenna heights slightly above those specified in
the rules or RF power levels double or even triple were put to use.
It's a fair academic curiosity but certain righteous dogmatists on the
unfriendly forums bark like feral dogs and drive away any such musing
without benefit of consideration as if bank felonies were brought to
the table. Never having taken the time to explore, it is my expectation
that small cheating would merely add inches or at most few feet to the
range of such stations, rendering the practice inconsequential.
Most of the handful
of vocal hobbyists with any interest in the subject tend to take the
most lazy approach by guessing what is permitted without even taking
the trouble to peruse the rules and probably don't possess the
comprehension skills to fully understand what the words say.
my years of participation the same conversations took place
indefinitely and the same people never seemed to know what got said so
many times. In his blog Boomer queries "Is the Sun Setting On Part 15?"
To the stragglers that follow the subject on the deadened forums that
probably asks "Do You Broadcast at Sunset?" A time known as "critical
hours". Like a needle skipping on a vinyll record.
Thursday July 9, 2020 6:30 PM CDT -- On Getting Tested
News articles talk
about long lines of cars at locations all over the U.S. waiting great
lengths of time to be tested for COVID-19. What I have yet to know is why they're willing
to spend so much time and effort to find out. Once tested there's a
wait, as I understand it, before the results become available, and
there's a percentile chance that the finding will be false. If the virus is contracted from ventilated air
pumping from the line of traffic it wouldn't yet show in that day's
test, and other exposures are apt to happen at anytime following the
test requiring more tests at regular intervals and what if someone
finally hits a "positive". Would that be time to check into the
hospital or quarantine everyone involved in ongoing contact dating
back... how far? How long can we keep a bowling pin in the air by
juggling? We're immersed in wilderness and might be felled on any day,
so why mow the lawn? That's easy... if we happen to live we wouldn't
want to receive a citation for uncut grass. By the same token if we
pass away there would be some satisfaction in a cavalier attitude
toward the whole idea of lawns.
Thursday July 9, 2020 7:02 PM CDT -- Cold Instant
There's a good chance
that this website has a "links" page where we've added enumerable links
to subjects and topics of general interest, including several essays
and studies on "coffee". During my central professional years insomnia
was a disabling problem especially when shouldered with a morning shift
at a radio or tv station and I traced the complication to percolated
coffee. By simply switching to instant coffee the sleep issue vanished
while the boosty coffee kick was still experienced and during the
summer months we found that using cold water was more comfortable and
did away with heated coffee water. In following the coffee topic we
note that most articles talk only of percolated and drip coffee and to
date we've only seen one piece regarding instant, and that compared
every instant brand one to the other but didn't compare instants to
other coffee brews, which some writer in search of a handle might grab.
For readers right now you'll notice that I've blogged like a bursting
dam all afternoon following days of nothing, and that demonstrates a
return to instant coffee following a week without. Coffee is a potent
stimulant and it's great to be also able to nap anytime day or night.
But there's one side effect that follows all forms of coffee, I mean
urination. Of all the nations in the world urination is not the best.
Our research team is scouring the world for a simple, available,
harmless, easy means of suppressing the urgency to pee and suggestions
are welcome. We've found that the pee impulse remains strong for days
after drinking coffee but there may be another ingredient, food stuff
or additive able to counter the unwanted affect and we intend on seeking.
Friday July 10, 2020 2:09 PM CDT -- To Our Blogeez
Regular Blog readers are aware that
a server meltdown temporarily took The Blare Blog out of service and we
have been pursuing restorative efforts ever since. Today we've started
re-establishing contact with a few past months and there's more work to
be done, especially in reconnecting links and files which may still be
broken in some cases. There's a large editing job ahead and we've
decided to take this opportunity to start thinning and culling the
Blog, removing out-of-date entries and materials that no longer serve a
purpose. This work is made possible through the prayers and gifts of
our many friends.
Friday July 10, 2020 3:21 PM CDT -- Standby for Boomer
I know you like to run the Jazz Festival from New Orleans, and it went on this year in virtual way, using archived performances.
As for Part-15 external ATUs, I think they could be good in some
situations, having the tuner and antenna on a rooftop and transmitter
safely inside. It's special for being the only approved product for
range-extending the Talking House, but actually most every other
transmitter that uses a 3 meter wire already has an ATU built in to its
circuit, some kind of a coil and capacitor tuner that works the same way
over the transmitter's frequency range.
The Talking House ATU uses permeability tuning (coil tuning) instead of a
tapped coil and capacitor, with ferrite bars to tune twin coils, and a
high-low frequency switch to cover the whole AM band, and a meter to
peak for signal so you don't need a separate field strength meter.
Going by photos of the original ATU, the tuning mechanism looks like
it's the same as what's inside of the Talking House transmitter itself.
It looks like they just took the tuner sub-assembly used in the
transmitter and put it into a weather tight box with the switch, meter
and manual tuning knob. If it's so close to what's inside of the
transmitter itself, could that be how they got the approval?
The photos of the old ATU are in a pdf breakdown that someone did, and
may be in the documents section at ALPB's site. Talking House pictures
are available on videos with the cover off, showing how its tuned. -- Boomer, a Crispian Conservative
We think you are very crispy and need to be turned over.
Appreciate hearing about Jazz Fest's Virtual Endeavor. It was not
carried this year by KDX nor the usual nationwide hookup of stations.
WWOZ provided hourly IDs for as many as 20-stations, and under the
circumstances that would have been impractical, plus there are no doubt
licensing issues with airing certain past performances.
Saturday July 11, 2020 8:28 AM CDT -- Dream Fuel
It's been an interesting morning. I
awoke out of a dream in which I was having a detailed disagreement with
someone and was very close to reaching a resolution. Now awake, I
wanted very strongly to complete the transaction but became very
frustrated in being unable to recall who the disagreement was with and
So I tried to boot the KDX website
so all you readers could get into the Blog to see what was being said,
but the machine kept trying to boot Windows XP and that was because the
old XP boot drive was plugged into the USB Docking Device following work we
were doing yesterday and once it was turned off the proper Windows 7
boot was enabled, but there was an anomaly I was yet to discover.
The daily log sheet from yesterday
contained scribbles from banking information I'd been unable to resolve
yesterday and when my eye caught that I spontaneously decided to aim my
dream-generated frustration into action and called the bank, which
according to the time shown on the Windows 7 screen, would now be open
for banking hours. The time, close to noon, startled me because I
usually arise much earlier. A muffled lady on a poor phone connection
was able to quickly answer my main questions but surprised me when she
said that for the final item I asked about I'd need to call when the
bank officially opened at 10. At this juncture my mind raced through a
realization that the computer was displaying the future and was somehow
putting me several hours ahead of local time. I made an instant
decision not to tell the muffled bank lady about my time warp.
Turning attention to the time mishap
I found that mere rebooting did not bring the computer into the same
time zone of my experience, so I reset the source of the clock's data,
taking it away from Windows Time and preferring NIST Time (National
Institute of Standards and Technology), which corresponded with where I
Saturday July 11, 2020 9:12 AM CDT -- KDX Invisible to Maps
You've noticed that many commercial,
educational and governmental entities display an online map pinpointing
their geo-location as a help in physically locating them, and those
maps tend to show other nearby enterprises such as Walgreens and
Buffalo Wild Wings being within easy reach of N.I.S.T, yet KDX never
appears on such handy maps and you'd think we would being inside the
Internet Building on the campus of Home School College, but you see,
we're a private institution and have no interest in being found,
although we have looked into the possibility of appearing on a map of
the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica, anyone willing to traverse that far
to find us being worthy of success, except that we're not there and it
would be quite unfair to our followers to send them so far off course
as a mere prank.
Saturday July 11, 2020 9:24 AM CDT -- Running On At the Mouth
If you'll notice, the previous blog
entry is not actually a paragraph so much as it is one large run-on
sentence, an interest of mine having admired R. Buckminster Fuller's
habit of speaking and writing in unending run-on sentences that came to
a rest only after he died, and across the years the only person of my
acquaintance every referencing the subject of run-on sentencing was a
professional friend who claimed that Charles Darwin wrote his "Descent
of Man", the book laying out the blueprint for evolution, in run-ons
but I've been unable to corroborate that claim, although possibly I
need to look again.
Saturday July 11, 2020 9:35 AM CDT -- Now I have Proof
As one's fingers poke and dab at
keyboards there is the sense from time to time that typographic
mistakes are not what the keyboardest actually typed, as if some other
force was at play being mischievous by misdirecting our fine effort for
little other reason than to annoy or inconvenience but it's usually not
possible to divide the mind between thought-filled expression and keen
watch over where the fingers actually make contact, that is, until this
morning when I experienced one of those lucid moments we have maybe
three times during life, when I saw clearly that the "q" that got
erroneously added to a word was no where near my fingers at the time!
Saturday July 11, 2020 9:47 AM CDT -- The Blog Takes Over
may be only a passing matter that The Blog is predominating what effort
gets put into the KDX pastime, originally a radio service for informed
and enlightened programming, but increasingly a textual resource for
scattered thought with KDX radio silently standing by. Maybe it's
impatience at hearing always the same news stories about global crisis,
pandemic, race disturbance, women wanting independence from men,
election crime, immature police, movie box office, sports and other
retardations. Or, and I suspect this is closer to what's really going
on, it's simple listening fatique caused by stress on the eardrums at
the mix of air conditioning equipment 60-cycle droning with voices
forever yammering above the racket. The Blog, except for slight
clickety clack from the typing keys, is refreshingly quiet and speaks
straight from one mind to another's eyes. Point well made.
Saturday July 11, 2020 10:30 AM CDT -- Pecking the Day Away
One more business call made this
morning talking to a woman named "Eve" and as the call concluded
successfully and we said our "have a nice days" I had my usual
sensation following such smooth exchanges, I felt certain that "Eve"
and many women before her have had, from speaking with me on the phone,
a deep and wistful sensation that their lives are unfulfilled for never
having known a man such as I seemed to them on the phone, and I share
somewhat in the feeling except that no one man could be everything to
so many women. Pity about all other men.
Saturday July 11, 2020 11:22 AM CDT
Name calling is better than gun play.
-- Carl Blare
Saturday July 11, 2020 11:51 AM CDT -- The Sound of Moving Air
A scientist once lectured that "you
cannot pull air but you can push it." Using a fan to push air toward me
I began contemplating and think that air can be pulled into a vacuum,
as when lightning burns air away while striking toward the ground thus
producing a vacuum into which air is pulled with a violent thunder.
Therefore, pushing air is a relatively quieter way of moving it whereas
the noise-level of thunder caused by pulling air would absolutely
interfere with radio listening.
Saturday July 11, 2020 12:04 NOON CDT -- Types of Antennae
Why does no one discuss fractal antennas for AM / Medium Wave radio?
Saturday July 11, 2020 12:21 NOON CDT -- What Can Be Done from a Home Sitting Appliance: A Study
A chair-computer combination
provides most of what's needed in the modern day to conduct almost all
business, and we are putting this to earnest test cowed as we are by
the pandemic and the need for social distancing, with the postman being
an essential worker in some few cases as our proxy in the world
connecting distances. Then you've got the stupid, ridiculous and damned
DMV, the Department of Motor Vehicles, requiring physical presence to
renew a license for driving. Well, cars need to be driven occasionally
or they rust away in the garage, but still, time spent at the Driver's
Bureau is one of those risks forced upon us exposing us to the
potential of being dead in three weeks, but legally qualified to drive
public streets. We have a way to go, people, before this mess can be
considered a civilization. Lives Matter if Alive At the Time.
Saturday July 11, 2020 12:41 NOON CDT -- All the Podcasts
KDX is always in search of the best
personalities for radio and with so many podcasts being produced we
upturn every stone in the possibility of finding a radio natural. But
so many podcasters think that using the word 'fuck' in every sentence
makes a podcast and we can't use the word on FCC regulated broadcast
(even though it still happens much to our consternation), so we need to
set a fuck minimum, say perhaps three fucks, before rejecting a
program, then we can show good faith by pressing a 'beep' button, but
the pod people who lace everything with fucks also tend to splatter the
'shit' word all over their spiel and these tendencies have gone on for
years, predating the podcast and reaching as far back as when the
military was first formed and show no sign of waning despite so many
large dictionaries having been distributed. On the one hand we don't
need so many fucks and shits, but on the other the FCC could ease
things by halting their pointless prissiness.
Saturday July 11, 2020 1:20 PM CDT -- Speaking At a Safe Distance
Part of the daily routine includes
visiting the low power radio forums and I just spotted some recent
looting at the hijacked forum of the former ALPB. The admin has
replaced my name 'Carl Blare' with the word DELETED, in an act of
intellectual property theft. What a small tiny inconsequential dangler
Hey Punk! I command you to restore
my name at once to work I authored while joined at the original ALPB!
The other choice would be to remove all my contributions and cease
using them as filler for the almost completely inactive stolen forum.
The guy's still begrudged from my
having asked how KKK members manage to cut evenly spaced eye-holes in
their sheets. What I've learned is that most of them are cross-eyed so
it doesn't matter.
Saturday July 11, 2020 1:35 AM CDT
AM Stereo for Dogs
Boomer the Dog Dreams of AM Stereo
Saturday July 1, 2020 2:12 PM CDT -- Advertisers Should Learn Better How to Do What They Hope to Do
Saturday July 11, 2020 4:06 PM CDT
Intellectual Flows of Thought
An illusion whose spell cannot be broken is too close to reality for my taste, Carl Blare saying.
On top of that Einstein famously said that "reality is an illusion, although a persistent one."
And too there are some who believe
time to be an illusion but writer Max Tegart tells us that time isn't
an illusion but the flow of time is.
What Does He Mean?
What I get out of it is that there
are many times and some of them mix and briefly come close to
synchronicity but have no binding attachment to each other. Our own
personal clock is measured by the flow of blood but at the end of the
day we still don't know why blood is red.
They're doing it all wrong. Advertisers flood computer screens with a
shower of advertisements that serve only to annoy and never result in
positive response. At most times we, the audience, are not online to
shop and even when we are we're never apt to be shopping for whatever
product is trespassing on our screen. During movies online commercials
rip into the story at 900% higher volume level and are usually the same
commercial 20 or 30 times and the products are never anything we'd
select. Yet the advertising agencies are spending large amounts to
obtain all that annoyance which is not a good way to invest. A better
way would be to send us direct pocket money for which we would politely
set aside time to view the commercials before concluding that we still
don't want the products, but at least the audience would be happier for
the time spent.
Saturday July 11, 2020 5:03 PM CDT -- We've Lost Ennio Morricone
Theme from The Mission conducted by the Composer
Of many world class composers drawn
into the movie industry Ennio Morricone ranks at the top of the
profession for many scores that literally garner greater lasting fame
than the movies attached to them. Moriccone died Monday July 6th.
In Memory of Ennio Morricone: Socially Distant Orchestra Plays a Tribute
Saturday July 1, 2020 6:07 PM CDT
The Buck Stops Here.
But not for long. It will be spent soon enough.
Saturday July 11, 2020 6:49 PM CDT -- Planning Dinner
On a day where I've had several
mornings and two noon hours I cannot now recall whether I've had
today's two veggie burgers. That's true, on a daily basis I pull two
Morning Star Farms Veggie Grillers Originals from the freezer, toast a
sourdough bread, slab it with Prego Tomato Sauce, not to be confused
with preggo fetish category on porno sites, and watch some time-waste
of a movie while savoring the convincing meat substitute. That's what
life's all about: sitting it out in earth's waiting room with as many
magazines and other media as possible. Anyway, wondering about the
burgers doesn't worry me as to whether my faculties are failing because
I enjoy the challenge of trying to figure out what actually happened. I
even reached into the waste basket to retrieve the empty package in
case that would trigger a memory and I do remember the package. I also
recall thinking that eating during heatwaves is less desirable than
cold weather eating because food generates heat as it passes through
the body and is much more useful in winter. Well, we've thought about
it long enough and might simply open a can of black beans.
Saturday July 11, 2020 7:33 PM CDT -- The Actor Bill Nighy Remembers Radio Caroline
Bill Nighy About The Boat That Rocked
Monday July 13, 2020 10:03 AM CDT
The Reason to Vote for Biden
Monday July 13, 2020 2:05 PM CDT -- Sarah Cooper Isn't Alone
Woman Reads Trump Campaign Tweets
Monday July 13, 2020 2:12 PM CDT -- Tremendous Noise-Canceling Invention
Could Be Good in Remote Studio During Pandemic
Monday July 13, 2020 2:21 PM CDT -- Good Decision Solves Personal Problem
On July 6th the Artisan Radio Blog mentioned:
One long time broadcaster is "getting out of" Part 15
broadcasting for the umpteenth time, and selling off a bunch of his equipment.
By response that long time broadcaster has this explanation as to why he's signing off:
It is the passing of the P.I.R.A.T.E. act that finally
did it for me. I didn't want to risk a NAL for me or my landlord should
the FCC find me out of compliance. That plus all the misinformation and negativity that frequent the hobby.
The man had many troubles on his
mind and made the wise choice of closing shop. After all, a low power
music station that only reaches one or two possible listeners isn't an
essential service in a world where music is available from thousands of
avenues, so there's no reason it should be a cause of worry.
Tuesday July 14, 2020 2:57 PM CDT -- The Body Electric
It happens with
every touch-screen... I tap, poke, touch and push with no result. Again
this morning at the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) I was unable to
sign in on their touch screen. The prompt read FIRST NAME, so I typed
"C". Nothing. Again I typed "C". Nope. "C". Nothing.
The same thing has happened in years past and at the touch screens at grocery stores and anywhere else.
A kindly stranger stepped forward to easily enter data on my behalf and had no trouble whatsoever.
It is my understanding that computer touch screens react to electrolytic-capacitance and apparently I don't have any.
Would it help to eat more pickles?
Tuesday July 14, 2020 3:17 PM CDT -- Socially Distanced Blogs
A couple of significant subjects are raised on the Artisan Radio Blog
dated yesterday and today, and I have input for the discussion which
also points to several forum sites. The topics are "Political
Correctness & Old Time Radio" and "Forum Terms of Service".
Artisan has already made the point that old time radio comedies and
dramas reflect the standards of the years in which they were produced
and programmers today take the opportunity to pass judgment on how such
programs are utilized, however 'political correctness' is usually
pushed by listener complaint which de-claws programmers from having the
last say. Radio programming today ends up sunk to a simplistic child's
level and there's very little on the dial for persons of intellect.
Movies, as have been compared to OTR, contain sometimes unpleasant
examples of discourteous treatment of peoples, races and nationalities
which was socially normal in years past... but motion pictures are
given wider birth because today's cinema standards are not aligned with
radio ethics and tend to be permissive of trashy, sleazy, morbid, ugly,
ridiculous, and lowly human depictions.
Speaking of the lowly, we turn our attention to the nominal 'terms of
service' hacked together by moderators of low power radio forums with
no legal schooling. The claim, for example, that member postings become
the property of the forum administration is plain bullshit. But they
can say it, just the same as owners of parking garages can post a sign
declaring "We Are Not Responsible for Items Left in Vehicles". They can
say that. But it's untrue. By providing parking space the property
owner assumes responsibility for the safety of those who park and forum
owners become merely conveyors of material typed voluntarily by
members... the member retains copyright authorship of his own
contribution and must be consulted as to any extraneous use of his
published work by forum administers.
I wouldn't go so far as to say aloud that all three forum
moderator/administers are crooked, but I can think so. And
each of them would be inclined to scream 'defamation!' if I called them
'vindictive'. But the thought crosses the mind.
Wednesday July 15, 2020 6:32 PM CDT -- Violent Weather
The Lightning Map
The Blare Blog was closed along with
this website and KDX-OGG Radio SuperStream during the passage of
violent weather from 3 PM to 6 PM CDT this afternoon. The metropolitan
area of several hundred square miles experienced various damage to
power lines, trees, auto travel and buildings, and fortunately the KDX
campus is wet but otherwise unharmed. More rough weather is expected
overnight while KDX again disconnects from the grid to reduce risk of
damage to sensitive electronic equipment.
The Lightning Map is a real-time
view of lightning & thunder anywhere in the world which enables viewing to remain alert as to proximity of storm movement.
Thursday July 16, 2020 9:14 AM CDT -- Bold Idea of the Morning
Sitting here in the KDX Control
Booth with 10-minutes before a required manual switch from Sputnik
Radio to the Public News Service Daily Newscast, I suddenly knew the
future of The Low Power Hour.
That's the way a creative mind works
sometimes - while drifting through idle thoughts all at once a solution
to a puzzle forms in the head and a pathway is opened. Some people call
it inspiration, others call for a coffee break.
The Low Power Hour
was conceived over ten years ago as a radio program all about legal low
power broadcasting under Part 15 of the FCC Rules in the U.S., and per
similar regulations elsewhere in the world, featuring visits with
station operators and equipment suppliers, resulting in 112 episodes
which today occupy archive space in a cloud.
Mention has been given to restarting
the program in a revised form but there was no provision for reissuing
the original shows until my big idea of this morning...
Here's the picture: We would produce
a fresh introduction leading into an original show in its entirety,
followed by an update regarding any changes pertaining to the contents
of that original show, followed in turn by new low power news, features
and guests for a finished program length of 90-minutes.
Probably as many as three stations
would carry the new shows as the vast majority of small broadcasters
are exclusive to high school music and make no provision for other
content. That's right, I remember now, part of the reason the original
series dwindled and a good reason to pass on this morning's
"inspiration." Free's up a lot of time for the summer.
Thursday July 16, 2020 1:03 PM CDT -- Why So Many Empty Heads?
To find an answer, we look at one of the main ingredients quietly removed from school curriculum.
Thursday July 16, 2020 1:15 PM -- Metered Altruism
As a born and practicing radio
programmer it befalls me to always reconsider how much crucial
programming to stream and broadcast within every given day, using two
counter-measures for guidance.
As a primary mission KDX exists to
provide enlightening and informative radio programs to its sole
listener, none other than the same person in charge of programming; I
broadcast to myself as a form of continuing education but have public
exposure in that KDX-OGG, the Radio SuperStream, can be received on any
computer or mobile device anywhere on earth made available by me as a
social courtesy. These primary radio hours are there as the mood
demands but the tone changes when I'm away from the radio receiver.
As a secondary function of existence
KDX Worldround Radio awaits much less definite instructions for those
hours when I'm personally tuned out and ignoring the station's content,
dependent largely on how altruistic I'm inclined to be for an audience
of strangers who might conceivably benefit for what gets aired. It
takes a certain amount of imagination to care about strangers and
perhaps the best role model for this are those times when I was a
stranger and lucky enough to hear something special coming from a tower
In practice we've been consistently mercurial about how we do or don't operate, leaving strangers to fend as best they can.
Thursday July 16, 2020 3:12 AM CDT -- Professional Dress Codes
Without getting all officious about
it I guess I've tended to have a dress code which varied depending on
the work at hand. For a shift at the FM station dressing like a
homeless dumpster outcast was sensible because the studios were never
cleaned and the job was mostly solitary. Things were different at the
television station where executives, talent and engineering each had
their own codes, I being "talent" showed up in suit and tie as did my
colleagues, and the station had excellent janitorial support and strong
air conditioning. For sessions at the home recording studio I went
dapper-casual and clients would show up anyway they chose, which varied
from outdoor summer casual to button-down double-breasted.
A few anecdotes about reactions to wardrobe...
One week when I delivered the latest
episode of a weekly radio show I recorded for a free-form station I was
wearing pin-stripe suit and several of the live-in hippy staff at the
station went scurrying because they feared I might be a narc, but
someone who knew me let them know "He's cool."
At a home recording project where a
talented folk singer arrived to record a commercial she, being a
conventional hippy with long hair and a guitar, was so taken by my suit
that she didn't leave for a week.
Only yesterday there was plenty of
time to observe the public while I waited my turn for driver's license
renewal, and saw mostly the same dumpy mismatched uncoordinated look of
most Americans of this era, but in came a polished, squeaky-clean, well
presented young woman in a fresh unwrinkled summer dress half-way down
her thighs and I was impressed that anyone would dress so well for a
license photo and began to suspect that she wasn't wearing underwear.
Friday July 17, 2020 7:22 AM CDT -- Morning Agenda Setting
Friday July 17, 2020 9:07 AM CDT
Growth or No
Picture from Information Clearing House
This was a week of storms and
duties, but everything's caught up and calm for a pleasant morning on
the campus of Home School College, location for the Internet Building
and KDX Worldround Radio. It'll get hot in a few hours but it was fine
standing on the driveway 10-feet from the rabbit which chawed grass
while I thought about everything, including all the programs we have to
catch up on hearing because we were too busy earlier in the week, such
as Security Now, the computer show with Steve Gibson, No Agenda with Adam Curry and John C. Dvorak, Freethought Radio with Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker, the Al Franken Program and Michael Moore's Rumble. Probably Saturday will be catchup day around here and maybe we can do some transmitter work.
As a matter of fact that's a good plan... we've got AM 1680 ready to
restart as soon as the audio feed is arranged, AM 1550 in need of some
antenna repair, shortwave 13.560 in need of cabinet install and a few
refinements to our group of FMs. That'll be Saturday's itinerary while
catching up on all the listening.
One word of caution to anyone
seeking success and contentment... don't be too successful. I've found
that there isn't time for all of it and one needs to enlist staff and
volunteers to carry out some of the unbridled happiness we'd hoped to
have for ourselves.
It was more than a year ago when a self-proclaimed "chairman" of a
fictitious radio association decreed that we "must respect our
president". Now that some time has gone by and the president has made
it obvious who and what he is, does that 'chairman' still believe in
"respecting the president?"
If you think about it (right-wingers
exempted) imaging yourself a 'chairman' is the same syndrome as
imagining one's self a 'king.'
Saturday July 18, 2020 9:26 AM CDT -- Getting Ready to Start
Today will be the hottest day of the
year (thus far) here in the midwaste, and we're ready. Oh, it's already
been somewhat hot, low 90s almost daily, but this canister fan here by
the work chair cools a nudist quite effectively but today we're going
industrial. Back here is the smallest window air conditioner acquired
free of charge in 2002 when a relative was disposing of overstock while
moving to a smaller house, and has continued every year providing 5,000
British Thermal Units (BTU) which of course are the best such units in
the world, splendid cooling with not too much demand on the power grid.
Last night we cleaned the filter, cranked it up and within hours the
air was chilly so we declared the test positive and shut it down
pending the expected solar furnace later today.
As every morning the first several
hours have been spent setting up the good programming for the KDX day,
and with the temperature so far at 79o
we'll do some yard chores as soon as I get this typing out of the way,
then indoors to accomplish antenna work on several transmitters.
Oh, and unless I forget, I've
thought of a book I want to write which will require quite a bit of
research and experimentation, and it has to do with our own field of
specialization: communication. There's a serious breakdown during our
times of effective communication between the right and the left. The
right is absolutely determined to clutch their stupidity against all
attempts to speak reason or logic to them, and the intellectual person
finds it necessary to pretend ignorance if he hopes to socialize with
the Christian right which, in neighborhood and office politics is often
necessary. My book hopes to develop methods and tactics to speak across
the divide without lying, pretending or obfuscating so as to attain
some level of raport with the dedicated stupid. As of the moment there
are no sentences on paper and nothing in mind toward this objective.
Saturday July 18, 2020 11:57 AM CDT -- The Morning Already
We'd be right on schedule if there
was a schedule but these are COVID Days and everyday is everyday it not
mattering what day it is, unless of course it does matter, which is
true for essential workers and people watching eviction day drawing
close. Narrowing things down a little, here's where we are... As
planned we targeted particular improvements in the landscaping
department, trimming up the overall profile of our forested campus as
seen from the perspective of judgemental people spying from their
porches and groping for gossip to spread around in lieu of maintaining
informed interests hobbywise, workwise, or journalistic-wise to speak about. It was 79o when we started and 86o when we headed inward for a cool afternoon, even though the 5,000 BTU's aren't powered up quite yet.
Which doesn't remind me of what
someone did last evening probably as a prank... we received a dozen
emails inviting us to look for a partner on a Christian dating site.
The idea isn't open for discussion, quick deletion put the matter
Saturday July 18, 2020 4:40 PM CDT -- Sarah Cooper Issues a Smart Tricks Book & Calendar
How To Look Smart
It was Artisan Radio who put us onto Sarah Cooper so now her name stands out.
Saturday July 18, 2020 CDT -- Play That Again
Thursday evening the SymphonyCast
brought Brahms Symphony No. 1 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and we
were so stirred by the masterpiece that it was aired again this
afternoon on KDX. Every note in the entire symphony is in exactly the
Sunday July 19, 2020 7:30 AM CDT -- American Neck
The expression "Red State" is an abreviation for "redneck state".
Sunday July 19, 2020 10:32 AM CDT -- Going from Shallow to Deep
The temperature right now in FEMA Region 7 is 88o
and I love this temperature because I love "8" which becomes the symbol
of infinity when tipped on its side. By tipping both "8s" in "88" it
signifies two infinites and we wonder, can there be more than one
infinity? You would be hard put to find reference to such a bold idea
in any of the books. Well yes, I've again been out working in direct
sun trying to tame the overgrowth so stimulated by global warming and
have now happened upon the serious question of how many infinites
possibly exist. We are aware of being present, albeit temporarily, in
this infinity, but aren't sure whether access to other infinities would
be available to us, even with Elon Musk's Rocket X. Pursuing the
thought further we happen upon the question of dimensions, of which
there may be any number according to physicists, and ponder the
relationship between infinity and dimension. Have you given it much thought?
Sunday July 19, 2020 4:10 PM CDT -- The Hypocritic Bigots We Are
So much lip service and sky gazing
is given to the idea of "visitors from space" yet we are anything but
friendly to all life encountered on our own planet including ourselves!
Consider the recent appearance of a new (to us) life form COVID-19
which very well may be visiting from mars! Are we having band concerts
and welcoming celebrations? No! We're trying to close earth just long
enough to discourage COVID then return to our old ways of pretending to
be curious about alien life. All this while Trump and his demolition
crew are trying to set human civilization back to the pre-scientific
ages of mythos and magic. And to the blacks who ask that the whites
stop the murder and the response is "now is not a convenient time have
some pepper spray". This mess has already driven one of our own
constituents to leave humanity altogether and become a dog,
another one has left the realm of normal size and is running a
miniature cardboard gas station set in the nostalgic 1950s, and the
radio guy who's selling off all his equipment because he thinks his
landlord is conspiring with the FCC. People are standing barefoot on
their lawns with assault rifles aimed at pedestrians and word comes
from on high that none of this figures into God's plans.
Monday July 20, 2020 8:43 AM CDT -- Make Way for Weather
The Ralph Nader Radio Hour was interrupted yesterday when a storm alert
sent KDX into offline security status to make way for a succession of
violent storms which assaulted some nearby locations with roof &
tree damage, power outage and flooding but left our home campus
unruffled if slightly wet. The station is back up this morning but the
possibility of more storming is with us all week.
Tuesday July 21, 2020 7:54 AM CDT -- Are You Still Alive?
Because of gross mismanagement and
criminal negligence on the part of Trump and various GOP governors,
mayors and belligerent sycophants the pandemic death toll is burning
through the U.S. population like fire through a dry forest. If we
haven't already witnessed the death of someone we know then count on it
any day now. As the numbers continue to rise it's like a morbid
recruitment as more and more are called to populate the death rolls.
Showing signs of life helps those around you remain aware of your
continuing presence and can be done by posting on the forums or
contacting the blogs as kind of a public notice to say "I am not dead
yet." Lines are open; operators are standing by.
Tuesday July 21, 2020 8:42 AM CDT -- Talent Found
Sarah Cooper is Making It Big
The talent find of the year is Sarah
Cooper and the talent finder we have locally to thank is Artisan Radio
who linked her first.
Tuesday July 21, 2020 2:24 PM CDT -- Flags Flapping in Air
Up the street and down there are
those facades bedecked by flags draped from poles, as if there'd be
some doubt that these households are located in the United States of
America. Right after the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center a woman
was heard to say, "We'd better get a flag so people don't think we're
on the wrong side." The "American" flag is the automatic "Heil Hitler"
of our place and time, requiring no body language except for some wind
energy. The flag is actually a federal symbol and when taken on by
individual citizens requires significant responsibility. The "Flag Code"
for properly handling and displaying flags is more complicated than pet
care and not everyone has time in their schedule to manage such
undertakings. The flag might also be linked to zealous patriotism and
fanatical right-wing fascism of the "love it or leave it" variety.
As a moment's contemplation we
wondered how one might go about a more meaningful display of loyalty
toward the underlying values of the Nation, and the United States
Constitution comes to mind. The intelligent and well composed
government detailed in the Constitution is the only artifact of
national incorporation having any real meaning, the flag being merely a
prop for display in warfare. The difficulty comes when we try to
concoct a sensible method of displaying the Constitution on the front
of the house.
Wednesday July 22, 2020 -- Maybe Today
KDX is a busy place 7-days a week
but many things are avoided, re-scheduled, postponed, or delayed. I'm
talking about procrastination, the greatest nation in the world. Today
being wet with more storms likely might be a good time to catch up on
some lingering projects, such as antenna maintenance and purchase of
Three antennas require attention,
two AMs and one FM. By talking about it now we can further avoid
actually doing anything about it. We'll start with the FM, the 11" stub
of an antenna on the CCrane FM2 Transmitter which isn't giving us our
full 200' coverage per the FCC's own guideline for Part 15 FM. At the
very outset we'll switch on the spectrum analyzer and allow it to warm
up so it stops drifting, make note of the present signal level, move
the transmitter slightly so it's directly below a plant bracket that
will nicely hold the vertical wire antenna, limiting our added length
to 1/4-wave, and check to see how much improvement is gained. Another
way of stretching the effort will be dBu and S/N readings taken within
a 200' radius by TECSUN PL-310. If that doesn't do it we'll try a
counter-poise so as to achieve a dipole. Whatever we come up with will
need to suffice because there's no more physical room to expand to a
half-wave antenna. The rule-thumpers will be bursting over this plan
because "That voids the certification!", but no it doesn't... the FCC
certification was legally obtained by C.Crane Company to give them
proper authority to manufacture & sell the transmitter making
possible legal purchase by ourselves all of which has been achieved.
All further responsibility for operation befalls the end-user (KDX) to
comply with (either) Rule 15.239 or the 200' estimation allowed by way
of an FCC Publication. Anyone who feels all Michael O'Reilly about it
is free to join Trump's Federal Schutz Staffel (the SS) and drop by
here between Portland and Chicago to intimidate anyone who happens to
be around. Mmm, that spoils the mood. I'm not doing it.
We also mentioned "supplies" and
we're only talking ordinary staples: light-bulbs, gardening tools,
what-not. No large purchases at this time although we can't stop
thinking about the Range Extender setup from The Radio Source but if
we're all going to die maybe we could wait for the next incarnation
(not to be confused with incarceration). We don't know, but radio may
have been invented in the next life. If it hasn't we might try to be
Wednesday July 22, 2020 10:15 AM -- Radio Forest
Our readers may recall that KDX
broadcasts from a forested campus populated by song birds, butterflies
and friendly rabbits. As an international radio voice KDX morning
programs usually concentrate on disturbances worldwide but these days
news is flowing at the pace of a pandemic shutdown in disorder stirred
by an insane orange clown and it's gotten redundant. So, as station
owner, I've commanded our news department to shut up long enough to
reflect the natural beauty of our grounds at Home School College. What
better way than Symphony No. 4 by Anton Bruckner, a work variously
subtitled "Romantic" and "Pastoral", said to echo a peaceful medieval
village with the sounds of birds and distant hunting horns. While the
baby-man president pretends to be a bad imitation of Adolph we have
escaped in time to a setting that could be interrupted at any moment by
the rise of the Christians. Well, you just can't get away from
humanities lowest trouble-makers.
Wednesday July 22, 2020 2:16 PM CDT -- A Randy Matinee
Gee Anthony Fauci
Wednesday July 22, 2020 6:41 PM CDT -- Ask a Pastor
Have you ever wondered why religious church organizations are allowed to be tax free but their membership is not?
Wednesday July 22, 2020 7:38 PM CDT -- New Part 15 AM Transmitter Almost Ready
The Parking Lot Transmitter is Close to Finished
Thursday July 23, 2020 6:17 AM CDT -- Where Do You Think?
I sometimes think outside the box. I don't know why there's a box here in the middle of the room.
Thursday July 23, 2020 8:06 AM CDT -- The Nuking of Education
President Trump is busy sending
Gestapo into American cities, but Betsy DeVos is on the job
deconstructing the education system in willful ignorance of a surging
pandemic, according to reports in the New York Times which describe a
sudden widespread interest in home schooling and the invention of new
education pods being tailored to replace conventional school. In
anticipation of this KDX founded Home School College in 1990 and this
Blog is the required text.
Thursday July 23, 2020 8:50 AM CDT -- Knowing the Lingo
During a private conversation a
woman I was talking to admitted she didn't know what everyone meant by
"the Confederacy", and I was honored to inform her that the term
commonly refers to the southern states in the Civil War against the
north fighting to retain slavery.
Recently I've been seeking a
definition for "conservative" from the point of view of associates who
declare their own "conservatism" but to date none have been able to
In the previous blog item I happened to mention "the Gestapo" and while spell-checking I spotted the
interesting origin of the term used for Hitler's storm troopers... the
raincoats worn by the German troops resembled Finnish military
raincoats known as gestapos.
to Latin Americans has been explained by a guest on today's Thom
Hartmann Show... Latinas is the feminine form and Latinos the
masculine. The recent term LatinX is not officially recognized within
the language itself, but is a North American fabrication intended to
address gender neutrality or gender unknown. Anyway, that's what I got
out of today's discussion.
The sawed-off contraction ANTIFA has a clear cut meaning: Anti-Facist -
being opposed to fascism, but is used in reverse by the always
deceitful President who threatens to crack down on ANTIFA, which would
literally be an attack on those AGAINST fascism, if only there was an
actual organization by the name "ANTIFA", which there is not. By this
intentional or sub-literate threat Trump in effect DEFENDS fascism and
TAKES A STAND for fascism, which in truth he wholly represents, except
one would expect him to falsely condemn fascism and feign loyalty to
his oath to uphold the Constitution, leaving us when all is said and
done with a mixed message out of which the PROFA (the Pro Fascists) can
pick the message they want.
Thursday July 23, 2020 3:01 PM CDT -- Flexing Another Radio SuperStream
Today, for no particular reason, KDX-MP3 is fired up along with our
flagship KDX-OGG streaming worldly with the most intelligent and
informative programs on the air anywhere penetrating the muck and swill
regurgitated from the right. We know that it no longer matters what
audio format is employed because browsers and players have become
omni-codecsical, to coin a word, but we fascinate ourselves by showing
the virtual machinery all lubricated and radiant.
Thursday July 23, 2020 3:13 PM CDT -- Barking a Lot Radio
Boomer hounds in
You got the update about Parking Lot Radio before I did, my letter came
this morning. I think it's great, the first new AM transmitter design in
years, and it looks as space age as Ramsey's later kits did. I hope it
turns out to be good and sells well. Equally important I think is that
the firm has a good PR department, not one guy who will melt under
pounding criticism by radio people, if that's something that still
happens. -- Boom ME
Boomer, my guess about "melt(ing) under
pounding criticism by radio people, if that's something that still
IS something that is set to happen at the first moment one of the
"radio people" sniffs the opportunity to pounce. They lurk in the
silence of inactive forums waiting for the scent of hobby hopefuls.
Friday July 24, 2020 6:27 AM CDT -- Damming the Stream
Research engineers continually experiment and observe the operation of
the KDX Radio SuperStream emanating from the Internet Building. In fact
I myself provide "research engineering" services on top of many other
duties at the radio station. Let me share with you one of the great
as-yet unsolved mysteries we've encountered during our search for
things to observe.
The main radio server operates under the call letters KDX-OGG and can
be accessed from this website at kdxradio.com and also from two stream
directories, dir.xiph.org (Icecast) and steamcast.com. As a test we
periodically select PLAY at one of the directories and this links us to
the Firefox Browser Player which instantly brings the program currently
streaming from KDX-OGG. The browser player has one control, a pause
button. Our mystery begins when we select the pause button.
When we press the browser pause button the program audio goes silent
for as long as we keep the player window open and at any time we return
to listening by pressing the PLAY button the program will pick up from
the time it was paused, we have waited as long as 45-minutes to rejoin
Meanwhile the KDX-OGG server itself plays on continually even when
we're in pause mode, so when we leave pause and rejoin a program then
what we are hearing is 45-minutes behind what other listeners are
hearing, and the mystery comes down to this: where is the program
accruing, amassing, accumulating, such that it is fully intact and
entirely present when we resume listening? What we are witnessing is
that 45 or more minutes of the past is preserved and available but
where is it during the interim? A huge buffer? Virtual memory?
We are fully conscious of the possibility this attempt to describe a
scientific phenomena may be confusing and baffling stumper, and that's
a classic problem between scientists and the lay world. Many would say
we intentionally muddle physics so as to remain irreplaceable
specialists jealously guarding our essentiality, but you've got to
believe me when I say that it's just not easy to be make the language
work any better than it does to achieve easy clarity when discussing
technical things. I've tried to do the best job I can but cannot seem
to get through to the class, so I'll have my resignation on your desk
by mid-morning, if I can write it in a way that makes clear that I am
Friday July 24, 2020 9:31 AM CDT -- Three Way Communication
In addition to remarks made here in response to Boomer's "Barka a Lot Radio", we dispatched this email to his attention:
- Boomer - Don't Be Stray:
- When you go off for long periods of time we worry
"Where's Boomer? Is he rummaging again down by the rail tracks? Is he
caught on the center median of the super highway? Did he sniff too close
to the dog food factory?"
- AGREED! This new entry in the transmitter field deserves more than two curious followers.
- I think lack of response has broken the hopes of the Range Extender iAM Combo which has stopped promoting itself.
- This hobby needs a stimulus from Trump's war effort.
- If I weren't such a hard-sell I'd start buying transmitters... I do think about it. There's so much dial to fill.
The foregoing email brought a response, followed by my comments thereon:
The DBS Broadcast System, Don't Be Stray. I can see what you mean, if
someone has been gone for a while these days, you could wonder if they
have contracted COVID, the alien life form. The virus isn't even alive
as we know it, is it? I heard a talk with a professed scientist that
it's a molecule that interacts with cells in a human host, which then
photocopies the virus and faxes it to others through breathed particles.
You must know the story of Here's Boomer being the stray Dog, wondering
from town to town, he's a vagabond! I wanted to have the tramp's life
like that too.
I thought of writing on different days as I read stirring things on the
Blare Blog, and thought to wait and have more to add, like the argument
about music. What if someone listened to classical in high school and
they play it on their weenie stations now, that's their high school
music, not 'Louie Louie'.
I originally heard about the Parking Lot transmitter through Radio
World's site, when the company made an announcement there that they were
designing something. I visited PLR's site and wrote to encourage them,
thinking it was a good idea, being that there's a hole in the small AM
transmitter market, and not a lot of choice. The transmitters that are
out there seem to be using tech that's 20-30 years old, not the latest.
More things could be done to make transmitters interesting now.
What about network connectivity through a network jack to router or
wi-fi, and the transmitter could pick up a stream address and play it.
It could also have Bluetooth, so you could play your nearby phone over the air, same as with Bluetooth speakers.
The transmitter could have jacks to play from USB sticks, MicroSD cards.
This I've seen, but in higher power FM transmitters for other
How about both regulation Part-15 AM and FM transmitters in the same
case, for people who want one box for their small apartment or condo, or
anyone who wants to save wiring? We've had AM/FM receivers for years.
Use the AM, or FM, or both.
Always have the option for audio processing on board, pre-emphasis and
limiting at least, with a bypass switch for those who use their own
compressors and limiters, like you have Stereotool, which might give the
sound you like already. That would be a nice value-added feature, and
many stations need it. With most transmitters it's like companies worked
to give users RF power and range, but stopped there and didn't consider
much of the audio system.
True, the I-AM Range Extender isn't promoting on the groups now. The
groups are kind of slow right now, but the companies may be sidetracked
if many parking lots are looking for radio systems, that's what I was
It takes me a while to work up to buying a new transmitter too, I
already have so many it seems, so let the new bees in the scene feel the
excitement. Wasn't there a rich guy on the forums who bought 10 Whole
House FM transmitters just to test them? Not Rich, but rich as in
moneybags, loaded, and maybe a retired engineer from the glorious days
of radio. I can't remember why he bought them now.
We need a transmitter review website, no bias, just well engineered opinions. No jab, just fact.
I have a number of usable frequencies on my AM dial, some of them are even excellent, with no strong signals around them.
Responding... Good point about classical high school music. Reminds me
of army basic training where we had an excellent drummer who tapped out
very excellent drill rhythms that would make good radio.
The gentleman who purchased 10 Wholehouse 3.0 FM Transmitters was Tim
in Bovey, by far the best example of a part 15er we've ever known. Tim
has evaluated virtually every certified FM transmitter and published
results well worth saving permanently. I think his reviews are linked
on one of my many web pages. Having ten transmitters allowed comparison
to see whether each one was adjusted to FCC standards, as it had
already been found that most manufacturers did not adhere to the
specifics of 15.239, some set too high others too low.
Having a transmitter review website would be valuable to the cause and
perhaps it could be done on The Boomer Blog which is somewhat idle
lately and waiting for a greater purpose. You do it, we'll link it!
Friday July 24, 2020 10:06 AM CDT -- Pleasant Moment
Drove yesterday to the post office and noticed on the return trip a
very nice Black Lives Matter sign mounted on a neighbor's lawn to which
I smiled. On my left a dog-walking woman smiled at me, no doubt having
noticed me smile at the sign, so I extended my smile to include her.
The dog was nonplussed.
Friday July 24, 2020 10:19 AM CDT -- Asked and Answered
Provocative cop asks: What've ya got ta hide?
Citizen's honest response: The answer to your question.
Friday July 24, 2020 10:27 AM CDT -- Gentrification Has a Creep Factor in Both Senses of the Word
The gentry are those busy-bodies never content to confine their lives
to their own homes and yards. Looking out as they do from windows and
verandas it is everyone else's property they behold outward to the
extent of their eyesight with specific notions of how they want to
restructure and modify the landscape to suite their particular vision
of perfection. Unschooled gentry idled perhaps through inheritance have
simpler ambitions such as flower rearrangement and flat-topping lawns
to golf-course standards, re-painting homes to smarter color palettes
and possibly upgrading the auto-fleet to something more tasteful. Being
seen walking a designer dog speaks of wealth which signals an ability
to afford legal backup against small incursions. More ambitious gentry
might seek to blight what's yours and redevelop the ground to standards
well above your class while you scramble to downsize to the limit of
your means in some other place. A mantra for the gentry-set might be
"We'll Snoop Into Your Business, You'll Never Mind Ours".
Friday July 24, 2020 1:01 PM CDT -- Find Out If You're Cognitively There
Friday July 24, 2020 1:30 PM CDT -- My Own Cognition Test
The President aced the "Person, Woman, Man, Camera, TV" cognition test,
and as chance would have it I happened upon a test I can use to give
someone a checkup from the neck up. It came about when a female friend
asked what was meant by "pre-existing condition" in her health
insurance. She thought it might refer to a health condition that
existed prior to making a claim but didn't think that made sense which
it wouldn't. I tried to give the right explanation, which I think is
that you cannot be sick or injured before taking a health policy and
are only insured against conditions that start after the insurance is
issued. As I think back I'm not sure she understood my way of telling
it, but I was eager to tell my joke regarding a little realized true
A preexisting condition is a condition that exists before it exists.
Matter of fact I'm confidant that's an ultra-literal definition and
could probably be used when suing the insurance company for not
covering a claim based on pre-existence. But the woman went silent
after my proud humor, so I circled around and tried to translate the
hilarious line, but her cognitive inputs became clogged and our
What I believe is that my joke can be employed as a test for special intelligence matching my own.
Friday July 24, 2020 3:21 PM CDT -- Sayings
Being wrong is not an alternate point of view.
- Carl Blare 2020
Friday July 24, 2020 4:06 PM CDT -- Right In the Middle of Something Strange
At 4 PM CDT, 7-minutes ago, the 2nd hour of the daily news program
"Loud & Clear" with John Kiriaku was expected to start but instead
Sputnik Radio began sending European shopping mall music. Now, as I
type this, "Loud & Clear" is starting but has not made an
explanation of the delay. Tensions are at a high point as we anticipate
anything given the program's home base in downtown Washington D.C.
where crazed right-wing fundamentalist Christians are pressing hard to
trigger the Rapture, expected to start with a great nuclear fireworks
display that will permanently end shopping malls everywhere. Remain
with The Blare Blog through the night while we follow unfolding events.
Please report any events even if they are still folded.
Friday July 24, 2020 5:25 PM CDT -- AAC Streaming Test
In addition to our conventional KDX-OGG SuperStream we are presently
testing a new AAC Formatted stream, the same programming from both
To participate use either dir.xiph.org or steamcast.com
Saturday July 25, 2020 7:07 AM CDT -- Parts to the Robot Puzzle
I'm the guy who has appeared to belittle radio stations for
broadcasting the music loved from high school, which comes across more
like a comment about the station owners than the stations themselves.
This morning we'll separate the conversation into two parts: the person
behind the station and the station itself, because in fact my reference
attempts to say something about both all rolled into the usual one
People who age into their 60s loving music remembered from the high
school years may have a development problem. Their musical growth is
perhaps stunted. They might not have matured beyond the top 40. That's
all right. It's legal to be childish and there's plenty of it judging
from how things are run throughout society. The U.S. Constitution
protects empty-headedness with such declared rights as freedom of
speech. It doesn't say that persons have the right to say smart things
or intelligent things... the freedom is wide open. Speech can be
anything. It can be moronic, idiotic, foolish, mean-spirited, wrong,
false, anything. All speech is covered. This applies to radio because,
as a communications tool, a radio station is a megaphone or a public
address system for the voice of its owner and the owner himself may not
know enough vocabulary words to say anything more than call letters and
weather numbers so the high school music speaks for him by amplifying
the emotions and memories from the days when youth held so much
promise. But promise of what? Promise of being perpetually ruminative,
repeating over and over, an eternity of hope that can never be
disappointed because it never proceeds beyond itself.
As listeners we don't need to hear such stations but the owners have a
right to put it on the dial without apologies and it's none of Carl
Blare's business and he should keep his whole diatribe off the internet
because no one wants to be told that their growth is retarded. The
President of the United States is a perfect example of this.
But another psychology presents itself as part of the picture and
that's the mind of Carl himself who is disappointed about all these
robotic school music stations because of the very fact that the music
isn't hosted in the old way with glib DJs spinning character voices and
talking every ramp right to the edge of the vocal and breathing life
into the package which made high school an experience worth remembering
and he'd hang around that playground again.
Point is these music playlist staions are non-human. The small-talk
voice breaks don't count as a useful human presence. There needs to be
somebody stuck there between two turntables for an eight-hour shift at
least acting like it's fun to be there with the records. That was good
radio and what we have today is no imitation and should be set out on
the curb for the Wednesday trash.
Boomer made the point that some rare student who fondly remembers
classical music education might be the unique exception and that's
possible although most such persons become eunuchs and work for NPR.
Saturday July 25, 2020 10:28 AM VDT -- Audio Signal Processing
Recently, in talking about bells and whistles for new transmitter designs, Boomer wrote:
Always have the option for audio processing on board, pre-emphasis and
limiting at least, with a bypass switch for those who use their own
compressors and limiters, like you have Stereotool, which might give the
sound you like already. That would be a nice value-added feature, and
many stations need it. With most transmitters it's like companies worked
to give users RF power and range, but stopped there and didn't consider
much of the audio system.
Indeed the former SSTran Series of transmitters included both NTSC
pre-emphasis and limiter/compressor, the Procaster has
limiter/compressor, but in the main the hobby series have been plain
vanilla without these frills.
Things become very tricky when sending one audio feed to various kinds
of transmitters and servers. As Boomer noted we at KDX use StereoTool
for superior audio however the settings must apply with equal result to
our stream servers, and AM FM transmitters, therefore disabling the
StereoTool's ability to provide NTSC AM pre-emphasis and 75-ms FM
pre-emphasis. We do utilize the AM pre-emphasis in our AMT5000 but if
we change to another AM transmitter this advantage is lost.
Many low power broadcasters use Zara Automation Software which contains
an automatic gain control (AGC), but few have been satisfied with it.
Now there's something new! The recently released B.U.T.T. Version
0.1.22 Audio Encoder contains full compressor/limiter, but of course
this only benefits streamers, but no doubt there's curiosity in mixing
and matching all available softwares and hardwares to come up with
Saturday July 25, 2020 11:33 AM CDT
Saturday July 25, 2020 11:56 AM CDT -- Finally! A Use for Power Lawn Equipment That's Worth All the Noise!
Saturday Jlyy 25, 2020 1:30 PM CDT -- A Clever Sign Seen in Portland, Oregon
Saturday July 25, 2020 1:34 PM CDT -- A Memo to President Trump
The Constitution to which you made your oath requires that you uphold the right of U.S. citizens to protest grievances.
Some of us think maybe you've got it backwords since you are ordering
attacks against citizens for protesting being murdered at the hands and
knees of police.
Anyway, good job with person, man, woman, camera, TV.
Your example has made me better at those five words.
Saturday July 25, 2020 3:19 PM CDT -- Instructive Summary of Legal Unlicensed Radio
REC Networks on Legalities of Low Power Radio
force behind REC Networks is Ms. Michelle Bradley who provides the most
detailed website extant on the various low power radio services,
licensed and unlicensed. My own interpretation of some of the Part 15
rules differs from hers, but this isn't the time to match opinions.
Except to say that in stating that FCC certification is required of
transmitters utilized, she overlooks a section of the rules by which
the FCC permits home building of transmitters wherein no certification
would exist. It may also be mentioned that several allowances exist for
legal operation on select shortwave frequencies with, again, no
certified equipment available thus leaving the matter to individual
Saturday July 25, 2020 6:15 PM CDT -- Wherefore Art WMOX?
We first heard mention of WMOX in Meridian, Mississippi, AM 1010, on
this morning's "World of Radio" hosted by Glenn Hauser who said WMOX
has been heard but no license exists according to multiple reports. So
we checked with Radio Locator's Database and not only is no WMOX listed
but nothing in Mississippi uses 1010 kHz. Next stop... the internet:
More About WMOX. This is a very well written station history.
Sunday July 26, 2020 9:37 AM CDT -- Which Will It Be?
A radio pundit this morning warned that the upcoming election will either bring us the rule of law and order or mob rule.
What I know is this: under Trump law and order and mob rule are one and the same thing.
Sunday July 26, 2020 10:39 AM CDT -- Mystery of Life
Robots Kill Virus in 10-Minutes
In an earlier blog moment Boomer wrote: "The virus isn't even alive
as we know it, is it? I heard a talk with a professed scientist that
it's a molecule that interacts with cells in a human host, which then
photocopies the virus and faxes it to others through breathed particles."
Not knowing whether COVID-19 Corona virus is "alive" we scrolled around
finding no specific mention on the subject, but have two reasons to
assume it's a living "molecule"... it apparently has a "will" and
strives to achieve certain outcomes which seems like the kind of
purpose indicative of life-force, and we hear about methods of
"killing" the virus. Isn't "life" a prerequisite for killing?
Monday July 27, 2020 5:58 AM CDT -- Turning It All On
Most websites are present on the web
around the clock but kdxradio.com plays the game differently. Somewhere
near midnight we close the servers and leave a "parking page" that
tells seekers we aren't here but will return. And return we do usually
during the 5 AM hour. The same holds true for stream server KDX-OGG
which signs off overnight and back on around dawn.
Turning it all back on is not a
simple affair, probably involving over 100 distinct steps anyone of
which can leave the website unreachable or the stream un-hearable if
bypassed. Yesterday for example the morning programs could not be heard
anywhere in the world because we forgot to open the "port" used to
release the KDX-OGG signal to the WAN (Wide Area Network), although we
could be heard clearly from the FM transmitter over a range of hundreds
of square inches.
We also recently learned that
everytime we turn it all off our stream server defaults to monaural
sound while we proceed on the belief we are streaming in stereo. Thus
one more step is added to the startup sequence... reset the stereo.
Monday July 27, 2020 6:43 AM CDT -- Bruce World
Bob's Gas has been given 30-days to remedy an expired permit for selling gum.
Station WWWL is operating from a Goodwill Drop-off Bin.
Bob's Bank & Deli is not large enough for social distancing but does have drive-in banking.
Monday July 27, 2020 10:10 AM CDT -- The Inner and the Outer
As rain began tinkling against the
window we took relief in what seemed like precipitation without
electricy but were immediately contradicted by a nearby bang of thunder
as if the weather was answering my thoughts. The morning programs have
been going so smoothly but now we face again the decision of shutting
down for the safety of our radio transmitting equipment. It seems like
the wear and tear of so often powering down and up again could stress
the facility about as much as atmospheric voltage discharge so maybe
this time we'll be defiant and keep the ship at full sail. Stop by
again in an hour to see if we're still here.
Tuesday July 28, 2020 6:59 AM CDT -- Is There Anybody In the Air?
Picture submitted by Ricardo in Austin, Texas
Tuesday July 28, 2020 7:15 AM CDT -- The Stream Formats and Metadata
Streaming in real time is already as
arcane as AM radio... it is no longer where the public spends its time.
The latest, greatest, most modern and up-to-date way is podcasting...
little chunks of program produced by anyone, everyone, friends,
neighbors, even the homeless... everyman and every woman is a star,
producer, programmer, manager, and listener. The old time DJ and
energy-glut transmitter plants are landfillers being bulldozed into
That doesn't stop fossils from
reliving the year when radio came so close to being a career and we've
figured out how to hack together a batch of softwares that stream
continuously somewhat like speaking through a string to a tin can on
the other end.
Just like there are various modes of
RF modulation, e.g., amplitude, frequency, phase, side-band,
sub-carrier... there are several means of modulating digital streams
such as MP3, AAC, AAC+, OGG-VORBIS, OPUS and FLAC. Books are written
about each method, but at this moment most audio players adapt to any
of them so the choice is a donkey's tail pinned blindfolded. Except for
the matter of Meta Data.
The stream servers are generally
capable of generating Metadata, additional information on top of
program audio, usually amounting to song titles of whatever is "playing
now", a text stream which potentially could be any information
achievable with words. From time to time we (here at KDX
Worldround Radio in the Center of North America) explore the
possibilities of having a text stream on top of our audio stream...
presently ours says one thing: "Radio SuperStream", although we have
tried the labeling of each individual audio file. It can be typed into
and updated manually, but most stations aren't going to assign
personnel to this function.
In legal terms MP3 and AAC are not
open source nor public domain formats as their patents are owned by
existing corporations, but for reasons we wonder about they are
popularly used absent license agreements. OGG-VORBIS, the format
provided by Icecast as part of their overall open source system, has
been our choice, but we wonder about OPUS. According to what we know
OPUS is a refinement of OGG-VORBIS but for unexplained reasons does not
support carrying metadata. We re-check from time to time to see if this
has changed. This subject comes up now because today KDX is test
streaming in the OPUS format.
Tuesday July 28, 2020 9:42 AM CDT
"Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud." - Hermann Hesse
Quote of the Day from TVTechnology NEWSBYTES
Tuesday July 28, 2020 9:50 AM CDT -- Stream Format Comparisons
OPUS - Audio Format
OPUS Interactive Audio Codec
OGG-VORBIS - Audio Format
Vorbis Audio Compression
AAC - Audio Coding
MP3 - Audio Coding
FLAC- Lossless Audio Coding
In evaluating differences between
stream formats comparisons can be made between quality and efficiency.
MP3 is the a priori format because it was first on the scene and
established rapidly as the container of compressed audio requiring less
bandwidth and storage space. But MP3 suffers from artifacts
compromising the resulting audio making way for the more efficient AAC
method which brought better sound in an even smaller package. But
because MP3 and AAC belonged to rights holders it became desirable to
have free open source formats bringing us FLAC, OGG and finally OPUS.
In the present moment with all of them available for use the contest
comes down to determining which format brings the best sound quality at
the least overhead in bandwidth.
From the OPUS FAQ - General Questions:
Does Opus make all those other lossy codecs obsolete?
From a technical point of view (loss, delay, bitrates, ...) Opus renders Speex obsolete and should also replace Vorbis and the common proprietary codecs too (e.g. AAC, MP3, ...).
Tuesday July 28, 2020 1:33 PM CDT -- What Has Been Achieved
By a process of recounting what we
know about radio streaming and taking a survey of what's been published
on the subject we have reached a decision to stream KDX in the OPUS
format but this means no way remains for generating textual metadata.
Based on the observation that no streaming radio stations utilizing
OPUS possess metadata capability, we understand that, at least for now,
that's the way things stand. Indeed we've taken a scroll through the
OPUS station listings in the Xiph Directory and none publish metadata.
Every other audio codec includes metadata generated by the B.U.T.T.
Audio Encoder and carried by the Icecast Server, so everytime B.U.T.T.
issues an update we hope a cure has been found, but not yet. Another
question we ask is whether a separate self-standing metadata generator
is a realistic possibility and perhaps can be found somewhere in the
galaxy of free software, let's go exploring.
Tuesday July 28, 2020 2:23 PM CDT -- It Doesn't End There
We've been concentrating on the
streaming system and reached useful conclusions about how to set things
up. Now we look upstream to where the audio comes from before it gets
streamed. Most radio programs are released by their producers in the
MP3 format, and there's no benefit to converting them to another
format. Producers use a wide range of sample rates and bitrates
resulting ultimately in a maze of upconversions and downconversions as
a program wends its way through the audio chain to be ultimately
transformed to the OPUS format for streaming on the web. It's all kind
of amazing actually when the programs heard by the audience sound
smooth and clear despite having gone through chainsaws and mulching
machines. Shall we keep things the way they are? Or, maybe there are
other refinements to consider.
Wednesday July 29, 2020 6:11 AM CDT -- A Place for Noise
This morning I enjoyed a reflection
on "Technology and Obsolescence" on the Artisan Radio Blog. During the
course of the piece he said, "I like the sound of
vinyl, and surface noise is just part of the experience." And
I very much share in an actual pleasure at the sound of a stylus riding
a groove. The sensation is truly visceral and I've actually found a use
for vinyl groove noise in setting up Stereo Tool, our audio processing
software. What I do is play a "silent" groove in between two musical
cuts and set the AGC (Automatic Gain Control) in Stereo Tool to raise
the volume level so the groove noise can just be detected in a normal
listening environment. That same setting later serves to nicely bring
up studio sound or outdoor ambiance to just the right level to add to a
generally well shaped audio compression. Heck, I've even considered
ADDING groove sound to digital performances to recover the old pleasure
of playing disks. Some film makers intentionally add artifacts to
otherwise pure digital video to achieve that old film projector look of
seeing dust and other blotches flickering through the lense, which is
rather the same idea. Some smart pants once said, "Noise is unwanted
sound", but to that I say that some noise is still wanted.
Wednesday July 29 2020 6:39 AM CDT -- Pre-Thought-Crime
Emblematic of our self-contradictory
human species is the effort put into manicuring lawns with the terrible
spit-blasting racket of power mowers, hedge trimmers and leaf-blowers
for the rare 7-minutes of quiet across the barren mini-golf courses up
and down the street. Here at the campus of Home School College, home of
KDX Worldround Radio, we preserve the stillness of the day by employing
manual lawn equipment but we are offended, irritated and annoyed by the
amount of roaring raging puking motor noise all day everyday by every
other resident of the surrounding neighborhood. Now my secret thoughts
What I think of doing is choosing a
time when they are in their yards for a grilled meat picnic-like
gathering with drinks and chatter and what I'd do is playback a
recording of their very own lawn arsenal from a hidden 10,000 Watt
loudspeaker. It's my turn!
Wednesday July 29, 2020 8:17 AM CDT -- The Contrarian Nature of Man
Without being 100% certain I suspect
that most people have a self-contradicting streak because of religious
schooling before the age of reason. A simple example of this training
exists in the instruction: "religion is not superstition." From that
point on the child is conditioned for having a dual mind... an ability
to believe and profess two contradictory things. "Thou shalt not kill"
resides side-by-side with the sense that killing enemies and criminals
is not murder. Or maybe religious con artists only play upon a deeper
biological trait by which humans are fooled by their own pareidolias.
Wednesday July 29, 2020 8:48 AM CDT -- When No One is Listening
Middle of the night radio
programming is heard by night people but not by the general person deep
asleep. Some nights I hear brief moments from the RT programs carried
on KDX and find some humor in the way the Russian network fills the
time. There is a program series called a "Special" and two particular
episodes air somewhat frequently. One is a probe of "paranormal
activity" and another tackles "alternative medicine" giving both
subjects wide consideration without reaching any conclusions, the
interviewer and guest make it through without once giggling over the
fact that they are delivering pure BS.
Wednesday July 29, 2020 9:53 AM CDT -- Out of School Introduction to the Civil War
As a very young person I came to
notice that cowboy hats had gone out of fashion in favor of Civil War
soldier hats, both the officer's full rimmed style and the grunt style
with laminated beak frontward protruded. In those days the gray
officer's hat appealed to my taste and I was soon wearing one at the
playground. Almost immediately I was attacked by a mob wearing their
navy blue "northern" hats and accused of being a reb. In my innocence I
failed to know that being in the north, near Canada, the proper color
was predetermined and the Banner Store had misled me by making the
southern color available.
Wednesday July 29, 2020 10:11 AM CDT -- Numbering Everything I Don't Know
The brain sifts and sorts through
the fragments of knowledge gathered hour by hour and audio coding
continues to hold our interest as the day streams by. Consider this...
alright, you're playing an MP3 audio file but the stream encoder
converts it to OPUS. Um, I remember reading that sound does not improve
by converting MP3 to another format, yet OPUS is said to be "superior".
Well then maybe the originating files need also to be encoded by OPUS
but unless we record the original program file, they arrive, I've
already mentioned, as MP3 files, but to repeat myself, MP3 files cannot
be improved by conversion to another form. Let me sit here and think
Looking under the hood of the Audacity recording/editing program we
note that recordings can be made or converted to a number of formats
including 3-types of WAV, MP3, MP2, OGG-Vorbis, AAC, FLAC, but not
OPUS. We think that's because OPUS is a streaming format and not
used for another purpose. Do we have any cheese or other snacks?
Wednesday July 29, 2020 10:49 AM CDT
Program Level Meters
Link provided by Boomer
Wednesday July 29, 2020 12:09 NOON CDT -- Emergency Alert System
Licensed radio and television
stations in the U.S. are required by the FCC to install and maintain
EAS (Emergency Alert System) equipment able to instantly override
regular programming with official alert announcements in the event of
serious events ranging from warfare to incoming asteroids. The small
power radio stations authorized under Part 15 of the rules are not
subject to the same requirement, but Tha Dood, a Blare Blog
correspondent in West Virgina kept us informed while he experimented in
building a poor man's EAS setup using inexpensive parts. Upon
successful achievement of the project Tha Dood posted the details on
another website and we wonder how he managed to get it done. If we are
lucky Tha Dood will happen by this way and realize we have yet to enjoy
the report and are watching the email for response.
Before knowing how Tha Dood's system
works, here's what we'd like to do at KDX. If any kind of warning is
issued to the general public we would like to be made aware of the
situation, for which reason having access to alerts would be useful.
Further, given the technical ability to do so, we would seek permission
from the main full power area station to switch to their audio so KDX would become a relay of the larger broadcast.
Wednesday July 29, 2020 1:12 PM CDT -- From Parking Lot to Trailer Park
Planning to trend with the times KDX
has explored the idea of bulldozing our forested garden campus and
opening a spacious parking lot for listeners to distance in their
parked cars while we broadcast to them from the front window, but
having seen "Trailer Park Boys" we have become more interested in opening a
trailer park, a place where listener's live and listen in place.
Wednesday July 29, 2020 5:31 PM CDT -- America Left Behind
They Came from Outer Space
Tom the Dancing Bug
from Boing Boing
Thursday July 30, 2020 3:21 PM CDT -- Internet Alerts (FIA)
Federation for Internet Alerts
Wednesday July 30, 2020 4:42 PM CDT -- Where Are We Trying to Go
The deep inquiry into streaming
technology recently detailed on The Blog has been mainly a learning
venture in the ongoing quest for general mastery over coding and technology to
be ultimately applied to the daily operation of a radio station. But to
some degree we might have in mind particular goals and objectives and it's
a good idea to know what those are so we're not wasting gas. Artisan
Radio, in commenting on our stream findings, has mentioned audio
quality as one product of a station's output but in the case of
streaming there is another dynamic well deserving of careful attention
and it trades-off with audio quality: bandwidth usage.
Streaming from a radio server
requires a certain chunk of bandwidth for each listener served and
there are finite limits to available bandwidth from the ISP (Internet
Service Provider) balanced against the reality that the wider the
bandwidth utilized the better the audio quality. It therefore does
matter when a given codec conserves bandwidth while retaining sound
quality. That's really why at this moment it seems like OPUS is the
front-runner but what are the actual differences in real numbers? Our
curiosity is sufficient to move us into the realm of measurements and
comparisons, coming next week on The Blare Blog.
Friday July 31, 2020 6:33 AM CDT -- The Human Connection
Which Stations Are Signing Off?
Will half of existing AM FM radio
stations leave the air by 2024? Jeff McHugh writes that it is possible
and makes the point I've been talking about - successful radio depends
on a human connection.
Friday July 31, 2020 7:19 AM CDT -- Senior Living Facility Takes the Air
Friday July 31, 2020 8:34 AM CDT
Knowing the problem comes before seeking the solution
- Carl Blare
Friday July 31, 2020 8:37 AM CDT -- View from the End of July
List of Hobbies
The Blare Blog is all about the
hobby. As hobbies are concerned low power broadcasting ranks with the
topmost on any list of hobbies.
at least for now, we don't see our class of broadcasting listed on
Wikipedia's List of Hobbies. Perhaps you might be the one to get what
we do listed, meanwhile we've spent years in semi-existence by dint of
two or three ineffectual forum sites that have failed to attract a
significant following. We've been watching over the past decade for
that one dedicated communicator who would take hold of the hobby and
give it proper representation, a calling that would take fulltime
dedication, but the post remains unfilled as only a few part-time blogs
keep the hobby on life support.
Friday July 31, 2020 11:12 AM CDT -- All Things Considered Again
Talking about "Technology and Obsolescence" the Artisan Radio Blog said, "Over at Hobbybroadcaster, the
webmaster talks about how he ripped some music from vinyl, and then used new
technology and a great deal of time to remove as many clicks and pops as he
could. This, for a single song played on a Part 15 over-the-air radio
station that, if legal, will have static introduced to its signal far in excess
of that surface noise after a few hundred feet. If you're doing it just
because you can, that's great. You can waste your time (imo) all you want.
But I have better uses for my time. And to insinuate that this type of
noise reduction is something good, and necessary, that all 'professional' Part
15 stations should do, is missing the boat entirely. I like the sound of
vinyl, and surface noise is just part of the experience. Noise reduction
introduces its own sets of problems."
By the way, you're not experiencing
deja vu nor have you already read this... I've previously spoken about
groove noise but have more to add...
A few years ago Archive.org
digitized hundreds of old 78-RPM disks and evidentially assigned
several staff members, each of whom had his own recipe for setting the
equalization and noise-rolloff... some of the platters completely
lacked the slightest groove sound but at the loss of vital musical
mid-range without which the sound was terribly muffled. Those records
retaining their natural "needle-noise" sounded best.
Friday July 31, 2020 11:57 AM CDT -- People of Label
The tool of language gives us the
means to place labels and titles on everything including each other.
Stronger labels become slogans like "Black Lives Matter" and there's
good reason why that label is foremost in current importance. Along
with it the expression "people of color" has taken over where "colored
people" and "Negro" have dropped from being preferred to being not
acceptable. My complaint about "people of color (the label not the
people)" as a label is that, like the other labels, it's as openly
racist as saying "you know, he or she is colored", as if somehow we
needed to know. It sounds like an "air", a gesture toward dignity as if
color equaled dignity. If we bring dignity into it the mere fact of
being human dignifies across color lines and is no more or less so
whatever color. If I today became a "person of age" would that manage
to upgrade being elderly? Unless we're trying to qualify for government
benefits there's no cause for notifying anyone as to being "old",
anymore than it matters what color a person is.
Friday July 31, 2020 1:39 PM CDT -- The Undermining of the U.S. Postal Service
Has your mail been slowing down? Ours has, and there's a story behind it.