Thursday August 27, 2020 10:22 AM CDT -- Where Does Your Radio Station Stand?
As a communications entity in its own right a radio station is able to hold an editorial position in the spectrum of
worldviews and beliefs, often but not always reflecting those of the owner. But a station's stance can be bought and
sold. By selling airtime a radio station is able to wear different hats and represent other points of view. As an
example KDX is a secular station, meaning that we are non-religious, but is available to carry paid religious programs.
This is not an inconsistency as we believe religion is not about "spirituality" nor an "afterlife" but is all about
money. The Constitutional right of religion is a right of ignorance and Americans are fierce defenders of their
ignorance. As a matter of fairness and encapsulated in the same Article of the Bill of Rights is Freedom of the Press,
enabling the voicing and publication of facts and knowledge through a metaphoric "press" which can include a radio
station or a hand written piece of paper. At KDX we use both radio and many scraps of paper.
Thursday August 27, 2020 7:08 AM CDT -- Rule by Regulation
Thursday August 27, 2020 5:55 AM CDT -- On Being a News Provider
Very little has been said about this permissive rule from FCC Part 15:
15.23 Home-built devices.
(a) Equipment authorization is not required for devices that are not
marketed, are not constructed from a kit, and are built in quantities
of five or less for personal use.
(b) It is recognized that the individual builder of home-built
equipment may not possess the means to perform the measurements for
determining compliance with the regulations. In this case, the builder
is expected to employ good engineering practices to meet the specified
technical standards to the greatest extent practicable. The provisions
of § 15.5 apply to this equipment.
A few years back several of us at part15.us teamed up to design and build a shortwave transmitter for part 15 use
at 13.56 MHz. I built two of them, and I don't know how many were ultimately built by anyone else, possibly
more than five.
Only one other pertinent case to our knowledge was a guy who built two "homemade" AM transmitters, but by
the builder's admission his tube model was patterned after the Knight Kit and his solid state model was
a variation of the Ramsey AM25 (kit).
What these examples show is that 15.23 has loose-ends. One of the principle sources of learning how to
build transmitters at home comes from kit building experience. The language doesn't state that kits are
forbidden, but disallows them from being regarded as "homebuilt", regardless of where you build them.
Hurricane Laura is moving from the Gulf of Mexico into the north
western shoreline of Louisiana and Texas with expectation of bringing
hurricane winds, tornados, storm surges of 20', and may plow inland as
far as Little Rock, Arkansas. As I type, the live program "Fault Lines"
with Shane Stranahan and Jamal Thomas is signing on for the next three
hours, coming from Radio Sputnik in downtown Washington D.C., already
introducing the hurricane along with the Republican Convention and
reports from the violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Because "Fault Lines"
takes listener calls KDX is well positioned to receive informative
reports from all these fronts. My job during the next three-hours will
be to determine other resources available to us to continue coverage of
these unfolding situations between 9 and 11 AM (Central) at which time
Thom Hartmann takes it live providing further access to immediate
information all the way to two this afternoon.
Wednesday August 26, 2020 8:06 PM CDT -- THE LINCOLN PROJECT
Wednesday August 26, 2020 3:33 PM CDT -- You Can't Be Socially Distanced From Yourself
All these days quarantined in a radio station has given plenty of time
to plan experiments to refine the over-the-air operation of KDX AM
& FM, especially since FCC Part 15 places serious responsibility on
low power stations to limit coverage and prevent unintended electronic
interference. By far FM is the most sensitive band where crowding
leaves little room for proper operation, and we've learned better antennas at the receiver are more important than fiddling with
transmission. In fact using audio wire in place of FM is probably the
most advisable way to shuttle signals within the building.
AM is slightly more forgiving, and the only concern for us is solid
coverage of our grounds with no intention to serve a "community" or
even a "neighborhood". We have a requisition outstanding for an iAM
Enhanced Radio Transmitter from Information Station Systems with a new
manufacturing run scheduled for the future, and thoughts of adding a
Range Extender ATU mainly as a lab experiment, since we don't need the added range promised by the device.
Naturally we are concerned about the new PIRATE Act which, while
exempting compliant Part 15 stations, seems like it could be misused to
persecute hobbyists by forcing expensive legal defensive reaction,
prosecutors today being as apt to behave criminally as to protect
society from crime.
Editor's Note: I struck a line through the previous line, leaving it
still readable because it is a generally true statement about a style of
authoritarian swagger, but not fully accurate. There are, from time to
time, humanisticly ethical prosecuting attorneys who come under
tremendous fire from right wing police unions and other factions bent
on driving them out. Cynicism is appropriate.
Other options include the idea of vacating AM & FM and re-settling
on some other type of service such as Wi-Fi or even bands above those
regulated by the FCC. It's a hobby on the brink of survival.
Wednesday August 26, 2020 9:11 AM CDT -- Republican National Carnival
"My husband's trash talk is 'honesty'."
- Melania - wife
Wednesday August 26, 2020 7:30 AM CDT -- FCC Podcast
Tuesday August 25, 2020 11:24 AM CDT -- Republicans Will Abolish Fact Checking
A St. Louis Couple now charged with felonies for pointing guns at
protesters have spoken from the RNC to warn America that Democrats will
"abolish the suburbs". But their mansion isn't in the suburbs, it is
located in the heart of the City of St. Louis almost 2-miles within the
western city limits. Along with that, knowing that "Blacks" are the
implied menace, there have always been Blacks residing in both city and
suburbs so there's nothing "Democrats" could do to make that any
Tuesday August 25, 2020 3:46 AM CDT -- Choosing Sides in a Pandemic
Definition of a Republican - Someone who prefers to lie even when the truth is a matter of record.
Definition of a Democrat - Someone who borrows a platitude that doesn't exactly fit the re-use.
Definition of an American - Someone caught between jello and a soft place.
Monday August 24, 2020 6:27 PM CDT -- Time To Speak Up On the Air
You have a radio station. Why not use it for something important like saving the United States Post Office.
Monday August 24, 2020 2:45 PM CDT -- Combined Wisdoms
From the KDX Board of Directors two members share a discussion about economics in a pandemic.
Monday August 24, 2020 11 AM CDT -- Word from Within a Sabbatical
They say, "The prime time to manage your wealth is while you have it.
Once you go broke it will no longer be necessary to do."
- Buster Boatrocker, South St. Louis barber and Trumper
- Chancey L. Fitzkilpatsky, disgraced philosophy professor still shacking up with a student.
Artisan Radio connects:
Hi Carl. Hope you are doing well.
Thanks for the kind thoughts.
Your eloquent posts over the past week or so have expressed a lot of my
feelings towards Part 15 broadcasting.
There is a general malaise in the hobby/business. General ignorance.
Overactive egos. Underlying ultra right wing politics.
Practitioners talk about doing community radio, but there is little
community in what they are doing.
I was never more enthusiastic than when I was broadcasting to a willing
and eager listening community on Bowen Island. We did much more than
music, and when we did do music, it was special. Locally taped
concerts. Listener requests. It meant something.
Now I'm asking 'What's the point?'. Broadcasting is a lot of work. If
all I want to do is to listen to music, there are much easier (and
safer) ways to do it.
I guess I believe that radio should be more. News, weather, sports,
entertainment and yes, music. I don't particularly like television as a
medium, although there are certain shows that I enjoy. Radio as a
medium is much more flexible and accessible.
I'm attempting to rekindle the enthusiasm I felt during my Bowen Island
stint, and decide how to do it. Until that time, I will remain on
sabbatical, and be off air.
In the meantime, I will continue to read your blog. It's a ray of light
in the Part 15 broadcasting darkness. - Artisan Radio
Monday August 24, 2020 10:32 AM CDT -- Name Changes
The names Talking House, iAM and Range Extender have been consolidated into a package called
Monday August 24, 2020 9:31 AM CDT -- More on Audio Codecs in the Signal Chain
Curious about the specifications of the live streams relayed during the
KDX program day, we did some measurements by utilizing VLC Media Player
to capture the streams of interest and look at the readout provided by
this flexible app.
Radio Sputnik - Codec: MPEG Audio Layer 1/2 (mpga); Stereo; SR=44.1 kHz; 32-Bit; BR=28kbps;
Free Talk Live from the Liberty Radio Network - Codec: MPEG Audio Layer 1/2 (mpga); Mono; SR=22,050 Hz; 32-Bit; BR=32kbps;
Thom Hartmann Program - Codec: MPEG Audio Layer 1/2 (mpga); Mono; SR= 32 kHz; 32-Bit; BR=48kbps;
Monday August 24, 2020 6:57 AM CDT -- WCCO Nearing 100
Licensed to Minneapollis-St. Paul, Minnesota, 50 kW WCCO operates from a tower and transmitter located at Coon Rapids.
Sunday August 23, 2020 4:23 PM CDT -- Bannon Graduates Into History
Picture Credit - Huffpost
To some onlookers
Steve Bannon appeared to be a boozing sot to an extent that made the
thought of liquor a top priority and that was because he looked so
happy about it. The trouble with being caught at major crime is the
separation from a ready source of supply and we have that in mind
whenever passing up a shady scheme.
Sunday August 23, 2020 4:12 PM CDT -- False Goosing Chase
There have been complaints from several who went seeking a copy of
Lorenzo Milam's "Sex and Broadcasting" but were unable to locate
anything salacious after much page turning. Sorry, I thought you
knew... probably this quote from the back of the book will explain: "As
far as sex goes, I would suppose you have been hard-pressed to find
much raw naked diddling in this book. It's not that I am shy about
offering you some passionate act of congress in the transmitting room,
as the tube-blowers rage overhead. No: it's just that I really wanted
you to buy this book, and my Great Aunt Beulah convinced me that a book
with the word Sex in its title would double its sales, and quadruple its readership." - Lorenzo W. Milam Los Gatos, California, October 1974
Sunday August 23, 2020 3:28 PM CDT -- Carl Blare Elevated to Mob Chairman
Short the fanfare, radio derelict Carl Blare has become installed as
the 1st Chairman in recorded history of the newly formed, reformed,
rededicated, restarted and recycled Mob of Low Power Broadcasters.
Sunday August 23, 2020 1:47 PM CDT -- Inventions and Intentions
The microphone was invented by Dr. Michael Rophone in 1389. There was no known use for it until much later.
The transmitter was originally intended to aid in electronic
trans-gender conversion through a process called mitting. Although it
failed at this, it was later found capable of radiating electromagnetic
signals that became known as radio.
Once the ground plane was determined it was only a matter of time until the airplane.
Saturday August 22, 2020 5:08 PM CDT -- A Couple of Questions
Q1: Where were the parents and guardians of all the girls alleged to have been exploited by Jeffrey Epstein?
Q2: What happens to all the children separated from their parents at the Mexico border?
Saturday August 22, 2020 4:15 PM CDT -- What God Wants
I'm going to max out my credit cards to make a down-payment on a radio
station. God wants me to do it so it's bound to work out according to his
Saturday August 22, 2020 4:08 PM -- Sweepings Under the Big Rug
Saturday August 22, 2020 3:32 PM CDT -- The Two Sanctions
The word "sanction" can be confusing because it can mean either of two
essentially contradictory things: it can indicate something being
officially validated by authority, or it can denote a penalty issued to
bring compliance such as the way Trump uses it.
Example: Part 15 radio is sanctioned by the FCC; non-compliance results in sanctions.
Saturday August 22, 2020 3:20 PM CDT Stereo Tool Audio Processing
Professional broadcast stations utilize large electronic devices
installwd in metal racks so to produce the loud smooth audio heard by
listeners. In recent versions of such equipment the inner software is
by Hans Van Zutphen of the Netherlands, and so too is Stereo Tool, a
computer software that does the same thing. There ought to be a Stereo
Tool school as the software is fathoms more complex than most audio
apps. Today I focused on the section known as "noise gate" and spent
enough time to realize that in our case it is better to turn it off
because our audiofiles are professionally produced and have no noise to
be removed. The improvement is spectacular and sounds noticeably more
"real life" even on small radios.
Saturday August 22, 2020 2:44 PM CDT -- What the "Sheriff" and his "Goons" Don't Know Could Hurt Someone
Having appointed themselves as a posse to hunt down those deemed in
violation of FCC rules, not acting as true representatives of the
Communications Commission but like little children looking for baby
birds to step on, these lowlife bad actors mis-apply a single rule:
selling uncertified transmitters is against regulations. But what Sean
Cuthbert has done does not violate this rule because he is not
marketing his devices to the general public but only releases a limited
number for evaluation by his peers. The FCC Rules absolutely allow a
pre-certification period while a transmitter is under development in
preparation for seeking certification, and all this applies only to
fully built transmitters. The play-acting goon-squad mis-applies
another notion... they believe the FCC does not sanction transmitter
kits, but they indeed do in a clearly printed section of of the FCC
rules where "kits" are defined for the very purpose of recognizing them
under that section. Ignorance is like gasoline poured on dry wood.
These people are arsonists, metaphorically speaking.
Saturday August 22, 2020 2:24 PM CDT -- Been There Done That
This thread from a radio forum reveals that 2-years ago we covered some of the same ground recently covered here on The Blog.
Saturday August 22, 2020 1:27 PM CDT -- Sean Cuthbert Reviewed by Radio Jay Allen
Saturday August 22, 2020 1:06 PM CDT -- Owl Says Who
WHO is the World Health Organization and also WHO AM 1040 Des Moines, Iowa, plus famous rock band "The Who".
Who is asking?
Saturday August 22, 2020 9:39 AM CDT -- When It Comes Right Down To It
You know, Artisan Radio has a point. He hasn't actually made a point up to this point,
but I take one anyway by his sabbatical while pondering what to do
about his blog. I should probably also declare blog silence and be less
blithe in public view. There have been threats, rumblings, trollings,
and it's beyond paranoia when realizing that surreptitious underhanded
deconstructive negative behind the back sneak-attackery is emblematic
S.O.P. for so many neo-fascistic Trumpican Americans. Difficult to
imagine they'd be so jealous over a little talent. Even if the
genealogy of their bad genes can't be traced owing to undocumented
parentage there's no reason I or anyone else on the side of
professionalism should be made the brunt in as much as we've never even
met their mothers. It's not something you can ask God about because he
speaks with lightning bolts and makes you wish you'd kept your mouth
shut. At times like this it seems like the Covid came at the right
time, and I mean that in a cheerful way.
Saturday August 22, 2020 8:00 AM CDT -- Undercover Investigation Uncovered
Jocko, long time friend of KDX, has issued a Preliminary Report on his
investigation of part 15 low power radio hobby forums. According to
early findings one forum collects data on hobby broadcasters and spies
on them through a cooperating network of amateur radio licensees always
on the hunt for stations that might be violating FCC rules. Information
is shared with FCC inspectors and has resulted in a few legal actions.
"Don't print any of this," said Detective Jocko, but too late as I
Saturday August 22, 2020 5:58 AM CDT -- When It All Comes Together
The individual elements have been floating around in the head for a
long time, and finally this morning they've coalesced into the one idea
I've been groping for. Already having a radio station combined with
other media parts including a website and highly popular blog, we've
wondered how we could add a webcam (web camera) into the mix for a
total media conglomeration. A few small ideas included hanging a camera
on a bird feeder or maybe pointing one (camera, not bird feeder) at a
model train passing through a kitchen area, but now we've come upon
something that's already been around for a long time called nominally
"Slow TV". Let me show you what it is. For the next 10-hours watch
this, then come back for the rest of what I'm saying:
As a matter of fact a friend of
mine (Trek Zabota) has been shooting underwater video at reefs around
the world and has hundreds of hours of marine life skimming and
swimming which we've talked about putting on KDX-TV. As I see it Trek's
approach is standing still while the world moves around you. The other
approach as seen in the Chicago 'L' video is to move into the world
while it effectively stands still, a way of virtually traveling. People
love to travel... to see the scene passing and passing while heading
somewhere called "else" (somewhere else). If we had our own traveling
camera that would be our KDX Webcam and the audio, the sounds along the
way, could fill the overnight slot on all the KDX radio stations. Now
we do need a self driving car.
Saturday August 22, 2020 4:48 AM CDT -- Carl Blare Dating Opportunity
Eligible bachelor Carl Blare, group radio station owner, goes on the
dating market with promise of social distancing during a trip to a
Dollar Store to try on masks. Qualified ladies must have age notarized
and send voice tape saying your name, favorite record artist, and name
of a book you've read. Carl may ask you to stand on your front lawn
while he does a drive by.
Saturday August 22, 2020 4:44 AM CDT -- FM Transmitters Offered by Stream Finder
Stream Finder is a radio station directory.
Friday August 21, 2020 6:51 PM CDT -- Return of Blare OnAir
On this fine day deep in the virus crisis we began wondering if our
microphone was still working. At a more personal level we wondered if
the voice remembered how to speak. The result is this special edition:
Friday August 21, 2020 5:13 PM CDT -- Guest Commentary
If you're one of the fortunate people who have good health insurance,
but have never been sick,
then you're letting a great opportunity go by.
You should become sick as early as possible
to be able to take advantage of your lucky situation.
- Buster Boatrocker, barber, South St. Louis Missouri, and Trumper
Friday August 21, 2020 2:47 PM CDT -- Day Going Well? A Newly Spotted Asteroid Might Hit Earth
Friday August 21, 2020 1:47 PM CDT -- What Else Are We Up To At KDX?
The question come at an opportune time. In fact we're working on
something quite interesting. We'll be opening up a new AM station at
1660 kHz right alongside our presently existing station at 1680 kHz.
The transmitters for both stations will be located at the same indoor
location in a back room of the Internet Building and the antennas will
be approximately 15-feet apart. The "reference" system is to be an iAM
Transmitter with Range Extender and whereas the other system is an
SSTran AMT5000 with our own designed Wintenna, we'll be able to
substitute other transmitters and test antenna modifications in
comparison. We'll have a tour guide and enforce social distancing.
Friday August 21, 2020 1:34 PM CDT -- One More Notch in Continuing Education
Confusion over the real definition of the expression "friendly fire"
has been cleared up now that we know another term: fragging.
Friday August 21, 2020 1:11 PM CDT -- True to the Cause
As with any publicly spoken entity KDX has its missions and causes,
among those being a strong adherence to rail transportation for its
indisputable efficiency in moving people and freight. Toward this end
KDX will be bringing radio programs in support of the rail industry.
Friday August 21, 2020 12:40 NOON CDT -- There Goes the Weekend
Friday August 21, 2020 11:41 AM CDT -- And Another Thing
There's always something to complain about which gives me plenty to
write about. This time it's some unknown staff member on the Thom
Hartmann team who often forgets to turn on the radio stream for Thom's
daily show. At 11 every morning the KDX Zara Automation System switches
to the Thom Hartmann Program but if it isn't there the machine switches
ahead to the 1-o'clock program and leaves Thom without KDX as an
affiliate. For once someone else messed up and it wasn't me.
Friday August 21, 2020 10:48 AM CDT -- Think Better (not Thick Butter)
On a regular basis we run a full inspection of the KDX infrastructure
to be sure everything is running properly and this morning we took a
look at our "Genre Generator". Yes, the radio stream software does more
than transmit audio programs, it also puts out currently-playing
meta-data and genre labeling. We've been posting "News" and "Talk" as
our offerings, but taking a look at the Icecast Station Directory where
we're resident it happens there are somewhere close to a thousand
recognized genres and many radio stations claim a bunch of them so
they'll show up in many searches.
I guess I got swept into it
because I've adding a whole batch of genres to the KDX listing
including a few that Icecast doesn't mention. My favorite is "Linear",
admitting a truth about the kind of radio we are as compared with
"Non-Linear" radio on demand (podcasts). As it turns out the Genre
Generator has a character limit and only allowed a few additions. Later
on we might think better of it.
Friday August 21, 2020 10:10 AM CDT -- A Moment At the KDX Operations Desk
Blithely going about programming chores on a fine summer morning when a
Warning from AVG AntiVirus-Free pops up telling we have a Tracking
Cookie on our computer, asking "Should we remove it?" Panic quickly
took hold and we turned all attention to going after that cookie. AVG
popped another screen asking if we'd like a free trial of the actual
cookie killing capacity, and our tone became disgruntled as I said,
"It's YOU! AVG is the tracker! Trying to sell us more software at a
moment when I'd been quite blithe!"
What I was working on before being so rudely disturbed is more
important and worth mention. There've been some significant speeches at
the Democratic National Convention and KDX will be carrying some of
them grouped together starting at 1 PM CDT this afternoon when we'll
hear Former President Barack Obama, former First Lady Michelle Obama
and Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez. At a different time we'll
carry Candidate Joe Biden's Acceptance Speech and Senator Kamala
Will we be doing the same for the Republican National Convention next week? Maybe. Everyone likes a good freak carnival.
Maybe that sounds biased. Perhaps we come across as partisan. What it
really is is that we just don't like crooks. A lot of Americans like
crooks. Crooks are popular. Many Americans are crooks because of the
examples they follow. It all comes full circle - we have crookies and
Friday August 21, 2020 7:53 AM CDT -- From Person to Personnel
KDX is a one man show. The "one man" in charge searches for and
schedules the programs heard and the net result is a station that
appears to be highly peopled with many hosts and guests, each
production adding to shared work of many individuals for whom KDX is
simply one point of dissemination in a constellation of outlets. The
amalgam of programs heard on KDX give the look of a journalistic
enterprise, a news station representing many world voices. But at the
most local level KDX falls short of being an absolute news bureau
because it is quickly apparent that one person cannot summon enough
energy to keep an eye on all of the unraveling events and arrange
timely on air reporting as we occasionally try to do during hurricanes,
pandemics and other catastrophes including political conventions. But
knowing that one person is not equal to such a task leaves unanswered
the larger question... how many people would it take? Sure, we
fantasize about growing into a news machine contributing to the global
pool of reliable information and my best answer is to imagine that we'd
need to hire an expert to determine how many other experts would be
needed and how much office space to house them all. At the end of the
day we'd need janitors to empty all the waste baskets. Of that much I'm
Friday August 21, 2020 7:25 AM CDT -- Wrench in the Works
Life is a breeze once the program schedule is set up for your radio
station. Not! At least not when the programs come from many sources
each of which has its own time tables with hosts taking vacations and
changes being made abruptly without notice. Our example of a scheduling
breakdown blew this whole week out of alignment with "Loud and Clear"
from Radio Sputnik missing from the daily output, leaving KDX with two
unfilled hours everyday. Nothing said on the RT website, no advisory
email, and if host John Kiriakou perhaps mentioned "going on vacation"
on last Friday's show we didn't hear it. Will "Loud and Clear" be back
next week? We'll only know on Monday at 3 PM when the show is either
there or not there. Could we contact Sputnik? Certainly if we had a
staff member assigned to the task, but I'm too important to spend my
time chasing small details. Being important goes only so far because
I'm still the one who must find a substitute program to fill the two
Friday August 21, 2020 7:14 AM CDT -- PSA Sarah Cooper
Thursday August 20, 2020 3:56 PM CDT -- High Level Decision Regarding the Intelligent Scheduling of a Radio Station
When we talk about "low power radio stations" we are talking about the
milliwatt energy radiant from antennae as well as online streaming
stations, stations that can be home-made. Along with all the decisions
involved in such operations is the matter of whether it will be "on the
air" 24/7 or during select part-time hours. At KDX we have tried both
and decided that either one is the best idea. If they like your station
it will be gratifying to find it available at all hours, and, if they
like your station they will miss it while it's off and be ever so happy
when it comes back on.
Thursday August 20, 2020 3:34 PM CDT -- I Tried Telling You
For years I've been bashed and ridiculed for insisting that dogs (and
all pets) should be provided with a habitat suitable to them, not
simply a human household. In the case of dogs that facility would
provide the activity necessary to promote flourishing health. It gives
me smug satisfaction to find that Germany agrees with me.
Thursday August 20, 2020 10:17 AM CDT
Thursday August 20, 2020 9:11 AM CDT -- The Social Instinct
The desire to broadcast is an extension of the normal social instinct.
The normal social instinct is the desire to be heard by others and,
through feedback, become informed that your message is welcome. Very
frequently our message is promotional as we put music on display with
the objective of being admired for our splendid musical taste. Back in
the early days prior to working in radio I held concerts in my room to
which I invited a group of girls who listened to recordings on my Hi-Fi
system. It was like being a DJ with a live studio audience. Or, really,
that's actually what it was. The addition of a Knight Kit AM
Transmitter extended those events out into the neighborhood which
enlarged the possible audience size, there being space in my room for
only about five chairs.
Thursday August 20, 2020 7:38 AM CDT -- A Radio Station in Texas
From the Large KDX Switchboard of American Low Power Radio Stations:
Thursday August 20, 2020 7:33 AM CDT -- Save Rusty Tools and Radio Parts
Thursday August 20, 2020 7:12 AM CDT -- Filling In the Blanks
For the past several years we have been prevented by other priorities
from building a radio tower on a select location at the far south end
of the campus here at Home School College and earlier this week found a
90-ton tree fallen directly on that spot. Now we know why circumstances
stood in the way and kept us from erecting what would have been an
elaborate contraption holding a significant amount of communications
equipment. If it had existed it would now be very very crushed.
Thursday August 20, 2020 7:00 AM CDT -- Don't Be Mean and What Does It Mean
We watched a fascinating video on YouTube about a philosopher in his
later years sharing the view that he remains puzzled by the meaning of
life and finds himself unable to figure out what that meaning might be.
I (Carl Blare) should probably ring him up and explain the way things
Life means nothing left to itself but humans have the opportunity to
assign meaning to their own life by answering the question: what do I
care about? If you care about good radio, for example, plunge into the
radio business and do something to make ideal radio available to potential listeners. It would mean a lot.
Wednesday August 19, 2020 6:06 PM CDT -- Approval for UK Talk Radio Station
Late last night after KDX signed off we scrolled around looking for
talk streams and found a station located in the UK with thoughtful
Wednesday August 19, 2020 1:49 PM CDT -- Randy Rainbow is Never Far Behind
Wednesday August 19, 2020 7:17 AM CDT -- Radio That Once Was
Variety 1640 may or may not be any longer in Marlborough, Massachusetts. All that remains is a dead link at varietyam1640.com
Tuesday August 18, 2020 8:36 PM -- Small Radio Stations of America
Over several years we've maintained a panel of links to each part 15 (FCC
authorized low power) radio station that we happened to encounter,
amounting to about 88 stations. As the summer wears on we'll check them
one by one to see who is still around, beginning with AM 1700 in
Portland, Maine, where there's nobody home at am1700.info.
Monday August 17, 2020 6:49 PM CDT -- Where Is It Safe to Step
At 3 PM CDT KDX made the daily switch to Radio Sputnik for 'Loud and
Clear', a best journalism program from downtown Washington DC but got
some other programs for an hour-and-a half until audio went dead and we
jumped in the chair to get the ship turned toward RT America for a
newscast, but the newscast came in at ultra-low-level and not even
Stereo Tool was able to pump it up. "This is a streak of bad luck", I
knew. It seemed like a wrong time to climb a ladder so I didn't.
Working outdoors on a brush management project I called it quits as the
neighbors began a cookout and the dog spotted me as a security breach,
upon which I hear drops on the air conditioner signalling rain which
was not predicted. Everything on top of reading that the moon may be
drifting away from the earth. Why do they blame it on the moon? Perhaps
it's the earth that's drifting away.
Monday August 17, 2020 4:05 PM CDT -- Teletubbies Listen to KDX
Monday August 17, 2020 2:29 PM CDT -- Destined Failure
One essential service was promised by the two top low power radio
blogs, and that was long overdue review and criticism of the several
forum sites devoted to so-called "part 15", something we've done at
some risk as threats and disapprovals have been made known. For now The
Blare Blog continues the mission as the Artisan Radio Blog is parked on
Having participated in the forums for more than a decade I've noticed
an unwillingness for the participating members to work together on
group projects and the reason is very simple. Each operator envisions a
rock station playing his favorite music with steadfast faith of an
audience-in-waiting out there just beyond the edge of a legal signal
with hopes that some new antenna discovery will carry that signal a few
more thousand feet all the way to the Deltavillle Market. Such ideas as
forming a longwave radio network or an association of small
broadcasters went only so far as realizing that time would be shared to
include someone elses musical taste and that was always a deal killer.
The idea of throwing together to buy time on WBCQ to promote part 15
radio on 50 kW shortwave included the declaration by the initiator that
he alone would choose the music for the program with no input from
others as to whether there would even be music, and silence from all of
them over the fact that the promoter of the idea was a prominent radio
pirate with mention on Wikipedia of his illegal station. The radio bug
is to this class of hobbyist an egocentric show of personal musical
preference completely blind to the fact that each of them likes
approximately the same music but stubbornly want to be the one with the
"best" playlist. In an imitation of professional licensed radio they
talk in terms of "serving the community" but to them that means that
the community by coincidence is served by the music provided by their
proud playlist. These geriatric radio children would not want to be
informed that the public have their own cultural tastes and already
have access to every song that matters to them.
Therefore the task of attracting groups of these sole-operators to
cooperative social forums is an unliklihood because they don't have any
interest in other stations, only their own.
Sunday August 16, 2020 7:57 AM CDT -- Everything Reconsidered
Since Saturday the Artisan Radio Blog is sending this message: "The blog will be on sabbatical for
the forseeable future while we figure out what we really want to do with it.
I understand this completely
and, in the "gone unnoticed" history of this Blare Blog have twice
closed the Blog prior to this current incarnation and everyday consider
closing it again for a whole set of reasons.
The chief reason this Blog exists is a steady devotion to the practice
of operating a radio station which is much more than a frill because it
provides excellent programming I'm able to choose on my own behalf; the
local stations in this area being almost devoid of anything worth
hearing. Through the Blog there is a sense of being something of a
lighthouse amid a peer community of fellow broadcasters and a source of
deserved promotion for the manufacturers who risk providing the
specialized equipment required to place a signal on the dial; a risk
because of the embarassingly small growth in this niche market.
From day one back in 2007 my personal philosophy has been - if the
future of this hobby depends on me alone then it has no future - and in
some ways the low power radio hobby has declined to near terminal stage
mainly because its frontline advocates consisting of a handful of badly
moderated forums have given the pastime a wrong face. In large part
these blogs have been a righteous reaction against the subpar forums
and the other discouragement existant in the small and dwindling number
of active practitioners, leaving us talking to ourselves.
What ultimately happens with the Artisan Radio Blog is a matter of
philosophy and psychology. Those are the two engines that drive The
Blare Blog. Philosophy (policy) justifies the effort, psychology
(intent) moves it to action.
Sunday August 16, 2020 6:18 AM CDT -- Outdoor Cats Must Be Stopped
Saturday August 15, 2020 4:58 PM CDT -- Deep In the Covid Era
If people have extra time because of Covid isolation they don't show it
in ready social responsiveness. What I think I see is that everyone has
withdrawn into a last burst of ordering everything from Amazon before
it's too late. Even though I have a pretty good ear for listening
virtually no one has expressed to me their inner feelings about having
life snatched away from them. I'm not sure whether people are drowning
in despair or having an extended carnival vacation. Frankly I can't
imagine how anyone could get through this without having a personal
radio station with which to serve others from a safe location as we do
here at KDX. There's probably a second virus infesting them by way of
depending on what are called "leaders" having their own massive
breakdowns going into rigged election season each side striving to have
the best riggings. Speaking of dogs as we do from time to time pet
sales are way up as people detach from human succour and seek
companionship where there's no argument. Dogs and cats are up to the
task so long as food holds out.
Saturday August 15, 2020 4:53 PM CDT -- I Found You a Copy if You Want It
Amazon doesn't need me to pimp for them, but this book is a must have if you care about radio.
Saturday August 15, 2020 8:46 AM CDT -- What Is Radio?
The word 'radio' is a portmanteau of the words 'radiate audio'.
Radio is a souped-up public address system.
Saturday August 15, 2020 7:13 AM CDT
Friday August 14, 2020 8:44 AM CDT -- Passing It On
The Artisan Radio Blog is back online after equipment failure and posted this:
I have it on good authority that
Donald Trump may be ineligible to run for President of the U.S. because he was
born with the IQ of a rock. This brings into question whether he is
animal, vegetable or mineral, and therefore a true citizen.
Pass it on.
He might be a mixture as we
know he likes to make suggestive remarks about his daughter which is
animalistic, probably not much vegetable given his intake of McDonalds
beef burgers, so we're left wondering what kind of rock his IQ is made
Thursday August 13, 2020 7:29 PM CDT -- Above It All
Thursday August 13, 2020 3:47 PM CDT -- Back On the X-Band
It's been awhile since KDX generated anything on the AM band and this
has put the entire load on our C.Crane FM2 which does a remarkable job.
Now, today, while having more rain causing us to find indoor projects
we did the engineering to rejuvenate the AMT5000 Transmitter. It only
took about 5-minutes to get it done.
Thursday August 13, 2020 3:32 PM CDT -- Consiousness as an Experienced Illusion
Thursday August 13, 2020 10:21 AM CDT -- Programmers Arise
Been paging around in one of my copies of 'Sex and Broadcasting - A
Handbook for Starting a Radio Station for the Community' by Lorenzo W.
Milam. There'd be no point in paging around in the other copy because
they're both the same. Here on Page 69 are a collection of tips for
making your own programs in house, occasionally leaving the house in
THE MOST VITAL PROGRAMMING
You read in the newspaper that
a local realtor has been accused of discrimination: Call up the
realtor. Interview him on the air. Call up the person discriminated
against. Interview him or her on the air. Make your questions biting
and tough. Try to remain unbiased. Let them talk as long as it is
interesting. You have done a public service, community, in depth
discussion of an issue of some importance.
- Lorenzo W. Milam, 1975
Thursday August 13, 2020 9:04 AM CDT
If you go out and walk around during an electrical storm you could be struck by lightning.
If you open school during a global pandemic you might become infected.
- Carl Blare says
Thursday August 13, 2020 8:40 AM CDT -- Major FCC Violations Start As Day Dreams
As of now we're only at the early daydream stage fascinated with the
gray area between RF power levels. The lower boundary is detailed in
the Part 15 Rules which specify 100 mW as the maximum unlicensed power
allowed on the AM band. Anything above that level requires a license,
and the lowest legal power allowed by license is 250 Watts. Therefore
the power range from 100 mW to 250 Watts is all gray.
Thursday August 13, 2020 8:31 AM CDT
Anything we do with our time, however pointless, is a reflection of life overall.
- Carl Blare, earlier this morning
Thursday August 13, 2020 6:25 AM CDT -- The Most Abused Words
EVERYBODY says "gunna". You never see a word "gunna" in print. But
start listening to people speak. The PhD's say it. Bureaucrats say it.
Housewives say it. Radio announcers say it. I even say it after
deciding not to. "Gunna". I am gunna stop saying gunna. It's not so
easy to express in print because the pronunciation shifts a little bit
and you might read it as "GUN-nah". But if the spelling is changed to
"gewna" or "goona" or "gena" the subtle variations still may not be
just right. It's a verbal mistake that has to be said just the right
way. It's an unintentional contraction of "going to". I am going to get
this said. If I can't get the point across I don't know what I'm gunna
Wednesday August 12, 2020 11:47 AM CDT -- Storm Gods
This morning's storm announced itself by going dark and thundering
ever closer distance. Off went KDX at 10:15 AM CENTRAL left only with
local broadcasters and what little they provide. AM 550 was vacillating
between trivia questions (who was the drumist for the Eagles) and
sports startups (new soccer team), AM 1120 even more detail
on sports startup, NPR FM was doing extended coverage of school
opening despite nothing being known or decided. Everywhere else was music, Jesus, and right wing hate lies.
Well, I did find a LPFM classical which was playing a serene
Vaughan-Williams but as time went along a depressed announcer started
talking about the music in switching languages: English, German, Irish
and ancient, followed by a melancholy Elgar work. At this point I
started praying to the Storm Gods to please back off a little on the
weather so KDX had a chance to squeak. The prayer was answered.
Wednesday August 12, 2020 3:50 AM CDT -- A Loss of History
Everything that happened is speeding away while we greet the unfolding
of new days each of which pass through town on the way out of memory.
Histories are kept as a way of preserving whatever importance attaches
to passing experience but tend to fall into disrepair for want of a
permanent fulltime librarian. Newcomers think they're on the way to
making it as they replace hasbeens in departure. History museums are
too boring to visit more than once or twice and are mainly very large
buildings with shoe boxes full of photographs showing people standing
still long enough to have their picture taken. Great grand children
have no idea who their ancesters were and have no interest in knowing.
The vast universe is emptier by the minute.
Tuesday August 11, 2020 4:40 PM CDT -- Trump Interviewed on Axios
Tuesday August 11, 2020 12:46 NOON CDT -- When Weather Matters
Yesterday afternoon we were taken by surprise when the wind went wild
and blew everything in several directions all at the same time. The
ferocity was such that without hesitation KDX-OGG Radio SuperStream and
the kdxradio.com website were shut down for equipment safety. Shortly
thereon rain and lightning pelted the campus and storming raged for
several hours even though the front of the push moved east into another
state while we monitored local broadcasts to learn that some locations
suffered extensive damage with trees and wires down at wind speeds
estimated somewhere above 60 MPH, a condition referred to as
a land hurricane. The least prepared station was the local NPR
affiliate that reported storms "moving into the area" while two
commercial stations had already tracked the storm several counties to
the east. Hours later we were informed that the storm was extremely
widespread and ostensibly did even more damage in Iowa than in the
Sunday August 9, 2020 11:46 AM CDT -- All Matter May Not Matter
Sunday August 9, 2020 10:41 AM CDT -- What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
My brain feels alright... um, what were we talking about?
Sunday August 9, 2020 10:03 AM CDT -- All Words Matter
The illogical poorly thought emotion driven push to capitalize the B in
black causes one to rethink our entire "English" language upon which we
depend as a means of communicating with one another. Every attempt has
always been made by official academic committees to carefully define
the rules of grammar and word definitions so as to enable the precise
usage of words and phrasing to convey meanings, descriptions and
intentions and there are always informal pressures brought to bear by
movements, causes and creative re-definitions which inevitably morph
the understructure of verbal composition bringing unending change. Such
may be the current bending of the rules to capitalize "Black".
The language used in the United States was hoisted from Great Britain
during the big mutiny at the founding as the fore-fathers fore-went the
cumbersome notion of establishing a new language amidst the struggle to
detach from England while killing Indians at home. A failed chairman of
the ALPB was heard to say, "Every foreigner who expects to migrate to
the United States ought to be required to speak "American." He was less
than charming in response to being told that we have no "American"
language per se, in as much as we ignored the authentic choices such as
Navajo or Apache and have persisted in a raggy rip-off of British.
The dark-skinned people (so far the D in dark has not been upgraded)
kidnapped and forced here to heavy slave labor were denied the use of
their own languages and force-fed English along with Christianity but
entered into the secret hacking of a special version of English that's
come to be known as Ebonics (no relation to Ebola) as taught in Black studies classes.
Linguists might agree that
words are precious and all of them play their part in forming thoughts
and mental imagery in a way that can be spoken, written and passed
around as a social connection within our species. In this spirit I
hereby advance the feeling that all words matter and to best show it we
ought to capitalize the first letter of all of them.
Sunday August 9, 2020 7:47 AM CDT -- All Horses Matter
The creatively fertile mind considers all possibilities and
combinations however trite in the daily search for something clever.
This morning I thought I had a twist on a common expression that would
earn some points, I was going to say: "The horse I am beating is not
dead." Before thinking too much about it I figured it would top the
time-worn "you're beating a dead horse." But I went on to consider the
political consequences of either version and decided they're both
inappropriate in a culture that universally respects horses as the
regal animals they are. The mistreatment of any horse reflects badly on
the beater and we should do away with such expressions.
Saturday August 8, 2020 10:19 PM CDT -- Race Relations That Don't Relate
Having just read about an uprising at a big city public radio station
about alleged racist treatment of numerous black employees we set forth
on this reflective discussion from our own experience.
The fact that the station in question had 'numerous' black employees
should stand as an accomplishment but it doesn't seem to be going well.
Oh, the news item where I found this information used the new
capitalized 'Black', and I'm wondering if the dictionary committees
have formally made the change official or whether the journalist is
merely acquiescing to avoid having his report accused of bias. For the
duration of this story we'll capitalize.
Thinking back over stations of my employment there are two that passed
through racial turbulence... a classical music station was put on the
spot during license renewal period because of letters in the station's
public file complaining that employees and board members of the station
were entirely Caucasian, putting the station under obligation to hire
Blacks and to make the change as obvious as possible. A new
receptionist went on display in a very conspicuous central lobby
location, the desk intentionally moved out of a nearby corner, and a
new announcer was added to the staff carefully selected to be
noticeably Black on the air. The license renewal went through and both
of them disappeared.
A TV station where I'd long held the position of 'extra' booth
announcer was faced with the same renewal problem and I got a call from
the manager telling me I'd no longer be needed, which was
disappointing, and I soon learned the reason was a new Black fellow
who'd been given my job. For whatever reason the station came up short
and called me back to work giving me the situation of working alongside
the Black gentleman with whom I got along fine. License renewed, Black
out the door.
An impression I have with regard to the present public radio fracas is
that a cadre of Black employees want to override supervisory decisions
and out-manage management through kind of a coup or mutiny. If true,
that would be reverse racism. The Spartacus Effect.
Friday August 7, 2020 8:56 PM CDT -- OPUS Didn't Last Long for KDX
Two or three days after naming OPUS as the standard codec for KDX
streamcasting we reverted to OGG-Vorbis and there are at least three reasons:
1.) OPUS does not generate metadata as do all the other codecs;
2.) To meaningfully benefit from the purported better quality of
OPUS a station would need to play audiofiles of a higher sample rate
and bitrate than the day to day MP3 files provided by the majority of
3.) As an inbuilt limit the OPUS codec upsamples audio to a
minimum sample rate of 48 kHz while the more usual sample rate of 44.1
kHz is imposed by Stereo Tool the sound processor and by most audiofiles.
In the final analysis there is no actual benefit in using OPUS as the codec for KDX.
Friday August 7, 2020 5:32 PM CDT -- Codecs to Get You Bent
Boomer with MP3 in mind:
Good stuff about mp3, I've used it extensively for all kinds of
encoding, playback, posting shows on line, and never had any kind of
negative feedback to worry about. In my life it's been about as big of a
deal as the mattress police.
On the web I still use mp3 for streaming and archive of the better
quality version of shows, with the quick download, phone version as 32k
Opus, which sounds way better than 32k mp3 at any setting. Opus is still
messing with their sound, I don't think the newer versions sound as
Well, I don't have to worry about Opus much at all, except for my own
use, and for any CD, vinyl recordings and radio bits I use Flac, it's
lossless. It's more future proof than any compressed super format that
might come out, so you don't have to worry about your sound having been
bad all along, and there's no further loss when going from compressed
sources like mp3 or audio from videos. I can crop out sound bites from
videos, edit them and save as Flac, with all the metadata and album art
Most music found on line is mp3 though, so I have lots of that, and try to get 320k in that, for least loss hopefully.
Funny this should come up on your blog now, Radio Survivor has done a show on mp3 this week.
One of the few sites I always visit. - Boomer
Friday August 7, 2020 12:59 NOON CDT -- How to Pick a Dog
Why do I talk about dogs, not being a dog owner myself? For many
reasons. Closest to home there are relatives who keep several dogs
which are clearly part of the family. Most neighbors keep dogs and walk
them like a never ending pet parade. At least two of our correspondents
love their dogs so much that Bruce named his radio room DoggStudio2 and
Boomer actually underwent a species change and is a dog. That's not the
end of it.
Several years ago I had an internet attorney friend located in Alabama
who had dogs and wanted me to get one because, as she said, "Walking a
dog is a perfect way to meet women". At the time I had lost my wife and
was being coached on finding a new partner. In our back and forth I
gave the opinion that dog owners should be required to take a college
zoology course and provide a separate habitat for their pets. I was
sternly disagreed with.
Even earlier before marriage I looked everywhere for women with time to
share and one of them told me I'd be happy if I got dogs, she even
offered to accompany me to the pet store or animal rescue. Truth is, I
think she wanted dogs herself and in fact eventually got two big ones.
Skip ahead to our socially distanced days of quarantine and join me out
behind the Internet Building handling yard waste with dogs on the west
and south, either of which barks an alarm whenever they catch sight of
me. The dog of the west has an overly loud bark that would fit better
out in a wide-open space not too close to anyone, and the southern dog
has a perky little yip that's appropriate for an over-the-fence signal.
Brilliant idea I have! When dog shopping buy on the basis of bark! Fit
the bark to the situation. That won't mean much to the social climbers
who hope to be seen with a lavishly expensive designer dog, but if the
bark is right even that could be good. Take me along as a dog
consultant! Only $500 this week only.
Friday August 7, 2020 9:33 AM CDT -- Fresh Look and Refresh On MP3
from Artisan Radio
I think we're getting hung up on terminology in the MP3 discussion, but
there are important distinctions here.
MP3, OGG, etc. are encoding methodologies. Methods (i.e., the
mathematics) for encoding may or may not have been published, but it has
nothing to do with licensing status. In the case of MP3, the encoding
method was patented, despite being well known, and you had to pay
royalties to use that method.
Open source is something entirely different, and refers to the method to
develop software, any software. With this method, literally anyone can
contribute to development, the source code is published, and free to use.
So, given those two, rather loose, definitions, let's take a look at MP3
Regardless of the royalty status of the MP3 method, MP3 codecs can be
either open source as defined above, or proprietary (the source is not
There were open source implementations of MP3 long before the patents
for MP3 use expired. You just couldn't use them legally without paying
royalties. Of course, there were also proprietary implementations of
MP3; royalties just had to be paid to the patent holders.
Now that the patents have expired, open source implementations of the
MP3 codec can indeed be used without paying royalties. Proprietary
implementations as well should be cheaper, as royalties are not in effect.
I don't know if that helps sort things out, but I had to try. - Artisan Radio
The chimes of Blare: If memory is correct I suspect that during the
time when MP3 was under patent a great many users employed it openly
without bothering with royalty thus causing a sense that the codec was
openly available. Already having made use of it for KDX, I noticed that
when Radionomy took over Shoutcast they introduced a $5 fee for
streamers to license use of MP3. But so many were already using it I'm
not sure who paid and who didn't, then the patent expired and on we
Friday August 7, 2020 8:33 AM CDT -- Sound Purists
Being an avid sound purist can get in the way of being a broadcaster.
The best place to strive for ultimate sound quality is in a room with a
closed-circuit system that uses wires to connect all the components.
Here at KDX we have built an "ultimate system" for enjoying dazzling
classical orchestras impeded only by the quality of the originating CD.
None of it has anything to do with our radio station.
KDX Worldround Radio is very realistic about the several wireless
realms delivering our programs to listeners with their various systems
ranging from poor to decent. It's a lot like plumbing. There are narrow
pipes along the way and the programming needs to make its way to the
other end as much intact as possible. One signal needs to serve several
different pass-bands imposed by AM, FM, Wi-Fi, low bandwidths at some
destinations, slow computers at others, and besides, most of our
programming is not coming from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra; the
majority of it is plain speech which sounds perfectly intelligible
without overdoing the kilobits per second.
Our signal processing is a trade-off between low bit-rate so as to
accomodate the many slow connectors at the far end vs. the best sound
achievable within the cramped modulation space. The art of quality radio and stream quality is a form of modern day alchemy.
Friday August 7, 2020 6:57 AM CDT -- Is the Source Open or is the Domain Public
The MP3 discussion raises for my mind some basic questions about what
these various ownership categories mean in strict legal terms. What I
know with some confidence is that 'public domain' confers ownership of
a patent or copyright to the general public to use as they will. But
how does this compare to 'open source', which I think means that a
presently 'owned' work of any kind is made freely available for use
under certain reasonable terms and conditions while the owner retains
control of the property. But when a proprietary piece of intellectual
property such as the MP3 audio codec passes beyond patent expiration
where does it stand compared to either public domain or open source? Is
there a name for such a category? The Blare Blog is open to the public
during limited hours but is copyright (c) 2020 by worldround radio.com.
We do not charge royalties but there's nothing keeping anyone from
sending generous stipends to our money room. Slightly higher west of the Mississippi.
Friday August 7, 2020 5:16 AM CDT -- Rich Powers Comes Back On MP3 and New Report On Radio Shoes
a little puzzled over Artisans clarrification stating MP3 as royalty
free but not open-source. Perhaps I have the terminology wrong. All I
know is the article suggest mp3 is now open-source in the same regard as
FLAC, Ogg, Vorbis, and Opus are ("..the other free open source file
formats..".) -- Or rather, that is what I interprited it to say.
Excerpts from article:
...The expiration of Fraunhofer’s patents means that as of April, the MP3 is no longer tethered to the host of encoding licenses that
hindered its development since the first patent was filed in 1987. In
practical terms, that means that anyone making a piece of audio software
can now support encoding and compression for MP3 files without having
to pay a licensing fee.....
In actuality, there are already several other file formats, notably FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, and Opus,
that don’t come with the same licensing restrictions... the new “de
facto standard” could easily be one of these other free, open source
Here's some unrelated late breaking news: Nike (the shoe company) has
very recently released their own Part 15 device;
"NIKE ADAPT FCC"
"FCC Part 15 Digital Emissions Compliance
Nike, Inc., declare under our sole responsibility that this product
complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a
Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These
limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates and
radiates radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to
the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. The user may
find the following booklet prepared by the Federal Communications
Commission helpful: The Interference Handbook...."
what is the Nike ADAPT?.. Believe it or not, It's a shoe that ties and
unties itself via commands from a smartphone or watch. Hmm.. interesting
but I'll pass.. I'd feel very silly asking "a radio/TV technician for
help" to tie my shoes if it malfunctioned. - Rich
Thursday August 6, 2020 8:25 PM -- Renaming Countries
Thailand is now Thighland
according to Donald Trump
Thursday August 6, 2020 3:01 PM CDT -- Closer Look at MP3
Artisan Radio submits:
I have to correct Rich Powers' correction. MP3 is not open source per
say. It's just that the patents expired several years ago, so it can be
used royalty free. That being said, there are open source
implementations (and some that are not open source). - Artisan Radio
Thursday August 6, 2020 2:01 PM CDT -- Bad Movie Follow-Up
With full expectation of being discouraged by more bad movies, I last
night happened upon a fairly good movie titled "The Sonata"
(seen at Crackle.com). The picture offered a worthy excursion into the
psychic power of classical music coupled with the age-old human
tendency toward superstition and I'd wish to credit the playwrite
behind the story, but none is listed in the otherwise burgeoning cast
and crew... only a 'script supervisor'.
Cast and Crew
strength of classical music is that it conveys a wide bandwidth of
human emotions and psychologies certainly far more than any other
musical genre. The score for this picture was equal to the job but
otherwise does not stand on its own. As far as superstition is
concerned it has been over-utilized in movies and usually amounts to a
meaningless leap into ugliness but in this case takes on more the
inbred tendency for people to have ancient fears and terrors inherited
from religious lore and incessant repetition through literature,
folklore and motion pictures. What I still do not understand is the
point behind the final outcome that the entire plot conspires toward,
but the average viewer isn't likely to notice.
Thursday August 6, 2020 12:22 NOON CDT -- ONLY 3-YEARS LATE WITH BREAKING MP3 NEWS
Correspondent Richard Powers files this report:
Mp3 has been open source for a few years now. - Rich
Carl begins to spin excuses: Well, uh, a lot of others have not gotten
word either based on things I've been reading. I blame too much
out-dated stuff still posted on the internet that never gets updated.
Wednesday August 5, 2020 3:39 PM CDT -- Bad Movies Make Better Radio
As a human animal I, like you all, suffer from conflictions such as
wanting every evening to see a movie at the expense of paying attention
to my radio station. In fact I typically sign off the radio so my
programs don't go out without my hearing them.
But more often than not I slam the STOP button only 10-minutes into a
movie and declare that I do not care about this story, don't wonder how
it comes out, and wonder how so many lousy movies get made.
Without a decent movie the only remaining option is to switch back to
radio which never has a bad program because I personally choose what
gets aired on KDX.
It'll happen again tonight and you know what? This time I'll let you
know the name of the bad movie and say something about why I dislike
Wednesday August 5, 2020 3:38 PM CDT
Wednesday August 5, 2020 11:59 AM CDT -- I'll Do Ya One Better
It was Senator Joe McCarthy (R) of Wisconsin who back in the 50s
promoted the misnaming of the Democratic Party as the "Democrat" Party
with an emphasis on "rat". The practice carries on today with people
like Trump and Hannity.
Well how about this. Instead of 'right wing' why not Rat Wing.
Wednesday August 5, 2020 11:28 AM CDT -- Station Logs
Zara and other radio station automation systems are capable of saving
logs showing every peice of audio played mentioning the date and time,
possibly aiding the obligation to maintain documentation for copyright
and performance licensing purposes and for streamers the Digital
Millenium Copyright Act. The logging runs only if it's initially set up
by the administrator, and it's wise to periodically check to be sure
logging is actually taking place.
B.U.T.T. the Stream Encoding utility is also able to generate logs showing every audiofile streamed.
More logs are produced by the stream server Icecast, an access log
giving a continual report on connections made to the stream, and an
error log reporting incidents that don't function properly.
KDX Worldround Radio has just completed a reorganization of our log
keeping method and now collect all of these logs in a single folder
making them easier to locate.
Wednesday August 5, 2020 9:20 AM CDT
Tuesday August 4, 2020 6:45 PM CDT
People are finding out that Tump's lies aren't true.
- Buzz Burbank - RELM Network
Tuesday August 4, 2020 6:17 AM CDT -- On the Way Out
Monday August 3, 2020 11:50 AM CDT
Sunday August 2, 2020 9:30 AM CDT -- New Radio Network Signs On
Sunday August 2, 2020 9:08 AM CDT -- Here's the Plan
The low power radio station operating with 1/10th of a Watt under FCC
Part 15 of the Rules tends to fantasize about power increases so as to
reach more listeners with vital programming but there's no money
involved so the FCC would rather not be bothered. But I was just
thinking... the Traffic Information (T.I.S.) tad higher
power category employs close to 10-Watts so... just hear me out. O.K.,
the T.I.S. service is licensable by government entities, and I once
heard an intellect, maybe Eric Hoffer or R. Buckminster Fuller, say
that the family is the smallest governmental unit. Ask yourself this
one question: Are you a member of a family? If so you may qualify for a
T.I.S. license. Let me know how it turns out.
Saturday August 1, 2020 6:43 PM CDT -- So any way, this guy who knew me
during the recording studio days asked if I had pictures of the Carl
Blare self-built tape central control room and I do, so I went looking
for them in the rooms and floors of boxes comprising every transaction
and event ever to transpire during the years but those pictures for the
time being exist only in my mind. What I did find was some writings
from a time of failed romances and I see now what I was trying to say.
The idea was to use words to make the reader as sad and defeated as I
felt and several times I was pretty good at it and owe a lot to the
ladies for putting me in a state where my writing improved so much,
although I didn't recognize it at the time. Now I can look back and
realize how much child support I've saved which pays the way for KDX
Worldround Radio and without which this Blog would be coming from under
a bridge. It's funny how sticky old journals can be... I'll never clean
them up for publication, they'll only be scribbled scrap paper when the
whole mess goes on yard sale by the bitter relatives who mistakenly
think I'll leave a million dollars, so I should recycle the paper and
let Charles Bukowski reign as the uncontested beer fueled resident of the
bookshelf. I'm feeling generous.