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Saturday October 31, 2020 7:29 PM CDT -- COVID and Candy
The entire society is pre-conditioned to dress up like psychopaths and celebrate death and evil once a year. I myself wore a lab coat to a party with a name tag identifying me as 'Doctor Proctor' and I met women who were perfectly real underneath their costumes, but let's talk about something else.

The Blog is wrapping up another month, we'll wait until exactly 2:00 AM CDT and set the clocks back to 1:00 AM CST. What a useless nuisance. In the morning, to start November, we'll open a new Blog page and publish a message from Artisan Radio who looks forward to restarting his media activities. We'll also link some funny radio skits by Al Franken from his weekly podcast and share a few disturbing radio programs opening the question of COVID-19 as a deliberately staged event.

A new season of Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts begins tomorrow evening at 6 PM CST with performances of Fratres by Arvo Part, Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber and a chamber orchestra version of Mahler's Symphony No. 4.

Tuesday October 27, 2020 7:52 AM CDT -- Case Solved and Closed
The makers of the B.U.T.T. Audio Streaming Encoder have released Version 0.1.25 and fixed the problem with updating the "Currently Playing" generator.

Monday October 26, 2020 9:17 PM CDT -- Lucid Dreaming
Inside a lucid dream one is aware of dreaming, and last night it happened on my pillow cruise. Within a large office area, together with a group of co-workers and associates that came into existence exclusively for the dream as none of them were people I'd known in the undream world, I was all at once aware that it was a dream, a fact I shared with everyone thinking they might not know. None of them seemed in any way moved or impressed that I was calling it a dream, then I took a seat at a long table to relax and watch the dream unfold, curious about what might happen. It did not occur to me that dream specialists claim that one can dictate his own scenario while experiencing a lucid dream; I was being passive about it. The walls were pastels of blue and orange, sort of like a Telle Tubby place or Pee Wee's Playhouse. The scene faded without anything more to observe, and after eventually awakening I remembered the episode. Much later, as I sit here typing this account I am fully aware of being awake, and trust that blog readers understand that this is not part of their dream.

Monday October 26, 2020 11:37 AM CDT -- PUBLIC Notice
Earlier I posted about the Peacock TV drama THE PUBLIC written by and starring Emilio Estevez, a talent with whom I was unfamiliar because of previous detachment from the movie scene. It's likely our blog readers already know Mr. Estevez, but here's what I learned:
Emilio Estevez wiki

Monday October 26, 2020 10:25 PM CDT -- Which Losers Are Best?
Enlighten me if I get this wrong, but here's what I see happening: two losing political teams are selected in advance completely apart from public vote. Next, a large theatrical pretext is staged in a grand national effort to make the future dependent on our eventual 'choice' between both bads- "if you don't vote you have no one to blame but yourself". So, we reluctantly pick the one that seems slightly less ridiculous, then wars increase, jobs evaporate, healthcare prices us out of home, the cost of living sky rockets. All because we picked the wrong one. But we'll have another chance to set things right the next time we get to cast another vote. And for some reason we never learn and get swept into the whole cycle all over again.

Monday October 26, 2020 8:19 AM CDT -- Time Away from Radio for a TV Drama
Titled "THE PUBLIC" written by and starring Emilio Estevez with Alec Baldwin available free on
PUBLIC trailer

Monday October 26, 2020 7:11 AM CDT -- A Slap on the BUTT
KDX-OGG is a streaming radio station coming out of the same website ( as this Blog, and depends on a free software calling itself BUTT which stands for: Broadcast Using this Tool. Without it, without BUTT, a lot of us would probably not be able to stream freely without paying handsomely for proprietary-ware. Most of yesterday was spent chasing an apparant malfunction with the latest version of BUTT (0.1.24), a failure to update the 'Now Playing' metadata which informs listeners of the 'title' of the song or program being streamed. To be certain it isn't our own mis-setting at fault we'll reinstall version 0.1.23 and observe whether the metadata generator returns to expected performance. Stay stewed for furtherness.

Monday October 26, 2020 6:45 AM CDT -- Choice Pre-Exists
In the area of human reproduction choice pre-exists life. I bring 'choice' into the discussion because of the political label 'pro-choice', which means 'favoring choice' on the matter of a woman's right to decide whether she will 'loan' her body to the diktat of biology in allowing a baby to 'occupy' the privacy of her body putting the woman responsible for childcare in perpetuity. Things get complicated when considering the ramifications of choosing to allow a pregnancy to proceed full term. It isn't only biology that attempts to override a woman's choice on the matter, but dark age religious fanatics often garbed in political costumes who use demonic spells and curses to defeat women by choosing on their behalf by a magic trick called 'pro-life'. It gets ugly. This article from a midwestern newspaper provides a case in point:
Why Abortion is a Choice

Saturday October 24, 2020 6:05 AM CDT -- The Big Turn On
Few things in life rise to the level of excitement felt in turning on a radio transmitter. Even the lead up is filled with eager anticipation. First, awakening in the predawn darkness is immediately abuzz with a sensation of importance that it is you and not some other person out in the surrounding miles who will have the privilege. Next, the 40-mile drive out to the transmitter shack in the outskirts where you watch the red tower-blinkers growing ever closer as you drive and drive. Once inside the transmitter building there they stand: the bulky hulky transmitters larger than refrigerators, standing ready and jumping to life the moment you press the big red buttons. On the AM monitor speaker the crackle of some far off signal is immediately swallowed up in the firm dominance of the carrier wave you have just brought to life and the FM signal monitor with it's waterfall rushing noise is brought to perfect quiet when the freshly generated carrier signal is brought to immediate resonance from the antenna high up in the sky above at the top of the tower. As the second-hand on the large round round wall clock points the top of the hour programming begins for the day and it's time for a good well earned nap.

Saturday October 24, 2020 6:03 AM CDT -- The Definition of 'Excitement'
Excitement is a former citement.

Thursday October 22, 2020 4:53 PM CDT -- The Sales Department
Over the years of operation KDX Worldround Radio has not ventured into the business of selling radio equipment, but we have purchased our fair share of it. We're always curious about what is being offered by manufacturers or fellow hobbyists, and no one has been more active in buying and selling than our friend in Denver who most recently sold off his entire collection of gear announcing his departure based on "too much negativity in the hobby", and we can only hope that things get smoothed over with the Trumpian "chairman" behind Denver's nearly lifeless forum group. In fact maybe hurt feelings have been patched up because Denver is suddenly back in action rebuilding a radio station except that he sold his carrier current coupling unit and now urgently needs a replacement, offering a whole $100. "Oh," I thought. We have three carrier current coupling units and only need one of them, but $100 wouldn't do it for us. Way too much trouble and maybe someday we'd regret parting with the device. Although If we were to set a price I'm thinking something like $3,333.00, a number that I quote for anything, even cutting the grass or house sitting. Mind you that's not an offer, but if Denver agreed to pay fully in advance I might pack it up and send it out. What kind of eccentric thousandaire would I be if I did anything for $100?

Wednesday October 21, 2020 11:47 AM CDT -- Reknowned Satirist Places Work Into Public Domain
Tom Lehrer Catalog of Work

Wednesday October 21, 2020 6:04 AM CDT -- Animal Space
For several years I've been advocating for pet habitat, a proper environment for pet-keeping bolstered by an owner's required zoology degree to qualify them for responsible keeping of animals. The pet keepers I've told about my views have dismissed me as a radical extemist, as they would have dogs or cats even if they lived in a hall closet, which is a selfish misuse of pets as veritable prison cell-mates. I bring it up again now because the following article takes my side on the matter and carries it to an activist level:
Where You Keep Them

Tuesday October 20, 2020 12:12 NOON CDT -- The Voice Situation
Boomer comments:

I've also heard women talking in high registers lately. A few years ago at coffee I heard one at a neighboring table and thought it was a child speaking at first, but her topics turned out to be more adult.

When she left with her party, my perception was that she appeared to be a full grown woman, yet she had the resonance and lisp of someone much younger. Maybe she was a cartoon voice actor, and if not, she should be. Series that want to run for a long time need voices that don't age.

I don't know why we're hearing more voices like that, maybe it's for people to feel younger, or humans are evolving toward higher voices, and it seems I hear more men with higher voices as well. I'd have to think some of it is that people are lighter smokers these days.

{Carl politely waits his turn then says:} I've written about this before - about how so many women's voices are now heard on radio compared to my early days in the business when almost no women did what I guess was considered a man's job, probably because the deeper male voice tends to have a more pleasing effect on the radio's voice coil. Although at the time the BBC had many excellent presenters from the female set with sterling speech and resonance. Now, NPR for instance, sounds like a girls' cheese tasting party with schooled intelligence delivered in grade-school tones. I also agree that male voices have generally become higher pitched and I think I can tell you what's going on. It's all the preservatives in the processed food we all consume. Those preservative chemicals have locked larynxes into an underdeveloped state and probably some brain cells along with it.

Tuesday October 20, 2020 11:21 AM CDT -- The Story Behind the Church of the Sub-Genius
Back Behind the Church

Tuesday October 20, 2020 11:04 AM CDT -- Hidden Organ in Center of Brain
Newly Discovered

Tuesday October 20, 2020 7:28 AM CDT -- We Return You Now
Thr Firesign Theater made some mind-altering comedy records for the Columbia label
Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers

Monday October 19, 2020 2:30 PM CDT -- Music In Podcasts
Makes a Rubik's Cube Seem Easy

Monday October 19, 2020 6:51 AM CDT -- Modern Medusa
A well written article
Hash Tags of Harm

Saturday October 17, 2020 3:57 PM CDT
The individual is the most important minority. - Ayn Rand

Saturday October 17, 2020 10:59 AM CDT -- Radio Stations That Sign Off Every Once In Awhile
Our town had a public school station that signed off for lunch hour on school days, and off entirely on weekends and holidays. Many shortwave stations signed off from one frequency and signed on at another frequency as propagation conditions changed throughout the day. There was even a time when most local stations signed off after midnight. And still today many AM stations leave the air after dark to make way for sky wave activity from more dominant stations. So it is that KDX has become a station that signs off the air when its listener loses interest and turns his attention to other activities. As that listener I'm able to enjoy radio according to my mood which is apt to change at any time. In fact right now this paragraph is signing off.

Saturday October 17, 2020 8:59 AM CDT -- The Halloween Court
Not a Scientist
Jim Loscalzo - Pool Via Cnp
Warts on a witch are caused by eating toad treats.

An adult woman of 48 speaking with the voice of a tiny girl-child is a telling trick.
- Voice scraping on the blackboard -

Saturday October 17, 2020 8:56 AM CDT -- The Story of Trumpty Dumpty
By John Lithgow

Wednesday Ocrober 14, 2020 6:19 AM CDT -- Unexplained Phenomena
What we did was use a stock video camera to shoot a tranquil outdoor scene for viewing on a standard video monitor. Upon verifying the picture as appearing normal, we next flipped the camera upside down and observed that the scene on the video monitor was now upside down and the only two ways to see it in normal alignment was either to stand on our heads or turn the entire monitor upside down.

For comparison we recorded the accompanying sound with a microphone and determined that the resulting audio matched that heard while recording. On step two we turned the microphone upside down and listened to the resulting playback to realize that the audio sounded much as before, the sound was not turned upside down. We tried flipping the loudspeakers upside down and we even turned the amplifier upside down but the audio seemed never to change and was always analogous to the original sound.

As of this time we have no explanation for this difference between a visual scene and audioscape, and plan further tests with a philosopher and even a priest in attendance. 

Wednesday October 14, 2020 5:45 AM CDT -- Two Things: In and Out of Dream

Another radio dream, on the condition that I've shared any previous radio dreams. In this one I was filling in for regular staff at a public radio station and started the scheduled morning program according to a large round wall clock in one of the studios. The program was contained on 4-Inch film and coming from a large transparent box about the size of an ammo case. Walking into another studio I noticed the wall clock was a half-hour different and a third room a whole hour different, and just then I encountered the manager who was stopping to ask how my shift was doing. I told him the morning program might be an hour or half-hour early, depending on which clock you went by. He seemed irked that I was unfamiliar with the station's time scheme with all their clocks, but he didn't explain it. In my mind I recalled newsrooms where a single wall contained clocks set to different time zones and surmised that perhaps this station had whole studios set to different time zones, but was now more concerned with whether I'd be asked back tomorrow. Anyway there was a tray of mushrooms which could be added later.

The other thing at the moment, outside of dreaming, is a new discovery about human psychology. You see, I've been annoyed through the years that job performance was so dependent on being on time for work in the morning, something which was never within easy reach for me. That's why I drafted a special agreement with KDX allowing me to show up on the morning at my convenience, or perhaps not show up at all. What I've come to notice is that with this lax requirement I tend always to be on time!

Tuesday October 13, 2020 4:42 PM CDT -- If They Knew
Me First
6,000,000 Human Sperm Rushing to the Finish Line

Saturday October 10, 2020 3:03 PM CDT -- Search and Research
Experimenter Trying Different Things, Tha Dood:

  One thing that keeps folks away from doing AM Carrier-Current Broadcasting in the USA these days, besides the lack of knowledge and info out there, is that coupling to the AC power lines tends to make folks cringe. Well, for decades, we've had a Low Frequency Carrier-Current device in use, FM Wireless Intercoms. I've attached the guts to a mid-70's, audio tapped, Radio Shack 32-212 that operates around 175kHz FM. Output is about 10mW, but at that low of a FREQ, that 10mW may be heard up to a block down the road, following the power lines. So, why hasn't anyone figured a way of doing this on the AM broadcast band in AM? Well, as Boomer of AM690 found out, someone has! Attached is a 2 page article from 1959 of a tube transmitter as a bay monitor. Audio-tap that, and there ya go, an AM Carrier-Current, Part #15, Broadcast Transmitter. Below, is what I've written to Boomer about the Intercom PIC's.
            Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd, a little late to FWR this, but since it's Columbus Day Weekend, I'm running catch-up podcasts and special show for the 3 days. On my latest posting here,  
              Thanks and enjoy!!!!!! - Tha Dood

From: Tha Dood
Sent: Saturday, October 10, 2020 3:30 PM
To: Boomer The Dog <>
Subject: 1970's wireless Intercom guts and AC Coupling look! Tha Dood
          Raining today, so swapped from outside activities, since it's raining, to indoor, before work. So, here's the inside guts of that Radio Shack 43-212 mid-70's wireless FM intercom.  Huh... Turns out that the plug isn't polarizes, and a look inside shows the OSC and combo inductance slug and double ,1uF 250VAC CAP's. You can see my audio tap into this as well. Since that single speaker / mic takes in signal at microphone levels, I believe that POT / resistor network added it like well over 1M-Ohms. Unplug that, and it's a plain wireless intercom again. Plug that back in, hit the TALK / LOCK, and it's a 1750M NBFM C-C broadcasting Transmitter. Neat, huh??? Anyway, could be a model for a Plug & Play AM C-C Part #15 Broadcast Transmitter. Just beef up the PS, MOD to AM, and up the FREQ to MW.
- Tha Dood
Wireless Baby Sitter

Saturday October 10, 2020 11:51 AM CDT -- Uncanny
Last evening I signed off KDX, found a free movie to plan on watching, turned on the FM radio to catch up on NPR while preparing dinner, and as if a massive stage production were being executed in real time the lady announcer reported the death of a professor once a member of the station's staff, a person I'd worked with and even double dated with some time ago. It was striking how exactly timed the announcement was, right as I clicked the radio on. The professor and two other of the recent deaths I've blogged about died of cancer while other recently mentioned dearly departed died from unnamed causes. As of this moment I am not aware of any confirmed deaths from COVID-19, but that detail is secondary compared to the flurry of mortalities all at once becoming known. If I was superstitious these coincidences would reinforce that supstition, but I am merely stitious... there's nothing super about it.

Saturday October 10, 2020 9:08 AM CDT -- Maybe There's a Way of Using This for Radio Stations

Friday October 9, 2020 5:04 PM CDT -- Boomer's Inductive Method

Hi Figurehead,

I agree, more Part-15 groups should be talking about carrier current, but things seem slow on the groups, and I suppose it's the virus causing people to have other priorities. I try to keep things going by answering tech topics when I can.

Since this inductive idea for carrier current seems new in the Part-15 industry, I put together an info graphic to try to make it as clear as possible how I applied it. It's a working model that I've tweaked over several years.
Boomer Inductive Method
I wish KROCKSONLINE was still around to know what he thought, as a long time worker in the field. - Boomer

Friday October 9, 2020 4:25 PM CDT -- Radio Stories
First, a message from Carl about a new story series starting now for our many radio readers. People like stories especially when they're about favorite topics. To give you more value for the visit we'll have the occasional radio story.

Today's radio story takes place in an ordinary A-frame house on a typical street in Fondulac, Wisconsin. A UPS truck pulls up and the brown-clad driver dropped a package  on the porch. Inside Poland Dezartney looks out the window and thinks, "That's my radio." In fact Poland had sent away for a new radio following a recent power failure when his old radio was found to be ruined by leaky batteries. Unpacking the AM-FM portable, Poland inserted new batteries and started tuning around first on FM where he realized nothing had changed - all the stations were religious or forms of rock music, except for NPR which was doing a history of the baseball "base", the stuffed bag that constitutes the corners of the so-called "baseball-diamond". Flipping to the AM band Poland heard what must have been untrained voices yelling into the microphones saying negative things about "liberals", "Dems", "lefties" and "socialists", more religion and an overwhelming amount of sports delving into minuscule scores and averages from years past and expectations about upcoming games. Poland Dezartney removed the batteries, repacked the radio, and stored it in the hall closet. "At least," he thought, "the next time the power goes off the batteries won't wreck the radio".

Friday October 9, 2020 CDT 4:18 PM CDT -- Radio Monitoring Station Report
1360 Seen on a Screen
Brooce tests his SDR (Software Defined Receiver) on a newly acquired Windows 10 computer.

Friday October 9, 2020 2:10 PM CDT -- Going Up
Tall Tower in Kansas City Area

Friday October 9, 2020 10:46 AM CDT -- Moderator Rainbow
If Donald Got Fired

Friday October 9, 2020 10:38 AM CDT -- The Blare Blog is Brought to You Today by

Friday October 9, 2020 9:01 AM CDT -- Radio ByPass
No longer necessary to rig up complicated and dangerous broadcast gear. The newest in Personal Radio comes from having The Talking DJ come to your front porch where he will talk about world affairs, bring in top name guests on his cordless speaker-phone, and take requests for the best music. You sit indoor with a screened window open for clear reception. Door to Door Radio!

Friday October 9, 2020 7:56 AM CDT -- Current Carriage Continues
Boomer wonders:  Oh, also, I thought you got all over town with carrier current, just that you had an unstable system, and when it rained your signal would change.

Here's my story. When I first installed a LPB 20-20 Transmitter and TCU-30 Coupler per standard instructions into the 220VAC circuit the SWR tuning would not match and the standing wave was too high to operate safely. So I plunged an 8-foot copper grounding rod into the earth and made the neutral injection connections which tuned up very well. Using the automobile radio as a way of tracing the signal, it followed the powerlines for about 1,000-feet before fading to noise and almost perfectly matched the range we had with an AMT5000 Transmitter and 10-foot antenna. Of course you are correct that along this path the indoor reception by persons connected to the power line would be much better than wireless reception passing through walls. There are tales of other hobbyists "getting all over town" with carrier current, but not here. When the ground was moist the signal level on a spectrum analyzer went up.

To the matter of "plugging into a wall socket" as a way of injecting a radio signal into the line, you will reach only one phase of the 2-phase system, cutting the chances of reception by nearby residents to 50%.

Friday October 9, 2020 7:27 AM CDT -- Carry the Current Further
Boomer logs in:

Hi Carl of the United Brotherhood of Electrical Workers,

I think you should update to Carl's Digital HD Blog, you might get extra reader. Digital, it's got to be good, HD, even better!

Tha Dood has been fielding questions over on another group, the High Frequency Underground, which has a Part-15 section. They've been discussing radio for parking lots, and it was concluded that one reason so many like FM is it's easier for the layman, like putting in a wi-fi router that many people would be familiar with, where AM takes more work, tuning a transmitter, and having an antenna on pole outside for best results.

Tha Dood mentioned carrier current as another method, but that still takes work and installation at an electrical panel. Someone asked, if it's carrier current, can it be plugged into the wall? Dood thought of how some wireless intercoms talk between units, carrier current on a long wave frequency, like 175 khz, so we started to throw around some schematics we had, and thinking that could be the method that the layman would use, just the power cord to the wall and no antenna, and moving the frequency up into the AM broadcast band where radios can hear it. We're looking into how the circuits connect to the line.

It's not only intercoms, there are wireless baby sitters, cordless phones, and systems that make any outlet in a home a LAN connection to share internet feed and files, and all use some form of carrier current.

I came up with a method that doesn't connect directly to any wire conducting AC, but rather uses an inductive connection, like a transformer. A split ferrite toroid is clamped around the AC line that comes into the breaker box, then a lasso loop of wire is put through the toroid also, and the two ends are connected to the transmitter output. It's like primary and secondary of an RF transformer.

It's better a better and safer way to connect, and shouldn't violate electrical codes. I use the method and like it, getting a good load on the transmitter and a good signal, and low hum because the signal is fed to both AC phases and neutral line, so currents are in balance, and the transformer itself breaks any ground loops. It sounds like any other station on the air.

I'm glad that you looked into rock music to get more listeners on KDX and found that there are so many genres of rock out there. - Boomer

Boomer logs out. Now Carl replies. Well now your method of inducing radio to powerline sounds novel and even safe, so everybody try it!
HF Underground

Thursday October 8, 2020 12:13 NOON CDT -- Carrier Current is Dangerous
Tha Dood brought 'carrier current' into the conversation and many others have wondered why the transmission method isn't better represented by the equipment makers. Broadcasting by carrier current works by injecting radio signals into AC power lines where they are carried into whole neighborhoods. The trouble with it is that it is very dangerous because it requires making connections inside the electric panel down in the cellar with great risk of fatality. Here at KDX we have dared to experiment with carrier current and for us the results were no better than the more conventional way of transmitting by antenna. Our advantage is we've had some electrical training and realize the common hobbyist is unschooled in the area of electricity. To anyone venturing into carrier current experimentation we advise hiring a licensed radio engineer and a certified electrician to make the connections involving the circuit-breaker cabinet. Also obtain a million-dollar life insurance policy naming KDX as beneficiary.

Thursday October 8, 2020 12:10 NOON CDT -- KDX Sideshow Theatre
Kathryn Grody & Mandy Patinkin Make a Campaign Ad

Thursday October 8, 2020 12:02 NOON CDT -- KDX Sideshow Theatre
Trump Gives Covid to the White House Movie

Thursday October 8, 2020 10:52 AM CDT -- Master Debation
Had it not been for the fly there'd be little to say about last night's so-called 'debate' between Squinty red-eyed Mike and Kamala Harris. In large part Pence kept repeating the same handful of lies and Ms. Harris used her time to set them straight and set them straight and set them straight. Like some kind of automaton Pence often went in runaway mode and kept reciting extended elaborations while moderator Susan Page attempted moderation. But the fly sparked things up while it vacationed on Pence's brillo-hair like it was on a moon beach walking in circles and laying maggot eggs for Friday's head lice carried to full term. By great contrast Kamala exhibited a genuine human personality against the lack luster absence of personality marking Pence's fundamentalist Reaganesque Christianity.When it comes to bullshit flys know where to land.

Tursday October 8, 2020 8:17 AM CDT -- We'll Be Right Back After This Message from Tha Dood

  Huh... Try doing an on-line search for AM Carrier-Current Broadcasting? You might get ebay LPB and Radio Systems listings for sale. But, as far as actually really info, not much. So, looks like Boomer, of AM C-C AM690 Stereo, his ALPO page has got it!
            Some newer DX'ing and RF enthusiasts are getting confused on the concept of AM Carrier-Current as the other permissible option on The HFU, so time to education the next generation on the subject. That mean that I'd better put up a better PIC on my page of AM610,
Yeah... I really need a better, up to date, PIC there.
                                                                                                                                     Tha Dood 

Wednesday October 7, 2020 11:57 AM CDT -- Dressing Badly for Formal Education
The expression 'formal education' has been used to describe certified institutions of higher learning while the converse, an informal education, refers to a grass roots, do-it-yourself, ad hoc, self styled street education. In the main, formal schooling is required for serious acceptance by the job market and informal ed is sometimes transferable to a self-started small business venture. Microsoft's Bill Gates never finished college and so has something of both kinds, and heralded author Eric Hoffer taught himself mainly at public libraries. Not all university graduates end up smart and not all of the lower educated are raving dunces. Here at Home School College we have melded the two methods and celebrate authentic education in all its packages. The two enemies of the intelligent life are lazy minds who resist all scholarship with defiance and adherents of artificial knowledge who preach falsehoods.  Be curious and keep learning.

Wednesday October 7, 2020 11:52 AM CDT -- At the Sound Barrior
Boomer's Message to the Digital Blog:

Thanks for the article on AM HD radio. My problem with it is that the performance really can't be judged, because there's not much real-world information out there. There are some WWFD Frederick MD reception test videos, some decent, others not too flattering, with a sound not unlike listening to a shortwave radio.

How does it actually work, not in just great reception conditions, but in RF noisy homes, and in the city with multipath and power lines, and when skip interference from other broadcasters comes in at night?

Claims are being made that all digital AM will eliminate such interference and noise, but so far I don't see real proof of the benefits, it's just claims, like a lot of new tech releases have, so I'm skeptical.

Just as important is how does it sound? I haven't heard a decent line-in recording yet. Some have compared it to a low bit rate web stream, but codecs do improve and digital AM has just started, relatively speaking.

Hopefully things get better with you, and you have fewer bad dreams and realities. - Boomer

Wednesday October 7, 2020 11:43 AM CDT -- President Should Be Locked in Mental Ward
Psychiatrists Say

Wednesday October 7, 2020 8:35 AM CDT -- Disturbances
The signs and symbols that mark the way have not been promising. Yesterday I saw a nearby neighbor wearing a bright red MAGA hat. Only a short time later I happened upon notice that a radio manager I'd worked under was dead. Evening came and I decided to try phoning an 82-year old friend who has not returned emails for several months to learn that his phone is disconnected. So I escaped in sleep where my green VW bus broke down in downtown rush hour traffic and I had to push it all the way home where the phone was off the hook reminding me that a caller wanted to reach my wife who I'd gone looking for.

Wednesday October 7, 2020 8:30 AM CDT -- FCC Votes This Month
On Allowing Voluntary All Digital AM

Tuesday October 6, 2020 2:15 PM CDT --
We say that bygone events amount to 'water under the bridge'
But has anyone thought of getting up on the bridge
and laughing at all that water underneath?
- Carl Blare 2020

Monday October 5, 2020 9:55 AM CDT -- Radio Start Up
When Modulation Met Carrier Wave

Monday October 5, 2020 8:37 AM CDT -- Zoning Out

Working from home has proven to be a safe method to keep businesses in business during the pandemic of 2020, but for decades many municipalities have used zoning ordinances to determine where people are allowed to work and where they're not. Zoning laws have not been officially suspended during Covid-19 and money hungry city halls might start filling their court dockets with zone scofflaws who run illicit home offices.

Way back in the 1970s I myself came under official investigation for suspicion of running a business from home. It so happens that I'd moved into a so-called "private neighborhood" where my recording business of almost 20-years was set up in the basement where I ran a one-man voice-over tape service named Terrestrial Recording Inc. One day a blank tape delivery from 3M Company was intercepted by a "neighborly" neighbor while I was away working at a radio station, and the neighbor saw the name "Terrestrial", looked it up in the dictionary which gave the definition "of earth" and surmised that I was producing pornography based on the additional circumstantial facts that "many women" came and went from my house and my "window shades were pulled down". As patriotic flag flying Americans right with their God the neighbors contacted city hall to report a possible porno ring. On a Sunday, no less, I was visited by a detective and asked about my in-house activities. I perhaps naively provided a tour of my little batch of tape recorders plus microphone and showed a copy of a script currently under production on behalf of a mainstream denomination. The detective had a copy of my application for occupancy and pointed out the question: "Will you be doing anything besides living in the house?", to which I'd checked "No". To the town's way of reading it "Anything other than living" meant "Running a business", but to my mind it meant "Anything other than living in the house would be not living in the house". Anyway, I went on "living in the house" and recording scripts and the neighbors continued spying.

Of course there are some benefits from zoning rules in perhaps preventing an oil refinery or truck depot from being located directly next door and the best solution I know is birth control.

Sumday October 4, 2020 12:54 NOON CDT -- What Might This Be?
Missouri Mystery
Is it a cooling fan in a California forest? Another antenna by Brooce?
No.  It is a man-sized spider web in a Missouri forest.
- Picture by the Missouri Department of Conservation

Sunday October 4, 2020 8:23 AM CDT -- Radio Guy on Low Power Radio - The Blog for the Recreational Broadcaster
One of the most fully stocked low power blogsites on earth is authored by "Radio Guy" and this morning we chanced to notice that Mr. Guy noticed us for mentioning him somewhere in the uncollated past.
The Link

Sunday October 4, 2020 8:03 AM CDT -- Radio Formats Defined

Radio Lineup
Saturday October 3, 2020 2:39 PM CDT -- Worthy of National Geographic
The Bruce Antenna Project
National Geographic Antenna
He says it doesn't work, but it looks like it does

Saturday October 3, 2020 2:21 PM CDT -- While We're On the Subject
KDX is a news-talk station bringing newscasts mostly from independent news sources but sometimes also from corporate 'main stream' news services, listening always for the comparisons to be found. The upcoming link provides succinct illustrations about differences in content between independent 'alternate' news and main stream 'corporate' news. It is noteworthy that the corporate agencies invest some effort into trying to debunk their alternate counterparts.
About Journalism

Saturday October 3, 2020 10:13 AM CDT -- It Seems Buster Boatrocker May Be On to Something
Trump May Be Lying About Having Covid
Trump May Be Lying About Having Covid
We've posted accounts of the Michael Moore statements from two different news sites because one of the sites altered the story as you'll see by a careful reading.
People in general fail to realize the ways in which some news media omit or change details of news items to serve political agendas.
It would be our guess that the Info Wars reporter Paul Joseph Watson injected his own conjecture along with grammar errors.
HOWEVER, this 3rd link has a fuller account of what Michael Moore said, and in it both of the precededing links are affirmed!
Trump May Be Lying About Having Covid
This is what they call fact checking.

Saturday October 3, 2020 8:25 AM CDT -- Buster Boatrocker Has Been Waiting Since 5 AM to Say Something
My barber, Buster Boatrocker from South St. Louis, Missouri, appears on The Blare Blog in exchange for free haircuts for me, Carl Blare. Today he is here unexpectedly and wants to make a comment. He refuses to wear a mask so I, Carl Blare, am blogging from a remote location. Here's Buster:

At first we were floored.
We thought our Great President might have a serious health crisis. But then it hit me. It's another of his many lies.
Trump is a genius liar who achieves magnificent things by treating truth as a weakness.
In my opinion he does not have the Covid disease. He is play acting for some great end that only he knows.
Trump is more than a man of reality. He is a man of reality TV!

Buster Boatrocker. Now I've got hair waiting for me.

Friday October 2, 2020 6:38 PM CDT -- Introducing the Excellent Web Project of Rich Powers
Part 15 Lab

Thursday October 1, 2020
4:41 PM CDT -- Health Guess with Doctor Proctor
Hello. I am Doctor Proctor Cavalier, Health Coach for KDX Radio. Along with everyone else I go over all the recomendations made by the experts about best practices for personal safety during Covid19. I agree, for example, about the masks. Less talked about but several times mentioned is the advisability of covering the eyes with glasses or goggles. And, thinking about it further, I have come to the belief that the ears might be an avenue for infection if the virus gets in there. That is why I recommend everyone wear ear muffs and never let anyone whisper in your ear. This is Doctor Proctor with your Health Guess - As If You Mattered. 

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