Tuesday October 20, 2020 12:12 NOON CDT -- The Voice Situation
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.
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
Tuesday October 20, 2020 11:04 AM CDT -- Hidden Organ in Center of Brain
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
Monday October 19, 2020 2:30 PM CDT -- Music In Podcasts
Monday October 19, 2020 6:51 AM CDT -- Modern Medusa
A well written article
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
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
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.
Saturday October 17, 2020 8:56 AM CDT -- The Story of Trumpty Dumpty
Wednesday Ocrober 14, 2020 6:19 AM CDT -- Unexplained Phenomena
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.
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
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
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
60,000,000 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
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, https://vk.com/realfreeradio
Thanks and enjoy!!!!!! -
From: Tha Dood
Sent: Saturday, October 10, 2020 3:30 PM
To: Boomer The Dog <email@example.com>
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
Saturday October 10, 2020 11:51 AM CDT -- Uncanny
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
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
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
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
Brooce tests his SDR (Software Defined Receiver) on a newly acquired Windows 10 computer.
Friday October 9, 2020 2:10 PM CDT -- Going Up
Friday October 9, 2020 10:46 AM CDT -- Moderator Rainbow
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
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
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
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
Thursday October 8, 2020 12:13 NOON CDT -- Carrier Current is Dangerous
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
Thursday October 8, 2020 12:02 NOON CDT -- KDX Sideshow Theatre
Thursday October 8, 2020 10:52 AM CDT -- Master Debation
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! http://boomerthedog.net/radio.html
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 VK.com page of AM610, https://vk.com/realfreeradio
Yeah... I really need a better, up to date, PIC there.
Wednesday October 7, 2020 11:57 AM CDT -- Dressing Badly for Formal Education
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
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
Wednesday October 7, 2020 8:35 AM CDT -- Disturbances
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
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
Monday October 5, 2020 8:37 AM CDT -- Zoning Out
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
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?
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
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.
Sunday October 4, 2020 8:03 AM CDT -- Radio Formats Defined