Monday November 30, 2020 11:10 AM CST -- FCC Chairman
Takes the Door
Monday November 30, 2020 10:02 AM CST -- Unsocial Distance
listener C. Randy Limphand thinks mask wearing is a ball, but admits
disappointment that 'mandate' doesn't mean what he thought it did.
Monday November 30, 2020 9:34 AM CST -- Universal Radio
leading source of new radios is up for question. The question is... are
they going out of business? The reason I would say such a thing is
because I think I heard or read mention of it within the past few days.
Maybe I was listening to Glenn Hauser's 'World of Radio' while half
asleep. We are now busy trying to pin down the fact of the matter.
Meanwhile, we see nothing on the official website about imminent
closure. If you see anything say anything.
Sunday November 29, 2020 8:28 AM CST -- Train Sounds on KDX
morning we came across an amazingly large selection of free audio sound
effects from numerous sources on the web. To avoid becoming overwhelmed
we narrowed in on "horn sounds" from audiosoundclips.com, and even
narrower by grabbing train horns in particular which are to be peppered
into our program schedule. This website offers their sounds under a
creative commons license and asks only for acknowledgment by way of
mentions and links disclosing the origin of the sounds.
Saturday November 28, 2020 6:32 PM CST -- America's Frontline Doctors
Saturday November 28, 2020 5:54 PM CST -- Interference Fix
Richard Powers brings a needed clarification to the interference
the Commission's rules, harmful interference is defined as
follows: ... Interference which
endangers the functioning of a radionavigation service or of other
safety services or seriously degrades, obstructs, or repeatedly
interrupts a radiocommunication service operating in accordance with
[the ITU] Radio Regulations.Jun
So how does broadcasting in the AM
band on an unassigned frequency with a quality transmitter that doesn't
create splatter or other interference issues equate with the definition
of interference?... It doesn't.
But I suppose if your Transmissions
create competition with a license broadcaster, then that competition
could be considered interference... Although not in the technical terms
of interference as defined by the FCC.
Thank you Rich Powers for contributing precision to the discussion.
Saturday November 28, 2020 12:18 NOON CST -- The Great Reset
you don't already know the expression "The Great Reset" then it's only
a matter of time until you hear about it, in fact this may be that
moment. The Great Reset is what the Pandemic is all about. Supposedly.
You know, the same way 9-11 was part of 'The New World Order',
President Senior Bush's and VP Dick Cheney's plan to take over the
world modeled on the spoilings won from Nazi Germany's earlier 'New
World Order' which got off to a start that still inspires deranged but
insufficiently educated wannabe dictators like Donald Trump who still
dreams of one big military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue with tanks
and submarines. The Pandemic has been set loose to wipe out small-time
entrepreneurs and drive the masses out of homes and apartments so that
mega corporations can grab it all. Unless 'The Great Reset' is only a
conspiracy theory based on the CIA's definition of the term, intended
to debunk and discredit pubic suspicion of authority. As far as low
power radio is concerned the most we can do is make our listeners aware
of all these movements and schemes just in case something turns out to
Saturday November 28, 2020 10:25 AM CST -- Radio Shack Back Under New
Saturday November 28, 2020 9:58 AM CST -- Quality AM Antenna
Saturday November 28, 2020 8:48 AM CST -- Examples of Interference in
personal pursuit of happiness was interfered with each time moderator
Neil Neck-Kneeler deleted my posts at part15.org and again by Bob
Fwordly, fake and phony self-declared chairman of a micro-radio clique,
when he illegally removed me from the faux organization in
violation of the same rules democratically agreed to by the small
upon which he interfered with everybody by erasing the
rules-of-belonging and had the locks changed. No FCC rules were
violated, showing that 'interference' is a universal event, much like
weather. In fact stormy weather can interfere with radio but is not
viewed as a rule violation but may be an "act of god" when insurance
underwriters side-step coverage in certain claims.
Saturday November 28, 2020 8:44 AM CST -- More Than One Kind of
In FCC Rules 15.2 we note reference to two types of interference not
related to part 15 devices unless they are.
Saturday November 28, 2020 7:52 AM CST -- What is Meant by
been thinking about Richard Power's fascinating submission from
yesterday about the big F.C.C. waiver from 1976. The bottom line
reached in the
language is that after everything else has been considered, interference is the
main thing at stake; above everything else, the F.C.C. wants to prevent
As station operators most of us leap to the conclusion that
interference would consist of electro-magnetic blocking, jamming,
scrambling, distorting, or otherwise preventing normal reception of
licensed radio signals caused by our transmitter. We likely
that if we clean things up so as to protect other broadcasting services
from electrical disturbance we will have done our job and proven
ourselves to be good citizens. But there might be someone out there who
considers the very existence of your part 15 signal is interfering by
the simple fact of existing! "That should be an empty channel" they
might exclaim. "If I can hear an unlicensed station then it is
interfering with my ears!" They are the neighbor across the street
complaining about your lawn. They are the station up the dial that
wants to chop down your weed of a radio station. The Part
contain a 'Definitions' section (15.3) but no definition of
'interference' is given. Perhaps it can be found elsewhere in the
rules, but most of us are depending on our own
simplistic under-informed idea of what interference is.
Friday November 27, 2020 1:30 PM CST -- How Does Sound Travel Through
Friday November 27, 2020 11:40 AM CST -- A Modern Website of Radio
Friday November 27, 2020 10:47 AM CST -- Spare Call Letter List
Friday November 27, 2020 8:32 AM CST -- A Post with Meat on the Bone
Boomer responsively speaking
felt the same way for some new members, forums claim to be friendly,
and it can look that way while the regulars are talking. Someone will
join and have new ideas, because they don't know about the limitations
and get jumped on. Lines will be drawn. Diagrams will be drawn.
One good thing to do is
arm yourself. Read guides about forum personality types, and know what
your own might be. It might sound like boring Psych 101 stuff, but many
guides are humorous and fun to read, especially if you've spent any
time on forums before. The personality of the Administrator and
moderators is another factor.
I've also looked for
unused station call letters, only to find that all of my ideas were
taken. For a while I was using slogans for branding, like Energy 66. I
was using WOLF as a slogan and call letters for a good while in the
early 1990s, which was nice, since it could be both WOLF and 'The
Wolf', and I had a series of stations with that theme.
In junior high and high
school I had built radio kits, first a Radio Shack AM, and USI FM mic
kit that I wired a tape deck into. The AM was WKHZ, and FM WMHZ at
88.8. Your station could be The Hawk. We have a country station called
The Hound north of me.
transmitter might be nice for experimentation, and it's so small and
simple. The Big Talker schematic could be built, but there's a little
more to it, and I want the FET final with Class E. I plan to test
methods of neutralizing the final RF stage, a different issue with
Class E and FETs compared to Class C. With that simple stage and open
board, parts can be changed and tested right there. The signal can be
analyzed with the SDR (dis)Play too.
True, radio stations
have always wanted to keep the production process behind the curtain,
the work of recording bits and cutting tape kept out of the public eye
and only the final result aired. It's good to see this in a new way.
I'd think seeing too much of the production process could get boring
for average listeners, but done right it could become interesting, like
watching someone paint and seeing the picture take shape. - Boomer
Friday November 27, 2020 7:47 AM CST -- INTERESTING GROUND LEAD WAIVER
Submitted by Rich Powers
.C .C . 76 -860 BEFORE THE
, D . C . 20554
Re Request by BRISTOL DIVISION OF AMERICAN CHAIN AND CABLE, INC.
reconsideration of staff interpretation or waiver of Section 15.113(c )
14 , 1976
is in reply to your letter of May 5, 1976, requesting on behalf of the
Bristol Division of American Chain and Cable, Inc. (ACCO),
reconsideration of a staff interpretation, or alternatively waiver of
Section 15.113( c) of FCC Rules, to permit the certification and
marketing of a
power communication device,
Model 8008 - 10A.
letter is considered a petition for waiver of the rules, and in
accordance with current procedures, it was placed on public notice July
2 , 1976 to give interested parties an opportunity to comment. No
comments were received in this instance .
petition was filed in response to a staff letter dated February 5,
1976, advising Mr. John Antonio of ACCO of several deficiencies in an
application filed December 8 , 1975 for certification of the low power
communications device... the critical deficiency, which according to
your letter would make the system unusable for its intended purpose,
the requirement in Section 15 .113 (c ) which limits the combined
length of the antenna, transmission line and ground lead to 3 meters.
of Section 15. 113 (c ), specifically waiver of the restriction on the
length of the ground lead, is requested on the grounds that this
requirement was added in an Order (FCC 74 - 1221) released March 7,
1975 after the equipment had been designed and placed on
to the release of this Order, you state that the equivalent provision
(formerly designated Section 15.204) limited only the combined length
of the antenna plus transmission line to 3 meters....
the case of a device operating on a frequency below 1600 kHz, the basic
technical restriction (Section 15.111) is a
on the amount of RF energy radiated into space since this determines
the interference potential of a device.
in recognition of the fact that most experimenters and hobbyists do not
have the necessary test equipment to make radiated measurements, the
Commission established, as an alternative, Section 15.113 where the
primary technical restriction is power ( instead of field strength )
into a radiating element of fixed length of 3 meters for devices
operating in the frequency range between 510 and 1600
of power into the final stage of a transmitter is a much simpler test
that does not require special test equipment or expertise.
simpler, it also does not indicate how much RF energy will actually be
radiated into space.
technical parameters in Section 15.113 were selected on the assumption
that a 3 meter radiating element at frequencies below 1600 kHz makes an
inefficient radiator and as a result the energy radiated into space
could be expected to be sufficiently low so as not to become a source
of harmful interference.
original provision did not consider the possibility that the addition
of an extended ground lead would increase the level of radiation from
the device and thereby increase its interference potential. This was
discovered in tests at our laboratory .
it was assumed that no one was actually marketing such a device, the
Order merely clarified our intent.
alternative provision in Section 15.113 was never intended to provide
for a reliable communication system, but instead, establish an avenue
for young radio enthusiasts to experiment. This point is addressed in
more detail in paragraph 16 of our Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in
Docket No. 20780.
as the change in Section 15.113( c ) was merely intended to clarify our
intent and not intended to cause an economic hardship to a
manufacturing under the previous rule section
since this equipment is intended to be operated in remote areas where
the like lihood of interference to radio communication is small, the
Commission hereby grants waiver of the ground lead limitation in
Section 15 .113(c ) of the Rules for the subject equipment.
of Metacomm Model 8008 - 10A is granted on the condition that if
harmful interference is caused to radio communications, ACCO and / or
the operator of the equipment must take the necessary steps to correct
the problem pursuant to Section 15.3 of the Rules.
grant of certification, FCC Form 722 - A, will be mailed under separate
waiver applies only to devices manufactured prior to the effective date
of the rules that may be adopted in our proceeding in Docket
20780 which proposed to terminate the availability of the alternative
provisions in Section 15.113 to persons manufacturing and marketing low
power communication equipment for operation in the band 510 - 1600
such effective date, low power communication devices operating in the
band 510 - 1600 kHz which are manufactured for marketing will be
required to meet the technical specifications in Section 15.111 as
revised in the proceeding in Docket No. 20780.
DIRECTION OF THE COMMISSION,
J . MULLINS, Secretary.
F .C .C . 2d
Thursday November 26, 2020 5:48 PM CST -- Somebody Needs to Thank Me
for What I Do
ever being asked I spend part of my time trying to come up with company
names and call letters for possible low power broadcast operations.
Today's concept is "Iceberg Broadcasting Corporation" but the ideal
call signs are taken by licensed stations I'm afraid, those being
WTIP-FM 90.7 with 25 kW from Grand Marsais, Minnesota, and KTIP 1450 AM
1 kW Porterville, California. Despite not having the call signs you
could have a slogan: "The Tip". Get it? The tip of the iceberg!
Thursday November 26, 2020 12:31 NOON CST -- The Best of What Small
Radio Can Be
the no agenda stream has been and is continuing to be a welcome trip.
Following the LIVE pre-show hosted rock n' roll show, the No Agenda
hosts took over during their LIVE setup prior to officially opening the
day's LIVE program. 2-minutes of dead air went out while they made a
last trip downstairs for fresh coffee, then the program began. 3-hours
later the end of No Agenda will be followed by continuous post show
programs, all of it streaming together from cities all around the
nation and world. John C. Dvorak is in San Francisco, Adam Curry in
Austin Texas, other programs fed from Florida and various other
locales. Hearing how entertaining it is to hear both the behind the
scenes and the main-stage scenes all day on a Thanksgiving holiday
makes me want to record my shows in the same way... the prep and
editing being part of a live stream. Today I'll map out what it would
take to accomplish from the technical stand point.
Thursday November 26, 2020 12:19 NOON CST -- A Mirror is a Negative
Space with a Frame
Boomer the Reflective reports from within the mirror.
So right that mirrors
are figuring in things right now, dreams as mirrors to our waking life,
as the cardinal was fighting with his mirror life. It might be that the
phantom cardinal has won, the real bird has been gone today. It could
have been the neighbor's gardeners out there with 3 MAGA-powered leaf
blowers, including one on wheels, and making a good bit of racket for a
half hour, blowing leaves across the yard and over the hillside. It
seems like after that I no longer saw the cardinal, but we shall see.
I've also have the same
thing with the larger dining room window in the back, about once a year
a bird will fly into it and get knocked out cold for a few minutes,
wake up groggy and fly off. Thanks for the tip on the circles to be put
on the glass, that reminds me of glass doors downtown that have black
circle targets on them, seemingly so humans won't bump into them.
Glad that your Procaster
is working well, a good all-in-one unit that's simple to tune and use.
My idea of a super deluxe version would have a remote interface that
could change frequencies and tune up the antenna from the studio,
reading settings on a display, being that the units are meant to be
mounted up high and might be hard to access.
I've been on the 6900 -
7000 khz range before, and it's a good time, especially if you want to
do an even more obscure form of radio than even Part-15, that is it,
maybe only long wave is even less known. The Legacy also believes that
shortwave range should be freed up for experimental use as well, and
knows what power level you should use.
There's a circuit I've
been looking at that's really simple and cheap, essentially a $5 RF
oscillator and final. The part that might be harder to find would be
the crystal, something you could get on auction sites. The crystal may
cost a few dollars, but it actually saves money on a frequency
What I want to try is to
take that circuit and add a modulator to the final, for an output power
of about 350 milliwatts, and the circuit might fit on a 2 x 2 inch
circuit board, 1/4 inch thick, and with a small and thin rechargeable
battery, it could be a small paw-full of a unit.
I'm thinking of using a
pulse width modulator chip for the audio, to make it more efficient
than a linear modulator would be. I'm doing a lot of projects though,
working with Tha Dood on plug and play carrier current also.
I like the Twilight
Zone, the stories could be engaging, and scary, and teaching tools,
certainly deeper than any soap opera, and I learned from the Zone as a
younger pup. I'd find them on TV late at night when I couldn't sleep,
it's a part of my experience. I can remember a number of them, but I
think the most memorable is the one where the earth is spiraling closer
to the sun every day, so it's getting hotter and hotter. Radio is used
to good effect as part of narrating the story.
I must have seen that
episode when I was pretty small, I don't know what age I was, but for
years I only remembered that it was getting hotter, and the part where
a thermometer exploded. I finally saw the episode again on TV.
things are said in your (e)mail that never got mentioned here on the
Blog, but which we talked about in personal correspondence, such as the
Procaster, operating in the shortwave spectrum 6900 to 7000 kHz and
possibly the Twilight Zone, but I won't explain anything about it right
now. You had to be there.
Thursday November 26, 2020 9:46 AM CST -- What's On Your Agenda?
KDX agenda is going swell! Our quest for special holiday programming
landed us on the 'No Agenda' stream and it's as perfect as perfect
gets, at least for us here today. We happened in on a live hosted rock
and roll program, the opening act for the upcoming Live edition of the
Thursday No Agenda show. The two Blog readers who know us might ask,
"Rock and roll on KDX? No way!" Well, I can tell you WAY! Why? Because
it's hosted by a live real-time actual DJ who has been keeping the
audience informed that No Agenda host Adam Curry was busily working
around a crashed hard-drive but the show would air even if starting a
little late. The world's seven-billion residents are missing out, and
they have only themselves to blame.
Thursday November 26, 2020 8:31 AM CST -- Part 15 FCC Rules and the
chronic problem had by the Part 15 forums are the troll-like Bible
literalists who lurk on those sites. In their defense, these absolutist
commentors who reply to junior radio station operators, are often
correct or arguably correct in preaching the Laws of Physics and FCC
intent in the wording of regulations, but where the rule
tend to come down too hard is their firm stance against a vital spirit
of the radio hobby, that being the realm of fantasy. The joy crushing
'letter of the law' enforcement tone emoted by the starched shirts
eventually discourages the fun had by describing newly found antenna
secrets and hidden loop-holes in the rules and previously undiscovered
transmitter settings. Here at KDX on this national holiday we will
wonder if rare atmospheric pressure boundaries will open a sky channel
allowing a farmer in another state to find our 1680 kiloHertz
transmission on his barn radio in the haystack next to a propane
heater. Even knowing that nothing of the kind is reasonable to expect,
we never really know that it's not happening, and so the magic of the
low power radio hobby is a living belief far more interesting than
plain reality. I'm certainly not going into the forum court of dashed
dreams to risk being ruled a science denying fool and in some cases
being labeled a piracy suspect probably guilty of an antenna longer by
many illegal inches than the Federal Government would allow if the
'truth' were known. What a buzz kill.
Thursday November 26, 2020 7:19 AM CST -- Wrestling Against the Tides
at KDX we don't honor any holidays with special programming at least to
the degree we have any say in the matter. To us the radio service needs
to be present and available for the convenience of listeners and the
most convenient listening times happen to coincide with weekends and
holidays when listeners actually have spare time available for such
pastimes as radio listening. But the rest of the radio world never
stops to think because if they did think, they would realize that
giving programs and their hosts time off leaves listeners stranded with
infomercials and fishing shows at the very time when the better shows
and talents would have an opportunity to be discovered and develop a
following. What that means for KDX is that the scheduled programs we
would chose to stay with while the world goes on holiday dry up in
unavailability forcing us to scrape the web for a trace of alternative
programs worth filling time with. At 'Democracy Now' Amy Goodman splits
the difference by herself taking time off but putting canned archival
programs in her place, generally the sermons of Rev. Martin Luther
King. This is no help to secular KDX, so we look elsewhere. This
morning we discovered the live stream from 'No Agenda' and at this very
moment are re-streaming same with growing hope that we may have found
radio gold. The bi-weekly program 'No Agenda' is hosted by Adam Curry,
remembered for his MTV days, and well published John C. Dvorak,
produced every Sunday and Thursday, trusting that the expression
'bi-weekly' means 'twice a week'. If it actually means 'every other
week' we'll brush some White Out on the keys. Oh, and we have 'Free
Talk Live' with Ian Freeman and Mark Edge, live seven nights a week no
matter what... even on holidays. They understand. What do you have in
Thursday November 26, 2020 7:14 AM CST -- Thanksgiving Day in the
Carl "Mister" Blare with his Annual Thanksgiving Day Address. I give
you Carl Blare:
We've just heard Carl's Thanksgiving
Address. Now the Blog returns to normalcy.
Monday November 23, 2020 5:38 PM CST -- Cup of Joe in the Morning
Monday November 23, 2020 5:14 PM CST -- Booting from a Vinyl Disk
maybe if we brought back 16"-electrical transcription disks we could do
Monday November 23, 2020 4:32 PM -- Artisan Radio has had it Up to Here
Politics and Part 15
learned an interesting lesson today.
I was reading an opinion
article supporting Trump in one of Canada's
right wing leaning
newspapers. The author tromped all over facts and
the truth while
marginalizing Trump's misdeeds and I could stand it no
longer. I put
in a comment in the appropriate section at the end of the
article, and wow, what a
response from the Trump supporters.
So what did I learn?
First and foremost,
there's really no point in expecting a rational
response when you
question people's personal beliefs (and Trump falls
category). Never mind that the facts don't support those
mind that you're not even arguing in a sensible manner.
There are certainly a
lot of ignorant, uneducated people who support the
cult of Trump.
I saw that today. But there are also a lot of otherwise
intelligent people that
put aside that intellect to argue for what they
want to believe, as
opposed to reality. And, of course, what they want
to believe is mixed in
with their emotions, fears, desires and
has nothing to do with intelligence. I call it a
of something that should
be the ultimate goal for each and every one of
us - wisdom.
You can be book smart, but not have a lick of wisdom.
It's no different in the
Part 15 world. The administrators of two of
the existing Forums
seemingly defy logic and common sense to support
third certainly has leanings in that direction if one reads
his posts that deal with
things other than radio.
My problem is that I
don't really want to associate with anyone who is
willing to support Trump
and his ilk. For that support means that no
matter how reasonable
these people might appear in other areas
discussions of Part 15, as an example), they have
the capability of
putting aside morals and ethics and the truth for
purposes. No thank you. I wouldn't want to deal
with them in
world. Why would I deal with them on a Forum?
That's one of the
reasons that I will never go back to these Forums.
For now, there's the
Blare Blog, and hopefully soon, the Artisan Radio
supporters need not read them. - Artisan Radio
Monday November 23, 2020 4:30 PM CST -- How About WARM?
someone got there first. WARM-FM is licensed in York, Pennsylvania with
6.4 kW while part 15 broadcasters sniff around for unused call letters
to name their small stations.
Sunday November 22, 2020 6:11 PM CST - Solipsism in Philosophy
field of philosophy is represented mostly by that written about it by
dedicated scholars many of whose names have become landmarks of the
field. Inseparable from the foregoing are we followers and
self-declared philosophers who dabble to some extent in thought and
discussion about the various branches, my own favorites being
'pessimism' as put forward by Arthur Schopenhauer and
according to Albert Camus. Of the numerous flavors the one mentioned
least in the standard literature is a thing called 'solipsism' which I
will let Wikipedia describe:
reason in opening solipsism for discussion is a recent eureka
brainflash by which I plan to give solipsism its place in the
pantheon of philosophies, where so far solipsism has seemed an awkward
misfit almost befitting a 'new age' kind of nonsense like astrology or
Buddhism. We'll get back to it.
Sunday November 22, 2020 6:02 PM CST -- KEEP Radio
short time I thought I'd come up with another set of radio station call
letters for our ever enlarging group of stations, but a check with the
FCC database informed us that KEEP-FM is a station licensed to Bandera,
Texas, at 103.1 MHz with 3.5 kW.
Saturday November 21, 2020 2:26 PM
CST -- A Randy Rainbow Song Parody
Friday November 20, 2020 7:25 AM CST -- Best Guesses On Dream
dreamer awakes to a world that, during 'normal' times, tends to be
'familiar' for being constantly consistent with a minimum of jarring
shifts and changes from the 'norm'. That being a fair
'usual experience' serves as a prominent comparison between sleep
dreams and waking consciousness. Otherwise dreams contain the same
components as waking life... people, dogs, 'regular' scenary and some
biological considerations. Now I pause to reflect on the biology
encountered in dreams... survival is a biological instinct evidenced by
feelings of safety versus fear; and continuance (reproduction) is an
ever-present concern indicated by erotics and keen awareness of the
presence of gender opposites. Employment (jobs) is conspicuously a
symbol of survival security and geographic spacial worries come across
in vivid struggle to reach a destination given obstacles to available
transportation. Let all that serve as a basic map of the typical
dreamscape which in any event reflects the universe of being awake
except for the dream's inconstancy in having radical jumps in time and
place. Next, looking deeper into what dreams have to say, there is the
less frequent "voice from the background" which triggers the same
emotions aligned with higher mind... take for example the musical
phrase I heard during a disturbing dream of being lost in a
neighborhood of unknown streets... only about three musical notes that
were so sad I awoke crying very deeply and later noticed a similar
theme in Rachmaninoff's 4th Piano Concerto. Or a spoken phrase said by
an off stage voice... like the one respondiong to the question of
'What's the point of being here'... the voice responding: "To observe."
We also suspect that the 'figure in the background' of dreams has a
magnificent sense of humor... like recently when I was walking with
unidentified friends down an alley canyoned on both sides by
brick-walled buildings until we came to a wide open plaza where people
were walking about in the near and far distance and I was taken with
the sense that this might be a lucid dream. I peered at the scene as
intently as I could trying to ascertain and became convinced the scene
was real, only to awake and realize I'd been tricked by the dream which
revealed that it (the dream) was aware of my interest in lucid dreaming
and demonstrated its (the dream's) capacity for taking the upper hand
in impressing my judgement. I admit believing that dreams have an
underlying intelligent consciousness that to certain degrees
manipulates and influences us while we believe we are 'lone' creatures.
While some might say we have 'guardian angels' another might conclude
we have 'jail keepers'.
Friday November 20, 2020 6:03 AM CST -- Dreams on the RELM Network
Morning (e)Mail from The Boomer:
Carl, I have vivid dreams like that regularly, usually remembering a
dream's last act or two right before waking up. A dream could be about
a situation that's playing out normally, but then something will become
the focus to make me wake up. I've been shocked by touching a battery,
or someone will keep poking me with a sharp object, and I wake to find
that my arm is asleep, a nerve was being pinched in the same place as I
was being shocked or poked in the dream.
I feel like dreams are
another world I visit at night, because some continue from earlier
dreams, like I might be in the same place again. A recurring dream is
being in school long after I should have graduated, and I might visit
classrooms and walk around the halls, then slowly start to wonder why
I'm still there, I graduated years ago. It might even switch to being
the end of the year at that point, and I'll make a stand that this will
be my last year. As I become more firm in my stand that I won't be
coming back, I wake up, thankful that it was only a dream.
Another I've had in this
year of virus, is being in a room, for a party maybe, and the room
starts to get very crowded and everyone is packed in, and I think,
isn't this way too tight for protocol? It worries me, then I wake. I've
had two of that type of dream.
I've had recurring
dreams of my mother being back, usually in our house and she's just
there, but quiet. Things seem normal, but then I start to wonder how
this is real. Another like it is my Dog coming back after ten years,
and it seems strange. I've had talking Dogs in dreams, but never the
pups I've owned.
On intelligence, I don't
think it's that people don't want to be intelligent, but one of the
things that bothers them is people showing off their smarts in a
superior way, making a status out of it. I had a friend who used to put
it succinctly, 'They're just an over-educated s---head'
Last year I wrote about
a robin that was attacking the back door glass, banging into it over
and over. Now it's a cardinal doing the same thing in the morning. The
door glass faces northeast, and creates a pretty strong mirror effect,
so the cardinal can probably see himself clearly, especially in the
first few hours after dawn, when the reflection is stronger. His
appointment with that door is between about 6:30 to 8:30 am.
I've gone out to chase
the cardinal away, but he comes back after ten minutes and starts
'chipping' sounds and flying at the glass again. He will attack for a
few minutes and go away for 5 to 10 minutes I'd guess, sitting in a
tree nearby, and then start in again. At least he doesn't hit as hard
or constantly as the robin did. I 'fixed' the robin by removing a chair
that was close to the door, where the robin could sit at a certain
height and see the 'other bird' clearly. The robin still head banged,
but not as much. The cardinal perches on a near bush, I see the bush
move when the cardinal goes back into it.
If used on the blog,
edit as you see fit. -- Boomer
Editor's Comeback - Yes, the sense of having 'been in this
scene before' is another interesting aspect of some dreams... like
'deja vu' sometimes, or a more indistinct familiarity that eludes being
described by an editor but is definitely a 'this again'
experience. As to appearances by 'people from the past', whether dead
or alive concurrent with the dream, there are always one or two of them
residual or 'resident' in the unfolding scene... in two separate dreams
very loved 'girlfriends' (women) made their walk-ons... but in both
cases I dreamt that their apparitions were impostors... I didn't
believe they were the real person, so to speak.
around in some dreams... in a very eerie forest where I roamed
unprotected, I came face to face with a wolf that was very fixated
toward me and it faced me from a narrowing distance holding steady eye
contact as it prowled slowly closer. In other cases dogs circulated
unthreateningly and I was always curious why they were present.
also have been put-off by the type of pompous asses who flaunt their
'intelligence' which is often nothing more than a degree from an
institute of higher learning, but at base they are 'dicks' or
'gentrified ladies' made important by dangling price-tags as they 'look
down the nose'.
an avid birder I watch birds defend their
terrain in the way you describe... and once played back a recording
freshly made of a singing cardinal while I sat at an outdoor table.
Upon hearing his own song the bird began an outburst of attack signals
and was nearly panicked being unable to locate the singer. Since then
I've banned the outdoor playing of bird recordings so as not to upset
the balance of nature.
Thursday November 19, 2020 5:49 AM CST -- Waking Up Can Be Such a Relief
it ever seem like dreams are composed by peculiar mischievous sprites
whose purpose in near-existence is to frustrate the dreamer? The dream
wasn't a problem yet in the middle of the night where I was carrying on
like the bachelor I dreamed to be... up late on the town boozing,
bantering with night lifers, flirting with wayward women, near the
point where I'd need to crash and await a noon recovery. But the
sprites had other plans as I was at once notified that I was hired by a
television station as news reporter effective immediately and starting
at 3:30 AM was already on assignment; 'here put on this tie'. I had no
recollection of ever applying for such a job nor being approached about
it. My first thought was to give two weeks notice but couldn't do so
until office hours opened at 9.
Thursday November 19, 2020 5:42 AM CST -- We Pause for Station
are hearing about Cyber Station KDX-OGG, Streaming On the Internet
since 2007, and Terrestrial Stations KDX AM & FM broadcasting
the Air with Intelligent, Informational and Interesting Programming
under the guidance of Carl (Mister) Blare, Listener In Charge. Now back
to the Blog.
Wednesday November 18, 2020 1:00 PM CST -- F.C.C. Not Required
Wednesday November 18, 2020 9:03 AM CDT -- The Voice As a Window to
radio the voice is everything. Now it appears that the voice may be
consulted by medical analysis to make determinations about health
Tuesday November 17, 2020 5:29 PM CST -- Buzz Burbank Will Be Signing
listeners have for several years looked forward to the weekly News
& Comment, Thursdays, with Buzz Burbank from the RELM Network,
he has announced plans to leave the news behind although Buzz will
continue as side-kick on the Bob Cesca Show from the same
as heard twice weekly on KDX. The very last Buzz Burbank News &
Comment will air Thursday January 21, 2021, the day following the
Inauguration of Joe Biden as President of the United States.
Tuesday November 17, 2020 12:41 NOON CST --
am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it.
- Edith Sitwell
TVTechnology Quote of the Day
Monday November 16, 2020 3L29 PM CDT -- TheTrial Phase
I mentioned being midway through "The Stranger", the novel by Albert
Camus, at the point where the main character was being grilled about
the murder he'd chanced to commit. Now we're well into the trial, and
the accused has one of several observations experienced during the
proceedings. These are his thoughts:
noticed that he (the prosecutor) laid stress on my "intelligence."
It puzzled me rather why what would count as a good point in an
should be used against an accused man as an overwhelming proof of his
Monday November 16, 2020 2:17 PM CST -- Make Goods To Be Scheduled
a commercial announcement or scheduled program is somehow missed or
mishandled during a broadcast schedule we in the radio profession
re-schedule what we call "make goods" which compensate for the
mistake, and that brings up the mistake.
Recently this Blog said something about streaming overnight as a way of
heating the building with hot computers and transmitters and so we did,
except that the proper "port number" was not turned on by our operator
and many hours of programming did not get sent from the KDX-OGG server,
although it was heard locally on our AM & FM stations.
will be rescheduling the affected programs during the week, among them
"Radio Books Schopenhauer Philosophy from Librivox.org","Stuph File
with Peter Anthony Holder" and "Big Picture Science" from the SETI
Institute. Watch for the Make Good Schedule.
Monday November 16, 2020 2:05 PM CST -- The Lies are True
handing it over to Guest Commentator Buster Boatrocker let me just say
that maybe we're giving him too much time here on The Blare Blog, but
there's no policy in place so it'll be this way for awhile. Now Here's
I said to them over and over.
Trump doesn't lie! No man could tell
20,000 lies like they're saying...
But I started researching each lie
one at a time and when I'd fact-checked 80 of them I discovered the
These lies are true! They're all
I can't find one truth in
what Don said, and that'no lie!.
I am so upset right now that I've
put the "closed" sign on my shop.
I can't imagine turning my loyalty
to Sleepy Joe.
Although I think Kamala has a nice
smile, she has no conscience. Maybe that's sexy.
This is Buster Boatrocker.
Buster Boatrocker is Carl's barber from South St. Louis, Missouri, and
receives Blog space in exchange for hair cuts.
Monday November 16, 2020 2:03 PM CST -- A One-Woman News Room
This is an inspiring story and indicates that there's plenty of room
for honest journalism.
Sunday November 15, 2020 12:55 AM MIDNIGHT CST -- Two World's Every Day
darkness hours have increased and temperatures have become chilled we
have split into two schedules giving us day life and night life
sectioned by two deep sleeps. The day part starts around 6 AM and
follows the vigorous news talk program schedule on KDX Worldround Radio
which winds down as the porchlights come on, time for a horizontal
descent into the depths of dream where endless sorting of events
flickers with never a clear idea of an actual objective but always a
determination to carry out whatever presents itself. However elaborate
the dreams none the less vanish without memory as middle night
stimulates consciousness by its vast silence at the ultra localized
enclosure of night, walls, heater and lamp. Such a reduced world gives
the pleasing illusion of time standing still opening an opportunity for
clear thought and precise concentration. From the shadows I pulled a
copy of "The Stranger" by Albert Camus, his first novel from 1946, and
read halfway through to the part where the main character sort of
wanders into shooting an Arab and is to face charges in court. Myself
being in a near dreamstate I had the guilty sense that as a
reader-witness I might be called on to testify or worse, be implicated
somehow as an accomplice. There are enumerable things to tend with, one
of them being the annual schedule increase of radio programming since
we keep the internet servers on through the night for their added
warmth blown from 350 Watt power supplies, and this expanded service
inaugurated tonight in the form of a six hour reading of Volume 1 of
"World As Will & Idea", the principle philosophy of Arthur
Schopenhauer provided from Librivox.org. A warming comfort is brought
to these night shifts by a drink concoction of my own invention which I
will share with you now: 3 ingredients... Hershey's Cocoa, Maple Syrup,
hot water. Put together this drink induces the best sensation of
Friday November 13, 2020 3:51 PM CST -- Not a Comfortable Thought
or six feet under
Friday November 13, 2020 1:47 PM CST -- We've All Been Wondering
been baffling how so many othewise regular citizens have remained
staunchly loyal to Donald Trump given his documented and well
publicized lies and misgovernance. The Thom Hartmann Show brings us the
explanation delivered by Psychiatrist Dr. Justin Frank, author of
'Trump On the Couch'.
Thursday November 12, 2020 11:00 AM CST -- Yesterday's Air
After many months of mouthlessness we got to wondering what was said on
those old shows we used to do... those Blare OnAir
shows. So out came a few and we've been listening in the morning. We
heard us say: "Not all people at the radio station have talent yet they
belong to talent unions. Unions don't have talent so why are they
called 'talent unions'? Marriage is a union but members of marriage
aren't required to join a union or have talent. There is no 'marriage
union'." That's what we did on the old programs; we undefined
everything. And we're reminded that every year we produce a "State of
the Station" program wherein we report the highpoints of the past year
and issue plans for the next year - maybe we'll get that out for
Thursday November 12, 2020 6:57 AM CST -- Comparisons Between 9-11
Attack and COVID19 Pandemic
An established radio program called 9-11
produced by "Cheryl" is a fixture at WWUH - University of Hartford, and
this episode draws comparison between military drills held before the
9-11 attack and bio-weapons drills in progress at the outset of the
COVID 19 outbreak. The program also includes a science report from Ben
Swann regarding the efficacy of wearing medical masks to reduce risk of
Wednesday November 11, 2020 4:54 PM CST -- Election Theft Competition
Speaking about the recent Presidential Election in the U.S., here is
guest commentator Buster Boatrocker:
Things were all set for Trump to win the election.
With help from his sons and inside operatives votes were being flipped,
misplaced, manipulated in the most ingenious vote rigging scheme ever
and yet the count came out in favor of that Biden.
70-million women, Blacks and Latinos would never have voted for Trump,
except that the Biden count shows that they did!
But yet that wasn't enough to put Trump over the top, which it should
The Democrats obviously happened to do a better job of election theft
but it was just a stroke of luck and Trump should be the winning vote
nothing wrong with stealing something that's already being stolen.
That so-called Kamala Harris knows exactly what I'm talking about
and you can tell by the way she smiles and smirks all the time.
What more proof do you need?
This is Buster Boatrocker.
Disclosure: Buster Boatrocker was Carl Blare's barber before the
Wedneday November 11, 2020 CST -- Thinking: For What It's Worth
I was thinking about how there was never enough time to accomplish
everything connected with running a radio station. With all the
technical matters, programming, bookkeeping, building maintenance,
website management, public relations, food services, groundskeeping,
archiving... not enough time to do it all. Reluctantly, I decided to
abandon the whole thing... no more radio. KDX was stored away in boxes
and the next thing to go was the Blog.
It wasn't easy to give it
up but there was a great sense of relief. Plenty of time opened up and
finally I was free to do many things there was never enough time for.
In fact, there was so much time I actually began looking around for new
pastimes to take up the slack. Why not unpack KDX and start a new radio
station? That's what I did and now I'm out of time again.
Tuesday November 10, 2020 7:06 AM CST -- Time Zone of the Mind
Monday September 9, 2020 1:23 PM CST -- Waxing On Trump
Saturday November 7, 2020 8:51 PM CST -- What the Authoritarians Tell Us
takes two kinds of personality. On top is the authoritarian himself who
tells others what to do. His success depends on submissives who believe
in his rule. Both types aim their disapproval on 'persons of liberty',
we independents who think for ourselves. It was necessary to side-step
away from the words 'libertarian' or 'liberal' because of the way
they've been turned into pejoratives.
Saturday November 7, 2020 4:47 PM CST -- Orange Man Mopes
- DRUDGE REPORT
Saturday November 7, 2020 4:18 PM CST -- Pai Oh My!
Saturday November 7, 2020 5:13 AM CST -- The Confluence of Waking and
4 AM I'd more than enough sleep because of early
resulting from the recent time change but bed was still cozy so I
decided to listen to the radio from a reclining position. The local AM
talker was re-airing one of their weekday shows with a former tv lady
jabbering with a newly hired guy about anything trivial ranging from
favorite movies to happenings in the election line. As they went on I
drifted into a hypnagogic middle region in which I felt moved to drop
in at the radio station and contribute something to the program. The
parking lot was fenced by chainlink security but I was able to wrestle
my way through the gate and sauntered into the studio plopping
into a waiting chair now physically present where the two hosts sat at
their table continuing to jibber jabber. Time went by while I waited to
be recognized but they held firm to the
conversation as if I
wasn't there. Needing a piece of paper for reference the female host
reached right across my lap with her foot and grabbed the paper between
her toes. They went on and on. I waited, sitting politely. Then I
started having thoughts about how they were being paid while I was
attempting to be generous in contributing my time so I decided to call
it short. "I've got to go but I'll come another time" I murmured as I
was back out fiddling with the gate and noting that one patch of
pavement in the parking lot was darker than the rest and looked like a
higher grade of concrete. This fascinated me because I dabble in
cements from time to time. When I came awake those two were still
yammering on the TECSUN PL-310.
Friday November 6, 2020 9:40 AM CST -- To Say the Obvious
can believe what you prefer to believe,
Or you can believe what's true.
Religion gives you a path
by which you can do both.
Friday November 6, 2020 5:13 AM CST -- Big Fade Down
was perfect last night on NPR. The hosts of 'All Things Considered'
halted their regular reporting and switched to the White House for an
appearance by Donald J. Trump, President of the United States. The
President, in a hoarse voice possibly ailing under lingering COVID
infection, began a string of complaints about the 'supression' and
'fraud' going on in the vote counting across America. It was quickly
obvious he had nothing more to say other than moaning about his
'victory' being 'stolen' by 'illegal vote rigging'. After less than a
minute NPR faded out of the president's diatribe and the hosts began
picking apart the unsubstantiated claims he'd made. It was so wonderful
to be spared the remainder of Trump's nonsense.
Friday November 6, 2020 5:03 AM CST -- Rudimentary Radio
Thursday November 5, 2020 4:02 PM CST -- Neanderthals in Red Hats
a a blaring fart-trail heard round the world and messing a peaceful day
three Trumpcycles tooled through KDX streets. I faced them boldly and
mouthed 'MORONS!', thinking that these crumb-bumbs are the ones who
need to be shown a tree draped in nooses. But of course the U.S.
Constitution protects the right of unthinking stupidity by allowing
freedom of expression (the un-muffled engines) and freedom of belief
(Christian Warriors). Shut up!
Thursday November 5, 2020 12 NOON CST -- Buster Boatrocker On Re-Voting
name is Buster Boatrocker and I am a barber in South St. Louis Missouri.
I voted for Trump
because he needs a haircut and I make my living from people
who need haircuts.
But now it looks like he's losing
and I don't want to be associated with a loser.
So I want to change my vote but they
said I can't.
This is wrong. People should be able
to change their votes.
This is Buster Boatrocker
Disclosure: Carl Blare gets free hair service in exchange
for blogspace and besides, Buster is a drinking friend
Thursday November 5, 2020 11:24 AM CST -- United Biscuit's Radio Station
Thursday November 5, 2020 8:21 AM CST -- As Far As the Low Power Radio
Forums Are Concerned
are time-consuming beasts requiring round-the-clock monitoring and
moderation always attracting spam and trolls. The best possible forum
would be administered by a fair and reasonable full timer as a main
pastime. There's no way to put a forum on auto-pilot. However, one
might contemplate taking over one of the existing radio forums and
turning it into a world class flagship. The first place to look is
part15.org which is owned along with other web services by a Canadian
gentleman named Jon Paul Janze who is very sociable and
approachable. He entrusts the current version of the site to the
moderator and has tried without response to invite applications for
other moderators. That uncovers another problem encountered in the low
power radio field... there are no active leaders; no one willing or
qualified to step up. The earlier attempt to build an 'Association of
Low Power Broadcasters' met the fate that of four members none was
inclined toward chairmanship... the hopeful exception being the Late
Jim Henry who died before applying his brand of management. The
remnants of the ALPB have been subjected to hostile takeover actually
declared while Chairman Henry was still alive recovering from back
surgery but helpless to defend his position. Democratic process was
ignored as the marauder bypassed the rules of procedure and named
himself chairman. His resulting forum is therefore stolen property.
That leaves one more of the 'main 3' low power radio forums - a hobby
fortress built around the ego of a character who would have the world
believe his forum is 'the one and only', being his claim to lifetime
achievement. No room for partners and probably out of reach for a
buyer. Almost never acknowledged are a couple of smallish forums with
no participation and one of these days maybe we'll give them
a fleeting mention.
Thursday November 5, 2020 8:00 AM CST -- Visit to Radio Ranch
upon an old black and white motion picture from the probably 1940s
titled 'Gene Autry's Radio Ranch' on one of the free streaming sites. I
recall that Gene Autry was a popular singing cowboy with his own radio
show and the film was a curious merger of radio and movie with an
old-style microphone outdoors in front of Gene's ranch house on a
sage-brush dessert. There was no sign of radio equipment or antennae
and there were active outlaws out on the prairie riding their
horses on mischievous missions. Amidst all the equestrian activity a
batch of ranch hands joined Autry in song as the broadcast went on.
That's actually what I do when burglars and other criminals trespass
here at the Internet Building - I sing songs and thus far it has kept
them at bay. In one scene a horse tripped, fell to its knees, and the
rider took a plunge. Can horses do such tricks without injuring
themselves? I became visibly disturbed and clicked out after only
10-minutes, but now I'm thinking about having a microphone-stand in
front of the building but with COVID all my neighbors would need to
Thursday November 5, 2020 6:18 AM CST -- Morning Bark
should force the person who does the Low Power Blogspot to the forums!
From what I saw, the information looks pretty solid, and they write a
lot, which is what we need. Right now it's only Mark and a few others
who reply to him.
I've noticed that the
Forums have been even quieter than usual, not even the usual seed posts
at P-15. I hope it means they're out voting! My polling place had no
agitators while I was there, and the news said things were quiet at the
area's polling places.
Glad to hear that
B.U.T.T. encoder now can stream song titles in ogg format! I like ogg
because it's free and open to use, not encumbered by patent rights as
some other encoders are. Mp3 is also free, as its patents have run out.
Ogg has the edge on audio quality, especially at lower bit rates. The
newer opus format is even better than mp3 or ogg, especially at low and
extra low bit rates. It has many refinements to cover that wide range,
like adjusting itself differently, changing settings when either voice
or music is played.
These are findings from
my reading and testing, and can't cover everyone's use. You'd have to
determine what's best for the audio quality you need, bandwidth you
have, and the players and browser listeners are using. - Boomer
Thursday November 5, 2020 6:15 AM CST -- Smart Talk with Carl Blare
should take an interest in the living
Wednesday November 4, 2020 2:37 PM CST -- Have You Wondered Why There's
Been No Activity On the Part 15 Forums for Several Days?
because the moderators are thought to have been allegedly partcipating
in 'Trump Trains'
around minority polling places intimidating Latinos, persons of color
and the LGBTQ. The label 'Trump Train' doesn't yet have a
Wikipedia page, but as an offshoot of the Proud Boys just use that
title and Wiki stands ready. Proud Boys is not affiliated with Gay
Pride except following heavy beer consumption.
Wednesday November 4, 2020 11:00 AM CST -- Everything Low Power Radio
Started in 2008 by the Radio Guy a full service blog titled Low Power Radio-The Blog for the
Recreational Broadcaster has it all.
November 4, 2020 8:53 AM CST -- Trump's 4-Years of Awful in 2-Minutes