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January 2021


Saturday January 23, 2021 3:13 PM CST -- Stereo Encoder Hardware Circuit
Not so many days ago Boomer supplied a link to freeware titled 'Stereo Coder' and we've run across a hardware circuit for building a D.I.Y stereo encoder.
Stereo Encoder Schematic Diagrams

Saturday January 23, 2021 2:05 PM CDT -- Voice of America has Throat Cleared
Biden janitizes another Trump mess

Saturday January 23, 2021 12:03 NOON -- The Growing Audience
Outgrowing Ancient Nonsense

Saturday January 23, 2021 7:48 AM CST -- The Inauguration Poem
Hill We Climb
Not exceptional, contains grammatical and logical errors, speaks for a limited minority, circles into recurrent redundancy which lasts too long, fails to expand into the universal, basically a complaint litany, but does have some noteworthy word play and clever imagery. The overall message: grievances are being redressed but I'm still complaining. Carl's snarky parting word: if it weren't for Betsy DeVos we'd have a better poet-laureate.

Saturday January 23, 2021 7:19 AM CST -- Last Days of the Trump Presidency
Stain on the Whitehouse

Friday January 22, 2021 4:49 PM CST -- Time and Time Again

Time is the most unknown of all unknown things.
- Aristotle

Friday January 22, 2021 3:22 PM CST -- Platformed or De-Platformed
Like the ex-president, I also have been de-platformed by being driven off of a social media platform. Lucky for me I happened to own my own website so was able to spring back by establishing The Blare Blog. Trump has been shut down by the biggest social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and doesn't have his own site to fall back on, so he's unable to use the internet at least for now to voice his vitriol. We wonder whether he's searching for a new platform but are not considering extending an invitation for him to post here as one of our correspondents, nor has he made inquiries about hooking up with us.

Friday January 22, 2021 11:00 AM CST -- Jessica Rosenworcel Named Acting FCC Chairman
FCC Chair in Competent Hands

Friday January 22, 2021 8:21 AM CST -- Circuits of All Kinds
Given no interest in sports or movie stars I spend spare time admiring electronic circuit designs.
Have at it

Friday January 22, 2021 4:54 AM CST -- How to Build An Audience
The biggest mistake made by almost every broadcaster in the world is to give up too soon in the quest to attract an audience. A station will sign on the air, place a lot of muscle into putting out a new format, and after two or three days give up because no one's listening. It is important to realize that radio listeners exist, but they are tuned in somewhere else listening to stations that have been on the air for a long time. Very few listeners go looking for new stations because there are rarely new stations to be found. What you've got to do is be present, on the air, putting forward your most amazing program at every moment of the day and night around the clock for ten years or more, and there's s 2.6% chance some listeners will chance upon your station, find it very interesting, and make a mental note to check it out again during the next holiday weekend or perhaps on a sick day when they are bedridden with a tableside radio. It is essential when that second attempt to find your station takes place your signal must be on the air and the program in progress really outstanding; better than anything on any other station. Always remember that no one can find a station that isn't on the air so you must always be on the air. On one hand being on the air won't matter to those who fail to seek your station, but by the same token no one can find a station that's not there. Give it twenty years.

Thursday January 21, 2021 5:58 PM CST --
The future --- live it or live with it.
- The Firesign Theatre


Thursday January 21, 2021 4:55 PM CST -- Churches to Endorse
Somewhere in all the words we may have said critical things about religion, a thing more dangerous than climate change, yet there are religious efforts afoot that we highly praise.
Rev. Billy's Church of Stop Shopping

Thursday January 21, 2021 2:56 PM CST -- Rolling Your Own
Microphone, that is. At KDX we've been designing our own microphones since the early 90s, while always being curious about all microphones made by everybody. We saw a microphone the other day built to resemble a periscope. We once built a microphone into a desk lamp so it would be unseen on a video set. Actually, being clear about it, we have never built the 'head' of a microphone; that is, the working element, although kits and instructions are available to do just that. No, what we have done is employ off-the shelf electret capsules and managed to stir recipes that have pleasing accuracy. All this by way of introduction to the general subject of mic building. Today's link is something just found.
Top-Notch Electret

Thursday January 21, 2021 1:06 PM CST -- Inside the Public Domain
Low power radio broadcasters incline toward watching the public domain (PD) hoping always to find program material free for use without cumbersome performance fees. Our Canadian correspondent Artisan Radio has talked about his own deep depth mining for operatic and classical work for the fine-arts radio service he's building, but PD doesn't usually lend itself to easy discovery because copyright rules vary from country to country and suffer from other complexities. Therefore websites that give insight into PD issues can be useful resources as is
The Public Domain Review
Look under 'Collections' for audio resources.

Tuesday January 19, 2021 11:52 AM CST -- From the Engineering Room
Every room at any radio station is an 'engineering room' and for many of us who operate low power radio stations the whole house is an engineering room. But because we are usually short staffed there is not always an engineer available, and in the case of KDX Worldround Radio my duties are spread out over so many jobs that I only resort to engineering when an engine breaks down and needs repair. Even then I approach the job slowly, distracting myself with intellectual play such as contemplating how the word 'repair' is put together. Well, I would think that something in need of repair must have come 'unpaired', such as a wire and its solder-point, which work correctly when paired. And that's exactly a situation I dealt with this morning, except that it didn't start out as a technical matter.

Because I never got around to a 'State of the Station' broadcast scheduled for December 21, this morning seemed like a chance to record belatedly, but not having been used for over a year our self-built microphone failed and got itself moved to the test bench where a broken solder was found. The best way to deal with it was to serve executive breakfast and piddle with programming details until eventually the wire was re-paired with it's solder-point. Now again we're set up for a proper 'State of the Station' session, but other back-logged engineering issues stand in the way. It seems that we can only listen to our program editing software if we borrow an audio circuit from the AM-FM transmitter feeds, and we don't want to close our over-the-air operation because of the chance that a nearby neighbor might be deeply engaged with listening, unlikely though that is. Being overly polite gives us further reason to delay, for in hobby radio there can't be enough breaks, and I mean snack breaks.

Tuesday January 19, 2021 7:08 AM CST -- Can Time Be Old?
There is an expression: "As old as time", and to some degree, by the judgement of our human perception of time, it seems to make sense, considering, for example, that we can recall the 'old times'. But from a strictly objective stand point it appears that the only 'time' ever to exist is the 'now'; that which exists in the present instant and is entirely ephemeral. When we picture 'now' as having always existed it can fairly be called 'old' except that as it's forever arriving and replenishing like a mountain spring it is most recently as 'new' as new can be. On the day when personal 'now' comes to its end the question shifts from whether time is old to whether we ever existed, as all evidence disintegrates and reality has one less observer to atest itself.

Tuesday January 19, 2020 6:26 AM CST -- CAUTION: 5G AHEAD
May Not Be Safe

Saturday January 16, 2021 5:56 PM CST -- Minced Oaths
The Blare Blog usually leans toward higher learning but, gee whiz, it's a holiday weekend, so let's have some lower learning.
Dag Nab It

Saturday January 16, 2021 2:22 PM CST -- Secret Mysteries of FM Sub-Carriers
Enthused by Artisan Radio's deep dish experimentation with FM RDS it seems the right time to remember that FM broadcasting comprises a complex innerverse of multiplexed and sub-carried hidden services buried inside the main carrier's envelope.
Inside the FM Signal

Saturday January 16, 2021 8:14 AM CST -- Standing Under and Understanding
For a long time I was baffled by the way far-rightwing extremist conservative Christian Republican  supremists are on the one hand very aggressive against intellectualism, progressivism, scientific reality and common sense, but were at the same time very covert, hidden and secretive. What I didn't realize is that they were planning to overthrow Constitutional America, something one would naturally be secretive about in the early planning stages.

Saturday January 16, 2021 5:04 AM CST -- TV Technology Quote of the Day
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
- John Wooden, college basketball coach

Friday January 15, 2021 8:58 AM CST -- Wacka Doodle
Grab Them By You Know WhatDrudge
Stable Genius of the United States of America

Thursday January 14, 2021 1:26 PM CST -- Mystery Smell Solved
Following trips to the grocer over the past months I've noticed a perfumy smell wafting from some food packaging. I rushed to judgment and decided that backroom stock workers were spraying air freshener to cover their tobacco stench. Then again today I noticed that the mail smelled as if the mailman wasn't fully male and sought to exude a pleasing trail but then it dawned on my slow brain: the physical world and its entire contents is being sprayed and wiped clean with covid suppressant fluids and in days to come we'll all have cleanser-induced nose cancer. The next conspiracy theory.

Thursday January 14, 2021 11:48 AM CST -- Many Times, Dogs and Cats are Fixed

That was the first time a picture (Jan. 10) of my carrier current station, as it stands now, was on an open blog. It might not have the luster of the station with all pro equipment, but it shows what can be done on a budget. I'd estimate the setup was done for less than $250, with mostly used and recycled equipment.

- Boomer


A few radio announcers are also fixed, thank our lucky stars.

Thursday January 14, 2021 8:45 AM CST -- Reality Today
If you happen to be a human being then you may know that the borderlines between reality and nonsense aren't well defined. You have only to notice the staunch adherence to irrational dogma by conservative Republicans and superstitious religionists, people who cling loyally to unprovable negatives and provable mistakes. To be magnanimous about it we could say that their determined allegiance to fuzzy doctrine is driven by a primitive need to live life on a solid foundation even if it's only a projection from fear of uncertainty. For the agnostics, scientists and freethinkers the world is anything but definite, being at intervals seen as illusionary and dreamlike, nothing but uncertain. And as if the universe in its lavish extravagance isn't real enough, we experience actual dreams in the little understood realm of sleep where recognized and unfamiliar characters perform absurd scenes while we either passively observe or actively participate in a maelstrom of emotional tumult sometimes more terrifying, erotic, peculiar or intellectually stunning than any waking encounters.

In the middle of night, somewhere atop a pillow, NC and I chanced to cross paths, she having only spent three brief visits in previous time, and now she took me with her for a car ride, some determined man at the wheel at very high speed through night streets and narrow alleys, braced on my elbows against potential collision, stopping abruptly at the edge of daylight where kitchenware was strewn in the roadway. Inside a house electrically lit it was nighttime again and none of NC's friends were familiar to me, but acknowledged me with polite small talk. When I realized that NC was gone I wondered how I'd get home, and while the strangers pursued trivial conversation I wondered how I could ask a cab driver to find me on a street with no name among houses with no numbers, not to mention the question of destination, as I couldn't recall where I'd come from. Still, I broke the spell of nicety that held me in place and roamed away looking for a phone book and located a telephone joined before I could make the call by an odd human-like male who sprawled nearby and said, "You can do what we think you can do."

Awake in the 4 AM quarantined stillness I decided to avoid sleep for awhile until that dream was farther in the past and now I'll be sure to carry the cab company phone number and if people from years ago invite me on car rides I'll ask for more information about where we're going. Being in reality goes only so far. There's a point when you've got to plan for it.

Thursday January 14, 2021 6:03 AM CST -- Master of the Mess
Master of the MessPublic News Svc.

Wednesday January 13, 2021 2:41 PM CST -- Stereo Coder for Artisan from Boomer
Stereo Coder is Freeware

Blocking, it's the hot new fad.

I see that Artisan Radio didn't get the Stereo Coder program from me? My letters might have been blocked by his Googly provider. The first one had me sending a Zip file with Stereo Coder in it, and it came back as a failed delivery. Next I put the Zip on my website and sent the link, which usually works for people, like for bigger files.

I'll try to send it to you, something I thought of doing before, why pass Carl Blare by? Your blog alerted me that Artisan wanted it. I saved this from the original website long ago, let's see if you can get it, if you feel like experimenting.

http://boomerthedog.com/Stereo-Coder.zip

It was fairly easy to get it going over here, since my transmitter has the required wide-band input to do it properly. It just took turning up the levels until the stereo light came on.

- Boomer


Wednesday January 13, 2021 10:39 AM CST -- Radio Information Stations At Work
Low power AM information stations serving vehicles at inoculation points and food distribution locations
The Source

Wednesday January 13, 2021 9:12 AM CST -- FM RDS & Free Speech According to Artisan Radio
January 12th was a productive day for Artisan Radio, as many days of research and experimentation resulted in success generating an RDS (Radio Data System) sub-carrier across a Part 15 type low power FM transmitter.
January 11th the Artisan Blog sent a response to 'free speech' arguments being stirred in the U.S. by actions of social media sites in blocking inappropriate content. I've had arguments with program producers in the past thinking that they had free speech liberties on licensed stations I represented. No they didn't, as the right of free speech is an individual liberty and does not obligate other entities to offer a platform, except as explained by Artisan.
See It All Here

Wednesday January 13, 2021 8:19 AM CST -- Capital Punishment for Capitol Rioters
The Blare Blog is officially opposed to capital punishment and frowns on the very concept of 'punishment', however we are saddled with a generally punitive tradition influenced by the intrusion of religion into what should be secular governance. Even as states have gradually been moving away from the death penalty the federal policy is quietly opening the way for bringing back old ways of execution such as hanging, firing squad, and gas. Yet the largely Christian fundament in American politics seems to have overlooked a favorite of their own, crucifixion. Nails and some wood make crucifixion the most economical approach and achieves the secondary purpose of putting the condemned on display as a deterrent against future 'sinful' behavior. So beloved is this method of death that persons of belief use the crucifix as an ornament worn as jewelry and displayed as wall art. Perhaps a return to crucifixion would be well timed if brought back now at a time when thousands of seditionists and insurrectionists are to be dealt with. I bring it up to hand the Republican-Christian-conservatives a quandry: while loving the idea they would certainly not wish to subject themselves to such an outcome.

Wednesday January 13, 2021 6:53 AM CST -- Get Yours While the Getting is Good
We have only one of these to give away, so only the fastest one among you will benefit from today's generous giveaway. It's a domain name. All you need to do is be the first to claim it from your domain name provider. KDX benefits in no way except the warm feeling that we helped one of our Blog visitors on the path to glorious success. The secret domain name is officialwebsite. Claim it and watch your bottom line shine. Good luck.

Monday January 11, 2021 4:32 PM CST -- Major Policy Shift At Talk Radio Giant
Cool It On Election Fraud Talk

Monday January 11, 2021 10:08 AM CST -- Interpretation
This is what the B.U.T.T. Encoder manual says about enabling multiple instances of the device:

5.) Configuration

The command line option -c <path_to_file> allows you to define a new standard configuration path.
This makes it possible to have multiple instances with different configurations
running. In case the file does not exists, butt will create a default file.

[Save]: Saves your current settings to the standard configuration
file or to the file that was passed to the -c option
[Export]: Saves your current settings to the given file
[Import]: Loads the selected file and applies the settings

Caution
If you use the -c command line option and import another configuration file
by using the import function, pressing [Save] will overwrite the file that was passed to the -c option.

Brain overload. I'm stuck trying to interpret that procedure, and that's where things stand.


Monday January 11, 2021 6:09 AM CST -- A Half-Way Good Idea
The former ex-chairman of the now defunct ALPB once declared "You must respect the President" upon which he kicked me off the ALPB member site. Now, today, after the poor bathroom habits shown by his very nice people at the White House, his President has been banned from social media and has no place to tweet. Ok, listen up; how about this... Why not offer the disgraced Commander-in-Chief a platform at the Old ALPB website? It might be a cool way for two bro's to show respect to each other. There are still a lot of Klanners and Proud Boys that haven't been rounded up by the FBI. Go for it.

Sunday January 10, 2021 8:45 PM CST -- Randy Rainbow on Trump's Failed Coup
Sedition

Sunday January 10, 2021 7:27 PM CST -- Enemies of the People
The news story linked here is a magnification of the experience had in the cloisters of the part 15 low power hobby world during the past couple years.
feral Trumpers sicced on journalists
The attack signal voiced by Trump over the last four years has been 'Fake news - enemy of the people', and the exact same form of attack was used to drive me away from two part 15 organizations by extreme right wing moderators who wanted no mention of progressive journalism which of course is the brand of my radio station. In the one case I was summarily forced out of office where I'd been named second to the chairman and without regard to the claimed 'democratic' rules established by the charter members, and in the second case my contributions were almost always deleted without comment. Aside from that they are 'very nice people'.

Sunday January 10, 2021 7:11 PM CST -- About Ed Zaleski
Ed Zaleski is the maker of Edcast and the past several days have been spent testing several versions of his stream encoder here at KDX. Still digging into traces of Ed's work sprinkled around the internet we came upon this -
The Ed Zaleski Story According to Wikipedia

Sunday January 10, 2021 8:43 AM CST -- Many don't show their humble stations
Boomer Open for Tour
Boomer Carrier Current Station
I might as well show my tactical gear, used for broadcasting, after being inspired by all of the stations shown in EBN newsletters.

Upper left, to bottom right:

HP netbook computer, Windows 7, dual mobile chip -- LPB AM 5 watt transmitter, leads to coupler on wall, not shown, and toroidal coupling transformer, no direct connection to AC, a station innovation.

M-Audio USB musician's interface, bypasses internal sound card in computer. Any computer can be substituted without a change in sound quality or switching an internal card to a new machine.

Beneath it, Homebre AM stereo C-QUAM encoder, baseband audio to low level RF out.

Bottom shelf, computer power supply it's a Dell, but same connector and 19 volts, several amps more than the HP's supply was. Last not least, UPS with external 3x (9 AH) higher capacity battery. The whole system continues to run during a power failure, no idea how long, but it doesn't skip a beat in the few shorter power drops I've had, up to 7 minutes.

Picture is guaranteed to be correct-side-up.

- Boomer


Sunday January 10, 2021 8:36 AM CST -- Seeking StereoCoder
Message from the Artisan Radio Blog:

Boomer, a regular contributor to the Blare Blog, pointed me to another possible Stereo/RDS generator tool - StereoCoder.  This is a freeware program, but unfortunately the company that developed it doesn't appear to offer it as a download any more.  A quick perusal of the Internet for it yielded no results.  Perhaps Boomer could send me a copy, via the contact information on the Artisan Radio main page.  I'll also make that appeal through Carl's blog.

StereoCoder appears to have been replaced by a payware product (with a short, free trial) called Airomate.  It does appear to work well, and offers everything that is required to get RDS up and running from the Zara Radio/VST automation tools.

Saturday January 9, 2021 10:51 AM CST -- Radio Dog Food
Boomer No. 2 of the day -

Glad to see that you're getting some reading out of the Panaxis EBN newsletters. It seems some have used the hobby as a stepping stone to careers in the media. Tha Dood might want to ring in on his EBN-friend who made it nationally in reporting.

It does appear that Part-15 site postings have stalled at this moment, I've never seen such low numbers. I want to blame someone.

I wonder if those sites, and all the things said on them over the years, will be saved in some form? It's much more text than all of he EBN newsletters put together.

I also added a translate of Radio Morningstar's AM transmitter page to Radio Dog Food, way at the bottom under Misc. I'd seen his page for a long time, but thought English readers might get more out of it with translation help. The page had been up forever, but what's odd is just as I was working on the translation, Morningstar's site went off line, and it's been off for days.

boomerthedog.net/radio

- Boomer


Saturday January 9, 2021 10:42 AM CST -- Accessing Processing
From Boomer -

I wanted to let correspondent Artisan Blog know about an alternate processor for broadcast, Hellfire. Currently it's under development and you can get the latest versions here:

http://burnill.co.uk/

It's a newer processor, but it comes from a long lineage of processors by the author, going back a couple of decades that I know of, from using Sonos Limit in the early 2000s. Even Limit is still good for a casual-listening station and a low power computer, it just won't compete with the loudness of processors today.

I've used an earlier version of Hellfire on a Core 2 Duo chip with 4 gigs or memory, but the only way to know if it will work for you is to try it, and it's free, as in beer.

The higher CPU used by processor programs is going toward DSPs that are used to meet broadcast standards, especially when it comes to overshoot on the output, something I learned on the forums for Breakaway's processor. If you really want to be at broadcast standards, then you probably want to control those overshoots, though for the hobbyist, the small overshoots wouldn't really matter. Overshoots even are allowed in licensed radio.

Hellfire's 5 band limit mode should also help to use less power. Hellfire also is supposed to have MPX and RDS features, though I haven't tried them, since I haven't been doing much FM experimentation lately, since I've been on AM.

JMPX should be fine, I had it running on Linux a good while back, and the QT runtimes, I think, it's been a while. The first software MPX I tried was StereoCoder, which was a lot like JMPX, that was in the mid-2000s. I think the version I had was 1.30, closed source, but freely available, you might be able to find it in old version archives if you want to try it. I have it if needed.

As for having a 192 khz sound card, you don't necessarily need to buy anything special, many computers can do 192 already with on-board audio. What you want to look for is a home multimedia PC, the kind with 6 audio input and output jacks for multi-channel sound. I've found many name brands will do the job, though sometimes you have to go into settings to get it to work with 192 audio.

My first try was with a machine like that, a $25 thrift store buy and Stereo Coder, and I fed a Panaxis transmitter, and got stereo that was very pleasing, no sibilance or stereo light flashing, and clean highs like I hadn't heard with hardware.

What you want on an FM transmitter when using an external stereo generator and RDS is a wideband input, and to do a clean job, the input should be high spec, but it's not that hard to do. You don't want any pre-emphasis or large capacitors rolling off the highs, just enough for an RF filter that starts working somewhere above 200 khz. On the low end, for today's broadcast processing, you want frequency response to below half a hertz, and flat frequency and phase response in the whole audio and MPX+RDS frequencies. If the transmitter has an input that's almost directly to the modulation varactor, then you should be good.

You might be able to get in and modify the Decade and bypass the audio processing, and add a wideband inpu. It might have a little trouble on bass though, if based on CZH, those seem to have fast PLL lock times.

The cool thing is, I was able to put on a good sounding station without buying anything extra, totally shoestring, my rationale is that the station should be cheap, low power and low cost. I'm a fan of software now, it can do that well. My AM stereo setup is spartan and ragtag, but it works on and on, and no one out there knows what the studio looks like.

- Boomer


Saturday January 9, 2021 10:32 AM CST -- theRADIOsource update
Correspondent Richard Powers made contact with Bill Baker, the main man at Information Station Specialists, provider of equipment and services for information radio stations, and shares this reply:

Hi Rich:
We have an issue (of The Source Newletter) coming out soon.  We appreciate your interest and gentle nudge!
We have been so busy with production that marketing has fallen behind a bit….  

************************************
Bill Baker
Information Station Speciali...

Saturday January 9, 2021 5:35 AM CST --

If you have the humble feeling that you are a nobody,
Then you are closer to the truth than someone we thinks he's a big shot.
-- Manfred Tweed, Home School College

Friday January 8, 2021 7:32 PM CST -- Obstinacy
I couldn't get the AltaCast Metadata updater to work. Then it started working. Now I can't figure out why it previously didn't work.
We also learned more about the logging department. There are 4 log levels based on entering a number and the AltaCast logging exists for debugging and not for listing audiofiles. The author of the manual was a person of few words whereas I have plenty of words but can't use them until I know something to say.

Friday January 8, 2021 5:45 PM CST -- Kinks
We've been watching the AltaCast Encoder spin out an MP3 stream for 24-hours and found some uncertainties we'll continue to explore. More about those after describing what works as expected which includes the robust sound quality of the stream itself which is very satisfactory. And the AltaCast communicates through the Icecast Server and becomes listed along with the OGG stream at both the Icecast and Steamcast Directories. That makes two features that function well, now we'll talk about two other factors which so far seem buggy. First, there's the matter of sending the 'Currently Playing' information, which only half-works in our experience so far. We're able to manually type in a description such as "This is a Test" and it gets sent through the Icecast Server and shows up as 'Currently Playing' info on the listener's audio player. But, although there's a provision for grabbing the data from a text file which in turn updates every time the playlist advances, it has so far not managed to happen. The manually entered text line does not get replaced by the line from the text file. The second irregularity to mention concerns the log keeping which works at times and at other times seems to stop working. And the logged data seems to be very scant compared the the B.U.T.T. Encoder.
This is a sample from the AltaCast Log:
01/08/21 17:43:25 Info(MainWindow.cpp:761): 24 Kbps (/kdx.mp3)
01/08/21 17:43:30 Info(MainWindow.cpp:761): 23 Kbps (/kdx.mp3)
01/08/21 17:43:35 Info(MainWindow.cpp:761): 24 Kbps (/kdx.mp3)
01/08/21 17:43:40 Info(MainWindow.cpp:761): 24 Kbps (/kdx.mp3)
01/08/21 17:43:45 Info(MainWindow.cpp:761): 23 Kbps (/kdx.mp3)
01/08/21 17:43:50 Info(MainWindow.cpp:761): 24 Kbps (/kdx.mp3)
01/08/21 17:43:55 Info(MainWindow.cpp:761): 24 Kbps (/kdx.mp3)
Very little else gets listed, and we're not sure what this tells us.
Now we see a sample logged by B.U.T.T.:
2021-01-08 13:57:52 Updated songname to:  KDX_ID_FEMA-2020-6-19_13 13 50
2021-01-08 13:58:01 Updated songname to:  PhiloTalk_ComfortingConvos1_1
2021-01-08 13:59:01 Updated songname to:  PhiloTalk_ComfortingConvos1_2
2021-01-08 14:52:01 Updated songname to:  PSA_Pro Choice (Abortion) Public Service Announcement
2021-01-08 14:52:56 Updated songname to:  7 hours of rain-soaked ambient cyberpunk music _ Boing Boing
2021-01-08 14:59:39 Updated songname to:  KDX_ID_SuperStream-2020-9-29_13 33 19
2021-01-08 14:59:50 Updated songname to:  rian
2021-01-08 15:18:28 Updated songname to:  RT America
2021-01-08 17:00:06 Updated songname to:  KDX_ID_FEMA-2020-6-19_13 13 50
2021-01-08 17:00:16 Updated songname to:  KDX_Interval_Signal
2021-01-08 17:00:24 Updated songname to:  RT_NEWS_Rick_Sanchez_Fri
2021-01-08 17:26:21 Updated songname to:  KDX_ID_SuperStream-2020-9-29_13 33 19
2021-01-08 17:26:29 Updated songname to:  KDX_Server_Location-2020-12-11_13 21 8
2021-01-08 17:26:34 Updated songname to:  No_Agenda-1310-2021-01-07
This shows each audio file passing through the stream and the time at which it plays. Far more useful information.
On we go.

Thursday January 7, 2021 5:32 PM CST -- KDX Streamed in Two Flavors
Modified 21/01/11 ... Experiment Completed
Out of Service


KDX-OGG Stereo

Tech Specs -
The MP3 Stream was encoded experimentally by Edcast Standalone v3.37.2011.2014 and Altcast v 1.1
The OGG Stream is encoded by B.U.T.T. v 0.1.27
The 2 encoders were driving a single Icecast Server v2.4.4
Icecast delivered both streams over a single port.
Icecast Server Dashboard

Thursday January 7, 2020 12:47 NOON CST -- On Politics at the Artisan Radio Blog
Worth Reading check out Jan. 6 Posts

Thursday January 7, 2021 11:34 AM CST -- For No Reason
Returning now to lab analysis of the Edcast and AltaCast StandAlone Encoders for radio streaming despite not needing them inasmuch as the  newer B.U.T.T. Encoder is serving our needs. And we recall saying that AltaCast failed to run with Windows 7 but that is changed now that C++ runtime libraries have been installed per the fine-print instructions at
AltaCast Download Site
Further, the AltaCast About page discloses that AltaCast 1.1 is based on Edcast V3 by Ed Zaleski Built on Feb. 8, 2016. Compare that to the most recent version of Edcast we've been tinkering with Built on Dec. 14, 2011.
More Information About What's Going On with AltaCast

Thursday January 7, 2021 7:30 AM CST -- Too Soon for Return to Normal
According to the New York Times, yesterday was the deadliest day of the Coronavirus Pandemic so far, with more than 3,900 deaths and 255,000 new cases reported. Therefore now is not the time to come flooding out of quarantine and returning to life as before simply because vaccines are being slowly administered.

Thursday January 7, 2021 12:41 AM MIDNIGHT -- Donald Trump Brings It On
Siege On Capitol
Picture from drudgereport.com
Watching the hooligan mob swarm the Whitehouse we had to wonder if any Part15 forum moderators or low power radio association ex-chairmen were part of the insurrection, which would explain the absence of activity at their web sites where mention of true world events is banned for small-time broadcasters who claim to serve imaginary communities. But setting minor trifles aside, there are curious observations to be made about the untamed trumpers.

To a one the 'Proud Boy' types are scruffy, ungroomed, bedraggled, unkempt, slovenly, grubby and raggy, unlike their fuehrer who leans around in neat business suits, high-end winter coat and shiny shoes. The thing is, the hoards respond to Trump dog-whistles by attacking federal buildings but do not give a thought to physical mimicry by outfitting themselves with handsome presidential wardrobes. I would think that a person would want to emulate the father-figure-demeaner in the manner of the children including Don Jr., Eric and Ivanka, where neatness of appearance stands-in for intellectual lack. And me: when I took an interest in the movie figure 'Zorro' I insisted on wearing black and continue the practice to this day, although I lost my sword years ago.

Tuesday January 5, 2021 10:38 AN CST -- Amen and Awomen?
No. The Latin expression 'Amen' as said to end Christian prayer translates as 'So be it", and is gender neutral.

Tuesday January 5, 2021 10:34 AM CST -- Feeling Dizzy
The Earth is Speed Spinning

Monday January 4, 2021 5:57 PM CST -- Edcast Able to Log Afterall
Taking a last look we discovered that Edcast DOES have the ability to save a log of its activities! We may yet find a cure for the virus if we keep looking.

Monday January 4, 2021 5:13 PM CST -- Back In the Lab
A question popped into my mind... does Edcast keep a log? B.U.T.T., Zara, and Icecast each save logs of everything that takes place while they are running, but within the past few minutes, having started Edcast serving KDX-MP3 I find no trace of log keeping facility. But there's more.

Flipping through engineering notes we have in hand detailed observations made in 2018 looking specifically at the Metadata generation feature not only in Edcast, but across several softwares including Winamp, Altacast, B.U.T.T. and Audacity. Some people refer to metadata as a Winamp capability, but more correctly it's part of the MP3 format and can be manipulated from software designed to handle MP3 audio files. The Zara V 1.6.2 method of showing CurrentSong.txt does not display actual metadata but shows the title of the currently playing audiofile which is more comprehensive because it is not limited to MP3. And one more thing.

Looking on our XP harddrive we find a more recent issue of Edcast than the one tried earlier today...This is V 3.37.2011.1214 Built on Dec. 14, 2011 and has a few additional doodads, but still no logging.

Monday January 4, 2021 11:52 AM CST -- Experiments Concluded for Now
Edcast is turned off, KDX is back on the B.U.T.T. Encoder in OGG format. We happened to peek under the hood and noticed that the Edcast About information reports itself as Oddsock.org V3 Built on Nov. 3, 2008, over ten years ago. Yet it seems to function properly under Windows 7. By comparison B.U.T.T. is currently supported and just upscaled to V 0.1.27, so we'll stick with the most recent encoder for today. There was a time while we were still on the XP operating system that we employed an encoder named Altacast with success, but it fails to run on Windows 7 and also seems no longer to be under development. The next thing we'll do, later in the week, is explore B.U.T.T.'s instruction for installing a second instance of itself, which will open a more modern way of generating two server formats. Thank you everyone for coming and your parking stubs will be validated on the way out.

Monday January 4, 2021 10:47 AM CST -- Two Streams One Encoder
Upon further examination of Edcast we re-discovered a flexibility of this encoder which is not shared by the BUTT Encoder... Edcast can simultaniously drive multiple streams, each set for different formats. Therefore we have two streams (MP3 & OGG) from a single instance of Edcast and both over port 8000 from a single Icecast Server.

Monday January 4, 2021 10:00 AM CST -- One Station Two Streams
Internet radio streaming from KDX Worldround Radio is an experimental affair as we set out to perfect ways of doing it utilizing mostly open-source freeware. As of this morning KDX has branched from one single stream (KDX-OGG) to a second simulcast stream (KDX-MP3). The OGG VORBIS stream is encoded by B.U.T.T. (Broadcast Using This Tool) and the second stream is encoding with Edcast, following the influence of work being done by Artisan Radio as his experimental streaming is connected with proving a method for adding RDS (Radio Data System) to low power FM transmission. Upon noticing that Artisan is using the Edcast Encoder we looked into it and discovered that Edcast is presently available as freeware, whereas we'd been under the impression that it was discontinued awhile ago. Quick installation and configuration has us putting out both streams at the same time from two different encoders. The OGG stream is somewhat high quality stereo, and the MP3 stream is low-bitrate monaural for the benefit of multiple thousands of potential listeners with narrow bandwidth internet connections. Most of what we do is speech and now listening to the MP3 stream it seems more than adequate and equivalent to the best AM and slightly sub-par FM, at 24kb/s. Take your pick.
KDX Worldround Radio Stream Server

Monday January 4, 2021 6:33 AM CST -- Trash from the Depths of Space
Earth As a Galactic Junk Heap

Sunday January 3, 2021 7:04 PM CST -- Nose Picking Friend to Friend

Nose picking may be one of few gross things not found as a fetish on pornhub. Because your close family and friends are unlikely to talk to you about it, The Blare Blog will, starting with this linked nose picker news:
Nose Picking Said to Be Bad
The Blog doesn't agree with the Catholic-like rule that one's hands just shouldn't go there... we believe that nose picking is a natural self-cleaning instinct but, like sex-ed, needs to be taught in schools to properly prepare men and women on the skill of nose management. If no one else takes this on The Blare Blog will compile and publish the first Picker's Guide and promote the specialty of nasal curriculum for early school with advanced snoot specialty for medical school. It's no accident that fingers and hands exactly fit nostrils like keys in a lock, similar to other parts of the body that fit together, but in each case requiring mastery of technique.

Sunday January 3, 2021 6:16 PM CST -- The Decomposition of Post-Trumpian America

The freaky covidian silence enveloping the cities is busy with death counted by essential workers in hospital back offices while streets refuse to offer escape routes for frantic drivers who find themselves returning home one day closer to eviction. Some blogger sits stringing words together on a keyboard under the compulsion that what everyone is experiencing needs to be described as if the experience by itself were not already descriptive. As a species we want to plan something, make repairs, pay somebody; to get back on schedule, but the unraveling is beyond reach and everything on a slippery slope. Today there may be food and electricity, but each day for fewer as budgets reach zero and key personnel become scarce. When screens go dark keyboards will cease to describe what happens after that.

Sunday January 3, 2021 11:34 AM CDT -- Just Links
Submitted by Rich Powers

No, this time we really mean it
http://www.engineeringradio.us/blog/2016/03/no-this-time-we-really-mean-it/
Okay, so when you stop laughing, here is what will really happen: They will go out, bust a few pirates, issue larger than normal Notices of Apparent Liability, collect none of the money from them and call it a huge success...

A TRACKER FOR RADIO SONDES
https://hackaday.com/2020/12/27/a-tracker-for-radio-sondes/
Radiosondes – the telemetry packages carried aloft by sounding balloons for atmospheric weather data measurements.. The balloons burst when they reach a high enough altitude, the radiosonde falls back, and most often there is no effort made to recover them since they are deemed “expendable”...
So, what do you do with the recovered radiosondes ? Here’s a tip on a “Fallen Radiosonde reborn as active L-band antenna“....

Experimental Broadcaster’s Newsletter - October 1988 Vol. 5, No. 10 Page 6
http://boomerthedog.net/radio.html
... Halloween pranks are somewhat of a tradition here on campus. Our discussion began with setting-up a low-power "voice from space" broadcast... We finally found a 15 foot diameter weather balloon at a "Army/Navy! The transmitter is a simple 4-transistor circuit which outputs about 2 and a half watts... should last 4 to 5 days. With any luck our balloon can reach the east coast and still be transmitting!.....

Experimental Broadcaster’s Newsletter - November 1988 Vol. 5, No. 11 Page 6
http://boomerthedog.net/radio.html
....Several Southern California EBN readers phoned-in early Monday morning to tell us they heard the broadcasts. Others wrote in.... We heard "the voice of Neewolah" in San Jose... Picked up something Monday morning October 31 that might have been your NEEWOLAH... We heard itl That radio balloon transmitter!....  We were watching channel 6-TV when a funny
sounding voice was heard in the background..... KDPT-FM in California reporting hearing balloon
broadcast about 8:00 am October 31,1988....

FAA Adopts Final Rules for Drones
https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/faa-adopts-final-rules-for-uas-remote-78099/
... Specifically, the rules will (i) require drones to broadcast information... the FAA opted for a “simplified approach” of using broadcast remote ID... Broadcast-Only; No Internet/USS Transmission... Broadcast remote ID systems will transmit information about the flight and aircraft using unlicensed spectrum in accordance with Part 15 of the FCC’s rules..., they are required to transmit their take-off location, which is intended to serve as a proxy for the location of the operator...

Earthlings and astronauts chat away, via ham radio
https://phys.org/news/2020-12-earthlings-astronauts-chat-ham-radio.amp
"Any station, any station, this is the International Space Station," Wheelock said... "It allowed me to ... just reach out to humanity down there," said Wheelock, who interacted with many operators, known as "hams," during that stay at the space station in 2010. "It became my emotional, and a really visceral, connection to the planet."...

Vintage Tube Amplification During a Lockdown
https://www.psaudio.com/article/vintage-tube-amplification-during-a-lockdown-part-one/
....Aside from the seriousness of the pandemic, was I to just endure life without recorded music for a while? Or would I attempt to outrun the highway patrol, hoping to be able to go to the studio and bring back an amp and phono stage, without ending up playing “Jailhouse Rock” to the entertainment of my fellow inmates, guards and warden?... Upon briefly contemplating the sheer futility of negotiating with a highway patrolman on whether high-fidelity audio was a basic necessity for survival..– I quickly concluded that it would be more prudent to stay put and have a look at my stack of parts at home...

Gingerbread monolith appears in San Francisco's Corona Heights
https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-us-canada-55454718 
Its arrival delighted many in Corona Heights - and yes, the neighbourhood's name predates the pandemic..
Like its Utah predecessor, the gingerbread monolith is three-sided, with rectangles of gingerbread apparently held together by icing. Its internal structure is unclear... the general manager of the city's Recreation and Parks Department, Phil Ginsburg, telling Californian news company KQED: "We will leave it up until the cookie crumbles."

Are we doomed? An investigation
https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/22201977/2020-doomsday-apocalypse-astrologers-memes-investigation
...., we look to historians, preppers, and even the heavens in search of answers: What exactly was 2020, and what happens now?... Politically, they try to stay neutral. Preppers “tend to lean to the right of the aisle,” but over the course of the Trump years, that’s started to change. “We have seen a lot of people from the left coming into prepping,” he says brightly. It is nice to see that people agree on something, I suppose, even if the thing that they agree on is the possibility of societal collapse...

https://county10.com/u-s-department-of-interior-confirms-that-yellowstone-bison-cannot-fly/!


Sunday January 3, 2021 11:26 AM CST -- Make-Up Table
MakeUp Table
I  mean I mean I mean ham radio HF set-up,
listening post, work/test bench, uh and... 
TABLE TESTING area, although
 admittedly- testing this one specific table has taken a very long time.
Very Best Wishes,
Brooooce

The Blog recommends contacting the International Table Standards Chair.

There are 2 interesting radios on the
table.  There is a black Sony pocket radio, model ICR-3.  It is AM only and probably was made not too long before the forces that be came up with the rule that all radios had to have both AM and FM.  I'm figuring 1985 or so, but I'm not sure about that date.  It's a cool radio and works well.  If you magnify your image, you can see how neat it is.  It came from the Orleans, Cape Cod dump.  And I'm glad it did!
The orange radio is a Radioshack Flavoradio
- "flavor" orange- color orange from the 1970s. I also have the "flavor" lemon - color yellow.  Anyway this orange flavor radio was dead.  Now it works - and it turns out the speaker was dead.  I never would have expected that.  It's very very loud now but the audio is somewhat distorted.  I have some ideas on what to do about that.  
I like these old AM only Flavoradios.  There are newer versions but I'm only interested in this "oldest" version.  Why? Uh uh er um, oh yeah - So we had a few of these around the house when I was a kid.  Two of them, I think.
They were both "flavor" strawberry - color red.  They are long gone.  Anyway the orange and yellow Flavoradios I have here pick up my 1580 KHz Part 15 AM transmitter NO PROBLEM.  So I can send ANYTHING through them.  I want to collect a few more- some other flavors.  Right now there are a bunch of Blueberry ones on E-Bay - but they are a newer version and that's not what I'm looking for right now.  Maybe later - they are tempting though.
Very Best Wishes,
Brooooce

Sunday January 3, 2021 11:04 AM CST -- Kitchen AM BCB DX Set-Up
Radio Dishwasher
Hi Uncle Carl!
This set-up (photo attached) works pretty well
when I'm cleaning the kitchen
and loading the dishwasher.
The GE Superadio 3 is the primary
receiver here.  There is nothing that beats the feeling of tuning an analog radio, but you know that.  The WMEX callsign on the front of the radio is a tribute to a station I listened to in my youth, which was very important as I was then in the hospital in Boston, MA - about 100 miles from home.  Also - the lettering covers up scratches on the radio's speaker grill, which I have been unable to repair.
The little radio with the orange triangle graphics is a Kaito KA-1103.  The orange triangles cover up scratches and dents on that radio as well.  The KA-1103 is used for frequency calibration.  It is a real workhorse!
To the left of the KA-1103 is a C.Crane FM transmitter, which sends the audio to my headphones which are driven by a teeny FM radio in my pocket.  I also use a Bluetooth set-up that functions in the same way.
More pictures to come.
Very Best Wishes
Brooooce

Technical Note from the Editor:  On some computer screens Brooce's pictures are right-side-up, but on others they are side-ways. We do not know what to do.

Saturday January 2, 2021 11:21 AM CST -- You Can't Fire Me and I Won't Quit
Side Face
(Image by DonkeyHotey from flickr)

Friday January 1, 2021 6:22 AM CST -- Necessary Technology

For many it has become difficult to imagine living without the internet although we occasionally hear of determined loners who keep the Web out of their domiciles by confining their access to public library work stations. The same ubiquity is more and more true for cell phones which are becoming pass keys to societal integration. We could probably say that cars have been necessary for a long time to connect with vital city services and at the fringes have become mobile homes for some homeless. We hear of long lines of cars at food banks and wonder how the carless pedestrian obtains charity food and have difficulty imagining how more than a small amount of supplies could be carried by public transportation. When it comes to living in a tent one needs a computer to find out where tents come from, but word is that no place is hospitable to tent dwelling. The Blare Blog is on the inside looking in, our only outlook based on what we've heard and other estimates. There are two human realities separated by a threshold; we are either in the system or out; the price of admission embedded in digital plastic; awake to a maze of abstractions asleep to other dreams; the insane and the outsane.



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