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Sunday February 28, 2021 9:15 PM CST -- Coming Cut Backs
As temperatures head above 60oF during overnights, the Blog, Website, and Radio Server will close in early evening Central Time as an energy saving measure to recover from the expensive winter. The KDX radio services have been operating 24-hours daily as a boost to indoor comfort by warm air blowing from the power supplies, but when comfort arrives freely through better weather there'll no longer be a purpose for after-hours operation, so we'll only be with you during daytime. For at least a few weeks we're still under cool conditions with temps having climbed from near zero and now bouncing around the freezing mark, but the trend is upward according to bird movements in the area.

Sunday February 28, 2021 6:31 PM CST -- Viola Concerto
Odd that in so many years I've never paid attention to whether there are any viola concertos, especially in that I am a student of the violin and happen to know that there are over 3,000 violin concertos.   Music for violin and orchestra is always well liked by audiences not only in classical concert music but also in music for movies and light music for easy listening. By comparison a viola is observably larger than a violin and emotes a lower range, serving as the bridge between violins and cellos in the orchestra. Easily enough I asked YouTube and a whole new feast awaits.
Viola Concerti Buffet

Sunday February 28, 2021 12:57 NOON AM CST -- Hobby Radio Under Assault from the NAB
Urgent Report
Credit: The Radio Guy

Friday February 26, 2021 2:57 PM CST -- Labels and Titles
In addition to the string of audio programs streaming from our online radio server a meta-data generator posts text descriptions of what's playing now and the genres or types of programs offered by the station. Up until now our genres have been listed as News, Talk, and Companion. Today we added another: Artificial Music. I'd like to explain what I mean by it. KDX carries overnight programming from independent music producers under many descriptions including ambient, experimental, drone, soundart, noise,
 electronic, avant garde, musique concrete, industrial, and difficult music. What I wanted is a single term encompassing them all, and the solution is 'artificial music', a common factor. This Artificial Music comes not only from Disperse Dispatch, a series we've written about, but from the live stream-source linked here all under a Creative Commons license.
Friday February 26, 2021 7:45 AM CST -- Audio Recorder Matchbox Size
This might be the ultimate breakthrough device for remote recording.

Thursday February 25, 2021 9:04 PM CST --
We often have second thoughts
because we never took the time to have first thoughts.
- Carl Blare upon realizing it

Thursday February 25, 2021 6:43 PM CST -- It is My Unpleasant Duty to Inform You
Daylight Time is Soon to Return

Thursday February 25, 2021 12:13 NOON CST -- Fictitious News?
This has got to be good. Something new from Wave Farm.
Turn On the News
Later that same day -- We aired 'Turn On the News' on KDX and do not find it worthy to bother with. The style is unoriginal and the contents could best be described as insanity expressed as kids cartoons. It's an example of why school radio doesn't deserve more than a closed-circuit public address system.

Wednesday February 24, 2021 7:48 PM CST -- Lost Legends
So, I opened a place called Radio Snack but everybody who came in wanted 1/4 Watt resistors, potentiometers, coils of enameled wire,and crossover networks.

Wednesday February 24, 2021 7:28 PM CST -- Making a Mole Hill
We sent a message to Boomer about his link at the new DEMAND RADIO page and asked how we could hear his carrier current station. Here's what he tells us:
Ah, my station, I'm not streaming it right now, having a change in philosophy, that I thought it might be best if it was for rare, local listening only. I like the idea that someone would just happen on the signal tuning around one day and never know anything about the station, how big or small, or that it was right there in the neighborhood. As far as I know, only a few outsiders have heard it, just friends who were interested.

You can see the evidence right here:
Boomer also mentioned a station located near here...
KMOX sure gets out, I seem to get them every night with a good signal and little fading, and dynamic sound, if a little metallic.

To which I, Carl, say... KMOX sounds dull to my ear compared to local KTRS the Big 550 which sounds brighter. Also, there are two female announcers on KMOX whose voices sound like dragging tail pipes.

Wednesday February 24, 2021 6:01 PN CST --
Before reading between the lines it's a good idea to read the lines.
- so says Carl Blare

Wednesday February 24, 2021 5:29 PM CST -- An Advertisment for Ad Blockers
Boomer Sales Talk on Blocking Sales -

Advertising. So many eyes are on the net, it's the cash machine of today. I agree, with network television, local radio and newspapers, ads were kept 'in their places', you had more choice on whether to look or not if the ad interested you, or turn the volume down. Here's my advertisement for ad blocking.

Anyone can fight back with ad blockers, plug-ins for the browser that allow you to control what ads you see.

I've gone on and off of ad blocking, since 1999 when pop-ups became the great annoyance, and I used Junk Buster and Proxomitron. People finally got annoyed enough about pop-ups that sites reduced their use, but then came Flash ads and other new formats, like ads that show when you click a link.

Advertising got so intense a few years ago that a "good ads" coalition was formed to clean up 'bad' ads, but it seemed to be more about consolidating power with established ad companies than reducing ad levels. They seemed to reduce temporarily, but have been creeping up since.

I can't recommend which ad blocker is best, but I have Firefox browser and use uBlock Origin as my main blocker and I like it. UBlock reduces the ads seen on pages by using a block list. Some blockers are manual, see an ad you don't like, you can right click to add it to your own block list.

I don't know if ad blocking will help with your problem at Tubi, but you can probably find a setting or a blocker that will work with it, I would imagine. Yes, it's a little bit of work to block ads, but I consider it to be part of the general maintenance of my computer experience.

Robots, that movie sounds like interesting sci-fi. I don't think I really like the idea of robot companionship myself, you'd always know it's programmed, just like it was no surprise when IBM's Deep Blue computer 'won' a chess match with Kasparov. Programming doesn't seem to go with sex robots, sex being such a biological interface.

Biological processes can be ugly too, but as animals we deal with it. Maybe companion robots should start out as pets in our homes, like in Woody Allen's movie Sleeper, they had a dog robot named Rags that talked.

Actually, Rush Limbaugh started on another toy, not a Radio Shack microphone, but a full plastic console transmitter and receiver, the Remco Caravelle. It was a small 3 transistor circuit dressed up in a big time shell for maximum appeal to a kid DJ's dreams.

Some broadcasters are driven more by the technology of a radio station, and for others it's the programming or performance. I've seen it in studios over time, some will come in and see an on-air microphone and they're ready to go live and are ready to talk about something or tell jokes. Others are concerned about broadcast power and what kind of tubes are used in the transmitter.

I like both, but I'd rather have a tour of the station's technical plant and antenna farm first, I want to integrate myself and what to do for programming comes later. That makes sense, the tech of radio is my specialty.

It was like that from the beginning, my parents were both into radio listening, and I noticed the magic of radio, voices would come out, and and you could change it to different ones, neat! This was at age 4-5, as was seeing mom's kitchen radio, and looking over the counter at it, eye level, seeing "54" at one end, and why was the 4 placed higher and written smaller on the dial?

When I got my Radio Shack broadcasting kit, I'd play music through it, and go to a radio in another room and listen, it was fun, I was on the air. I thought that was something special, there are many DJs, but who has their own transmitter and broadcasts at home? Nobody. I thought that was unique, lots of potential here, when I was 12.

I think we've seen lots of tech people on the Part-15 groups because the groups are a concentrated source of info on how to get on the air. When people get their needs met and they're on the air, they're free to program and don't need the groups any more, a kind of natural selection.

I like to see that, it means they're putting their time into their stations, and I agree, if you have the drive to build a great station in your local community, you shouldn't even be on the groups, you should be working on your station! I think that's why we're left with the kind of cranky, emotional, biological personalities that we have on the groups.

I like where you wrote that AM going digital is like putting encryption on it, so true, because you need an officially licensed chip to be able to listen to it. People don't consider what that means, because it's then not truly radio accessible to all, where even just a diode can pick up a normal AM station and listening is universal.

That's the powerful message that should be broadcast to every interested party, to think about why analog radio shouldn't be replaced with digital.

I liked reading Rich Powers' description of triad grounding. I guess that was something proposed and tested as an idea, but TIS installs I've looked into don't use it, usually it's just a simple mat of ground radials around the antenna, each 10-20 feet or so in length.

In difficult grounding situations you probably try other things, but it seems the radial ground is well established, and it works to get the required signal strength, with a local grade signal out to about a mile. Grounding is a bigger issue on the low end of the AM band though, so maybe Triad is better there?


Wednesday February 24, 2021 9:09 AM CST -- Radio Program in Tribute to Lawrence Ferlinghetti
TUC Radio

Wednesday February 24, 2021 6:10 AM CST -- Creative Radio Stations of Earth
KDX Worldround Radio has opened the Demand Radio page even while it is being constructed, pointing toward the radio stations operated by our friends and correspondents and to inventive, innovative radio stations everywhere.
Demand Radio Hard Hat Area

Tuesday February 23, 2021 11:08 PM CST -- Remember VHS
For just over a decade we produced videos in the VHS format and still hang onto a suite of production equipment which hasn't been used since 2002. A closet full of VHS blanks reminds us why KDX seems so crowded, given that we can't use all our space for radio. It's natural that this article captured our attention.
Second Life for VHS

Tuesday February 23, 2021 10:29 PM CST -- Dullards At Half Mast

There's been talk in Florida and elsewhere of flying flags at half mast in honor of the late Rush Limbaugh.
We would agree that white trash deserve their heroes too.
But it's true that when significant deaths occur, such as that of Lawrence Ferlinghetti,
no thought goes to tribute by flapping a piece of cloth half-way up a pole.

Tuesday February 23, 2021 4:09 PM CST -- Lawrence Ferlinghetti Dead at 101
A Force for Poetry

Monday February 22. 2021 10:28 AM CST -- Unwelcome Skater Tackled in Central Park
Annoying Advertisment Canceled by Public Demand

Monday February 22, 2021 9:41 AM CST -- Annoyance in Advertising
When we were involved in professional advertising the emphasis was on appeal; ads appealed to men by populating them with beautiful models by which we mean women, appealed to women by suggesting happier homes and smiling families, appealed to children by showing off brightly colored toys and sweet tasting cereal. Promised success and pleasure. But advertising today in this internet age stands in the way of ready access to the actual content we're trying to view by rudely attempting to grab our attention and interrupt our concentration. Ads nowadays show annoying people badly groomed, adult actors acting childish, ugly stereotypes clownish in poor stage makeup talking by untrained voice, acting out simplistic and improbable situations and repeated incessantly. Advertising today is detrimental to public health.

Monday February 22, 2021 9:34 AM CST -- Everything About Talk Radio
The Ralph Nader Radio Hour (as heard on KDX Worldround Radio) brings guest Thom Hartmann of the Thom Hartmann Program (as heard on KDX Worldround Radio) to discuss all aspects of talk radio; it's history, types, personalities and place in the U.S. today.
Talk Radio Fully Discussed

Saturday February 20, 2021 3:43 PM CST -- Do What I Ask You to Do -- Zat is an Order!!
Tubi.tv has a large selection of free movies and their commercials are heard at a lower audio level compared to other free movie sources which keep movie levels on the quiet side while blasting commercials loudly enough to demolish the house. Perhaps as a recovery mechanism following the Trump Presidential era we've been delving into Tubi's large assortment of 'Nazi' films. It is unendingly fascinating to see how circumstances turned personalities of the most cultured people on earth at the time into authoritarian killers of nightmarish proportions. Clear traits of the same thing can be seen within the extreme right wing of our recent crop of Christian Nationalists who find themselves prepared to 'do 'whatever it takes' to serve their bellicose masters. I'm allowing 'knowing how to drive' and 'being capable of wearing shoes' as signs of culture in the American case, whereas the Europeans knew Wagner, Beethoven, Hesse, Schopenhauer and so much more. We might add that modern day fascists are semi-literate with computers.

Most recently we're painfully attempting to watch a film set in 2050 subtitled "Customize Your Lover" about the popularization of sex robots in society. 'Painfully' because the dialogue is nearly inaudible compared to overly loud music and sound effects, but some originally eerie scenarios have arisen such as a man becoming obsessed by his brother-in-laws sex robot and a visit to a singles bar where the walls are lined with inanimate sex robots of every size shape and gender waiting to be approached. While words like 'gross' and 'sleazy' have been used to describe human biological sex, we expect that more grim and dreary words will eventually apply to sex with electronic machines.

Saturday February 20, 2021 8:55 AM CST --
Being wrong is a right
but being right is never wrong.
- Carl Blare

Thursday February 18, 2021 10:18 AM CST -- Four AM Stations Up for Auction
Of these stations, AM 1430 and 1190 are the most significant, the one being authorized for 50 kW day and 5 kW night, the latter 10 kW day and 250 W night.
Form a Socially Distanced Line

Thursday February 18, 2021 9:43 AM CST -- Job Opening
The death of Rush Limbaugh leaves an unfilled air-shift on the dying (radio) band. Rush got his start with a Mister Microphone micro-transmitter from Radio Shack, and the lesson there is that any of our low power radio hobbyists could slither their way up the ladder, if only they could talk.
Toxic Bigotry

Thursday February 18, 2021 9:09 AM CST --
Freedom of speech is a right to lie.
Without it there would be no advertising or religion.
- Chauncey L. Fitzkilpatsky, resident philosopher

Thursday February 18, 2021 6:45 AM CST -- Unstylish Bellowing
Rush Limbaugh sounded to me like a man trying to talk after eating too much for lunch. His palaver came across as lazy avoidance of any fact checking. He seemed badly informed and averse to intellectual reflection. But he made all that money so somebody must have thought he was up to the job. And he's been credited with "saving AM radio" while at the same time AM radio has been abandoned by persons of taste and is on the brink of going all digital in a last ditch attempt to save itself through encryption finally rendering AM radios obsolete.
Stuck in the 80s

If our count is correct KDX becomes the 31st station to carry REV BILLY now scheduled Sundays at 12 NOON Central Time. Kneel, stand up and sit down every week!
A Church You Can Believe

Tuesday February 16, 2021 6:30 AM -- Multiple Weather Emergencies
Arctic air is gripping much of the U.S. winter storms having shut down electric power to millions, rolling power blackouts starting to affect many amid extreme demand.
Power Blackouts
Representative temperatures at this hour:
Keene NH 31o F
NYC 45o
Charleston SC 60o
Cleveland 22o
Nashville TN 9o
Dallas 0o
Oshkosh WI 2o
Chicago 9o
University City MO -2o
Little Rock 2o
Houston 12o
Atlanta 32o
New Orleans 27o
Austin TX 9o
Enid OK -15o
Kansas City MO -8o
Detroit 17o
Casper WY 24o
Santa Fe 22o
Tucson 48o
San Francisco 49o

Monday February 15, 2021 5:42 PM CST -- Snow Bound
I have a science question. As you've noticed, water is translucent like glass and you can see everything in it or on the other side of it. So why is it that when water turns to snow it makes everything white and allows no view of what lays within or beneath?

Now a policy matter. I might ban sex robot jokes on this blog. I mean, it's the kind of thing that lends itself to humor, and no doubt ribald robot jokes will become common place, but I'm not comfortable about it. Let me demonstrate the sort of talk we might want to block...

So, my robot freaks me out when she doesn't blink, but when she blinks there's a clicking noise which is very distracting.

Come to think of it most of my reservations have to do with sounds. Especially whirring noises whenever she changes position.

Monday February 15, 2021 10:27 AM CST -- Clubhouse is Something
It could be used with radio.
About Clubhouse

Monday February 15, 2021 2:04 AM CST -- Radio Companionship
We're up and about somewhat early during a widespread winter storm spead across much of the U.S. The conditions at our location in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley are not as treacherous as many other locales. Our temperature is 1o with snow starting and possible predicted depth of 5-or-so-inches. Ian Punnett is interviewing an author of a book about sex robots which sets my imagination into several tangential directions, but centered mainly on musings about non-human companionship. It occurs to me that the radio has been long considered a surrogate companion.

An old Crosley Cathedral radio comes up by Googling 'companion radio', as does Public Radio's now defunct 'Prairie Home Companion'. We typed 'companion' into the genre box at the two radio directories (xiph.org & steamcast.com) that list our own KDX Worldround Radio but came up blank, so as of this moment we're adding "Companion" as the third stated format of KDX along with "News, Talk" and plan to promote general acceptance of the category.

There is no denying the fact that having a radio station in the house providing favorite programming everyday is a very pleasant source of companionship and that's the main thing about it. Would a robot be jealous?

Sunday February 14, 2021 3:12 PM CST -- Across the Aisle
A telephone conversation with Buster Boatrocker, barber to Carl Blare and loyal Trumper.
CARL:  Buster? How'd it go. I looked for your face in all the news footage from January 6th.
BUSTER:  I was tricked by the Dems and thrown way off course.
CARL:  What happened?
BUSTER:  Well, I had the pickup loaded with my Fedret flag, bullhorn, and a whip, looked at my old road map and saw 'Washington' right there in the upper left, I drove for three-and-a-half days, but I wasn't finding D.C. Some guy told me I was in Seattle and I asked him where D.C. was and he said 'about 3,000 miles east in Washington'. And I said, 'but this is Washington' and he said 'like your MAGA hat'. Anyway, there's a bunch of Washingtons and I went to the wrong one.
CARL:  Too bad. But I bet you're happy about the acquittal.
BUSTER: The what?
CARL:  Trump not getting convicted for inciting insurrection.
BUSTER:  You always did use a lotta fancy words, Carl. Tell me in plain English.

Saturday February 13, 2021 7:47 PM CST -- Ramp Jam
Ramp Jam
Automobile traffic is at a standstill at the Bruce Radio Monitoring Station. The ramp is completely blocked by giant shortwave equipment.

Friday February 12, 2021 7:05 PM CST -- Slow Internet?
Do what this man did.
What he did

Friday February 12, 2021 4:26 PM CST -- Early Radio May Hold the Key to Fixing Modern Social Media
Think About This

Friday February 12, 2021 3:36 PM CST -- Free Daily Newscast for Radio Stations

Friday February 12, 2021 7:19 AM CST -- Triad Grounding System
From Richard Powers

Was reading an interesting NITA report from 1985 concerning the future of TIS which  was still confined to 530 and 1610 and the expansion of the AM band to 1700 prompted this report. It talks about when TIS was created in 1977 few agencies bothered to take advantage of this new license service, the primary reason being the endless tape decks used at  the time were so problematic and always breaking down that they didn't consider it worth the expense of the equipment and licensing for something that would require such frequent maintenance.. It's interesting to note however that the unlicensed TIS option, being part 15, utilized the exact same tape decks, yet those installations continued to expand on through the 1970s into the '80s. Anyway, when digital audio storage came into being in the '80s that problem was solved and the expansion of TIS installations begin to expand. I was surprised when the document said that the national weather service was considering utilizing TIS throughout the nation for weather alerts, surprising because if you recall Bill Baker just a few short years ago petition the FCC to allow TIS stations to broadcast weather alerts.. So go figure!.. Anyway I'm getting off track, it really is an interesting document. It's about 180 pages and does address a lot of the issues that we part 15 broadcasters have substitute systems are essentially the same type of installation.

What I want to address grounding method which  was deemed very effective named the triad grounding system. I'm confused by it. It seems to entail drilling a 6-in diameter hole 10 ft deep, feeling it with a chemical solution and then somehow inserting a 20-ft ground rod into it! I don't get it! Maybe I'm just reading it wrong..

I'm providing some screen grabs of the pages describing it because I can't copy and paste very well due to the fact that my tablet I'm using the busted up screen which makes it very difficult to do anything with it... As you can probably tell I'm using text-to-speech software this message because I can't type either.
Triad GND 1
Triad GND 2
Triad GND 3

Thursday February 11, 2021 2:42 PM CST -- What a Deal
Among the greatest composers of the world Johann Sebastian Bach ranks at the top and his entire organ catalog is yours for broadcast at no cost performed by organist James Kibbie.
The Bach Pipe Organ Collection

Thursday February 11, 2021 6:29 AM CST -- Message to Outlying Planets
Hello aliens. We are animals called 'human beings'. The number one thing for us is food. We are close to eating all the food on our own planet and are searching the stars for more food. Once we are fed we spend our lives manicuring perfect lawns. We act all friendly at first during the initial stages of tasting you. If you are delicious it's only a matter of time until you become extinct and we're back to square one.
How it's going so far

Thursday February 11, 2021 6:09 AM CST -- From the Listening Ramp
Bruce logs on from his Radio Monitoring Ramp

Hi Uncle Carl!
So here's a picture of the ham radio/SWL and test set-up table as it is right now.  (Things do get moved around from time to time.)
Alternate Text
There is a bunch of gear here - I've got 2 radios I will talk about briefly.
The unit in the middle (sort of) is the Heathkit ham radio transmitter.  This is the one with the white knobs and a green cabinet.
Additionally - a grid drive and plate current meter for the 6146 final amp is on the left of the front panel. As mentioned - this transmitter is a Heathkit DX-60B.  As far as I can tell - this was first produced in about 1966 and kept going way into the 1970s.
I tested it last year and it transmits a clean RF carrier - but the output power is very low.
The original specs were 90 watts input to the final RF amp for code transmission (so that's carrier on and off) and somewhat less for amplitude modulation because the carrier would be "full on" when the DX-60B was transmitting.  That's a 100% duty cycle so there had to be less energy running through the thing.  The transmitter uses some kind of screen grid modulation.  That's about 60% modulation.
DX-60Bs are reliable and sound good though, so even with the lower modulation the radio was and still is very well liked.  There are many of them still running.  I also have a Heathkit DX-60A on the shelf.  It has performed very well for me.  The DX-60 line covers the 3.5, 7, 14, 21, and 28 MHz ham bands.  It has 5 sockets on the inside for transmit crystals, which can be selected by a rotary switch on the front panel.  It also has an input for a variable frequency transmit oscillator.  I have one of those but it is not hooked up yet.  
The big receiver on the right is a Hammarlund HQ-140XA, which was produced in the mid 1950s.  I have also owned some of it's brothers.  I had an HQ-170C and an HQ-100.
For me, the HQ-140XA is unbelievably fun to use!  I will have to send you a shot that shows the front panel better.  A loop receiving antenna is blocking it's view also.
This is my second HQ-140.  I got rid of the earlier one zillions of years ago and have always regretted it.  This "current" 140 isn't working quite right but the sheer fun of using it sort of cancels the problems out.  When life gets back to normal - I will have a tech look at it again.  The audio is a little distorted and should be louder.
WOW!  It's late so I'm going to sign off.
Thanks again and very best wishes!

Post Script added by Editor:  The traffic jam seen in the middle of Bruce's radio ramp is part of Bruce's traffic reporting side-line which helps underwrite the monitoring.

Wednesday February 10, 2021 3:57 AM CST -- Folding Forum
As reported on the Artisan Radio Blog the part15.org forum was down yesterday, perhaps foresignalling its eventual closure as low activity on the forum places it on a deathwatch. Also from Artisan comes bleak news for radio listeners in the Vancouver, British Columbia, area in Canada. Some of the underhanded corporate strategies described remind me of goings on I've witnessed here in the "lower 48". Several years back the switchboard operator of a network TV station informed me that hundreds of calls poured in complaining about a decision to yank the Dick Cavette Show in favor of running old movies. The operator was instructed to ignore the calls by not keeping a record of them. Purpose of the change was a gain of two extra commercial minutes every night. And more recently, despite making the bar very high for qualifying to license an LPFM station once many such stations clog the band some of them immediately switched formats from the "service to the community" promise which greased their application to common music formats no different than found on commercial counterparts. A few of the non-commercial LPFMs are heard airing outright commercials in violation of FCC rules.

Tuesday February 9, 2021 12:26 NOON CST -- Covid Vaccine Makes You Homosexual
Know what you're getting into

Tuesday February 9, 2021 11:10 AM CST -- A Right to Know
Protect Press Freedom

Tuesday February 9, 2021 7:34 AM CST -- The President's Weekly Radio Address is Back
Biden Reviving Radio Address Tradition
The weekly program is expected to be found at the White House website, YouTube, and other sites.

Monday February 8, 2021 6:38 PM CST --
I'd like to be remembered as benign, beneficent and brilliant, but there's no hope of that.
- Christopher Plummer, actor
1929 - 2021

Monday February 8, 2021 4:20 PM CST -- Part 15's Call of the Wild
In addition to being a very interesting news story, this has part 15 opportunity written all over it.
Nomad Living

Monday February 8, 2021 3:48 PM CST -- Restored to Service
With the temperature topping 17o it's a day for inside work, so we repaired the loose antenna on our C.Crane FM 1 and returned to 89.9 MHz for monitoring the Audacity editing channel. We'll no longer need to 'borrow' 89.5 away from KDX-FM and our main broadcast channel. During the setup we were reminded of what differentiates the FM1 from the FM2; there is a noticably high noise-floor heard as a 'whishing' sound, otherwise the audio is excellent. If C.Crane comes out with FM3 it should include a mono button to shut-off the stereo generator. Seasoned low power hobbyists know why.

Monday February 8, 2021 7:47 AM CST -- The Powers Report
Moon Trees
Here's what really happened
The Whole Story
Submitted by Richard Powers of  End80 Radio

Sunday February 7, 2021 11:16 AM CST -- How I Came Up with An Extra Hour
This is a true story as it happened to me. Carl Blare telling. I was on duty running the Sunday morning lineup of programming for KDX Worldround Radio when I briefly dozed off. When I woke up 'Big Picture Science' from the SETI institute was just wrapping up, but it was an hour early. What I figure is that I started the entire morning program block an hour too soon. That would explain it. Except for the human involvement, KDX would be the perfect station.

Sunday February 7, 2021 7:13 AM CST -- Phone Call from Buster Boatrocker
CARL: H'lo?
BUSTER: So much for haircuts.
CARL: Is this Buster?
BUSTER: They at least call. They want to know if I can cut their hair from 6-feet away. I can't think of any way of doing that. You haven't even called.
CARL: Uh, well I've been doing my own.
BUSTER: You know you need a license to do that?
CARL: Well I mean I don't think you need a license to do your own.
BUSTER: No I mean YOU need a license. I've got one.
CARL: Too bad you can't do cuts over the telephone. I can do radio by telephone. Which reminds me, I'm doing the Blog right now... I should tell the readers you are my barber... we can give you a plug.
BUSTER: How many readers you got?
CARL: Oh, four for sure.
BUSTER: Could I do one of my
editorial things now over the phone?
CARL:  Absolutely!
BUSTER: Ignorance is not to be ignored.
CARL: Right. So go ahead.
BUSTER: That was it.

Sunday February 7, 2021 6:41 AM CST -- Radio Art
The second Radio Art show is available from Wave Farm Radio. A show where art is not just on the radio, but is the radio.
Radio Art Program 002

Saturday February 6, 2021 6:58 AM CST -- Logic Lesson

Talk is cheap
KDX is a talk station
Therefore, KDX is cheap

Friday February 5, 2021 4:20 PM CST -- Tell'em, Bo

I thank you in advance for the great round of applause I'm about to get.
-Bo Diddley, guitarist, singer, songwriter

Friday February 5, 2021 4:12 PM CST -- Dedicated Wireless Mic Channel
Shure Petitions FCC

Friday February 5, 2021 10:26 AM CST -- Your Pandemic Buddy
After a lengthy absence the Blare OnAir program returns to the wavy air! Every edition of Blare OnAir is a one-sided conversation as host Carl Blare talks for no reason.
The Ambivalent Return of Blare OnAir
Sat. Feb. 6, 2021 Updated version - Musical tail added

Thursday February 4, 2021 12:37 NOON CST -- Elegant Solution
Artisan Radio has been working on a project aimed at producing RDS (Radio Data System) via a nearly costless assemblage of software and computer hardware and may have solved the last mile by way of a $12 device, a Moshi USB-C External Sound Adapter capable of 192 kHz sampling. This is ingenious on several levels. The reason for the high sampling frequency is the need to pass the upper sub-carriers required to carry the data. The USB-C device does just that and only that, and although marketed as a headphone utility can just as easily feed the audio input of an FM transmitter. Also, the choice otherwise would be an expensive sound card with all of its un-needed inputs and other frills amid possible shortage of card slots in the computer. Our link shows a chunkier price, so somewhere else there's a better deal.
The USB-C Audio Adapter

Thursday February 4, 2021 11:03 AM CST -- Things of Thought
I, Carl Blare, your blogger, think about many things. I actually do far fewer things than I think about. This morning is rainy and I'm thinking about live radio. There's an irony in the fact that most of us who build and operate low power radio stations do so in part because of fond memories of the great personalities and DJs from radio's past who did live programs, yet the programming on our smaller stations are pre-recorded audiofiles from automated playlists. Those few who've broadcast live on part 15 (low power) or streaming stations are quite rare and hard to find.

Years ago while first constructing KDX Wordround Radio I streamed live a couple times but looked at the activity window on the computer screen and saw no listeners connected, so I knew I was talking to no one. It became easier somehow to simply record my show and play it back while I tended to other business. Now, in the nostalgic rain, I'm pondering a daily live show on which I'd jibber jabber about current events, observations, opinions, and other ramblings. Hmm. But look what's happening. I'm blogging about it. This thought will probably never make it to air.

Wednesday February 3, 2021 2:49 PM CST -- Randy Rainbow Does Marjorie Taylor Greene
Party Girl of the Republican Party

Wednesday February 3, 2021 2:38 PM CST -- Trolling Can Be Good
That woman is a joke

Wednesday February 3, 2021 2:14 PM CST -- Nova Scotia Man Builds Home Radio Studio Because He Likes Radio
All He Needs Now is a Transmitter

Wednesday February 3, 2021 2:07 PM CST -- Fly Away in Good Health
Birds Not Harmed by 5G

Wednesday February 3, 2021 12:50 PM CST -- The Fat Lady Doesn't Sing Until the Deep Voiced Man Gets Done
Had a great treat last night when I found out Artisan Radio has been testing his long planned Opera Stream! It sounded very clear and musically rich! Check it now to see if tests are still underway.
Artisan Radio Media Hub

Wednesday February 3, 2021 12:45 NOON CST -- Old Sayings
While rummaging through my desk drawer I came upon these from the 90s

If things work temporarilly
They're good enough for the time being.

Feel upbeat
Not beat up.

Tuesday February 2, 2021 5:31 PM CST -- Marjorie will be sitting in here on The Blog
Livestock of Georgia

Tuesday February 2, 2021 4:57 PM CST -- Off-Leash Freedom
On his show today Thom Hartmann invited callers to give their definitions of 'freedom' which brought a wide-range of suggestions. As I listened I pondered what I might propose and came up with this...
Freedom is the ability to set your own schedule
and be able to afford it.

Tuesday February 2, 2021 8:33 AM CST -- Private Tour of the Original KRAB Radio
Audio assets and historic visit with an iconic free form radio station exclusively for Friends of The Blare Blog.
Flagship Station of the Krab Nebula

Tuesday February 2, 2021 6:51 AM CST -- Fear and Interference
Small radio stations authorized under FCC rules Part 15 find themselves in a somewhat precarious category given that the main purpose and intention of the Part 15 section is to manage, control and alleviate interference across the radio bands. Of course 'interference' is understood to mean 'confliction' with transmission and reception of the 'more important' licensed radio and television services. License holders and listeners alike are offered the courtesy of a reporting system for complaining to the FCC about percieved interferences.
FCC Interference Services
In actual fact the Part 15 rules define 'how much' interference a given device may generate before it becomes a 'harmful' interference. Interestingly, a proviso of those rules holds that a Part 15 radio device 'May Not Cause Interference' yet 'Must Accept any Interference (may not complain about it)', while at the same time any person acting as an individual is invited to make interference complaints.
More FCC Interference Guidance
KDX has been radiating acceptably low power and very polite interferences since 2007 and frequently issues apologies, excuse me's and I beg your pardons in the hope that no one within listening range avails themselves of the FCC's interference response team.
Still More FCC Interference Options
Another word for 'interferred' is 'bothered'. Your broadcast bothers me.
Interference Handbook

Monday February 1, 2021 5:33 PM CST -- Robo-Call Creep Fined by FCC
$9.9 Million

Monday February 1, 2021 10:19 AM CST -- STOP THE GODDAMN LEAFBLOWER!
Leafblower Radio Hour

Monday February 1, 2021 4:25 AM CST -- Public Service Announcements

There are reasons radio stations air public service messages. In some cases the stations genuinely get behind a cause. Another reason is filling time... grabbing something to close the gap between program segments. Where do public service messages come from? Here's one source.
NAB Spot Center

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