February 28, 2021 9:15 PM CST -- Coming Cut Backs
As temperatures head above 60oF
during overnights, the Blog, Website, and Radio Server will
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
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
Sunday February 28, 2021 6:31 PM CST -- Viola Concerto
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.
Sunday February 28, 2021 12:57 NOON AM CST -- Hobby Radio
Under Assault from the NAB
Friday February 26, 2021 2:57 PM CST -- Labels and Titles
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,
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
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 --
often have second thoughts
because we never took the time to have first
- Carl Blare upon realizing it
Thursday February 25, 2021 6:43 PM CST -- It is My Unpleasant Duty to
Thursday February 25, 2021 12:13 NOON CST -- Fictitious News?
This has got to be good. Something new from Wave Farm.
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
I opened a place called Radio Snack but everybody who came in wanted
1/4 Watt resistors, potentiometers, coils of enameled wire,and
Wednesday February 24, 2021 7:28 PM CST -- Making a Mole Hill
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
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.
Boomer also mentioned a station located near
You can see
the evidence right here:
sure gets out, I seem to get them every night with a good signal
and little fading, and dynamic sound, if a little metallic.
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 --
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Wednesday February 24, 2021 6:10 AM CST -- Creative Radio Stations of
KDX Worldround Radio has opened the Demand
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.
Tuesday February 23, 2021 11:08 PM CST -- Remember VHS
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.
Tuesday February 23, 2021 10:29 PM CST -- Dullards At Half Mast
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
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
Monday February 22. 2021 10:28 AM CST -- Unwelcome Skater Tackled in
Monday February 22, 2021 9:41 AM CST -- Annoyance in Advertising
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
ready access to the actual content we're trying to view by rudely
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
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.
Saturday February 20, 2021 3:43 PM CST -- Do What I Ask You to Do --
Zat is an Order!!
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.
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
more grim and dreary words will eventually apply to sex with electronic
Saturday February 20, 2021 8:55 AM CST --
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
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.
Thursday February 18, 2021 9:43 AM CST -- Job Opening
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.
Thursday February 18, 2021 9:09 AM CST --
of speech is a right to lie.
Without it there would be no advertising or
- Chauncey L. Fitzkilpatsky, resident
Thursday February 18, 2021 6:45 AM CST -- Unstylish Bellowing
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.
Tuesday February 16, 2021 1:24 PM CST -- REV BILLY & THE CHURCH
OF STOPSHOPPING MAKES AIR
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!
Tuesday February 16, 2021 6:30 AM -- Multiple Weather Emergencies
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.
Representative temperatures at this hour:
Keene NH 31o F
Charleston SC 60o
Nashville TN 9o
Oshkosh WI 2o
University City MO -2o
Little Rock 2o
New Orleans 27o
Austin TX 9o
Enid OK -15o
Kansas City MO -8o
Casper WY 24o
Santa Fe 22o
San Francisco 49o
Monday February 15, 2021 5:42 PM CST -- Snow Bound
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.
Monday February 15, 2021 2:04 AM CST -- Radio Companionship
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
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?
Well, I had the pickup loaded with my Fedret
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
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.
Friday February 12, 2021 4:26 PM CST -- Early Radio May Hold the Key to
Fixing Modern Social Media
Friday February 12, 2021 3:36 PM CST -- Free Daily Newscast for Radio
Friday February 12, 2021 7:19 AM CST -- Triad Grounding System
From Richard Powers
Thursday February 11, 2021 2:42 PM CST -- What a
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,
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
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..
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
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.
Thursday February 11, 2021 6:29 AM CST -- Message to Outlying Planets
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.
Thursday February 11, 2021 6:09 AM CST -- From the Listening Ramp
Bruce logs on from his Radio Monitoring Ramp
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.)
is a bunch of gear here - I've got 2 radios I
will talk about briefly.
unit in the middle (sort of) is the Heathkit
ham radio transmitter. This is the one with the white knobs
and a green cabinet.
- 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.
tested it last year and it transmits a clean RF
carrier - but the output power is very low.
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%
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
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
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
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
It's late so I'm going to sign
again and very
Post Script added by Editor: The
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
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
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
Tuesday February 9, 2021 11:10 AM CST -- A Right to Know
Tuesday February 9, 2021 7:34 AM CST -- The President's Weekly Radio
Address is Back
weekly program is expected to be found at the White House website,
YouTube, and other sites.
Monday February 8, 2021 6:38 PM CST --
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.
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
Monday February 8, 2021 7:47 AM CST -- The Powers Report
TREES ON MOON
what really happened
Sunday February 7, 2021 11:16 AM CST -- How I Came Up with An Extra Hour
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
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
BUSTER: So much for haircuts.
CARL: Is this 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
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.
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?
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.
Saturday February 6, 2021 6:58 AM CST -- Logic Lesson
KDX is a talk station
Therefore, KDX is cheap
Friday February 5, 2021 4:20 PM CST -- Tell'em, Bo
thank you in advance for the great round of applause I'm about to get.
guitarist, singer, songwriter
Friday February 5, 2021 4:12 PM CST -- Dedicated Wireless Mic Channel
Friday February 5, 2021 10:26 AM CST -- Your Pandemic Buddy
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.
Feb. 6, 2021 Updated version - Musical tail added
Thursday February 4, 2021 12:37 NOON CST -- Elegant Solution
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.
Thursday February 4, 2021 11:03 AM CST -- Things of Thought
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
Wednesday February 3, 2021 2:38 PM CST -- Trolling Can Be Good
Wednesday February 3, 2021 2:14 PM CST -- Nova Scotia Man Builds Home
Radio Studio Because He Likes Radio
Wednesday February 3, 2021 2:07 PM CST -- Fly Away in Good Health
Wednesday February 3, 2021 12:50 PM CST -- The Fat Lady Doesn't Sing
Until the Deep Voiced Man Gets Done
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.
Wednesday February 3, 2021 12:45 NOON CST -- Old Sayings
While rummaging through my desk drawer I came upon these from the 90s
things work temporarilly
They're good enough for the time being.
Not beat up.
Tuesday February 2, 2021 5:31 PM CST -- Marjorie will be sitting in
here on The Blog
Tuesday February 2, 2021 4:57 PM CST -- Off-Leash Freedom
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...
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
Audio assets and historic visit with an iconic free form radio station
exclusively for Friends of The Blare Blog.
Tuesday February 2, 2021 6:51 AM CST -- Fear and Interference
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.
holders and listeners alike are offered the courtesy of a reporting
system for complaining to the FCC about percieved interferences.
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.
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.
Monday February 1, 2021 5:33 PM CST -- Robo-Call Creep Fined by FCC
Monday February 1, 2021 10:19 AM CST -- STOP THE GODDAMN LEAFBLOWER!
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.