Thursday May 6, 2021 8:44 AM CDT -- Why Are Some Pictures Upside Down and Sideways?
visitors wonder why some of the pictures submitted by Brooce are not
shown in normal orientation. This is an unintended problem for the time
being, as Brooce's pictures arrive very large and require downsizing
but we have no control over whether they stand up or tip over. Our
consultant Boomer has sent some possible remedies and we'll eventually
dig into the problem but right now we are understaffed. There is an
opening for the job of problem solver for single woman available
without pay interviews Friday night at Carl's place.
Thursday May 6, 2021 8:25 AM CDT -- There are multi-paths you can go by, but in the long run, there's still time to change the road you're on
-- Lengthy wrap-around title of an email from Boomer which arrived last
night while no one was on duty here at The Blare Blog. Now that Carl
Blare has showed up late for work let's see what Boomer has to say:
It's nice to see some positive think pieces about AM radio, and
leave it to a site about electronics design to stay balanced, where
more mainstream press is gloomy about radio broadcasting, and the
radio industry looks ahead to its glorious digital future (and the
money broadcasters will spend on that digital vacation). I read
some of those articles and wonder if either side is even listening
to the radio.
Here's another article on AM radio from Electronic Design.
On Part-15 FM, I get the same kind of multipath, even with the
transmitter on the same side of the room as the receiver, and just
walking into the room or moving around can cause hum and static. I
find better reception when the transmitter is farther from the
receiver, or going outside with a radio, that seems to clear up the
I like the idea of FM relays for computer audio and connecting a
transmitter to the PC so as to listen on ordinary radios all over
the house. It felt like a nice luxury, but I did always have to
adjust antennas just right. I'm just using one FM system these
days, and run most of my programs and music through the carrier
current AM for remote listening.
You mentioned wi-fi internet radios, and I thought of that idea,
one of those with a Part-15 FM as a translator. I'm glad I didn't
get a wi-fi radio, they stop working when the database provider
goes out of business.
That classical 'Largo' piece you posted was interesting, it sounds
like movie soundtrack music, and I'm glad you could describe dream
picture you painted as you were listening to it.
Music gets right to the emotions, and some songs will even make pet
frogs sing. I'm glad you've kept your passion for music, some
people seem to lose it. That might be a radio station problem, they
don't move beyond the hits, or someone is just too busy to go on a
journey of musical discovery themselves and seek out greater
thrills in music.
The posts about signal strength meters on portable radios was a
good look back at the time Part 15 US was a strong site. Hard to
think it was just bad management that took all of the members away,
but it did seem like someone didn't care after the change to ORG.
Even the graphic with the mixer and headphones at the top of the
page looked cheapened, not as clear after the new site took
Another thing that I thought was negative after the comeback, the
advertising seemed to get more aggressive. For example, if you
mentioned getting to the top of your tower pole to put an antenna
there and you had to get a ladder out, you might get an ad banner
for ladder buying right in the middle of someone's posting where
the ladders had been mentioned.
Thursday May 6, 2021 8:06 AM CDT -- This Cruise Has Reached Morning Waters
Good morning from The Blare Blog. Another The Morning
newsletter arrived by email and David Leonhardt wrote an interesting
account about the extension of Donald Trump's Facebook ban from which
"The problem is that Trump lies almost constantly. Unlike many other politicians — including other recent presidents, from both parties — he continues to make false statements even after other people have documented
their falseness. This behavior undermines the healthy functioning of
American democracy, particularly because Trump has such a large
Wednesday May 5, 2021 11:55 AM CDT -- Old School Radio ReUnion
Wednesday May 5, 2021 11:41 AM CDT -- Preserving Half a Century of 78RPM Records
Wednesday May 5, 2021 10:47 AM CDT -- Know Ted Cruz
of us know very little about Ted Cruz because we ignore dull people,
but as one Hitler Wannabe moved out of the White House, it is important
to realize that Ted Cruz could be next in line with his expressed
mission of world domination. In this video you will discover what it is.
Wednesday May 5, 2021 9:16 AM CDT --
Wednesday May 5, 2021 6:53 AM CDT -- Troll Season
The presence of so many trolls
makes the internet something of a sewer system
Tuesday May 4, 2021 9:01 AM CDT -- Multipath Mess
low power FM transmitters to distribute audio signals indoors
invariably proves to be unreliable because interfering multipath
conditions can arise from reflections affected by changing outdoor
conditions. At KDX we use FM channels in place of hardwire to monitor
several audio sources, but this week leafs have sprouted and heavy
rain dampens the campus resulting in loud static interference on
radio channels that were perfectly pristine during the colder
bare-branched months. We previously abandoned using the FM band for STL
(Studio-to-Transmitter Links) because of the ever changing atmospheric
conditions that reshape and misshape signal reliability. We are
reaching the conclusion that there is no meaningful use of FM part 15.
Monday May 3, 2021 5:49 PM CDT -- Brooce Report of the Day
Hi Uncle Carl!
Another shot follows this text.
Originally in this little bunch of messages I was talking about the transmitter set-up for Part 15 here, so we will put the
receivers aside for a moment and get back to that.
(Sangean WIFI radio working great still. More
You will see the goofy little plastic audio mixer
in the foreground of the shot. Actually - it works very
well. It's just doesn't look like those 19 inch wide
jobs. I really like all the lights though. So it's taking audio from the WIFI radio and is
feeding it to two Part 15 transmitters - one on AM and one on
FM. It can also feed a Bluetooth transmitter for my wireless
Bluetooth headset. Right now FM is going out on 91.5 and AM is on 600 KHz (mostly BLANK here in
daytime.) I usually run AM on 1580 here, but vintage radios
work better on the low end of the band, so there you are. I
was originally using 530, and that was cool. But again, many
vintage radios only go down to 550 or 540 kHz so I didn't stay
there. Note the equalizer settings. I thought there
was too much bass on the 600 KHz audio - so the picture shows what I did.
And on the left is a C Crane FM transmitter Version 2.0. We are in the cellar so the
signal is puny. I'n just sending the FM signal to old FM
radios. A 50 year old FM receiver is in the kitchen, above,
running right now.
So let's hit the SEND button.
Very Best Wishes - Brooooce
Sunday May 2, 2021 -- Television News Archive
Saturday May 1,
2021 -- The most familiar funeral march is Chopin's Piano Sonata # 2 in
b flat minor and there are a vast number of funeral marches by many
composers including quite a few by Beethoven, certainly a batch by
Gustav Mahler and this powerful one by Hector Berlioz for military band.
of the moment 3,184,440 COVID deaths worldwide are counted by the Johns
Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, over a million more than the
population of the St. Louis, Missouri, Metropolitan Area, almost enough
to fill 1,180 concert halls to full capacity.