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Monday May 31, 2021 6:12 AM CDT -- A Radio Program for Today

Zionism, the idea of creating a Jewish homeland in Palestine, was and is a settler colonial project that started 100 years ago. But Zionism had a problem. It’s illustrated by the story of an early Zionist Congress in Vienna sending three rabbis to Palestine to report on what they saw. The rabbis went and reported back that “the bride is beautiful but she’s married to another man.” Palestine was densely populated and had been for thousands of years. It was not, as Zionist propaganda would have it, a land without a people for a people without a land.

Law and Disorder - Palestine Legal Director Speaks On Recent Israel-Palestine Conflict

Sunday May 30, 2021 11:31 AM CDT -- What's With the Holiday?
The Internet Building
The Internet Building

There's nothing in the FCC rules that give radio stations a holiday, but for many years most stations give their main talent and major programs time off not just for holidays but for weekends as well. No wonder listeners have drifted away from radio. On their day off and on their holidays all the stations have nothing to offer, so no wonder radio is a dying industry. Here at KDX it's not like that. We are here, on the air, weekends and holidays with the best of fresh live programs. Oh, and don't be U.S. centric. A lot of these holidays are exclusive to the United States and are not celebrated in other countries, so keep that in mind if your signals cross borders. Never say, "And a Happy 4th of July to everyone in Europe!" The world already views us as lame-headed based on the loutish behavior of American tourists. For a pamphlet on how to act in public send a stamped self-addressed envelope to "Act Smarter Than You Are" in care of this station.

Saturday May 29, 2021 6:11 PM CDT -- Ian Freeman is a Free Man
Principle host of Free Talk Live, Ian Freeman, is free on bail following several weeks in jail.
Video of Ian's Release
Tonight is Ian's 2nd night back on the air being heard live on KDX Worldround Radio. Another host, known by the legally adopted name "Nobody" remains in custody over expressed anger that tipped the court against his release. The two hosts were the longest held of six associates arrested in an FBI raid of the FTL studios over an alleged bitcoin crime scheduled for trial in the months ahead.

Saturday May 29, 2021 6:03 PM CDT -- Inventory of Trauma
Part 2 of Blare OnAir from June 22, 2018

Saturday May 29, 2021 6:01 PM CDT --
We're all born into a losing struggle.
- Christopher Hitchens, philosopher

Saturday May 29, 2021 5:59 PM CDT --
The first obstacle to thinking clearly
is the human tendency toward wrong thinking.
- C. Blare 

Friday May 28, 2021 9:17 AM CDT -- Deterioration of the Recorded Past --
Millions of Recordings Are Crumbling Into Dust
Preservation of the recorded past has not been part of most business plans for commercial broadcast and recording operations because archival materials offer little to the financial bottom line. It is therefore generally true that most "collecting" of historic recorded media falls to individual hobbyists and underfunded history societies. Other complications hamper meaningful housing of sound collections including rights obligations, i.e., copyright ownership, reproduction rights, distribution rights. After everything, much of what's taken place was never recorded to begin with.

Monday May 24, 2021 2:18 PM CDT -- Carl Blare: Dog Reader --
As the groundskeeper for Worldround Radio I was doing the grass along the public walkway listening to KDX on the Sangeon U1 Construction Site Radio when along came an English bulldog with it's owner on leash.
Neighbor DogDog Sized Radio
Midway passed, the dog stopped and was fixated by the voice of Thom Hartmann coming from the radio. The leash lady explained they were passing by because this was the dog's customary route and wouldn't let her choose an alternate route. I said, "I think he's interested in the radio. He can sniff it if he wants to." And indeed, as she let the leash, the dog went face-to-grill with the radio. For a brief moment he looked like he was going to squat, but decided instead to stand sideways across the front of the radio where his whole body could sense the vibrations. Very briefly it looked like he was about to raise a leg but decided otherwise. "I think he likes it", I said as the two continued happily on their way and I returned to manual grass cutting with our precision Brill Mower made in Germany.

Monday May 24, 2021 11:22 AM CDT -- The Longest Running Call-In Talk Show in Radio History --
Peter Werbe in Detroit

Sunday May 23, 2021 11:28 AM CDT -- Brett Cavanaugh Admits It Was the Beer --
Blare Meets Brett

Sunday May 23, 2021 9:08 AM CDT -- In the Words of William Shatner --
"Take it easy. Nothing matters in the end. If I'd known that at 20, I wouldn't have done anything."
- Wm. Shatner at 90

Saturday May 22, 2021 3:45 PM CDT -- Something Like What Brooce Did --
Brooce described setting up a receiving station way out in the back yard which relayed the received station into the house via a C.Crane FM2 Transmitter. I did a similar experiment but for a different reason. It happened in the days before I had the means to check the AM part 15 transmitter's output at close range, so I placed an AM radio outdoors about 100' away with a Schoche FM Transmitter attached. Listening on FM to the distantly received AM signal, I could listen for increase to signal strength as I adjusted the antenna capacitor. These days I have all kinds of signal strength measurement equipment but have a new idea for placing an AM radio onboard a remote-controlled drone with return channel from the same kind of FM arrangement so the signal could be sampled at ever greater distances from home base, hoping to avoid overhead wires and tree branches.
Saturday May 22, 2021 11:30 AM CDT -- Combiners --
Using a single broadcast antenna to radiate transmissions from two or more stations requires a special interface known as a combiner. The combiner is a complex of ATUs (antenna-tuning-units) and filters that match the resonances from each station to the properties of the single antenna, and blocks the backflow of RF energy into each-others transmitters. Just as it's difficult to describe, it is even more complicated to properly design such a circuit for the unique conditions of given situations.

It has been asked whether stations operating at the low power levels of FCC rules Part 15 could share a single antenna by way of a combiner circuit, and the answer depends on the particular FCC rule in question. To avoid being caught in a book-length presentation we'll look at two specific examples.

Perhaps the most common part 15 rule applying to the majority of small AM radio stations is 15.219 and its two immovable requirements: non-negotiable antenna length of 3-meters; RF power at input to final RF stage 100 mW. In this case a combiner, which loses precious signal strength cannot be compensated for by raising the level to the final RF stage, thus would be impractical.

The second example being carrier current, the rule (15.221) does allow combining transmitters because RF power can be adjusted upward to compensate for circuit loss so long as the radiated field strength at a given distance from the power line is met, and in fact there was a combiner commercially available from LPB (Low Power Broadcasters - defunct manufacturer) for this exact purpose. We possess the printed circular describing this product, which was a custom order based on the frequencies used in a given circumstance, but have never seen one of these units on Ebay, where older equipment is sometimes found. Of course a well trained engineer could design such a combiner.

Friday May 21, 2021 10:02 AM CDT -- This Show Can Only Be Free If You Donate Money --
The title is a bit sarcastic but stands to make a point worthy of thought. Almost everything on the internet these days is free, but depends on donations. Hell, I'm free, if you buy me lunch. Well, I guess I'm talking about media which has lost its central powerhold and splintered into an ever growing number of outlets, all panhandling their way into the future. Just this morning I read that another cable news channel is opening shop and all day long the internet flashes deals and discounts on newspaper subscriptions, or should we say former newspapers, now reduced to the commonality of digital journals not really much different than The Blare Blog, except that our Blog doesn't bother with fund raising but at the cost of having no staff, resulting in less coverage, or as I prefer to say, slower coverage. Give us time and we'll say everything. It's not just the climate that's in collapse, the entire media world is draining into a digital sinkhole. Large media dinosaurs are grabbing at conglomeration in a desperate bid to regain mastery of the marketplace by owning everything, but small startups keep diluting the available audience until eventually even corporate gianthood will end up as a hobby pastime. Earth itself is nearly squeezed dry and our species has a plan to migrate to a hostile planet incapable of supporting life representing a last stand for optimism. The only remaining question will be whether digital storage holds up to extinction.

Thursday May 20, 2021 11:47 AM CDT -- Drilling for Results --
On Monday we conducted a drill to determine the possible benefits and drawbacks of reducing the amount of time this website and blog would remain available online. The experiment was very informative and brought several things to the forefront of our thoughts, but no changes are planned pending further study. For the time being the status quo will remain the same.

Thursday May 20, 2021 11:43 AM CDT -- New Ways to Capture Wind Power --
Future Wind Energy

Wednesday May 19, 2021 10:01 AM CDT -- LPTV Is Still a Thing
Within the sheltered confines of the KDX world we are long out of touch with broadcast television in our local area. The last television program we remember seeing was the Dave Letterman Show on local analog channel 4, and when analog TV ended we divorced from further participation in OTA (over-the-air) TV. From our remove we noticed occasional news about digital upgrading and channel repacking and remained aware that local stations exist in some form but lack interest in rejoining their audience. Of lesser notice was the status of one or two LPTV stations known to exist, but mention of them faded away until today we read that LPTV (low power TV) transmitters have a market, which tells us that such stations continue to operate.
LPTV Transmitter News

Wednesday May 19, 2021 6:57 AM CDT -- Exband (expand) the Band Keep Studio Warm --
Boomer in charge of keeping this blog afloat -

Glad that the new photo editing method is working out, and you can make pictures almost any size for a site, even down to one pixel! I call it optimizing a website, and the idea was started in the 1990s when people started to make pages with large images, and a page could take a couple of minutes to load on the slower modems of the time, so people wouldn't wait around.

It's also good, as you are doing, to make images the actual size you're going to use on a page, not just size them with the codes. Using actual size will speed up the scroll on some browsers. An example would be, if the image you want to post is 1024x768, then in the HTML it would be width=1024, height=768. These are good old fashion tactics that still work to make browsing better.

I've seen the Blare Blog talk about website servers heating up the room with continuous operation. A popular home web server is now the Raspberry Pi with server software installed on it, like Apache or NGINX. The Pi a mini computer in a case about the size of a large soap bar, with a 5 volt DC adapter cube, and it only uses a few watts to operate, with little heat. A whole Pi system can be had for less than 100 dollars, and half that if you get an older model, like the Pi 2 or 3, while the latest is 4.

There are tutorials about setting up a Pi Server, but most start with the user having knowledge of the Pi already, and I'm looking for a guide that teaches the whole process.

I've thought that the FM band could be extended once analog TV stations were moved to UHF. With few or no open frequencies on the 88-108 band in most cities, it's obvious radio needs more frequencies to use. It's just a dozen megahertz for a radio service that people use every day, why should the phone companies get it all?

I've seen that on the news too about the 'innocent children' being involved as casualties of war, and have thought the same thing about it, all lives matter. People respond to those images with basic emotions, it's mammalian to be moved by something innocent being harmed, and there's a parental instinct in the desire to protect. It's propelled various humane societies and orphanages for years, and mass media is using the image of the innocent to gain sympathy, I've seen it on both sides of the fighting coverage.


Plies and Replies: As the Blog editor, a sentence imposed by the court as 'community service', Carl is very appreciative of the outsider art lessons provided by Boomer to customize the images seen by the mass public. And this new idea of putting the website aside into a handheld Pi device is of great interest and we envision being the 'webside of record' on the subject.

Monday May 17, 2021 1:36 PM CDT -- The Blog and Website May Be Partially Shut Down --
In a periodic review of our radio related web activities we are considering operation on weekends and holidays only, which means kdxradio.com and The Blare Blog would be closed on ordinary week days. Another component under review is streaming station KDX-OGG which is separable and can operate independent of the website. These web related operations do not impinge on part 15 local radio operations which will remain in full service regardless of changes to our web presence. Nothing is definite as of this time.

Monday May 17, 2021 1:15 PM CDT -- No WCTX --
Radio Locator shows station WATX at 1220 kHz in Hamden, Connecticut, and shows no listing for a 'WCTX'.
Lookee See

Sunday May 16, 2021 8:29 AM CDT -- All Human Lives Matter --
Reports about human on human war atrocities never fail to express dismay regarding harm to children, as if harming children is the problem, implying that carnage should be confined to adults. It shouldn't fall to one lone blogger on a hobby radio website to point out what should be obvious -- murdering humans is heinous business no matter their age. There is no logic by which mass slaughter becomes acceptable so long as children are safeguarded. Children have no world at all if all the adults are lined up and shot... to reiterate the obvious, no person ever should be mown down, referring to the Israeli practice they call 'mowing the grass', by which they mean 'genocide against Palestinians'. Warfare is childish, in the most pejorative sense.

Sunday May 16, 2021 8:08 AM CDT -- Proposal to Expand the U.S. FM Band --
This morning's weekly broadcast of Glenn Hauser's World of Radio opened with mention of a proposal to extend the FM band to provide space to migrate AM stations to a newly opened swath of FM channels. The Blare Blog went to work linking into the matter:
Proposal to Move Dull AM Programming to New FM Space

Sunday May 16, 2021 6:43 AM CDT -- One Hour a Week to Inform Your Audience --
World Affairs

Saturday May 15, 2021 4:47 PM CDT -- It Is Still Unknown How the Coronavirus Originated --
Scientists Would Like More Investigation
There May Be Reasons to Continue Masking

Friday May 14, 2021 7:45 PM CDT -- Chris Hedges On Israel
The Big Lie

Friday May 14, 2021 7:18 PM CDT -- Closer Look At Remote Receiving Setup --
Brooce on duty:

Remote monitoring set-up.
I started putting receivers out in the back yard with Part 15 FM transmitters probably 10 years ago.
This was so I could hear longwave broadcasts in the house via the transmitter out in the yard.  I heard Iceland's domestic transmitter on 189 kHz that way.  No need (for me) to be out in the cold.
And back in Hartford, Connecticut the receiving location was mostly free of RF noise, although not on longwave.
Here are closer pictures of the current set-up in my yard in Massachusetts.
RePurposed Pet CoverPet Cover Contents
If this stuff was going to be out here for a long time, the "shelter" would be more sophisticated. 

Carl axes: Did you ever hear WCTX Hamden?

Friday May 14, 2021 4:31 PM CDT -- Mass Murder in May --
Israel is Staging Mass Murder Aided By the U.S.
- Common Dreams

Friday May 14, 2021 2:58 PM CDT -- Israel the Bad Neighbor --
A Nightmare of Terror Across the Landscape of Palestine
- The Nation

Friday May 14, 2021 2:56 PM CDT -- Guarding the Entrance --
Abortion Stories
- The Abortion Diary

Thursday May 13, 2021 5:19 PM CDT -- Remote Receiving Station --
Brooce comes to us by remote.

Hi Uncle Carl!
I had to do some listening on the AM BCB.  It was to see if I could hear WCTX, 1220 KC, Hamden, CT - 66 miles from here.  This station had been dark and has come back on air with 75 watts, and a horizontal wire antenna (!) from a Special Temporary Authority (STA) issued by the FCC.  My receiving station in the cellar is undergoing adjustments, so I put an animal carrying crate (just the top) in the back yard. Under it is a C Crane SW general coverage portable, which is feeding a C Crane FM transmitter on 107.5 MC.  This FM signal is received in the house by a Sony XDR-S3HD, and that can go on to just about anything - but I have it going into a Bluetooth transmitter which transmits to my Bluetooth headphones.  Another FM receiver feeds an MP3 recorder and a cassette recorder. This works really well.  And the noise level on the frequency is really low. I think I have heard WCTX, but only for a few seconds.  There is a lot of competition on 1220 here. Here's a picture.
Remote Receiving Station in Pet Carrier
Very Best Wishes - Brooce

Carl Blare in reply... I would call it Brooce's remote receiving, re-sending, re-receiving and re-re-re-sending/receiving-station. Note: there are no pets in the pet carrier during receiving.

Thursday May 13, 2021 10:54 AM CDT -- Truth is No Mystery --
Everyday TVTECH Newsletter publishes a quote of the day. For example:
The truth is in the mystery
- Akira Kurosawa, filmdirector, screenwriter, producer
Let's consider that for a moment. Quantity wise only one truth and one mystery are raised, so we'd say that there's one truth per mystery. Of course we'd need to know there was a mystery to begin with or we wouldn't have any reason to seek a truth. Therefore it might be fair to assume that a mystery contains a clue as to what's being sought, e.g., 'the pencil sharpener is gone' would narrow down the inquiry to the status of the pencil sharpener, but we wouldn't know what happened to the sharpener although we'd have cause to become suspicious about our pencil inventory and might do a count, but that wouldn't become a second mystery unless a shortage was confirmed. If in fact pencils were missing along with the sharpener we'd have good reason to suspect a thief was taking supplies and it would be good to check toilet paper rolls and light bulbs. By now we have given our mystery numerous possible branches but all based on the assumption there is only one truth, which is to say one thief. Should the solution determine that the night watchman took the stuff to facilitate the writing of his memoir we'd have the truth, but at that point the mystery would cease to exist so the truth would no longer be in the mystery.

Wednesday May 12, 2021 5:34 PM CDT -- Suppose you are very old and the gods offer you a choice... you can either once again have the best women in town as playmates, or, you will once again be able to consume all the wine or beer you like. Which one would you pick? As for me, I'm still thinking about it.

Wednesday May 12, 2021 5:19 PM CDT -- Stupid Things We Shouldn't Have Said --
Somewhere in everyone's life is something said stupidly that will always rattle around in memory while we forget all about very smart things we may have done. I'll tell you one of mine if you tell me one of yours. Alright, it was maybe 10-years ago I was the guest on Keith Perron's 'Happy Station Show' on PCJ Media, the subject was Part 15 low power radio, and I was recounting the story of how Mitch Miller was music director for Columbia Records during the crossover between mono and stereo LP records, responsible for wonderful records in many categories except that he turned away Elvis Presley who ended up making RCA Victor Records into a mega label. So far so good, but then I added, "I think Mitch was right about Elvis." Keith never asked me back. Another stupid thing in my career just happened... admitting this story.

Monday May 10, 2021 -- Bend in the Road --
What radio reception awaits at the Bend In the Road
The Bend In the Road
Brooce and his Part 15 Camera
Picture Processed by the Boomer Irfanview Method

Monday May 10, 2021 -- Parking Lot Ambitions --
This COVID Pandemic won't be ending anytime soon (Carl's wishful conjecture) and I think parking lots still have the potential to bring low power radio back into the mainstream the way it almost was in the memorable days of Knight and Lafayette transmitter kits. Stories abound, according to Bill Baker at The Source, of churches, performance acts, and public services including vaccination sites. Serious station operators contemplate having a parking lot of their own, and I, Carl Blare, have an architectural idea for maximizing the use of a prosperous parking operation. Imagine a city block devoted entirely to parking. In the center of the lot would be a building on stilts housing the radio station and management office. The space below the building would be for staff parking and Carl's limo. In our troubled times many people are living in their cars and vans and would be fully welcome to park so long as they followed Rule # 1 - Be Polite. Other parkers might include attendees wanting to enjoy our weekly symphony concert, skipping real church by honoring J.R. BoB Dobbs and the Hour of Slack, or hoping to catch a glimpse of Carl to see whether he looks as good as he sounds. Far below ground would be the Elon Musk Tunnel connecting all our stations and lots. Our stations may be low power but we have a lot of it.

Sunday May 9, 2021 8:54 PM CDT -- Boomer Teaches Old Dog New Trick --
By going over the instruction multiple times Boomer was able to show Carl how to orient images on this Blog to keep them from tipping over. Carl now awaits his diploma.
Pay Closer Attention

Sunday May 9, 2021 3:13 PM CDT -- Blare OnAir: On the Right Not to Bore Children
Yes, women have the right not to be pressed into motherhood just because of what day it is. Special appearance by that man of beer, Bret Cavanaugh of the Supreme Court .
Blare OnAir from October 2018

Sunday May 9, 2021 8:17 AM CDT -- So Much for That Fantasy
She's too old for him.
Greene New DealPhelan M. Ebenhack/AP Photo
I'm the one who should be climbing around on her. I mean, with her.
She's the Greene New Deal. 

Saturday May 8, 2021 6:47 PM CDT -- Call For You from the Other Side
Imagine if the dead could perform a requiem for themselves. It would sound like this.
Requiem by Gyorgy Ligeti

Saturday May 8, 2021 4:21 PM CDT --
Every form of addiction is bad, whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.
- Carl Jung, Swiss psychologist

Saturday May 8, 2021 10:17 AM CDT -- Radio Artist
My view of the radio medium has always centered on the wonderful radio personalities that provided glib and entertaining banter on the mind's stage, AKA the theatre of the mind. They're all gone now, replaced by inferior "friendlies" who manage to yap trivia until the day is filled up with gossip about movie stars, pop music celebs, sport names, and tv reviews. Compared to other "arts" the radio art has little to show. Gallery showing of Orson Welles "War of the Worlds" stands as perhaps the chief example of great radio art, but it's become no more than a repitition sort of like father's day. It was always my ambition to become a radio artist and many program efforts consumed heroic energy hoping to be recognized by a panel of peers only to learn there were no peers while everyone else remembers radio for the songs from high school which have to do entirely with song art which happens to have only been a substitute for radio art. Disillusioned by it all I now wander the back alleys sorting through part 15 dumpsters looking for lost radio art. The radio dial has become a vacant lot strewn with endless religious loops and unending ball games. Soon it will be digitized which will do the same job as a nuclear bomb at a fraction of the cost.

Friday May 7, 2021 11:17 AM CDT -- PIRATE RADIO SERIES
The Verge, a news and information website, has podcasts on Pirate Radio
Listening is Legal

Friday May 7, 2021 8:09 AM CDT -- How To Keep Others from Knowing How Stupid You Are
Don't beat up Asian people and no one will know you are a monumental ass.

Friday May 7, 2021 7:55 AM CDT -- Hair Cut Selection
So, I showed my barber, Buster Boatrocker, this picture:
Like ThisPicture C.N.N.
I said, "Please cut my hair like this." Buster answered, "That's not a hair cut. You can get that look by not combing." I said, "Um, then um, here's ten, let's skip a few weeks and thanks."

Friday May 7, 2021 7:45 AM CDT -- The 10-Story Rocket Falling to Earth Probably Will Be Fine
Don't worry about the 100-foot rocket falling out-of-control toward earth. After all, 2/3rds of the globe is water and the worst thing that could happen would be loss of a cruise or cargo ship. If the thing manages to crash on land, heck, part 15 radio stations make very small targets.
Here Are Some Facts About the Space Debris

Thursday May 6, 2021 11:58 AM CDT -- Why Do the States Need a Federal Government?
In simple terms it would make sense for the 50 States to jointly act through an overarching organization to negotiate for lower bulk prices for the benefit of the combined population, kind of like a national Sam's Club (Uncle Sam's Club). But that's not what we have. The original idea of a joint defense effort made good sense but neither is that what we have. Instead, the States are lorded over by a kingdom of unsophisticated federal slavemasters who bilk the population to underwrite lavish life styles, murder peoples of the world with assembly line mechanization, and surveille and imprison those at home as part of massive vote suppression strategy. The public owns the airwaves and is allowed to hold picnics within 100 milliwatts.

Thursday May 6, 2021 11:46 AM CDT -- Flying Over Unimportance
Here in the Midwaste, center of the Mississippi Valley, COVID remorse has been kindled by the loss of sports involving toy balls, but in more classy New York the Philharmonic stands as the standard bearer of civilized humanity.
Memorial to Harmony

Thursday May 6, 2021 11:26 AM CDT -- Carl Blare's Stories of Some Truth
Story # 1: "Fifty Percent"
Having a 50% interest in doing yard work there was a 50% chance of rain. So, I fell asleep at the controls of a high speed radio station shooting worldwide at light speed and by a 50% chance woke up free of any collisions noticing that it was raining. Somehow it all adds up to 100% of no yard work and 100% of a cheese break.

Story # 2: "In the Cloud"
Standing on the Parade Review Stand, formerly the front porch, I looked up at the towering clouds floating above and contemplated all the computer files stored there.

Thursday May 6, 2021 8:44 AM CDT -- Why Are Some Pictures Upside Down and Sideways?
Blog 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 multipath.

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 over.

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.

- Boomer

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 we quote:
"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 following.
The Morning is offered free by the New York Times.

Wednesday May 5, 2021 11:55 AM CDT -- Old School Radio ReUnion
Retro Radio Rediscovered

Wednesday May 5, 2021 11:41 AM CDT -- Preserving Half a Century of 78RPM Records
How They Do It

Wednesday May 5, 2021 10:47 AM CDT -- Know Ted Cruz
Many 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.
Booger on the Lip of Democracy

Wednesday May 5, 2021 9:16 AM CDT --
Audacity Acquired by Muse Group

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
Using 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 later.)
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.
Part 15 Audio Links
Very Best Wishes - Brooooce

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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.
Grande Symphonie Funebre et Triomphale
As 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.

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