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Thursday September 30, 2021 9:54 PM CDT -- The Commission to Add a 31st Day to September --
This commission was started a little late for this year, so we'll talk about something else. If you wonder about the history of the Blare OnAir radio program, which to my knowledge no one thinks about, I'll go ahead and tell what I remember. Back when KDX was launched in 2007 a talk program was initiated under the title "Adventures in the 3rd Dementia", hosted by Carl Blare. Some time later we became concerned that joking about dementia might be inappropriate and we considered other illnesses we might exploit, a number of programs were produced under several titles, none of which I recall without going to the trouble of looking it up. With input from a dear internet friend in Alabama the ultimate choice brought us "Blare OnAir", which she said would be good so long as we ran together the words "On" and "Air". Almost all of the many programs in the series were produced with little or no preparation because the host insisted that a hobby pastime shouldn't require detailed work as one might do for an actual job. The rise of podcasting took place as a result of our shows and we are pleased that our effort has been so widely influencial.
Example of Blare OnAir from September 28, 2016

Wednesday September 29, 2021 3:59 PM CDT -- Conflicting Sentiments --
The oldest story in the low power radio hobby is the passion had by the majority of participants to regress and relive the childhood experience of hearing hit music on the radio dial. In fact living in the past through ruminative life styles follows most people to their grave. Sports is probably the biggest example of forever repeating the same children's contest over the fate of a ball, so you'd think there'd at least be a few part 15 low power sports stations, but we've yet to see one. It's always the hit music. For the handful of transmitter manufacturers anything will do, so long as people buy the hardware, and no transmitter supplier will jinx a sale by belly-aching about whatever programming a customer has in mind. But Artisan Radio and I stand as the lone voices wondering over the odd lack of maturation in the hobby community, which could so easily be marked by informative public service messages intended to enlighten and inform the radio audience for their safety and well being. But supplying educated useful data must not be fun because none of them are inclined to bother with it.

Wednesday September 29, 2021 12:41 NOON CDT -- Radio From Out of Town --
Of various slogans and catch-phrases used to identify KDX Worldround Radio, we've today added "Coming from Out of Town" and variants thereof such as "KDX is an Out of Town Station". In our location it amounts to an enormous generality given over 100 cities, towns and municipalities surrounding our station. We are not just "out of town", we are outside of many towns.

Wednesday September 29, 2021 8:03 AM CDT -- KHZ Time Station Upgrades --
As a beacon of science standards KHZ streams Universal Time announcements every minute with automatic accuracy re-set every 20-minutes, and will be adding further standards information in the days ahead. Starting soon KHZ will announce the current day once an hour, eg, Today is Monday. Also KHZ will carry standard frequency tones including an hourly tone marker at the start of each hour. The Meta Data Channel of KHZ already posts current seasonal information, eg, This is the Autumn Season, and, December 21 will be the Winter Solstice
. We also look forward to radio transmissions expected to begin in October at 1.71 MHz, at the upper edge of the Medium Wave (MW) band and the low end of the shortwave (SW) bands as authorized under FCC 15.223.

Tuesday September 28, 2021 11:04 AM CDT -- Radio Peace --
John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Tuesday September 28, 2021 6:10 AM CDT -- An Editorial Opinion --
This is Carl Blare. From time to time my personal barber, Buster Boatrocker, requests air time to express his own point of view on current topics, and his opinion is not necessarily that of me or this radio station. Now here he is, Buster Boatrocker!
BUSTER:  Why couldn't you just ask me like a friend?
Instead you come out with this inter-office memo
requiring mandatory vaccinations by the KDX staff of characters.
You could have just said, "Buster? Would you do me a favor and get a vaccine?"
And I would have replied -- Sure. No big deal.
But no! You don't face us face to face but send this impersonal policy memo
like some kind of dictator too busy and too important to talk to us directly.
Well I'm sending you a memo... it says "No way!" This is Buster Boatrocker.

CARL:  Thank you Buster. I didn't expect this to get blown into an open dispute, I just thought it would set a good example if KDX showed support for the President's vaccine agenda, but of course you and the cast are fictitious characters and probably immune to the virus, so I don't actually expect you to get vaccinated.
BUSTER:  How do we know you're not a fictitious character?
CARL:  Well, you know, philosophers have asked that same question and there's a possibility we are just projections in a hologram.
BUSTER:  So, holograms need vaccines?
CARL:  Could we continue this conversation behind closed doors?

Monday September 27, 2021 6:47 PM CDT -- When to Fall Back --
Most of the U.S. and Canada are on Daylight Time, but the 1st Sunday in November is not far ahead.
NIST Rules for Daylight Time
Our companion Time Radio Station KHZ-MP3 operates on NIST Time (UTC) and therefore is not subject to Daylight Time change, but KDX Worldround Radio is scheduled based on local Central time and we'll be scrambling to shift the timings shown on our Schedule page. We strongly support proposals to adopt the same time standard throughout the year.

Monday September 27, 2021 12:35 NOON CDT -- Like a Catalpa Leaf --
Not a Leaf
It came sailing to the ground like a very large catalpa leaf, not unusual since it came from a branch of the catalpa tree overarching Wireless Way on the Home School Campus. When it fluffed up to the lower handrail of the ramp of the Internet Building we saw what it was... and it clutched whatever it had fetched from the grass. Shortly it began snacking, pulling and stretching on a small snake, gulping it down. Then it turned, still perched, and surveyed the bamboo forest. Soon it was time to head off for other hunts and the majestic bird winged eastward at a low angle.

Monday September 27, 2021 9:37 AM CDT -- Our Weekend Was Fine How Was Yours --
The Sunday Blare OnAir show came from September 22, 2016 titled "Title Shortage" and welcomed some more of our own characters to the program as we awaited possible real-life visitors in the TeamSpeak Open Room. Talk show diva Haughty Shish joined us, speaking at some distance from the microphone because of her distaste for electronic equipment. We were able to learn a little more about how Haughty has managed to become recognized as the diva of talk while never having actually done a talk show of her own. Then the Switzers stopped by, including Sven "Swat" Switzer fully outfitted in his riot gear and his wife Susan "Swat" Switzer who shared concerns that her husband prefers to wear his face mask and battle gloves during love making. I urged that she hold the conversation off the air, but she preferred being open about it. Finally Ned Stedy the audio board op spoke with us but he's not very memorable and I don't recall what we talked about. All were relieved that "chairman" Bob didn't barge in as he said he might.

Sunday September 26, 2021 10:46 AM CDT -- Unsolicited ZaraRadio Experience --
We are not aware of anyone who has questions or difficulties utilizing 2 instances of Zara Automation software on a single computer, so have no reason for sharing our findings, unless you count showing off a bit. Ya, our 1st instance of Zara keeps KDX Worldround Radio streaming and broadcasting while Instance 2 puts KHZ Time Station ticking and clocking. We have determined that 7-settings per instance are apt to interfere with each other and need continual watching. We made some changes to the logging utility which switched the output of KHZ to KDX, needing to be reset. We spotted the name of instance 1 had switched from KDX to KHZ and something else caused the wrong events file to attach itself. CurrentSong file from both stations was going to a folder on the G: drive until we noticed it and turned off the function on KHZ because the only file played is always the latest time, but it could change itself again and needs baby sitting. This will all become part of the past once we put the second Zara on a separate computer. The bottom line is how well qualified we are.

Sunday September 26, 2021 9:29 AM CDT -- Handbook of Disagreement --
We've been somewhat outspoken about misconduct among far-right members of the low power radio community. This kind of frank sharing of internal personnel dispute is usually reserved for privileged closed-door executive discussion 'off-the-record', and the more typical way of handling miscreants is through silent snubbing and disapproving glances. As a matter of fact the behavioral scientists tell us that snubbing is the most common way of putting others outside an accepted inner-circle, even practiced by animals in the wild. These banished characters carry on as a small blacklisted sub-society and plot vigilante retribution against the higher tiers of respectable society, usually petty in nature such as internet trolling and whispered spreading of malicious gossip. They have tried reversed disapproving glance but with little effect given their facial distortions brought on by lifetimes of guilt and shame. As we approach the holidays we remind everyone that there's plenty of low power to go around, but certain things do not fit in a civilized world, including poison ivy, covid-19, and the far righteous.

Sunday September 26, 2021 8:12 AM CDT -- HAM Nation Today --
We recently noticed that the long running HAM Nation program was no longer listed among's offerings, and are pleased to report that the series remains in production after changing locations. CEO Leo Laport appeared on the holiday 2020 show to announce that necessary cutbacks at TWiT would end their affiliation, but fortunately HAM Nation enjoys the independence of having their own studio facilities and has linked up with a new host
HAM Radio Crash Course

Saturday September 25, 2021 3:41 PM CDT -- William Shatner Is Going to Space for Real --
William Shatner, known as host of RT America's "I Don't Understand" as heard on KDX Worldround Radio, has booked passage to rocket on Blue Origin.
After the Final Frontier

Saturday September 25, 2021 1:27 PM CDT -- There Was No Need to Worry --
Today's issue of Blare OnAir took place again from the TeamSpeak Open Room with a mention that Flaming Bob Flamely might be joining, and that got me concerned that he might declare the program his and proceed to take it over the way he did with the ALPB, but he never showed up. According to anonymous sources Flaming Bob challenged the post office with a claim that because of the mailbox on the front of his house he owned the U.S. Postal Service. The next Blare OnAir will be heard Sunday at 1 PM CDT following the Church of StopShopping from New York.

Saturday September 25, 2021 11:16 AM CDT -- Oh Ya, I Can Tell Them About That --
One of the most daunting aspects of building a low power radio station is the transmission antenna. Antenna experts are beyond the pocket book of most radio hobbyists, and watching YouTube videos gets more perplexing the more you watch. So let me give some basics. First of all loading coils don't count as part of the 3-meter limit because coils don't radiate, and so neither the 144' of wire wound in a coil nor the 3/4 foot extent of the wound coil need to be part of your measurement, even though it doesn't say so in the FCC rules! Much can be learned from HAM amateur operators who use compact coil antennas for both reception and transmission when HOAs (Home Owners Associations) disallow unsightly antennas. To the HOA "unsightly" means "can be seen". Antennas are reciprical, which means that they can be used for either reception or transmission, except when they're not reciprical, such as with ferrite rod coil antennas. You're already wondering how a coil, which does not radiate, can be used to radiate when HAMs do it. That's because they are licensed and we are discussing unlicensed radio. Asking good questions helps get to the point, and one such (question not point) is: how come we talk of helical antennas when they are nothing but coils stretched out with plenty of air space between windings? That's a good question. It must be understood that spacing between windings of a coil plays a large roll. No pun intended. But I meant role. For example, if uninsulated wire is wound so closely that the wires touch each other you will actually have a pipe, and pipes are sometimes used as straight wire antennas because they in fact comprise very thick straight wires. Questions arise about grounding, but coils are used above ground which is the main thing to know.

Saturday September 25, 2021 9:33 AM CDT -- Blare Promoted --
Liking the re-airings of his longtime radio show, Carl Blare, owner, operator of KDX Worldround Radio has added his program to the Saturday lineup, starting today at 12 NOON Central. Today's scheduled program was originally produced on September 21, 2016 with the title "The Amazement of Radio", and we have no memory whatsoever about what takes place on this episode and have not taken the trouble to preview it in advance of today's airing, so take the risk of being humiliated internationally across the entire internet.

Saturday September 25, 2021 8:20 AM CDT -- Excess Deaths But Not from COVID --
News Alert

Friday September 24, 2021 1:23 PM CDT -- Dating Site --
Taking a small trip into the past we visited The Blare Blog for September 2018 and spotted something we were thinking about at the time... starting a "Date Station". No, not a station for meeting social hookups, but a radio service that told the day's present calendar date continuously and everyday. At the time we abandoned the idea because it appeared we'd need to update the latest date manually and could not engineer a means of doing so automatically. The thought is again open for consideration because of our new KHZ Time Station which opens the opportunity to insert additional basic information and the current day and date fits this objective, except again, how could it be done in a precise and self-running way? By the way, today is Friday September 24th, 2021, but will expire at midnight local time.

Friday September 24, 2021 10:37 AM CDT -- This Dood is a Dull Dud --
I've already made one critical remark about historic presidents following on the Artisan Radio Blog critique of "The Worst President in History", and I'm compelled to make another. If the Office of the President of the United States is responsible for as many urgent decisions as the media portrays, in other words if he's more than simply a figurehead, then I'd say the current occupant of the Oval Office is a slacker well into a legacy of neglect. While the last President was demonically active in destructive wreckage, this one seems to fit the unflattering nickname "Sleepy Joe", as he let's slide vital matters that pile up unattended.
Give You An Example
Everything's sliding over the precipice while a bowling league reject slurs and stammers his way through teleprompting without fully grasping what's being said. Meanwhile we're taking our masks off and on wondering if there'll be energy enough to survive the cold dead winter.

Friday September 24, 2021 8:13 AM CDT -- Where It All Began --
In 1955 at a Goodwill Store I found a new condition Zenith AM FM radio for $25 which introduced me to FM and to the station where my career was destined to begin.
This Is the One!

Friday September 24, 2021 8:10 AM CDT -- Kinds of Bands --
The Radio Band

Friday September 24, 2021 7:52 AM CDT -- Things That May or May Not Mean Anything --
Just earlier our focus was interrupted when we spotted a hair between the R and the T on the keyboard. The power of concentration was suspended while we sought a tweezers and set about decontamination, but the hair was no longer visible. The lamp was aimed at several angles in a determined search to spot and remove the intruder, but it had absconded and could not be found. It most probably fell from a head, but until we could inspect it we couldn't be sure. We must remember that we are live in The Blog and mustn't risk indiscretion as to circumstantials. Call it off. Stop the hunt. We need to get back to talking about time radio. Wait, hold it... there it is! Get it! Here it is, let's take a close look. Mmm hmmm. Alright then. As you were.

Friday September 24, 2021 5:04 AM CDT -- When No One's Home At the Radio Station --
A blog entry dated Sept. 23 at the Artisan Radio Blog matches closely a few thoughts I carry with me here at KDX Worldround Radio. He notes that as the primary listener of his own station there's little point to operating the station 24/7, and that's precisely the situation here. These low power radio services allowed under both Canadian and U.S. law are personal radio stations, granting individuals the opportunity to put something on the dial of interest to themselves. The fact that others can tune them in on nearby neighboring receivers gives a few operators a social sense they are broadcasting to an audience, but that is not much different, given the miniature scope, than simply passing someone on the walkway and saying 'hello'.

There is another dimension to this extra communicational thinking, and it has to do with the sense of disseminating vital information, an instinct that amounts to alerting the surrounding population to prevailing conditions, whether they be peaceful or threatening, and this would define an 'information station', also set out by FCC rules in Part 90.242 as a licensable category of low power radio station variously known as "Travelor's Information Stations", an evolving form of radio given the impetus of 'emergency circumstances' facing all of us. I tend to see in this a seed of AM radio's future purpose... a radio band devoted to providing vital information.

It is admittedly a vision of providing key information that has impelled me to establish KHZ Time Station with it's inbuilt potential to carry further types of useful data, but doing this reliably and responsibly depends on how much man-time is spent gathering and inserting timely messaging. From our 'hatch house' think tank, also dubbed the Nathan B. Stubblefield Research Laboratory, we demonstrate why it is that the FCC's brand of info radio is licensable by government entities, defining 'government' as representing the extant population, rather than trusting the handling of such essential service to ad hoc citizen efforts, although a whole other form of emergency radio response arises from the HAM amateur radio community in response to serious conditions. The book stops here.

Thursday September 23, 2021 8:29 AM CDT -- Sit Down Comic --
That's a fair description of a radio humorist... given the fact that radio performers are usually seated at the time. It comes to mind listening to today's Blare OnAir from 2016 in which I coined a couple of jokes that I needed to tell several times in an attempt to explain them to the audience. The first one went like this...
I recited the familiar claim that 'Women are a dime a dozen".  To this I added, "So, I feel cheated because I paid a lot more than that for my dozen".
The second joke was about why I lost the job as greeter at Walmart. Customers enjoyed being greeted by me so much that they'd stop in to see me and didn't do any shopping.

Thursday September 23, 2021 6:01 AM CDT -- Equestrian Jump --
Blare OnAir radio programs from 2016 this week was bringing a 3-hour marathon in celebration of the installation of a new audio mixer taking place from the ALPB's (now defunct) TeamSpeak Open Room, with guests ranging from Carl's fictitious characters to actual members of the hobby radio group, except that Hour 3 exceeds the time available and is skipped. Being missed is a stop-by from Chairman Felmly who spoke at length about his numerous radio stations and their mixers, then broke subject to promote equine massage therapy, which seemed odd considering that this same person has rejected participants for bringing non-technical topics to discussions at his now dormant organization and on failed forum sites he moderates.

Monday September 20, 2021 11:34 AM CDT -- Meet Jacksboro Part 15 Radio --
The recent two Blare OnAir programs welcomed guest Craig F. in Jacksboro, Texas. His station has a strong and friendly website!
Jacksboro Radio Network

Monday September 20, 2021 8:26 AM CDT -- Schlockwood Radio Theatre --
Click the Clouds

Monday September 20, 2021 8:13 AM CDT -- Have Some HAM --
Recently looked for 'HAM Nation' on but it is no longer listed among their program offerings, so we searched for other HAM podcasts and found
HAM Radio Workbench

Sunday September 19, 2021 2:59 PM CDT -- Loop University --
The contents of this well prepared description of loop antennas is familiar after watching so many loop videos on YouTube.
Loop Antennas

Saturday September 18, 2021 7:08 AM CDT -- At the Tone --
Boomer calls home -

The announcer lost his tone, that sounds like something that would happen to a musical instrument, like a guitar or violin. You've said it before, 'The voice is a (mono) instrument..'

I imagine someone who looks like an announcer walking down the street emitting a constant 1 kilohertz tone. Would the Doppler change as he passes by?


Glad to hear about your independent work on Part-15 antennas! We need more of that. I can recall two good challengers to the monopole-istic thinking on the groups, Jim Henry and BOARDMAKER. They had some strong ideas and logged their experimentation to the groups, while the meek had their posts turned into de-motivational propaganda.

Someone always is out there with THE way to do something, and even if you bump them off, there's someone right behind them to take their place. We know this, but it bears repeating, because it's a challenge to free thought.

- Boomer

We all need a good tune-up once in awhile. My favorite tone is 333 Hz, non-standard, not a recognized musical tone, but it makes me feel good. Maybe the announcer who got fired for losing his tone simply grew up. Radio today plays to the perpetual 12-year old. Maturity is bore-ring!

Back to antennas, I watched three more YouTube vidyas early this morning on building frame loop antennas and was again impressed by the ingenuity of the world's radio hobbyists. Like rock musicians they let their grooming go all to hell so they can concentrate on what truly matters, reception and transmission by radio.

Friday September 17, 2021 3:09 PM CDT -- Rating Presidents --
In the Artisan Radio Blog a conclusion is reached that Donald Trump is the worst U.S. president. I would add that another very bad one was Ronald Reagan who gave us the for-profit medical, pharmacological, health insurance complex which bankrupts people for seeking healthcare services and leaves many homeless under the bridge. Prior to Reagan all these services were not-for-profit and affordably beneficial to the greater public.

Friday September 17, 2021 7:43 AM CDT -- Take Note --
A local radio host was "let go" from his morning slot because, as the paper reported, "According to listeners and radio-biz sources he had lost his tone". There was no further explanation.

Not mentioned in the paper was the suspension of Time Station KHZ-MP3 after weeks of very successful operation, pending installation of new technology which will result in return of the time-telling service.

We're moving closer to AM transmission antenna experiments with a goal of developing compact antennas for application in part 15 low power systems.

Blare OnAir continues to bring programs originally produced during the ALPB era (Association of Low Power Broadcasters) when there actually was an association. Part 1 of a program titled "Strange and Stranger" took place from the TeamSpeak Open Room while two guests struggled to get their software configured as Carl kept the ball in the air, and Part 2 will reveal whether the guests managed to make their voices heard, scheduled Sunday following Rev. Billy's Church of Stopshopping on KDX-OGG. Blare OnAir is scheduled every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Jen Psaki
Thursday September 14, 2021 9:39 AM CDT -- Welcome Guest --
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki will be sitting in today on The Blare Blog. She explained that President Joe Biden sometimes speaks in shorthand, such as "The Unied Sates Mareca", whereas former President Trump actually has short hands.

Wednesday September 14, 2021 9:57 AM CDT -- Sleeping It Off --
Scientific research on sleep is still in the dark about fully explaining what we all know is a critical need for humans and organic life in general. Experiments in sleep have been taking place for many years and for many reasons. Sleep inarguably contributes to health and lack of sleep is observably degenerative. The military has quested for years on a strategy for prolonging wake time for soldiers in the field but with little progress. One study holds that lost sleep is unrecoverable whereas another study says that lost sleep is recoverable but slowly. My own theory about sleep poses that one can 'sleep forward', that is, oversleep until a future occasion when sleep surplus opens a window of opportunity to remain wakeful for prolonged stretches. Even that can be elusive since not everyone is able to remain asleep for extended periods. This article is sponsored by the Sleepover Motel with special rates on Nap Stops. 

Tuesday September 14, 2021 12:36 NOON CDT -- Things As They Happen to be Happening --
I'm using today's 90o(F) temperature as the excuse for avoiding landscaping duties out on the campus and am tinkering around with radio stuff, including plans to re-activate the Ramsey AM25B as the relay for KHZ Time Station, our very succesfull radio time giver 24-hours a day except tonight with a 70% chance of thunderstorm during which time will stop.

This link about the Video Toaster is meaningful to us as KDX is the afterlife of our audio/video company based around a network of Amiga computers.
The Day the Old School Got Old

Tuesday September 14, 2021 9:17 PM CDT -- Mid-Month Treat --
Today's classic Blare OnAir broadcast came from a program originally recorded August 21, 2018 titled "Fade Out" in which the entire program featured an audio special effect inspired by a Dave Letterman TV show seen in the 1990s. Letterman was seen late nights on CBS and one night his show made a 360o spin during the course of 90-minutes without Letterman ever mentioning that his show was slowly turning. By the middle of the show everything was completely upside down and by the end it was again right-side-up. Wanting to do something equivalent on radio I first found that audio cannot be spun in a circle, so I applied the fade-out effect to my entire 55-minute show causing it to slowly get softer and softer until it finally disappeared. The content of the show included one of the visits we made to the ALPB TeamSpeak Open Room to see if anyone else was around to talk with, but no one usually was.
Blare OnAir "Fade Out"

Tuesday September 14, 2021 6:32 AM CDT -- Ghost Ship of the Internet --
Ghost ships found on the high sea are floating free, unmanned, with no one aboard. This morning we happened upon a ghost website mysteriously open on the internet with no sign of current human presence. We first blogged about DailyCast in February when we learned about it through a news release received by e-mail, and yesterday decided to give it a try. It touts a daily 4-minute newscast, a 60-second version, a TV version, and a 24/7 live news stream, and we were able to download a 4-minute cast. Today we notice the same undated 4-minute cast is still up, so we're watching for a fresh edition, also finding that the 24-hour news stream only runs for 2-minutes, the Subscribe Free link brings up a Not Found page as does the Contact selector. Check it out yourself.

Monday September 13, 2021 1:46 PM CDT -- A Swiss Army Knife of a Radio --
Ocean Digital WR-23D
Neither KDX nor The Blare Blog are endorsing or recommending this radio, it just looks like a lot of fun.

Monday September 13, 2021 7:53 AM CDT -- The Storytelling Animal --
We realize that human beings are story telling animals who don't care much whether stories are true and tend to believe stories that are conspicuously fallacious. The publication of stories by book set off the mass media telling of stories leading to the birth of radio delivering nonsensical stories directly into the home along with plumbing and sewage. Then of course motion pictures, television, the internet while never wiping out the first vestige of story, plain gossip over the neighborhood fence. When NPR set about filling airtime with stuff they hit upon "StoryCorps", bringing everyday stories from the experience of simple common folks.
Out of this legacy comes Carl Blare with a plan to extend the microphone to NPR rejects and the low power community for their tall short tales of unlikely accomplishment, a series called StoryCrock, coming soon over most of this same station.

Monday September 13, 2021 7:16 AM CDT -- Fryless Vocals --
Boomer responds to Carl's voice criticisms:

You have mentioned how some of the announcers on your station don't have radio-worthy voices due to voice fry and other speech distortions.
I like clear voices too, it's something that announcers take pride in. Actors and actresses do too. I think everyone should talk like the man who reads the time at radio station WWV.  I like this local newswoman, "Aleasha Z" and how her voice sounds, like a pleasant telephone operator. Listen to see if she turns you on. I was waiting to hear her again and get the recorder rolling in time.
Aleasha Z as an example of Great Voice for Radio
As always, Boomer gets it. He knows which way is up and how to get there. He knows where to go and goes there. He proves that all dogs are service animals.

Monday September 13, 2021 5:31 AM CDT -- Carl's Favorite Movie --
It's a Norwegian film with English captions worth every moment of your watching time, every scene is fabulous pictorial art and if there's a low budget feel, that will be dispensed toward the center of the film when events unfold that must have been well beyond the budget of an average film. The humor arising from very flat situations is post-graduate in its intelligence. I'd show this with my mother except that she prefers Johnny Cash.
A Pigeon Sat On a Branch Reflecting On Existence

Monday September 13, 2021 5:27 AM CDT --
No matter what time it is
It's time for time.
- KHZ Time Station

Monday September 13, 2021 3:01 AM CDT --
Find out when you are
In a timely manner.
- KHZ Time Station

Monday September 13, 2021 2:44 AM CDT --
Where does time come from?
Where does it go?
- KHZ Time Station

Monday September 13, 2021 2:41 AM CDT --
The same time
All the time.
- KHZ Time Station

Monday September 13, 2021 2:37 AM CDT --
Follow the time.
See where it takes you.
- KHZ Time Station

Sunday September 12, 2021 10:44 AM CDT -- The Perils of Zara --
Running two instances of the ZaraRadio Automation software on a single computer brings about many criss-cross interferences between the two versions. We've written about some of our findings, and here's another. We instructed the KDX-OGG instance to save currently-playing info to the G: directory, and the KHZ-MP3 instance to the K: directory. Then we shut down for the night and booted up the next day to find that the directory instructions had swapped and each station was reporting the other station's currently playing title.

Sunday September 12, 2021 10:26 AM CDT -- More Part 15 Rule Translation --
As we read the other day the FCC Rule Part 15.219 says "The total length of the antenna..."
Note that it does NOT say the word "wire", therefore the antenna can be any type , wire or otherwise. If it's a loop antenna, for instance, the length of the antenna would be the circumference of the loop, not the length of the wire comprising the loop. Also note that the rule does not specify whether measurement is made vertically or horizontally, which means that either or both can apply, providing a 3-meter vertical and horizontal cube area that could, for one example, allow a wire L-type antenna 3-meters vertical and 3-meters horizontal.

Sunday September 12, 2021 9:40 AM CDT --
An interviewer is one who knows enough to ask the right questions
but not enough to answer them.

A commentator is one who knows how to answer questions
without the need of being asked.
 - Carl Blare - Nov. 5, 2008

Sunday September 12, 2021 8:19 AM CDT -- Bladeless Wind Energy --
Wind to Power

Saturday September 11, 2021 12:55 NOON CDT -- We Finally Had a Parade --
By sheer luck I happened to be standing on our Parade Review Stand (formerly the front porch) as a man drove by on a 3-wheel motorcycle. It was a neighbor from down the way who either purchased, rented or borrowed the machine for reasons known only to him. What I noticed is a whip-antenna so there must be an onboard radio of some kind. It seems to me that the open air noise level would be super loud and can't believe that a radio could be heard above the din. It all reminds me that I'd like a golf cart and in fact our auto mechanic says there is one in the area and come to think of it I recall seing it with about three people going somewhere. I should count that as a parade, too.

Saturday September 11, 2021 12:40 NOON CDT -- O.K., Here's What We Have --
The Playlist file is the heart of the Zara Radio Automation System, but if you lose track of where it is, good luck to you. The instructions say nothing about where this file should be saved, and after years have gone by there's no way of knowing where the original default save location might have been. The one English language Zara tutorial on YouTube shows that the tutor created a Playlist folder inside the main ZaraRadio drawer so that's what we have adopted.

The Zara Events is another matter and the manual says: "When closing ZaraRadio the current list of events is stored automatically by Windows in the registry and is restored when ZaraRadio is restarted." That is true when using a single instance of ZaraRadio, but we've found that only one of the Events files survives closing both instances. To further the resulting confusion it isn't known where this "registry" location exists where we might possibly figure out how to save two versions of the Event file, and so far it seems that ZaraRadio re-does what we think might be a workaround solution and as of today we don't know less than we knew before we thought we might be getting somewhere, but that may not be what's actually happening.

Saturday September 11, 2021 11:50 AM CDT -- Getting It Right --
If voltage is restored to a broken power line is it a revolt?

Saturday September 11, 2021 11:21 AM CDT -- Paying a Visit to the Top of the Shortwave Band --
Shortwave frequencies span between 1.7 MHz and 30 MHz, of which the top 5 MHz chunk has some interesting happenings.

Experimental 25 MHz WWV Broadcast

WWV has resumed broadcasting on 25 MHz on an experimental basis. The broadcast consists of the normal WWV signal heard on all other WWV frequencies, at the same level of accuracy.

Current 25 MHz Broadcast Specifications

Schedule: typically continuous. As an experimental broadcast, the 25 MHz signal may be interrupted or suspended without notice.

Radiated Power: 2.5 kW

Antenna: half-wave vertical dipole. 

Just above that comes the notorious Citizens' Band comprised of 40 2-way communications channels ranging from 26.965 to 27.405 MHz with power maximum of 4-Watts.

Recently the FCC decided to allow FM (frequency modulation) for CB transcievers, so long as the radios also enable legacy AM modulation.

FCC rule 15.227 permits part15 broadcast between 26.96 to 27.98 MHz, coinciding with CB channels 1 to 6, at a field strength of 10,000 microVolts/meter measured at 3-meters. It's a legal way of putting music on the CB band, while music broadcasts are prohibited on CB itself.

Back to what you were doing.

Saturday September 11, 2021 10:42 AM CDT -- You Interpret Your Way I'll Interpret Mine --
The most oft quoted FCC rule governing low power AM transmitters is:
15.219 Operation in the band 510-1705 kHz.

(a) The total input power to the final radio frequency stage (exclusive
of filament or heater power) shall not exceed 100 milliwatts.

(b) The total length of the transmission line, antenna and ground lead
(if used) shall not exceed 3 meters.
An interpretation of (a) might hold that the "final radio frequency stage" is literally the antenna itself. Yet a common way of reading it is that the final radio frequency stage refers to the input to the final amplifier stage, resulting in power losses in the final amplifier and matching coil. But the word "amplifier" does not occur in the FCC text and the antenna constitutes the absolute final RF stage.

It could be found that (b) is written in legal shorthand which, if extended to its fullest expression says that
The total length of the transmission line is 3-meters;
The total length of the antenna is 3-meters;
The total length of the ground-lead (if used) may be 3-meters,
for an ultimate combined length of 9-meters.

Saturday September 11, 2021 10:18 AM CDT -- Let's Us Get Smart --
Is a "social construct" the same as an abstraction?
Is an abstraction the same as a fabrication?
Is a fabrication the same as a conjuring?

Saturday Septermber 11, 2021 6:40 AM CDT -- Imagine Our Surprise --
We so much admire the new KHZ Time Radio Station that we keep it playing all over the house during the nightime hours. This morning before sunrise we tuned a 2nd radio to WWV the NIST (National Institute of Science & Technology) time station in Colorado coming in at 5 kHz, and their time announcer spoke during the last seconds prior to the top of the hour, the exact moment marked by a tone, then KHZ's announcer spoke the latest time. We are right on it! Now, consider the analog and digital latencies involved: WWV is of course accurate to a hyper-degree but on their website explain that because of signal delay traveling over topographic distance and especially if the skywave is heard echoing from the ionosphere there is a natural latency in their transmission. Whereas with KHZ, being digital, the latency varies all over the world where internet speeds differ greatly. Here at our location we've calculated that by sending the top of the hour announcement 14-seconds early, we are actually able to hear it loop back by the real top of the hour, and from another location receive it 12-seconds late, for a total latency of 26-seconds. 

Saturday September 11, 2021 6:19 AM CDT -- In Memoriam --
Recalling the Tragic Day in the United States of America Twenty-Years Ago.

Friday September 10, 2021 11:28 PM CDT -- Never Mind All That --
Things improved when we discovered that within the Zara "Events" settings is an opportunity to Load and Save the Events Settings. And we thought the settings simply saved themselves in each closed instance of Zara. We were able to locate the "lost" settings and loaded them back in to resurrect KDX putting us fully back in operation. Does the manual say anything about it? Give us until Monday because there's a 2-day weekend coming up.

Friday September 10, 2021 8:38 AM CDT -- Awes Come Before Flaws --
We were quite awed the last few days with our two radio stations running so smoothly from two instances of Zara running on one computer. Then came the flaw. Not documented anywhere, it seems that only one set of "Upcoming Event" instructions get saved and subsequently reloaded after the two Zaras are closed and restarted. The entire automation scheme for KDX Worldround Radio became lost and the station is pulled over to the side of the internet. The new Time Machine radio station is ticking away because its "Upcoming Events" are still upcoming.

Zara is famously free and now we know why. It's got bugs. Two so far that have side-lined our enthusiasm but the program remains stellar for what it achieves so long as one avoids its quirks. The manual needs some filling in as it too stands incomplete. One fair but limited YouTube tutorial exists in English, with heaps of Spanish language videos. There's a paid version available from Greece called Zara Studio 3, but the investment would take crossed fingers and a prayer.

After the process of being stunned we've come up with a plan until a second computer is pressed into service. But no, wait. We've changed our mind. There's no plan. We're stuck. 

Friday September 10, 2021 5:57 AM CDT -- Folk Wisdom --

If your medicine makes you sick
that means it's working.
- C. Blare's 'Unknown Knowledge'

Friday September 10, 2021 3:12 AM CDT -- The Plastic Problem --
Where Does Plastic End Up?

Thursday September 9, 2021 9:25 AM CDT -- Serious Questions --
Two questions arise about the state of the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.
1.)  We hear that hospitals are filling up with people who've contracted the very infectious K-Variant. But we don't hear about anyone turning up with the original form of the virus. Did it disappear?
2.)  We are told that many hospitals' ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds are full to capacity, while we also here that many of the victims are dying.  Well, with so many dying doesn't that free up a lot of beds?
Talk show hosts need to know.

Thursday September 9, 2021 6:59 AM CDT -- Meet the Staff --
KDX Chief Engineer Pierre Linear was walking by just as I logged into The Blog, and he asked..
PIERRE:  Carl, can I see you for a moment?
CARL:  Sure, Pierre! I have an open door policy.
PIERRE:  I don't get it. What door?
CARL:  It's just a figure of speech. Of course we have everything open here in our Multi Purpose Hallway.
PIERRE:  Anyway I had this good idea. Let me run it by you.
CARL:  Sure. We always want ideas.
PIERRE:  Well, I saw you blog about metdata, you know, that text that gets sent along with streams...
CARL:  Ya?
PIERRE:  So, how about a MetaData station with no audio? It would be a whole new medium on account of no one else has thought of it.
CARL:  What you're suggesting is that we open a station that sends words in fonty printy text, but with no radio audio?
PIERRE:  Ya! Ya! Cool, right?
CARL:  Um, say, is your father the inventer of the linear amplifier?
PIERRE:  The what?
CARL:  You know, like in transmitters and audio amplifiers...
PIERRE: I've never heard of that.
CARL:  Let me think about it, Pierre. Uh, here's my assistant Flotilla, let me tell her something...
FLOTILLA:  I'm busy Carl.
CARL:  When you have time would you see about getting a door for my office?

Wednesday September 8, 2021 2:19 PM CDT -- Rare Unfinished Blare OnAir --
Numerous composers left unfinished symphonies like Schubert's famous "Unfinished Symphony", and the same is true of Bruckner, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Mahler. Carl Blare's symphonies are different in that four of them are abandoned and the 5th is unstarted, but that's not what I want to say. In airing the final Blare OnAir program from 2015, this morning we came upon a completely unpolished never heard show that contains an interesting section about Richard Power's boat at Tybee Island, Georgia, on which he planned to install an AM transmitter for the extra advantage of sea water grounding.
Blare OnAir Collector's Unpublished Edition

Wednesday September 8, 2021 8:09 AM CDT -- Carl Blare Interviewed by Malcolm Krutz --
MALCOLM:  I'm talking to air personality Carl Blare, group owner of several radio stations. Carl, there's a lot of buzz about your new time station. Why a time radio station?
CARL:  Well, it's science. Time is fascinating and mysterious, and KHZ let's people hear time go by. Eventually we will sell CDs of past time that took place during memorable events like weddings, vacations and other landmark events.
MALCOLM:  So, I'll be able to hear time from when I was a famous composer?
CARL:  Yes. It's a very nostalgic thing. I'm getting to where time is more appealing to me than news which of course we have on our other station.
MALCOLM:  You're talking about KDX?
CARL:  Right.
MALCOLM:  Do they have time everywhere, or are some places so backword that they haven't yet discovered time?
CARL:  Well, we brought time to Afghanistan and now the Taliban is trying to turn it back. If we could get KHZ to places like that it might help with modernization.
MALCOLM: Gosh, time is more important than I realized!  But right now our time is up.
CARL:  We'll have to do lunch one of these days.
MALCOLM:  It's a deal! By the way, how's your love life?
CARL:  There's this one time listener that calls. I haven't met her yet.
MALCOLM:  Composing used to set me up with music students but free-lance interviewing doesn't seem to cut it.
CARL:  Try interviewing them.
MALCOLM: You always have good ideas.

Wednesday September 8, 2021 6:57 AM CDT -- Introducing KHZ Time Radio Station --

Tuesday September 7, 2021 3:41 PM CDT -- The Annual State of the Station Broadcast --
On or near every winter solstice Blare OnAir presents 'The State of the Station' in review of the past year at KDX and the achievements. This example is so splendid we may reuse it every year by simply changing the numbers.
KDX State of the Station 2015
As a matter of fact we were so taken by the program at the time that we followed up with a reaction show:
Beyond Understanding

Tuesday September 7, 2021 2:14 PM CDT -- Be Careful What You Say With Your Free Speech --
Yes, the individual right of free speech is emphasized by inclusion in Amendment 1 of the U.S. Constitution.

But it's also true that we live in a surveillance society that uses every possible device to spy on citizens including what we say in public forums such as blogs and neighbors are encouraged to spy and snitch on each other as a patriotic act, no matter that surveillance equates to voyeurism which is against the law and punishable by imprisonment where lack of privacy exposes inmates to absolute intrusive surveillance at all times.

Human beings are the worst of animals who at their present rate of destruction may end up being the last animals in the final days of extinction. Otherwise today's going well.

Tuesday September 7, 2021 11:25 AM CDT -- News of Mysterious Radio Signals in Space --
Radio Telescopy

Tuesday September 7, 2021 10:34 AM CDT -- Womens' March in Defense of Reproductive Rights --
October 2nd

Tueday September 7, 2021 9:38 AM CDT -- Straight Talk About Gender --
We're hearing a program on KDX right now going on for almost a full hour about societal discord over the multiplicity of gender identities. We've talked about it before and will avoid repeating ourselves, so we'll pick up one angle from today's discussion not previously remarked upon here in The Blog. What standards should be upheld in competitive sports regarding various gender differences? The program now airing has been needlessly expanding and extending the debate, so I want to step in and settle it and please never bring it up again. The rules of competitive sports are derived by rules committees and it is within their province to draft any rules upon which they decide. We're not on that committee. So let's hold it in once and for all.

Tuesday September 7, 2021 6:22 AM CDT -- Word Play --
Labor Day is over; back to work.
The word 'bash' came to mind while hearing a local right-wing hate-radio talk host spend his time bashing President Joe Biden, actually coming up with an insult we hadn't heard before: Biden's "undertaker mentality". Do undertakers have a certain mentality we should know about? After a solid 10-minutes of bashing I thought that this guy was 'bashful', but strangely that word doesn't mean "full of bash", as I might have meant it.

KHZ will be offline while we move the operation into its own automation room (a 2nd instance of ZaraRadio automation ware) where it will re-emerge as a Time Station, kind of like a highly inaccurate version of WWV the U.S. time standard shortwave station out of Fort Collins, Colorado. Details of the WWV transmitting antennas is very interesting as is everything about the NIST service. Time accuracy from WWV is kept to within less than 0.0001 milliseconds whereas time accuracy from KHZ varies from + or - 1.1 minute, for a full floating error range of over 2-minutes, good enough for most regular people. Every hour KHZ makes a crude correction to bring the accuracy roughly closer to a "less wrong" state. Of course the natural latency of internet transmission makes KHZ time completely unreliable.

A few days streaming KHZ from Zara's Aux 1 Playlist made us aware that the extra playlists inbuilt the Zara software seem to have no practical use, especially since every file played saves its title to the same 'CurrentSong file' as the main playlist, a function that has no earthly reason and in fact is nothing but a flaw. The free version of Zara originally had four Aux playlists but without mention shaved down to two Aux Playlists. It probably means something that description of the aux players comes as the last pages of the Zara Manual and seems to trail off without completion. If someone knows of a single useful purpose for these aux playlists please contact me and I'll see that you are taken to lunch.

Monday September 6, 2021 2:09 PM CDT -- We Forget More Than We Remember Forgetting --
After having worked without fail for years, all of a sudden one day the KDX Tower Top Time Service stopped working. What it was was a Zara empowered replica of Bureau of Standards Time, featuring a ticking clock with a voice giving the latest time every minute. We vaguely remember spending quite a chunk of time figuring out how to write the coded files that made it work. The day it failed we had no clue as to what changed nor what to do about it. For weeks we've been going over remnants of the Clock trying to reassemble all the peices that made it work.

The first step toward recovery was that the starting script in the process was calling out to the (O:) directory, but there is no (O:) directory. Some hunting around determined that the former (O:) directory is now the (F:) directory. Oh, we discovered, the files are saved on thumbdrives which often change identity whenever they're unplugged and replugged, which had happened during a rearrangement of the USB plugins. From there we traced some more and found other points of failure and expect to have everything restored before the next 3-day holiday weekend. Do you happen to have the time?

Monday September 6, 2021 8:58 AM CDT -- Unlost Movie --
Lost to film noir history was the astonishing case of Carl Blare, Sr, starring in "Journey to the Underside of a Flat World", a film missing until last Tuesday when it turned up at an estate sale of one of the original camera operators. Most of the cast, over 60 cameras, plus all the lighting was lost due to reverse gravity underneath the earth. Once the film is fully restored we'll book a showing on the KDX-TV page, and before that we'll be able to present the soundtrack on the Blare OnAir program. Blare Senior is the father of radio's Carl Blare who says he'd rather not talk about it.

Monday September 6, 2021 8:56 AM CDT -- Too Different --
Over the Edge Radio
- From NegativeLand

Monday September 6, 2021 7:06 AM CDT -- It's Perfectly Fair to Get Different Sized Cake Than Others Get --
Once again The Blare Blog brings you Buster Boatrocker with a Commentary about something going on:

There's a Black News Network on the radio.

No one's complained about it because they haven't noticed.
But you could never have a white news network.
The Black News Network would report racism if there was a white network.
This is Buster Boatrocker.

Buster Boatrocker is a barber from South St. Louis Missouri whose opinions are not necessarilly shared by anyone else.

Monday September 6, 2021 6:52 AM CDT -- The Difference Between Advertising and Promotion --
Advertising is promotion. However, noncommercial radio stations cannot advertise but can promote. What can they promote? They can promote themselves, their programs, and events in the community. In essence noncommercial radio stations can advertise themselves and, by way of underwriting announcements, are able to round-about promote commercial entities that fund programming but it's not called advertising so long as they don't describe details of product desirablity. KDX is happy to present this promotional advertisement to make things clear.

Sunday September 5, 2021 9:54 AM CDT -- Caption Without Cartoon --

Labor Day Sales Deals for Those Who Didn't Die

Sunday September 5, 2021 8:18 AM CDT -- Stream MetaData --
Scrolling around in a stream radio directory one finds stations listed by name, e.g., KHZ-MP3, with a 'Currently Playing' line that usually updates with the title of each song played or the name of a program. This latter information is a station's 'MetaData'. Seeing at a glance what a station is playing is very useful for music radio because music lovers are apt to select based on favorite songs. But for a talk station it isn't so obvious whether a program name comes near the same attractive potential, e.g., 'Blare OnAir' is known to less than 10 people and they never listen. On the other hand the new "William Shatner: I Don't Understand" program from RT America is very likely appealing for obvious reason.

The technical means of generating MetaData information varies depending on the streaming software in use, in our case Zara V1.6.2 starts the MetaData chain by saving the audiofile title of the item being played to a "CurrentSong" file. The next step happens in the encoder, e.g., B.U.T.T. or AltaCast in our case, where a MetaData Window allows choice between a file or the keyboard entry of a static MetaData title. This information passes seamlessy through the Icecast Stream Server and shows up at the receiving end.

Sunday September 5, 2021 6:05 AM CDT -- Logical Error Alert --
I just heard a logical error on NPR, the public network that touts itself as a voice of higher intelligence. A female announcer said, "Do we have free will or is life predetermined (?) Are we in control of our lives or are we helpless to change what happens to us (?)" Equating 'free will' with being 'in control' implies that so-called 'free will' is an absolute positive advantage bestowing mastery upon those who exercise it. But in reality we have very limited free will, confined to what choices are open to us at a given time. By free will we make ocassional wrong choices putting us out of control, and even making excellent 'free' choices can be undone by interfering circumstances outside of our control. In the same way 'predetermination' continues on its way in many forms including events so obvious as the passage of time which constantly wrests us away from any 'freely chosen' success of the moment. However we sympathize with NPR's problem of having at all times to outrun dead air by always having something to say. The network finds itself incapable of signing off from time to time with the message, "We have no ideas for the next few hours".

Saturday September 4, 2021 8:26 AM CDT -- What Zone Have We Gotten Into --
KDX-OGG has been streaming overnight alongside newly inaugurated station KHZ-MP3, and the OGG station has been broadcasting "Disperse Dispatch", a lengthy show of very ethereal 'music', until 8 AM this morning when we started News from RT America. Except that half an hour later, now 8:30 AM, "Disperse Dispatch" is still dominating the signal. Evidentally an immense latency has built up overnight by which we are hearing the distant past still happening in the present moment. Somehow over a half-hour of programming has stored itself somewhere along the digital pathway between then and now, and we are experiencing the past as if it had not yet begun even though it actually was much earlier. There's more Einsteinian Relativity taking place than we know what to do about. Where did the news go? Will it ever come back? According to all indications the news ended 7-minutes ago but hasn't started yet.

The RT News finally came through the long latency waiting line at 9:30, one-and-a-half hours late!

Saturday September 4, 2021 8:12 AM CDT -- An Excellent Program --
John's Old Time Radio Show

Friday September 3, 2021 8:31 PM CDT -- DX Action --
As a rule we use 89.9 MHz for listening to our audition channel where program recording and editing takes place under the call sign KEGO "The Station Where You Listen to Yourself", and the temporary way of doing it is to re-tune our C.Crane FM2 from 89.5 where our daytime programs are streamed, up to 89.9, until our FM1 model is repaired at which time we'll be on both channels at the same time. The frequencies are open for us because the licensed stations assigned to those channels all happen to put their outer fringes right at our geographic location, except tonight a loud and clear ball game is coming in on 89.9 from Lewis and Clark Community College Godfrey, Illinois. Is there a tropospheric duct? Or, has somebody cranked up the power(?)

We cut some IDs for the new KHZ-MP3 streaming service with 8 different voices, each saying: "Radio...KHZ...Putting you in the Loop."

Friday September 3, 2021 6:18 PM CDT -- How Things Stand --
Artisan Radio noticed the confusion we were having with Zara's Main and Aux Playlists both writing 'Current Song' to both streams and he suggested solving the issue by running 2 instances of Zara thus generating entirely separate 'Current Song' files. We agree that it would accomplish what we're after, but before shifting everything around we've given each stream fixed MetaData messages naming the overall program format of each stream: 'Schedule Programs' refers to our daily programmed stream and 'Program Loop' refers to the recurring rotation of programs from the Aux1 Playlist. In other words, for the time being we're doing away with detailed 'Now Playing' metadata. It's dinner time now and we're thinking potatoes and mackeral.

Friday September 3, 2021 4:38 PM CDT -- Who Says KDX Doesn't Have Religion --
A Religious Ode

Friday September 3, 2021 4:05 PM CDT -- 3_Day Holiday Weekend --
The U.S. is headed into Labor Day Weekend, honoring the ordinary working person and his/her contribution to an orderly society. Through no fault of the laborer the social order is in tatters because of so many difficulties that have confluenced all at the same time. 3-day weekends mean little to the evicted nor the unemployed nor to flood victems without electricity. For radio these holidays are essentially all alike. It means an opportunity for part timers to pick up some hours.

Friday September 3, 2021 2:21 PM CDT -- A Good Read from Engineering Radio --
Paul Thurst shares a pleasant experience from his popular website.

Friday September 3, 2021 2:07 PM CDT -- As to God --
God is a grunting sound signifying the ultimate unknown.
-C. Blare - 'Common Everyday Leaps' 

Friday September 3, 2021 1:07 PM CDT -- Streaming MisDirectories --
No one knows how many streaming directories exist. For the novel independent station it first may seem like being listed on stream directories is important so as to be 'found' by 'your audience'. But don't be misdirected. Despite over 100,000 streaming stations estimated to exist, the very mechanism of streaming is already upstaged by the more personal packaging of podcasting and Podcast Directories are the place to be... or to be lost... which is what happens to minnows in the vast seas and oceans of this rapidly depleting world. The linear streaming station has become an anachronism and being listed does about as much good as trying to hold a conversation with the people at a world series game; lost in the crowd.

KDX was listed at Icecast's Xiph Directory and Steamcast Directory but we paid attention to what the other thousands of stations were doing and decided we were in the wrong company. The individuality of KDX did not make us stand out and appeal to the better listener because that fabled better listener wasn't there in the first place, they were put off by all the undesirable choices.

Inside the stream encoder is a click choice called 'Make Public' which marks the stream as available for directory listing. We unclicked ours and these days KDX can only be found at its own website, making promotion of the website the primary objective. Life gets simpler.

Friday September 3, 2021 12:03 NOON CDT -- One Radio Station Stream --
KDX-MP3, today's experimental second stream, has been closed while we analyze a peculiar problem arising out of the Zara Playlist software. I'll describe the problem for the sake of idle curiosity. Both of our streams originate from a single instance of Zara, the programming from KDX-OGG being sent from the Main Playlist and the programs for KDX-MP3 emanating from Aux Playlist 1. The Main Playlist feeds VAC1 (Virtual Audio Cable 1) and Aux Playlist 1 feeds VAC 3. Each feed is managed by two different encoders which send the two program streams to the Icecast Server. It works very well except for the Meta Data Generator, which tells BOTH streams that the most recent program from EITHER source is the 'Current Song'. It seems so far that this might be a flaw in the Zara Free and otherwise Wonderful software. One attempt to ward off the (wrong) 'Current Song' from being displayed on KDX-MP3 was tried by selecting "External Data: Disabled" in the encoder, but that didn't stop it from happening to KDX-OGG which continued displaying whichever feed was the most recent to switch. Are you following me so far? I'll try a few things... scratching my head, fiddle with my chin, eat another lunch, and do some string trimming.

Friday September 3, 2021 8:28 AM CDT -- Two Radio Station Streams
Energized by the time saved by our new string-trimmer and inspired by Artisan Radio's various experiments, we arbitrarily re-launched KHZ-MP3, a second streaming radio station with one central server also carrying KDX-OGG. If we keep it going you can pay a visit here:
KDX Icecast Stream Server

Friday September 3, 2021 8:00 AM CDT -- A Colonel and a General Go Into a Bar"
What I'm working on is a black humored jokish short story in which a higher up military officer gets plastered and starts bragging about what he could do to the human race if they annoyed him. He might be triggered by a turn down from a bar hussy, his own secretary, or a neighbor running a lawnmower before 9 in the morning. He happens to be in charge of one of the many U.S. biological warfare labs and carries a vile of deadly virus as a flaunting of his power, along with his side-arm as further proof of masculinity. The very odd spelling of "colonel", pronounced "kernel", hints at heavy drinking.  Etymological guesswork learned through higher education tells that the anomalous pronunciation is "probably" a holdover of an earlier obsolete form "coronel", the cost of schooling resulting in lifelong indebtedness for the college loan. It's cheaper never to know how indefinite and inexact things are. Anyway, the hazardous vile recklessly breaks and the two commissioned officers get busy planning to scapegoat China for the resulting pandemic. These are just sketchy notes and as with any fiction details may change at any time.

Friday September 3, 2021 4:43 AM CDT -- New Definition for Labor Day --

If women are forced to endure pregnancies they do not want,
the babies should be arrested in tiny handcuffs for trespassing
immediately upon birth.
"You have the right to remain silent...."

Thursday September 2, 2021 7:25 AM CDT -- Aphorism --

Be discriminating not discriminatory
- C. Blare Methods of Success

Thursday September 2, 2021 4:51 AM CDT -- Part 15 Low Power Radio Needs Its Own Union --
We're using the term "union" loosely, as it usually applies to wage earning  membership forming a representative organization tasked with protecting and improving job benefits. Of course the low power field is manned by hobby volunteers all acting independently with little inter-releationship among them. So we need to organize together and form an umbrella organization to represent and protect our interests. One feeble attempt was made to form what was called an "association" of low power broadcasters, but a Trump inspired tyrant now laughingly referred to as "Demolition Bob" neutered the attempt from day one, fired the last holdouts, and to this day claims to be a one-man association with no planned agenda. The meetings were little more than an opportunity for men to meet other men. So never mind the word "association". What does that leave? I like "society": The Low Power Radio Society. That's it! Election of officers, who wants to be Head Cheese? I'd be willing to serve interim. Members? Abra-cadabra you're ALL members with the right to opt out. This won't be one of those groups where only the chairman is allowed to sit. You'll all have chairs but first things first. Probably getting a table is first. How can you table motions without a table? Yes, furniture lets things happen. I have an empty cardboard box we can use as a filing cabinet.

RESOLVED - That on this day of Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 5:25 AM CDT, the Low Power Radio Society is formed for the purpose of honoring and representing the business and hobby of legal low power broadcasting under FCC Regulations Part 15, Carl Blare founder and interim director.

Thursday September 2, 2021 4:27 AM CDT -- Radio Station Wakeup Call --
Most low power radio stations operating under Part 15 of the FCC Rules are sleep-walking with their 24/7 hot hits music playlists and zero public service. Now would be a good time to add some conscious awareness to offer something in the way of useful information as the surrounding world plunges into a growing assortment of disastors and catastrophes. At the very least start thinking of what might be done.
Example Plan for Emergencies

Thursday September 2, 2021 4:16 AM CDT -- The Call Letters KINK Are Taken --
KINK-FM is licensed to Portland, Oregon, and operates on 101.9 MHz with ERP of 99 kW and the slogan "Discover Music" in an Adult Album Alternative format.
KINK-FM Website

Thursday September 2, 2021 3:58 AM CDT -- Why We Capitalize Certain Electronic Words --
- Amp is named after Andre-Marie Ampere
- Hertz is named after Heinrich Hertz
- Volt is named after Allessandro Volta
- Watt is named after James Watt

Wednesday September 1, 2021 3:20 PM CDT -- Never Would Have Guessed --
Mumbling men may be a turn-on for women. There's been a study.
The Study We Are Talking About

Wednesday September 1, 2021 2:56 PM CDT -- Simple Things They Won't Tell You --
Let's talk about the internet connection. THEY will install a Wi-Fi modem and you'll let THEM talk you into a Wi-Fi router and when that doesn't work so well THEY will sell you bigger and more expensive Wi-Fi doohickeys. What they won't mention is that inexpensive ethernet cables betwixt modem, router and computer is faster, more secure, and less hastle. But we must realize that selling things people don't need is what makes American commerce ascend into larger and larger work spaces. You'd like it if you were a top level corporate magnate.

Wednesday September 1, 2021 2:01 PM CDT --- 2,000 Foot Radio Tower Came Down --
Ida Did It

Wednesday September 1, 2021 12:46 NOON CDT -- The Definition of Budget --
A budget is a small budge.

Wednesday September 1, 2021 10:52 AM CDT -- Morning Mix --
Two items from Next TV SmartBrief... ESPN plans to stream 500+ football games. Is there any possibility that there are enough audiences to support such a number?

And this Quote of the day...
Saddle your dreams before you ride 'em.
- Mary Webb, writer, poet

That's sort of what I was getting at in my earlier post about the woman in a dream, and me without a saddle.

And tvtech SmartBrief provides a count from the FCC of radio, TV, and cable services knocked off by and those surviving Hurricane Ida:
Broadcast Services In and Out of Service After Ida

Wednesday September 1, 2021 6:44 AM CDT -- There's No Other Way to Do It --

Life would be just about perfect if it weren't for the fact that it's only temporary.
That kind of gets in the way.

Wednesday September 1, 2021 7:41 AM CDT -- Bottleneck In a Flood --
It's all too much. The 'flood' is the glut of information that vies for our attention at all times from every direction. The 'bottleneck' is our skimpy capacity to pay attention to one thing at a time. The only way to multitask is to hire a staff and assign each one a single job, but then managing the staff becomes an annoyance. Even sentences like these become congested when trying to express too many ideas in a few words.

This morning I was trying to listen to a news report on KDX while reading an interesting article and became aware that I wasn't comprehending either one and so turned off the radio to concentrate on the article.

About once a year I try to reset login details at a bank and everytime, after an hour of typing user names, passwords, security secrets and account numbers, it tells me my access is suspended because of failed attempts to log in.

Day was when I calmly visited such websites as the New York Times but after a minute was shoved into a corner and told that access was limited for nonsubscribers but I could sign in and get a daily e-mail. As it turns out I like the daily e-mail and never take the extra time to visit the Time's website. Is that the outcome they'd intended? The same thing has happened with so many other websites that there's never time to read all their e-mails and the day never comes when I return to their actual websites.

Postmaster DeJoy's Republican ordered destruction of the U.S.Postal Service has caused mail service to become spotty and the pandemic has reduced the delivery force to differing beleaguered faces on very irregular schedules so I've tried to help by switching all the professional magazine subscriptions from paper to digital which further bloats the e-mail box with tech news that I'll never find time to peruse.

Even dreams have become overly complicated like this morning when a pleasant woman pulled me into her orbit and made a warm and romantic opening with no barriers to intimacy, but I held back and did a deep analysis of what her real motives might be. In a dream for God sake, where I could have just done it.

Here's the Plan.
Saturday we go up.
Put the antenna up there.
I'll bring the beer
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